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In the wake of a recent social media meme, “my Roman Empire” has become shorthand for the small, random things people think about on a daily basis. However, some architects’ Roman Empire actually dates back to this period: Arches appeared prominently in ancient Rome and were primarily used to support monumental features like bridges and cathedrals. Centuries later and on a smaller scale, many of New York’s housing and commercial buildings built during prewar Classical Revival periods incorporated arched windows and loggias into the facades (not to mention arched doorways inside).
As more of these older buildings get brought into the twenty-first century and converted to housing, luxury buyers are taking notice and showing their appreciation for homes with original prewar details in older neighborhoods. A home with grand arched windows at Tribeca condominium 108 Leonard Street ranked among last week’s top luxury contracts, and similar loft conversions remain in high demand.
A still under construction at 64 University Place is almost sold out. (Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects) A still under construction at 64 University Place is almost sold out. (Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects)
Domino Sugar Factory Refinery Building The new arched roof of the Domino Sugar Factory Refinery Building
More recently, some new construction condos have embraced arches to a point where the entire building facade is covered in them. This has come as a delight to architecture enthusiasts and buyers alike: 130 William Street and the forthcoming 64 University Place, two Manhattan condos that have embraced this feature, were honored at the 2023 NYCxDESIGN Awards. A borough away, only a small handful of availabilities remain at Parlour in Park Slope and LUNA in Gowanus. Moreover, as 520 Fifth Avenue shows, the trend shows no sign of fading away: The spiraling supertall is draped with arched windows framing iconic views of the city skyline.

While 520 Fifth Avenue has been a long time coming, with completion estimated for 2026, for those who don’t want to wait that long, find a selection of listings with arched windows and immediate occupancy below.
Parlou and 520 Fifth Avneue Arched facades in new developments such as Parlour in Park Slope and 520 Fifth Avenue rising in Midtown

Boerum Court, #PHF (Corcoran Group)

2601 East 24th Street, #3B (Corcoran Group)

Greenwich Place, #3A (Serhant LLC)

Stratford Terrace, #201 (Corcoran Group)

Hayden House, #1B (Compass)

259 21st Street, #2E (Corcoran Group)

One Hanson Place, #19H (Compass)

Salvation Lofts, #4K (Corcoran Group)


137 West Broadway, #4 (Corcoran Group)

60 East 96th Street, #15A (Compass)

45 East 9th Street, #99 (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

Snug Harbor, #B601 (Compass)

Parlour, #9B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

323 West 11th Street, #2WE (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Hendrik Hudson, #2LM (Corcoran Group)

Parlour, #6A (Garfield Realty Corp)

35 East 10th Street, #8BC (Compass)

59 Wooster Street, #3 (Compass)

The Park Mansion, #PENTHOUSE (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

30 East 76th Street, #PH (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

45 Crosby Street, #PHN (Compass)

10 White Street, #3 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Grabler Building, #6B (Archpoint Advisory Team)

176 Duane Street, #3rdFloor (Sothebys International Realty)

129 East 69th Street, #10/11A (Compass)

250 East 21st Street, #PHA (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

60 Beach Street, #1C (Corcoran Group)

236 East 72nd Street, #NA (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

108 Leonard, #14B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

160 East 72nd Street, #5FL (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

130 William, #PH64B (Corcoran Group)

393 Clinton Street, #TH (Nest Seekers LLC)

85 Leonard Street, #PH (Compass)

243 East 17th Street, #NA (Corcoran Group)
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