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Future view of the old and new buildings of West Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and Midtown West (DBOX for Related Companies - Oxford) Future view of the old and new buildings of West Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and Midtown West (DBOX for Related Companies - Oxford)
Twenty-five years after the Hudson River Park Act was signed into law, the onetime maritime center of New York City has been transformed into a verdant park with walking paths, sports courts, seating areas, and dog runs, all with views of the river. While pleasant at any time, it served as an escape, not to mention the host of many outdoor fitness classes, when New York was on lockdown.
Hudson River Park stretches from Pier 97 at the nexus of Midtown and the Upper West Side to Pier 25 in Tribeca, but the section that has attracted the most attention in recent years may be found in Chelsea. Just south of the park at Pier 63 and the flagship Chelsea Piers fitness center (new locations have recently opened throughout Brooklyn, but none have replicated its massive square footage and extensive offerings), Pier 57 welcomed new Google offices, the new home of City Winery, the James Beard Foundation-curated Market 57, and a new rooftop park over the past few years.
Down the block from Pier 57, Little Island represents a creative new transformation of the formerly dilapidated Pier 55. Instead of building the pier back exactly the way it was following extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy, media executive/Meatpacking District booster Barry Diller teamed up with Hudson River Park officials and Heatherwick Studios to create the “floating” park on a series of undulating pylons. Since its opening in spring 2021, it has hosted fashion shows, concerts, and comedy and dance performances in the amphitheater.
Little Island gathering space with views of pylons and Lower Manhattan skyline
Some might think this stretch’s transformation is complete, but new projects are still on the boards. Earlier this week, Governor Hochul announced a request for proposals to redevelop the shuttered Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street into a residential building with affordable housing units and a minimum of 60 supportive housing units. As we wait to see how this will play out, other projects in the works include the forthcoming Terminal Warehouse office redevelopment, a planned residential development with gallery at 188 Eleventh Avenue, and the development of the western portion of Hudson Yards (that could very well include New York City’s first casino).
Additionally, the foundation is in place for a luxury condominium at 540-550 West 21st Street. The developer filed for bankruptcy in August 2023, but another condo developer could very well snap up the site. This site is part of a larger trend: From the Hudson Yards mega-development to the building boom surrounding the recently re-extended High Line, dazzling new high-rises have taken shape to make the most of the river views through oversized windows and sometimes from private terraces. Expansive floor plates, high-end finishes and appliances, and extensive amenity and service packages further sweeten the real. Apartments in these buildings regularly rank among Manhattan’s top sales, and a penthouse at One High Line has the highest Downtown contract of 2023 to date with a $52,000,000 asking price.
Below, we look at the top ten buildings overlooking the Hudson River from West 59th to 14th Streets. But as The New York Times says, Hudson River Park is the largest park built in Manhattan since Central Park; as such, its reach extends well beyond Midtown and Chelsea. Join us next week as we look at buildings with the best waterfront views in the West Village and Hudson Square!
500-West-18th-Street-01 One High Line

21 floors | 180 units | 2021 | Architect: Heatherwick Studio

515 West 18th Street
When Lantern House was still on the drawing board, it attracted attention for its take on bay windows that some likened to bubble wrap. Those same windows allow for incredible natural light and views of the Hudson River, High Line, and Manhattan skyline.

Living room with bay window and river views Lantern House, #1903 (The Corcoran Group)
From the Listing: Residence 1903 is a generously sized three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home offering a separate den and south and west exposures with stunning views of the Hudson River. The gracious foyer, oversized great room, and separate study, lead to beautiful interiors that feature a custom kitchen designed by March & White. See floor plan and full details here.

7 floors | 12 units | 2008 | Architect: Studio D + Forum

120 Eleventh Avenue
The West Chelsea building boomlet has spawned a stretch of glassy new condos on the former sites of abandoned industrial buildings. One notable exception is Lifesaver Lofts, the residential conversion of the building where Mint Products Company manufactured the popular candy. The building looks much the same as it did from its industrial days, and the large floor plates and oversized windows make for attractive residential offerings.

Living room with exposed brick wall and oversized windows Lifesaver Lofts, #2B (Elegran)
From the Listing: This stunning loft apartment has recently undergone a complete renovation with the most meticulous attention to detail. Upon arrival, one enters into an expansive 38-foot wide great room with 11-foot ceilings and a flourishing natural southern light. Adjacent to the great room, there is an open-concept dining room and kitchen featuring a spacious eat-in island, newly customized cabinetry, Carrara Gold marble countertops and backsplash, and a set of fully integrated Miele and Viking stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

37 floors | 77 units | 2022 | Architect: Alvaro Siza

611 West 56th Street crown
611 West 56th Street represents the first United States project by Pritzker Prize laureate Alvaro Siza. The tower is a sleek addition to the Far West Side skyline and, by virtue of its soaring height and oversized windows, residents enjoy panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.

Corner living room with Hudson River views 611 West 56th Street, #21B (The Corcoran Group)
From the Listing: Designed by renowned architect Alvaro Siza with interiors by Gabellini Sheppard, residence 21B is a 1,547-square-foot southwest facing corner three-bedroom, two and a half-bathroom with exclusive direct elevator-to-residence access. Elegantly appointed modern finishes and wide-plank oak floors embrace a neutral color palette. Oversized windows provide ample sunlight and feature expansive views of the Hudson River to the west and uninterrupted views of downtown to the south. See floor plan and full details here.

21 floors | 72 units | 2010 | Architect: Jean Nouvel

100 Eleventh Avenue
100 Eleventh Avenue was an early entrant in the West Chelsea building boom, opening a few years after the High Line did. The blue glass building attracted immediate attention for its eye-catching facade and impressive views after it opened, and experienced renewed interest after stage and screen actor Hugh Jackman bought a penthouse in the building last summer.

100-Eleventh-Avenue-01 100 Eleventh Avenue, #5A (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: Unique opportunity to live in one of downtown’s premier luxury condominiums designed by famous architect Jean Nouvel! Sprawling across 2,095 square feet, apartment 5A is a masterpiece of architectural excellence boasting spacious and expansive 3-bedrooms, 3.5-sleek bathrooms with floor to ceilings windows, 10-foot ceilings, terrazzo floors, triple exposures west, east and north with two unique private outdoor spaces for your own al fresco oasis. See floor plan and full details here.

#6 - 551W21

19 floors | 44 units | 2015 | Architect: Foster & Partners

551 West 21st Street
Rainbow arching past 551 West 21st Street
West Chelsea has practically become a Walk of Fame for the world's most highly acclaimed architects, and Sir Norman Foster's "star" may be found at 551 West 21st Street. The building's clean-lined facade provides picture-perfect frames for the floor-to-ceiling windows in every unit.

19 floors | 16 units | 2010 | Architect: Selldorf Architects

200 Eleventh Avenue (Selldorf Architects)
200 Eleventh Avenue stands out in the streetscape for its terra cotta base and stainless steel setback tower with multi-pane windows that allow for beautiful views of the Hudson River and classic Chelsea architecture. However, it has garnered the most attention for the "sky garages" that allow residents to drive into a car lift that brings them and their car directly to their front door. The amenity race among West Chelsea condos has grown quite heated, but no others have added this feature (yet).

Private terrace and adjacent den with Hudson River views 200 Eleventh Avenue, #PH1 (Compass)
From the Listing: Perched atop one of Manhattan’s most coveted residential buildings, this penthouse commands breathtaking views that span the iconic Manhattan skyline, the serene waters of the Hudson River, and the bustling cityscape below. Embracing north, south, east, and west exposures, each moment spent within this sanctum reveals a captivating panorama, from glorious sunrises to mesmerizing sunsets. A hallmark of this penthouse’s distinction lies in its private en-suite sky garage, a visionary feature that epitomizes luxury and exclusivity. See floor plan and full details here.

71 floors | 143 units | 2020 | Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

35 Hudson Yards
35 Hudson Yards is the tallest apartment building in the new development and one of the tallest residential buildings in all of New York City. The apartments start on the 53rd floor so as to make the most of river and skyline views. They are on top of the Equinox Hotel in the building, and residents enjoy access to the hotel's restaurants and services, not to mention a suite of luxurious, exclusive amenities.

Living room with Hudson River views 35 Hudson Yards, #8801 (The Corcoran Group)
From the Listing: Enter this spectacular five-bedroom residence through grand double-doors and enjoy the 10’10" ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, massive south-facing Great Room, formal Dining Room, and stunning views of the Hudson River from every room. The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

70 floors | 285 units | 2020 | Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

15 Hudson Yards
15 Hudson Yards has risen a short distance from the Vessel sculpture at the heart of Hudson Yards, and eye-catching cultural center The Shed is located in its eastern base. However, the building is a work of art in its own right with its gently bowed glass facade. This allows for incredible light and sweeping views of the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline, and the Hudson Yards development.

Corner living room with Hudson River and Lower Manhattan views 15 Hudson Yards, #71A (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This spectacular three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom "A-line" was one of the first lines to sell out because of its breathtaking south/east city and river views. The spacious living and dining rooms have two exposures, floor-to-ceiling windows, and soaring 11-foot ceilings. The sleek open kitchen is a chef’s dream with fabulous cabinet space, a breakfast bar, and top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

23 floors | 144 units | 2021 | Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Olson Kundig

555 West 22nd Street
The building boomlet along the High Line and Hudson River has led to an influx of glassy new towers. The Cortland is a notable exception with a red brick facade that pays a respectful tribute to the neighborhood's industrial history. However, the oversized windows and thoughtful floor plates allow for river views to rival those in the all-glass buildings.

Corner living room with Hudson River views The Cortland, #12AW (Core Group Marketing LLC)
From the Listing: Residence 12AW is 3,004 square feet with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The expansive, open-plan living and dining areas feature unobstructed views of the Hudson River, a 29-foot corner great room, a windowed eat-in kitchen with a custom Olson Kundig-designed Jackbox, warm wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows. See floor plan and full details here.

36 floors | 236 units | 2023 | Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group

Private terrace with landscaping and partial river views Bird's eye view of One High Line (DBOX)
Once upon a time, the full-block development now branded One High Line was all over the news for difficulties with its original developer and the long-shuttered site. But now that closings have commenced and move-ins are set to begin, the site's silent period is all but irrelevant to luxury buyers. The twist of the towers allows for 360-degree views in an increasingly crowded area, and residents will enjoy access to exclusive amenities as well as the perks and services of the Faena Hotel set to open in the East Tower.

Corner living room with open kitchen and Hudson River views One High Line, #EAST14B (The Corcoran Group)
From the Listing: Residence 14B features northern and western exposure revealing Hudson River views from its elegant great room. Perfect for entertaining, the home’s living and dining rooms blend seamlessly with the open kitchen. The corner primary suite, complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows, welcomes an abundance of natural light. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions
West Chelsea Waterfront View north of West Chelsea's waterfront buildings from Lantern House (via Corcoran Group)
As new development in Chelsea and Midtown spreads further west, buildings along Tenth and Eleventh Avenues once prized for their water views have found themselves crowded out and facing the new skyline instead. However, we salute their impact on the transformed streetscape and note that certain units in the buildings still enjoy Hudson River views.
450 West 17th Street
635 West 42nd Street
559 West 23rd Street

550 West 29th Street
540 West 28th Street
560 West 24th Street
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