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For all New York's evolution and new development, its historic districts remind us of the city's rich past. For all New York's evolution and new development, its historic districts remind us of the city's rich past.
When perusing listings in some of New York’s most highly coveted neighborhoods, some will note that the building is located in a historic district. This means that the neighborhood is under the protection of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (“Landmarks”), and walking down the streets today is like taking a walk through a timeless New York of yesteryear. Indeed, it is an appealing prospect from a financial standpoint as well: Landmarked districts have been known to offer higher property values and better insulation from extreme economic fluctuations.

Before stepping back in time, though, there are some things to keep in mind. Some are eager to have the best of both worlds - a new, amenity-rich condo in a historic neighborhood - but such development cannot take place without Landmarks’ blessing. Indeed, those who wish to bring historic townhouses into the twenty-first century cannot do so without Landmarks’ approval. But once it comes, owners of these historic properties may be eligible for tax credits.

Brooklyn Heights Historic District
Brooklyn Heights Historic District
The Brooklyn Heights Historic District was the first designated historic district following the creation of Landmarks in 1965, and the first neighborhood to be protected in its entirety. Otis Pratt Pearsall, co-chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission of the Brooklyn Heights Association, testified that, “The interesting old buildings arrayed on irregular streets, with unexpected vistas, emanates an appearance and even more a spirit of character of Old New York, which no single part thereof, and certainly no individual Landmark, could possibly provide.”
52-Remsen-Street-01 All images of 52 Remsen Street via Sotheby's International Realty
From the listing:
Situated in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, 52 Remsen Street is located on a landmarked, quiet, tree lined street. The picturesque rear yard looks onto the stone side facade of Grace Church, creating a very private lush green garden setting. This townhouse's unique design with side windows on the first three floors is flooded with natural light all the way to the center of the home. Soaring 11'4” ceiling heights at the parlor level, accented with full heighted arched doorways, barrel ceiling and a grand center hall staircase leading up to the bedrooms above and the garden level below. Totally unique full glass front windows which makes this home a standout from all the others on this beautiful block. See floor plan and full details here.

South Street Seaport Historic District
South-Street-Seaport-01 South Street Seaport via CityRealty
South Street Seaport Histric District
As the South Street Seaport makes a comeback following the damage of Superstorm Sandy, none of it will come at the expense of the brick buildings dating as far back as the mid-18th century. Before the seaport became a tourist hot spot, it was one of the leading ports in the nation and played an important part in the city’s shipping trade. As the designation report from 1977 says, “the South Street Seaport Historic District serves as an important reminder of the early commercial development and history of New York City.”
272-Water-Street-01 All images of 272 Water Street via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
Spectacular, one-of-a-kind duplex in a landmarked building, where every detail has been carefully thought out to honor the rare charm of South Street Seaport while offering the comforts of luxurious modern living. Upon entry into the home, be taken aback by the soaring ceilings, dramatic exposed wood beams, original refinished oak floors, original brick walls and a staircase made of reclaimed wood from the building. The first floor is an exceptional entertaining space, with an open kitchen, dining area (that could be turned into a third bedroom), full bathroom, and large eastern facing paned windows. See floor plan and full details here.

Tribeca West Historic District
Before Tribeca’s trendy portmanteau name was established, the area was known as Washington Market for its status as New York’s main food market. The industrial area was home to some of the city’s earliest cast iron buildings as well as warehouses and lofts in the Italianate and Romanesque Revival style. The Tribeca West Historic District was the first to be designated in 1991; Tribeca North, South, and East would be designated historic districts just over a year later.
From the listing:
This custom park-facing 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is a scintillating blend of contemporary city craftsmanship and European countryside charm in the heart of Tribeca. Features of this stunning apartment include custom walnut and basket woven parquet floors, high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, exposed brick walls and cast iron columns, custom built-ins, oversized sash windows with built-in bench seating and prime Duane Park views, keyed elevator entry, central heating and cooling, a convenient in-unit washer/dryer, and a lovely wood-burning fireplace with incomparable La Pierre Dorree stone from the quarry used for the Palace of Versailles. The upper level of the home flows directly into an expansive open-concept living, dining, and kitchen space saturated with western light. See floor plan and full details here.

Soho Cast-Iron Historic District
Soho-01 Soho streetscape via CityRealty
Almost all of Soho is located within the Soho Cast-Iron Historic District, which is named in honor of the facades of many of the buildings in the area. Just as artists were instrumental in drawing renewed attention to what was once an abandoned industrial area, they played a key role in the historic district designation: When plans for the Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) would have required the demolition of much of Soho and Little Italy, artists banded together with preservationists to save the architecture and defeat the LOMEX. A few years later, the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District was designated.
104-Wooster-Street-01 All images of 104 Wooster Street via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
Located on one of Soho's most coveted blocks, residence 2N at 104 Wooster Street is the epitome of classic loft living. Spanning 3,093 square feet, this special home preserves originality with a modern touch. A private key-locked elevator opens directly into the loft where you are met with a sprawling open concept living room measuring 38' 10" x 30'. Original 13' beamed ceilings are complimented by cast iron columns, showcasing the attention to detail by famed architects DeLemos and Cordes when it was constructed in 1891.

A gas fireplace creates a centerpiece to the room and adds warmth throughout the home. The double hung windows provide natural light and are fitted with custom wood shutters. An open chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances including Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking range and Bosch dishwasher flows directly into the perfect dining area creating an ideal atmosphere for entertaining.
See floor plan and full details here.

Greenwich Village Historic District
Greenwich-Village-01 All images via Ann Weintraub Ltd.
Greenwich Village Historic District
“Of the Historic Districts in New York City which have been designated or will be designated, Greenwich Village outranks all others. This supremacy comes from the quality of its architecture, the nature of the artistic life within its boundaries, and the feeling of history that permeates its streets.” So says the designation report of 1965, when city streets from St. Luke’s Place to 13th Street fell within the boundaries of the Greenwich Village Historic District. The streets are lined with free-standing mansions and rowhouses in a variety of eye-catching architecture styles not found anywhere else in New York.
From the listing:
Deep-set major terraces enwrap this large, five-room penthouse apartment located in this premier, iconic landmark building, One Fifth Avenue. Perched high in the tower, on the 18th floor, is a two bedroom, two bath, with a formal dining room and amazing views from the Hudson River to the Empire State building and beyond.

Combined from two apartments - the scale of the rooms are huge. The master bedroom, the size of a living room, has access to a terrace and boasts a designer walk-in closet and bath. The second bedroom also has access to a second terrace and a designer en suite bath.
See floor plan and full details here.

Gramercy Park Historic District
Gramercy-Park-01 All images via Sotheby's International Realty
Gramercy Park Historic District
Perhaps no neighborhood in the city is as well protected as the streets surrounding Gramercy Park. The green space at the heart of it is the only private park in the city, open only to keyholders, and the Italianate, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival style houses lining the park fall firmly within the boundaries of the Gramercy Park Historic District. A book published in 1921 said, “The laying out of Gramercy Park represents one of the earliest attempts in this country of ‘City Planning,’” and the historic district would be designated in 1966.
From the listing:
A gracious two-bedroom home with 2 full bathrooms features a sun-filled living room with a decorative fireplace and bay windows, windowed kitchen with granite countertops, washer and dryer, handcrafted ceiling moldings, classic herringbone floors, and high ceilings throughout. This pre-war beauty is enhanced by the breathtaking views of Park from every room. The building offers 24-hour doorman and concierge, bicycle storage, and a key to access Gramercy Park, which is the only private park in the city. See floor plan and full details here.

Ladies Mile Historic District
Ladies Mile Historic District
From the mid-19th to early 20th century, a stretch of what is now known as Chelsea or the Flatiron District - from 15th to 24th Streets, from Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue South - was home to fashionable retailers like Lord & Taylor and Arnold Constable on Broadway, and B. Altman, R.H. Macy, and Siegel-Cooper on Sixth Avenue. The retailers eventually moved to Midtown, but the loft buildings, early skyscrapers, and buildings in the Beaux-Arts, Neo-Renaissance, Romanesque Revival, and Queen Anne styles remained. When the historic district was designated, Anthony Wood, then-president of the Historic Districts Council, said, “This is not only a celebration of the past, it enriches the future.”
From the listing:
Situated on what was once known as Ladies Mile, the O'Neill Building was built as a block-long emporium to ladies' fashion in 1887. Currently configured as a three bedroom home, the space was originally built for four true bedrooms. The apartment faces both south and east hosting over 220 feet of windows, which bring in a superlative amount of light. The master bedroom in PHB is located on the upper floor of this duplex penthouse.

It is separated from the other living quarters by a grand stairway off the gallery. This private suite is one of the largest of its kind in all of New York City. The en-suite master bath has southern views and access to a private balcony.
See floor plan and full details here.

Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District
Central-Park-West-01 Central Park West views via Compass
Upper West Side Historic District
Some of the city’s most eye-catching architecture can be found along Central Park West, but the French flats and rowhouses on the side streets came first and are not to be overlooked. Churches and museums along the park were designed in similarly grand architectural styles and additionally fall under Landmarks’ protection. The historic district was designated in 1990, and the neighborhood is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
145-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The San Remo via Warburg Realty
From the listing:
The iconic San Remo was designed by legendary architect Emery Roth and located on Central Park West between 74th and 75th Street. Impeccably combined and designed for modern day living, the apartment currently has 3 bedrooms and a library with an additional study and a media room.

An impressive corner living room with faces north and east through 5 setback casement windows each lined with mirroring, inviting the outdoors in and immersing the space in all of Manhattan's beauty. A magnificent master suite features a sizable windowed walk-in closet/dressing room, full bathroom, and 3 casement windows overlooking Central Park. A second bedroom suite, currently being used as a home office, also has its own full bathroom, walk-in closet and park views. Off of the home's gallery you'll also find a wood-paneled library with built-in bookshelves, the main kitchen outfitted with a large wine refrigerator, full bathroom, eat-at island, double oven with 6-burner stove, full washer and dryer, a breakfast room with plentiful storage, staff room, and a spectacular north-facing formal dining room with coffered ceiling that leads to the apartment's combined northwest wing through pocket doors.
See floor plan and full details here.

Upper East Side Historic District
Upper-East-Side-01 All images via Compass
Upper-East-SideCarnegie Hill Historic District
The Upper East Side would seem to encapsulate the history of New York City’s architecture: Italianate and Greek Revival brownstones can be found on side streets, luxurious single-family mansions took shape in the area and alongside Central Park, and it was home to some of the city’s first luxury multi-family buildings, designs by J.E.R. Carpenter and Rosario Candela among them. This mix of architectural styles and types were instrumental in the Upper East Side Historic District's designation in 1981.
From the listing:
988 Fifth Avenue tells the story of an unforgettable era. J.E.R. Carpenter's 1925 masterpiece is a flawless example of the Italian Renaissance style manifested in early 20th-century Manhattan. As the preeminent condominium on the Upper East Side with only 13 residences, the move-in-ready 14th floor at 988 Fifth represents a truly rare opportunity to own the penultimate floor in this full-service building.

From a private elevator landing, enter the nine room apartment to marvel at the views over Central Park. The large marble gallery opens to the living and dining rooms, library, kitchen, and bedroom wing, as well as a perfectly appointed powder room. A sub-cornice creates a ledge below the windows of the 14th floor. This buffer assures tranquillity, and gives the illusion of floating above the park, transcending the hubbub below. The apartment's scale is grand in every way. Ceilings are eleven feet, and the many windows are wide and invite 360 degrees of light and views..
See floor plan and full details here.

Hamilton Heights Historic District
Hamilton-Heights-01 Hamilton Heights via Cororan
Hamilton Heights Historic District
Put aside the neighborhood's namesake - much of its development took place decades after Alexander Hamilton’s death: Between 1885 and 1909, the Upper Manhattan neighborhood saw a pleasing mix of low-rise apartment buildings, brick houses, and churches of many popular architectural styles take shape on its tree-lined streets. The Hamilton Heights Historic District was designated in 1974, and extended in 2000.
52-Hamilton-Terrace-01 All images of 52 Hamilton Terrace via Compass
From the listing:
As they say in Hamilton, it’s quiet uptown...and Hamilton Terrace is a fantastic and historic address, worth a peek. This single-family residence offers spacious living, four (or five) bedrooms plus a gorgeous open-loft living and dining experience. This comes in addition to the ground-level accessory floor, which can be devoted to your office, media room, or as a guest apartment / guest suite, and a full cellar for storage.

The home was gut renovated in 2013, and then upgraded again by the current owners. The level of detail is revealed as soon as you set foot in the meticulously restored original mosaic tile entryway. The light on the upper floors pours through the skylights and floats down the staircase. The master bedroom has three large bay windows with green leafy views, and the master bathroom has a large enclosed shower with an additional soaking tub and Robern® cabinetry.
See floor plan and full details here.

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