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via 57 west aerial Aerial View of VIA 57 West Courtyard (Google Earth)
This trend of creating small villages within new residential buildings isn't exactly new, but o-shaped buildings with courtyards at the core are seemingly making a comeback in the New York City real estate market. In honor of that, CityRealty has compiled a top ten list of the best past and in-progress developments that boast some massive private courtyards for its residents.
1. VIA 57 West, 625 West 57th Street
(All VIA 57 West photos via Durst Organization)
Bjarke Ingels' VIA 57 West redefines what a building can be – as well as a courtyard. Situated in the center of the tetrahedron-shaped building, the outdoor space spans an impressive 22,000 square feet and has 80 newly-planted tree and lawns, 47 species of native plant material, 4 barbecue grills, and outdoor seating and activity areas.
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2. The Apthorp, 2211 Broadway
the apthorp aerial nyc (Google Earth)
(Brown Harris Stevens)
Next on the list is The Apthorp, a prestigious landmarked building in the Upper West Side. While it does not have private balconies, it features a beautifully landscaped center courtyard. Its four lobbies are all accessible from it.
Featured Listings:
(Corcoran)
(Douglas Elliman)
(Brown Harris Stevens)
3. Oosten, 429 Kent Avenue
oosten 429 kent avenue aerial (Google Earth)
(Halstead)
Piet Boon's The Oosten is a dramatic full-block development in Williamsburg that features 216 residences, ranging from lofts to penthouses to townhomes. Of all the building's amenities, it is the 13,860-square-foot interior lush courtyard that stands out the most.
Featured Listings:
(Halstead)
(Halstead)
(Sotheby's)
4. 10 Montieth Street
10 montieth aerial (Google Earth)
(ODA New York)
10 Montieth will totally transform Bushwick with its nearly 400 apartments (affordable and market-rate) and "jagged donut" design, courtesy of ODA. The full-block building will feature a sloping rooftop garden and cascading terraces that maximize sunlight for the huge central courtyard.
(ODA)
(ODA)
(Durukan Design)
5. The Belnord, 225 West 86th Street
the belnord aerial (Google Earth)
(Hollander Design)
The prolific Robert A.M. Stern has been tasked to reimagine this landmark building's conversion, which will soon see 215 condos and a redesigned courtyard by Hollander Design. According to renderings, the new outdoor space will have lots of greenery, seating areas, and a massive water fountain.
(HFZ Capital Group)
(Hollander Design)
(Hollander Design)
6. Worldwide Plaza, 350 West 50th Street
worldwide plaza aerial (Google Earth)
(Halstead)
This Midtown development encompasses a full city block and features over 200 residences. Amenities include a new gym, a roof deck with open views, a saltwater pool and sauna, and a large resident's only courtyard/garden.
Featured Listings:
(Corcoran)
(Corcoran)
(Corcoran)
7. Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue
austin nichols house williamsburg aerial Northside Piers and 50 North 5th Street are also nearby courtyard buildings (Google Earth)
(Kushner Companies)
Originally built in 1915, the landmarked Austin Nichols House was preserved and converted into a contemporary residence boasting over 30,000 square feet of amenities and 338 apartments – all surrounded by a zen-like landscaped courtyard/garden.
Featured Listings:
(Nest Seekers)
(Nest Seekers)
(Nest Seekers)
8. The Aldyn, 60 Riverside Boulevard
60 riverside boulevard aerial nyc (Google Earth)
(Corcoran)
Located on the Upper West Side, The Aldyn has first-class amenities like a 24-hour doorman, concierge, fitness center, spa, 75' indoor pool, yoga rooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, and a landscaped interior courtyard with lounge seating and tables.
Featured Listings:
(Brown Harris Stevens)
(Blu Realty Group)
(Blu Realty Group)
9. 1185 Park Avenue
1185 Park Avenue aerial (Google Earth)
(Brown Harris Stevens)
One of the few private grand courtyards in the Upper East Side can be found in the beloved 1185 Park Avenue. It is distinguished by its circular shape and unique Gothic column entrance.
Featured Listings:
(Douglas Elliman)
(Douglas Elliman)
(Brown Harris Stevens)
10. Graham Court, 1921 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
1921 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard aerial nyc (Google Earth)
(All Graham Court photos via Bohemia Realty Group)
Over 100 years old, this famous Harlem landmark is the second courtyard building built by William Waldorf Astor. It has been featured in a number of films, including American Gangster, Jungle Fever, and New Jack City.

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