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Where does the money live? The prestigous buildings ringing Central Park (Photo of the San Remo and Central Park West via Corcoran) Where does the money live? The prestigous buildings ringing Central Park (Photo of the San Remo and Central Park West via Corcoran)
For all the excitement about architecturally adventurous, amenity-rich condos going up downtown, New York’s old guard has not been forgotten. The co-ops on Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, and Central Park West were seen as daring gambles in their own time but serve as the standard of New York luxury today. Try as some might, the rich history, stately locations, elegant architecture, and impressive layouts of these co-ops cannot be replicated.

It has been said that to move into one of these buildings is to announce that one has made it in New York. Availabilities are few and far between, prices are in the stratosphere, and money is no guarantee of access: These co-op boards are equal parts proud and protective of their buildings, which has led to a draconian selection process that, far from scaring would-be residents off, adds to the mystique.
(clockwise from top left) 960 Fifth Avenue, The Beresford, 834 Fifth Avenue, and The Dakota are among New York's most prestigious co-ops.

Architect: Bottomley, Wagner & White | Built in 1930

Neighborhood: Beekman/Sutton Place

79 Units | 26 Floors

River House exterior (Sotheby's International Realty)

“Arguably the city’s, if not the world’s, finest apartment building, River House at 435 East 52nd Street is the epitome of "swell" living.” — Carter Horsley

Residents may not be able to park their yachts at River House anymore, but the cobblestoned courtyard and renowned River Club remain at this tower of luxury in super-exclusive Sutton Place. The notoriously discerning co-op is as famous for the bold-faced names who live there (Henry Kissinger, Uma Thurman, and Wilbur Ross, Jr.) as for celebrities who don’t (Diane Keaton, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Joan Crawford have all been rejected).
River-House-ny-03 River House # via Douglas Elliman)
River-House-005 Study (Photos via Christie's International Real Estate)
One of the home's two private terraces

Architects: Warren & Wetmore + Rosario Candela | Built in 1927

Neighborhood: Upper East Side Gold Coast

19 Units | 15 Floors

960 Fifth Avenue (Warburg Realty)

“One of New York's most prestigious addresses, 960 Fifth Avenue is noted for its grand apartments, most of which have different layouts and its quite lavish restaurant for the residents, the Georgian Suite.” — Carter Horsley

A glassed-in rooftop and cast-iron marquee convey a sense of luxury from the outside, and signature Candela touches like diverse layouts, towering ceilings, and fireplaces in common rooms can be found in the enormous apartments. Any building can and does count a gym and doorman among its amenities, but only 960 Fifth Avenue also offers its own lavish restaurant, the Georgian Suite, for residents’ private dining and entertaining.
960-Fifth-Avenue-nyc-apartment-3 960 Fifth Avenue, #10A (Photos via Sotheby's International)
960-Fifth-Avenue-3 (Photos via Sotheby's)
960-Fifth-Avenue-04 View of Central Park

Architect: Rosario Candela | Built in 1931

Neighborhood: Upper East Side Gold Coast

24 Units | 16 Floors

834 Fifth Avenue exterior (Google street view)

“One of the three great limestone-clad apartment palaces on Fifth Avenue, this building roars across from the Central Park Zoo and blithely ignores the hordes of school buses and suburban buses that pass before it.” — Carter Horsley

Located across the street from the Central Park Zoo, the layout of this 16-story, 24-unit Candela masterpiece allows for uncommonly spacious residences, many of which are duplexes and triplexes. Moguls like Laurence Rockefeller, Elizabeth Arden, Rupert Murdoch, and Charles Schwab have paid cash for their impressive homes.
834-Fifth-Avenue-04 834 Fifth Avenue, 7/8A listed for $59M (Sotheby's)

Architect: McKim, Mead & White | Built in 1912

Neighborhood: Carnegie Hill

18 Units | 12 Floors

(Google street view)

“One of the world’s grandest apartment buildings. An inflated Italian Renaissance-style palazzo structure, the building would delight the Medicis and is widely credited with convincing New York’s very rich that apartments were acceptable habitats. ” — Carter Horsley

998 Fifth Avenue is across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but this Italian Renaissance palazzo-style building is a New York City landmark and a work of art inside as well as out. Architecture enthusiasts appreciate its high, detailed ceilings, intricate moldings, and expansive hallways. Built-in jewelry safes and refrigerated wine cellars in all units reflect the needs of its fabulously wealthy residents.
998-Fifth-Avenue-05 998 Fifth Avenue, #11W (Sotheby's International)
(Sotheby's International)

Architects: Rosario Candela and Arthur Loomis Harmon | Built in 1930

Neighborhood: Upper East Side Gold Coast

31 Units | 19 Floors

740-Fifth-Avenue (Compass and Corcoran)

“One of the city’s most celebrated addresses, this building is refined and restrained and rather regal and about as close to an impregnable treasure chest as possible in the city. ” — Carter Horsley

This “Tower of Power" has an elegant limestone façade, polished granite entrance, and architectural details that cannot be duplicated. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Stephen Schwarzman, and David Koch are among the business titans that have embraced its palatial homes, spectacular prewar details and features, and location among the best of Manhattan's dining, shopping, and culture.
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Architects: Rosario Candela and Cross & Cross | Built in 1928

Neighborhood: Upper East Side Gold Coast

29 Units | 18 Floors

720-Park-Avenue (Google street view)

“One of the city’s supremely luxurious apartment buildings, this has a superb location that is across Park Avenue from Asia House and close to The Frick Collection.” — Carter Horsley

This full-block, Neo-Georgian co-op is the epitome of prewar Park Avenue elegance. Interiors have been updated to meet modern needs, but never at the expense of the soaring ceilings, beautiful moldings, wood-burning fireplaces, winding staircases, and spacious rooms that make it one of Manhattan's most coveted addresses.
720-Park-Avenue-05 720 Park Avenue #13A floorplan -off market (Sotheby's International)
720-Park-Avenue (Photos via Sotheby's)

Architect: Henry J. Hardenbergh | Built in 1882

Neighborhood: Central Park West

93 Units | 10 Floors

1-West-72nd-Street (Douglas Elliman)

“A forbidding haunt, the Dakota is perhaps the most impressive residential building in the city because of its intriguing history and alluring presence that sparks anyone’s imagination. Inside, the city’s princes and princesses do romp.” — Carter Horsley

One would hardly know it to visit this prime Central Park location now, but The Dakota was considered to be going up in an isolated area at the time it was built. Over 100 years later, its impressive architecture and awe-inspiring apartments have attracted celebrities like John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, Gilda Radner, and Rudolf Nureyev, to name just a few.
The Dakota-Apartments-NYC The Dakota #82,83,84 (Photos via The Modlin Group)
1-West-72nd-Street (Photos via Modlin Group)

Architect: Emery Roth | Built in 1930

Neighborhood: Central Park West

136 Units | 27 Floors

145-Central-Park-West (Corcoran)

“One of the city’s, and the world’s, greatest residential skyscrapers, the San Remo is the city’s most beautiful apartment building and one of its most prestigious addresses.” — Carter Horsley

A study of Emery Roth’s work once compared the San Remo’s two towers to a cathedral. Indeed, this co-op near Central Park is a shrine to gorgeous architecture and luxurious living. Its living rooms can measure larger than some New York apartments, and interiors masterfully combine original elegance with modern convenience. Longtime resident Demi Moore best sums up its allure: "The location, architecture, and history of the San Remo were on a completely different level."
San-Remo-04 View of Central Park from #21C (Corcoran)
145-Central-Park-West (Photos via Corcoran)

Architect: Emery Roth | Built in 1929

Neighborhood: Central Park West

175 Units | 23 Floors

211-Central-Park-West (Sotheby's)

“A monumental and magnificent residential palazzo, the building has always been one of the city's grandest addresses with wonderful apartment layouts, rich details and great views.” — Carter Horsley

Considered one of the world’s greatest residential buildings, The Beresford certainly boasts one of the city’s most enviable locations near Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. Inside, apartments feature grand-scale layouts, soaring ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, unparalleled architectural details, and private terraces for select units. Diane Sawyer, Glenn Close, and Jerry Seinfeld are among the many celebrities who have called it home.
The-Beresford-05 The Beresford, #9H (Douglas Elliman)
211-Central-Park-West (Photos via Douglas Elliman)

Architect: Warren & Whetmore | Built in 1917

Neighborhood: Upper East Side Gold Coast

12 Units | 12 Floors

927-Fifth-Avenue 927 Fifth Avenue (Photo credits: Compass)

“One of the city’s greatest limestone-clad, pre-war apartment buildings in an impeccable location near the sailboat pond in Central Park.” — Carter Horsley

What this 12-story limestone-clad building across the street from Central Park’s sailboat pond lacks in soaring height, it more than makes up for in elegance. An arched, landscaped entrance welcomes residents to their magnificent, full-floor homes looking out on gorgeous Central Park or private garden views. Famous residents have included Mary Tyler Moore, Paula Zahn, and Pale Male, a red-tailed hawk that made his nest on the building.
927-Fifth-Avenue-4 #1N (Compass)
927-Fifth-Avenue (Photos via Compass)
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