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The solarium-like living room at The Charles #24fl on First Avenue The solarium-like living room at The Charles #24fl on First Avenue
After starting in Staten Island and Brooklyn, the New York City Marathon course winds its way through Manhattan twice: up First Avenue on the way to the Bronx, and then down Fifth Avenue toward the finish line in Central Park. However, the trek can be like visiting two different planets: While Fifth Avenue is home to some of the city's grandest prewar co-op buildings, a new crop of taller, contemporary, amenity-rich condos have sprung up along First Avenue. By comparing and contrasting apartments on the same street, we see the difference a few avenues can make.
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East 72nd Street
1355-First-Avenue-1 All images of The Charles via Douglas Elliman
1355-First-Avenue-2 Living room
1355-First-Avenue-3 Kitchen
1355-First-Avenue-4 Bedroom
With its floor-to-ceiling windows and exceptional layout, this contemporary, high-floor home was made for entertaining. The oversized chef's kitchen is equipped with marble countertops and backsplash, white lacquer cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, and center island. The corner master suite boasts a windowed seating area, dressing gallery with oversized closets, and windowed marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.
912-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 912 Fifth Avenue via Douglas Elliman
912-Fifth-Avenue-2 Kitchen
912-Fifth-Avenue-3 Bedroom
Located in a full-service co-op designed by Schwartz and Gross, this estate-condition classic eight features 10' ceilings, direct Central Park views, and a wood-burning fireplace. A home office on the lobby level and a large basement storage unit are included in the sale. The building is centrally located near Museum Mile, Central Park, and premier shopping and dining. See floor plan and full details here.

East 79th Street
404-East-79th-Street-1 All images of Hampton House via Corcoran
404-East-79th-Street-2 Kitchen
404-East-79th-Street-3 Bedroom
404-East-79th-Street-4 City views
Two high-floor apartments will combine into one magnificent, 1,400-square-foot corner condo with the potential for multiple configurations. Features include wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant natural light, and a private balcony off the living room. Building amenities include a 24-hour concierge, fitness center, pool, roof deck, storage, and garage. See floor plan and full details here.
980-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 980 Fifth Avenue via Compass
980-Fifth-Avenue-2 Dining room
980-Fifth-Avenue-3 Master bedroom
980-Fifth-Avenue-4 Central Park views
Pristine post-war co-op offers the chance to create a dream home in a dream location near the best of New York. It is spacious enough to accommodate a large living room, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen, a staff room, and four bedrooms. Every apartment is guaranteed storage and garage space. See floor plan and full details here.

East 88th Street
360-East-88th-Street-1 All images of Leighton House via Park River Properties
360-East-88th-Street-2 Kitchen
360-East-88th-Street-3 Bedroom
360-East-88th-Street-4 City views
High-floor corner apartment has been impeccably renovated throughout, but the abundant light and panoramic views of the East River, Manhattan, and Long Island through wall-to-wall windows cannot possibly be improved upon. The open kitchen allows for entertaining in style, and the bedrooms are beautifully proportioned. The building's amenities include a health club, basketball court, and garden with children's playground. See floor plan and full details here.
1060-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1060 Fifth Avenue via Charles Rutenberg
1060-Fifth-Avenue-2 Living room
1060-Fifth-Avenue-3 Gallery
1060-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Located in a J.E.R. Carpenter-designed building that defines prewar elegance, this breathtaking apartment features 11' ceilings, southern and eastern exposures, and a wood-burning fireplace. A formal dining room with two sets of French doors is the ideal setting for dinner parties. The south-facing master suite has a large walk-in closet and enough space to accommodate a seating area. See floor plan and full details here.

East 90th Street
403-East-90th-Street-1 All images of 403 East 90th Street via Douglas Elliman
403-East-90th-Street-2 Living room
403-East-90th-Street-3 Bedroom
This Yorkville co-op offers a rare opportunity to combine two individual units into one beautiful home. Features include exposed brick, high ceilings, and peaceful serenity. The building is conveniently located near the 86th Street subway, Carl Schurz Park, and many top restaurants. See floor plan and full details here.
1080-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1080 Fifth Avenue via Stribling
1080-Fifth-Avenue-2 Kitchen
1080-Fifth-Avenue-3 Bedroom
1080-Fifth-Avenue-4 Den
Prime Fifth Avenue apartment looks directly on Central Park and reservoir views through wall-to-wall picture windows. The combined living/dining room offers expansive entertaining space, and the bedroom wing is off a separate hall for optimal privacy. Additional features include custom cabinetry, built-in closets, and a private basement storage bin. See floor plan and full details here.
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