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The new Midtown East skyline as seen from Selene (Williams New York) The new Midtown East skyline as seen from Selene (Williams New York)
To New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike, Midtown East is perhaps best known for the office buildings lining Park and Madison Avenues. This area has spent the past two years exceptionally quiet owing to pandemic-related shutdowns and increasingly deferred return-to-office dates; and yet, despite the growing prevalence of hybrid in-office schedules, several Class A office buildings are moving forward and pointing to a bright future for the business district. Last week, The Real Deal reported that One Vanderbilt broke the record for New York’s most expensive office lease. This took place against a backdrop where new headquarters for JPMorgan Chase, expected to accommodate about 14,000 employees, are quickly moving skyward; state-of-the-art towers at 175 Park Avenue, 347 Madison Avenue, and 415 Madison Avenue are also moving forward.
175-Park-Avenue-supertall 175 Park Avenue (Credit dbox for RXR Realty)
270 Park Avenue, 347 Madison Avenue, 415 Madison Avenue, and 350 Park Avenue SUpertall skyscrapers Midtown East's next generation of office buildings: 270 Park Avenue, 347 Madison Avenue, 415 Madison Avenue, and 350 Park Avenue
Midtown-East-02 Looks like our hypothetical rendition of the Midtown East rezoning wasn't so far-fetched. Just please improve the streetscape, widen sidewalks, and no more prosaic glass boxes.
Situated between its new JPMorgan Chase headquarters at 270 Park Avenue and a new office tower at 425 Park Avenue, another design by the world-renowned Foster + Partners, this one residential, is transforming the Midtown East skyscape. Selene, located at 100 East 53rd Street next to the iconic Seagram Building, makes a bold statement with its soaring height, stainless steel bays, and faceted glass walls that allow for abundant natural light and spectacular views from all 94 units. Interiors feature clean lines so as not to distract from the views; they also boast high, ribbed concrete ceilings, custom kitchens, and serene baths. Prices start at $1.875 million for one-bedrooms, $3.475 million for two-bedrooms, and $9.4 million for full-floor, three-bedrooms.
Selene takes its place in a stretch of New York that is rapidly being rethought as a destination for luxury living. Landmarked religious institutions, fine dining, and fancy department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdale's make Midtown East a popular area for tourists to visit. However, between numerous home decor stores on Third Avenue, gourmet markets like Whole Foods and a newly opened Trader Joe’s, and easy access to public transportation, New Yorkers are coming to embrace Midtown East as a residential destination. Moreover, as the office is expected to stay a part of working life in some form or another, the convenience of being able to walk to work cannot be overstated.
Developers recognized the convenience of Midtown East as well, and a new crop of condominiums with high-end interiors and well-curated amenities has sprung up. We take a look at the most architecturally impressive, state-of-the-art condos in the neighborhood. The figures quoted are based on sales from 2018 to the present day.
100-East-53rd-Street View of Midtown at night from The Selene (Credit: Williams New York)

Developed by Donald Trump | Design by Swanke Hayden Connell
58 stories | 238 condo units
Completed in 1983

721-Fifth-Avenue-01 Trump Tower (The trees on the cascade of terraces were removed a few years back)
Whether or not you agree with Donald Trump's politics, the persistent cachet of one of the world’s most famous addresses is undeniable. A prime location at Fifth Avenue and East 56th Street, crisp modern design by architect Der Scutt of Swanke Hayden Connell, and proximity to Central Park, and Fifth Avenue shopping at your doorstep, have ensured enduring value for this iconic black-glass building.

721-Fifth-Avenue-01 Trump Tower, #32H (Keller Williams)
From the Listing: This stunning 1,052-square-foot one-bedroom, one and one-half bathroom corner apartment has been meticulously renovated affording immediate luxury and style for the most discerning purchaser, with double exposures to the south and west from both the living room and the bedroom. Gorgeous white marbleized porcelain floors and elegant crystal ceiling lighting run throughout the apartments spacious rooms creating a refined backdrop for luxurious living, beautifully enhanced with gold-leaf accent on the window mullions. The generous living room is enhanced by iconic city views, including Fifth Avenue and the top of the magnificent Crown Building, and comfortably provides room for gracious entertaining and dining. The well-equipped kitchen, accentuated with dark gray granite countertops and sleek white cabinetry, includes a stainless steel Miele oven, Miele dishwasher and refrigerator. See full details here.

Developed by Macklowe Group | Design by CetraRuddy
35 stories | 67 condo units
Completed in 2018

200-East-59th-Street 200 East 59th Street
The 35-story sliver at the corner 200 East 59th Street sits at the junction of Midtown East, Billionaires’ Row, and Lenox Hill, some of the city’s most rarified residential destinations. Small floorplates make for exclusive living, with just two units per typical floor. Glass-railed balconies feature in every apartment. Sheer, floor-to-ceiling windows lend ample sunlight. Ceiling heights gradually rise toward the upper floors, which open onto Central Park views.

200-East-59th-Street-01 200 East 59th Street, #6A (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This spacious, corner 1,416-square-foot two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence features a deep wraparound terrace overlooking Central Park, and western views of the Midtown skyline. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows and expansive 10' ceilings tie the inside/out living concept together perfectly. The 548-square-foot terrace seamlessly connects the great room to an open kitchen outfitted with Italian white glass and aluminum trim cabinetry by Aran Cuchine, book matched honed Calacatta marble slab countertops, a natural white oak island and full-height backsplashes, and integrated Brilliant White glass appliances by Miele including an integrated wine refrigerator. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Aristotle Onassis | Design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill
52 stories | 226 condo units
Completed in 1978

641-Fifth-Avenue Olympic Tower
In 1975, magnate Aristotle Onassis erected the 51-story Olympic Tower across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Rockefeller Center, attracting high society elites and ushering a new era in New York’s luxury living. The somber skyscraper helped crystalize high-rise modernism into a lifestyle statement that persists in spiritual descendants from Trump Tower to 432 Park Avenue.

641-Fifth-Avenue-01 Olympic Tower, #34B (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom in mint condition, located in the world-famous Olympic Tower, leaves nothing spared. Armani-style interior graces the apartment and can include all the new sophisticated furnishings, three high-definition TVs, and contemporary fine art. This spacious apartment, with high ceilings, has Ipe (Brazilian walnut) solid wood floors with floor-to-ceiling windows giving way to stunning Manhattan skyline and Central Park views. In addition, it includes two sumptuous bathrooms with refined Porcelain tile and Caesarstone counters, plenty of custom closets, a high-tech custom Eggersmann kitchen with top appliances. See full details here.

Developed by RFR Holding | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox
45 stories | 76 condo units
Completed in 2005

60-East-55th-Street Park Avenue Place
Park Avenue Place looks a little like a high-tech, stainless-steel aircraft carrier, minus its superstructure, standing on one end, which is to say that it is very elegant and has a precise feel. As such, it is a good neighbor to Heron Tower, the slightly smaller tower just to its east that is a pleasant, conservative, pin-stripe office building that lends a calming effect to an otherwise "wild" block.

60-East-55th-Street-02 Park Avenue Place, #PH3 (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: On the 44th floor of Park Avenue Place condominium, this palatial duplex penthouse is a model of elegance and sophistication. Be dazzled with the double-height living room with soaring 22.5' ceilings and marvel at the exquisite Murano glass chandeliers from La Murrina. Relish the dramatic views and the light that floods through every floor-to-ceiling window. Relax in the 53' long terrace, accessible through the living room or the kitchen. 360-degree views capture the East and Hudson Rivers, Central Park, the 59th Street Bridge, and the iconic architecture of Midtown Manhattan. See full details here.

Developed by Ceruzzi Properties | Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli
64 stories | 124 condo units
Completed in 2020

138-East-50th-Street-01 The Centrale
The 803-foot, 64-story Centrale introduces Billionaires’ Row-style living into central Midtown. The slender skyscraper rises high above the broad office slabs in the Park Avenue corridor, and offers unobstructed 360-degree panoramas from the upper floors. The design aesthetic combines mid-century modernism with Art Deco, both hallmarks of Midtown East, while tall-ceiled apartments sport a palette of refined finishes and high-end fixtures.

138-East-50th-Street-02 The Centrale, #39B (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This expansive two-bedroom, two and a half-bathroom residence designed by Champalimaud offers north, east and southern exposures through floor-to-ceiling windows. White oak flooring throughout leads from the entry into an open living and dining concept, complete with a chef's kitchen offering honed Capri marble countertops, backsplash, and a waterfall island with room for seating. The kitchen has a refined aesthetic with streamlined custom white oak millwork that seamlessly integrates a full Gaggenau appliance package. The primary bedroom features an expansive walk-in closet and en-suite five fixture primary bath. See full details here.

Developed by World Wide Group and Rose Associates | Design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill
65 stories | 95 condo units
Completed in 2017

252-East-57th-Street 252 East 57th Street (Credit: Albert Vecerka of esto)
The esteemed firm of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, a pioneer of Modernist architecture, brings its signature minimalistm to this apartment building near the east end of Billionaires’ Wow. The 65-story tower is a jewel box of high-quality, green-tinted glass, accented with a pair of subtle, concave niches. An impressive amenity package cements 252 East 57th as one of prime residential destinations in Midtown East.

252-East-57th-Street-02 252 East 57th Street, #57B (Compass)
From the Listing: Majestically perched on the 57th floor with distinctive curves of a sculptural glass curtain wall and 11' foot ceiling heights brings unique definition and flow to the living space while framing panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, Central Park and the East River. A spectacular primary bedroom enhanced with walk-in closets and a spacious windowed en-suite master bath accented with polished white Nanoglass walls, a radiant heated floor, and walnut vanities, custom-designed 6-foot-deep bathtub gives way to breathtaking views of the city. Custom owner enhanced features unique to this home include technologically advanced custom air filtration system, enhanced water filtration system, EuroCave wine cellar in addition to Miele wine cellar, Sonos sound system zoned for every room, and LG Steam Closet. Furnishings available upon request. See floor plan and full details here.

Sponsor: Vanke US | Design by Foster + Partners
63 stories | 93 condo units
Completed in 2017

100-East-53rd-Street-01 Selene (Credit: Williams New York)
Located just off Park Avenue, Selene brings a shimmering design by Foster + Partners (whose New York credits include the Fifth Avenue Apple store, the Hearst Tower, and West Chelsea condo 551W21) to Midtown East. The 94 bespoke residences offer high-quality finishes and spectacular day-to-night vistas. Residents enjoy direct elevator access to Le Jardinier, a Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as amenities like a sunlit 60-foot lap pool, a state-of-the art wellness center, and Atlas Club & Library.

From the Listing: An elegant oak entry door welcomes you to this gracious one-bedroom residence. Interiors elegantly conceal service functions, balance soaring views, domestic intimacy, and allocate generous space for art. Enter into the spacious living and dining room outfitted with Carlisle 8" oversized wide-plank white oak flooring, floor-to-ceiling Starphire UV-coated windows, custom full-height curtains, and nearly 10-foot ceilings with integrated reveals for custom lighting that draw attention to views and light. The Foster + Partners-designed open chef's kitchen features wire-brushed oak cabinetry with integrated pulls and bronze detailing, cabinet-fronted Gaggenau stainless steel appliances. a 128" X 38" center island, and Italian Carrara marble knife edge countertops and backsplash with embedded ventilation and LED lighting a true culinary delight that allows for seamless entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Vornado Realty Trust | Design by Cesar Pelli & Associates
55 stories | 105 condo units
Completed in 2003

151-East-58th-Street-01 One Beacon Court
The 806-foot-tall One Beacon Court ranked among the city’s tallest buildings, apartment or otherwise, upon its 2004 completion. Years later, the mixed-use complex remains among East Midtown’s premier addresses thanks to its mid-block porte cochere, across-the-street adjacency to Bloomingdale’s, in-building shopping and subway access, and Central Park views from the upper floors.

151-East-58th-Street-02 One Beacon Court, #PH50 (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Welcome to the most magnificent uptown condominium residence with the grandest scale of any apartment on 1 floor - over 9,500 square feet - plus incredible 360-degree views of Central Park and the city skyline, soaring ceilings over 13 feet, and two spectacular 100-foot-long terraces. There is nothing like it on the market. This one-of-a-kind residence occupies the entire 50th floor in One Beacon Court, one of Manhattan's most luxurious condominiums, and was designed and custom built over many years by David Rockwell, one of America's most acclaimed architects. The apartment sets a new standard that blows away triple mint and features incredible design elements and craftsmanship simply not found in any other apartment in the city. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Dajia Insurance Group | Design by Schutze & Weaver
52 stories | 375 condo units
Completed in 1931, converted in 2019

303-Park Avenue
High-class connotations of the Waldorf Astoria name long predate the 1931 completion of the Park Avenue skyscraper, let alone the 2019 conversion of the upper floors into condominiums of the Towers moniker. Though the secret underground train that once connected directly to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s suite is no longer in service, residents retain access to the legendary building’s landmark interiors and world-renowned services.

303-Park-Avenue-01 The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, #3006 (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Own a piece of history at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Residence 2806 is a 2,529-square-foot three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, overlooking the landmarked St Bartholomew's Cathedral and up the world-famous Park Avenue. One accesses the residence via traditional key or programmable keyless entry system, and the home will have a fully integrated Concierge Closet - a unique and secure portal for the private delivery of packages, dry cleaning, and room service 24-hours a day. The corner living and dining area, measuring over 40 feet in length, perfectly sets the stage for sophisticated entertaining with generous space for a grand piano and multiple seating areas. The windowed eat-in kitchen features a large peninsula with a bar-height counter open to the main living space. The three en-suite bedrooms are sequestered away from the public spaces by a gracious gallery creating a private bedroom wing. See full details here.

Developed by Macklowe Group | Design by Rafael Vinoly Architects
96 stories | 104 condo units
Completed in 2015

432-Park-Avenue 432 Park Avenue
When it thrust into the Midtown skyline in 2015, 432 Park Avenue became an undeniable symbol of ultra-luxurious living, to supporters as well as detractors of opulent lifestyles and untold riches. Today, the 1,397-foot tower is no longer the tallest even on the street where it stands, yet the now-globally-famous address still reigns supreme in scale and luxury alike over any contender in Midtown East.

432-Park-Avenue-01 432 Park Avenue, #66A (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Designed by Diana Rice y Chelsea Reale of NYC-based design studio Sissy + Marley and featured in Elle Decor, Residence 66A at 432 Park Avenue is a beautiful example of neutral and monochromatic design with organic elements that seamlessly flow from room to room while maximizing the use and enjoyment of each space. This contemporary designed half-floor residence was fully renovated to create a space that is beautiful, functional, and inviting while featuring a perfect balance of scale, privacy, dramatic views, and clean design throughout. A formal entry gallery opens to the expansive 29' 3" X 29' 3" living/dining room with northern and eastern exposures of Central Park, East River, and the city. See floor plan and full details here.

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