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The lucky New Yorkers who live within a few blocks of Central or Prospect Park may have acres of running trails and green space at their feet, but they have to share the space with what often seems like half the city. A few fortunate Gramercy Park (seen above) residents get a golden key to their own private verdant oasis. But a growing number of new developments are taking the idea of private greenery seriously and not limiting landscape to a fancy roof deck. Large private (or sometimes public, for use by the local neighborhood) parks and gardens for condo and rental residents are springing up all over town. Below are a handful of new developments with parks on the premises–no key required.

Jardim, 525 West 27th Street

Its name is Portuguese for "garden," and as a leafy oasis in the heart of West Chelsea, Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld's Jardim certainly lives up to its namesake. Its two 11-story fraternal buildings contain 36 apartments that frame a lushly planted, multi-level courtyard designed by Future Green Studio, and a planted communal paradise covers the building's entire rooftop.

550 Vanderbilt

550 Vanderbilt Avenue

This much-talked-about newcomer has kicked off the coming-to-life of the vast Brooklyn development known as Pacific Park. Raising the bar for lifestyle and amenities in the recently exploding Prospect Heights neighbohood, the attractive 17-story apartment building with 274 condominium apartments within will be among he first of the mega-project's residences to be complete; the building and its surrounding brethren–and the public at large–will also benefit from a landscaped eight-acre park (the one mentioned in the project's name) that will anchor the former rail yard and will include generous lawns for picnics and sunbathing, a dog run, athletic spaces and more.

The Greenwich Lane

The Greenwich Lane, 155 West 11th Street

The Greenwich Lane complex consists of 200 condominium apartments–including several preserved historic buildings and a collection of townhouses. Among the many jewels that crown this Greenwich Village collection of five unique addresses and five townhouses is a lush 14,000-square-foot central garden, designed by M. Paul Friedberg & Partners in the spirit of the classic Enblish village green. Highlights include a formal garden with a reflecting pool, a birch allée (a planted garden path) with limestone benches and a trellised pavillion.

City Tower

City Tower, 10 City Point

A centerpiece of the development boom taking over Downtown Brooklyn, City Tower is designed as a mixed-use tower with 70,000 square feet of retail and entertainment at its base and more than 200 spacious apartments topping that from the 20th floor up. In addition to offering a wide range of top-notch amenities, the building provides its residents access to two roof decks, including a 10,000-square-foot lushly landscaped terrace that boasts planted lawns, a shade trellis, barbecue stations, sun lounges and plentiful seating against sweeping skyline views.
160 Madison

One Sixty Madison, 160 Madison Avenue

One Sixty Madison is a stunning new tower located in the heart of burgeoning NoMad. 255 units boast all the beautiful fixtures and finishes one would expect from a luxury tower, plus floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious residences suited for all styles of living. And while verdant Madison Square Park is just a skip away, residents can also find respite in the building's private 13,667-square-foot Park Lounge surrounded by the building’s elevated private park—which they also have access too. There are also two outdoor terraces on the upper floors that boast panoramic views of Manhattan.
Contributing Writer Michelle Cohen Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper's Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major US cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.
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