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From Williamsburg to Upper Manhattan, eye-catching buildings took shape all over New York last year. From Williamsburg to Upper Manhattan, eye-catching buildings took shape all over New York last year.
Between a global pandemic and the ugliness of the presidential election, 2020 had too many bleak moments. However, there were moments of beauty and wonder to be found, sometimes by walking down the streets of New York. We take a look at the most eye-catching new condominiums and rentals to be completed in 2020.

Credit: Max Touhey
30 Warren Street is a ground-up new condominium development in Tribeca at the corner of Warren and Chambers Street. Designed by François Leininger of Post-Office Architects, 30 Warren is a boutique development of 23 design-forward residences that are a mix of one- and two-bedroom homes and a limited number of three-bedroom and penthouse residences with direct elevator entry reserved for the top floors of the building. Each residence will offer open floor-plans and select homes will provide outdoor space. Building amenities will include a part-time doorman, a fitness center, children’s playroom, bicycle storage, laundry room.
(Corcoran Sunshine)
From the listing: Positioned in the southwest corner of the building, beautifully proportioned rooms with 10 ft. ceilings, these residences offer an assortment of oversized, high-performance, soundproof windows by Schuco throughout the residence through which one enjoys direct natural light and open city views to the south and west. The corner living and dining are generously sized and invite gracious entertaining. Underfoot, the residence boasts beautiful 4 and 5 inch custom ladder pattern oak flooring throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

From the listing: 20-year 421a Tax Abatement. Closings Underway. Walls of windows overlook the Hudson River and span across Midtown and Downtown from this dramatic southwest-facing residence. An open windowed kitchen and corner living/dining room offer tremendous light and entertaining space.

An enclosed alcove provides a flexible home office or storage space. The master suite features multiple closets and a five-fixture bathroom with an enclosed water closet. Custom Italian kitchens by Pedini celebrate the discerning tastes of One Waterline Square’s residents.
See floor plan and full details here.

285 Grand Street (Compass)
285 Grand Street is a boutique, 2-unit new condominium with each unit accessed by keyed elevator. Located in arguably Williamsburg's best location on Grand Street between Roebling and Havemeyer, enjoy the best the neighborhood has to offer while tucked away in a quiet residential enclave known for its premier restaurants and boutique shopping. A couple blocks away at the Bedford Avenue retail corridor you will find Whole Foods, Apple Store, Equinox, and the Bedford L train stop. Indoor-outdoor living at its finest awaits!
From the listing: Nestled in the heart of Williamsburg, Penthouse B at 285 Grand Street is an incredible 2,345 square foot three-bed, three-and-a-half bath duplex with an additional 2,450 square feet of private outdoor space across two roof terraces. An entertainer's paradise, the living room features oversized windows drenched in sunlight and is perched atop Williamsburg's newest condo development. The Scavolini designed chef's kitchen features a Gaggenau appliance package, Caesarstone countertops, and a temperature-controlled wine refrigerator. See floor plan and full details here.

35-Hudson-Yards-006 Credit Dave Burke via SOM
The 1,010-foot supertall at 35 Hudson Yards ranks as New York City’s fifth-tallest apartment building and features the highest residences at the emerging Hudson Yards neighborhood. Residences start at the 53rd floor of the 71-story high-rise, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; the Equinox Hotel spans the lower floors. The notched, rounded pinnacle makes a dramatic skyline statement. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto splendid vistas in all directions, most notably the Hudson River that stretches in open view from every west-facing apartment
From the listing: This expertly planned three-bedroom residence boasts 10’10” ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, gracious entry gallery, and stunning views of the city skyline from the expansive corner Great Room. The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. Full suite of Gaggenau appliances, inclusive of a wine fridge and coffee maker, truly makes this kitchen extraordinary. The master bedroom boasts two large walk-in closets and a luxurious master bathroom which is wrapped in stunning iceberg quartzite, complete with stunning double vanity with Kinon panels, and full-depth soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

Etage is a boutique, 9-unit condominium in the heart of the Upper East Side. Designed by New York-based architectural firm, ODA, the building has a stunning transitional facade, a beautiful, doorman-attended lobby, a common laundry room, private storage, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a lovely rooftop terrace.
(Nest Seekers)
From the listing: A chic full-floor condo saturated with natural light, this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home reimagines traditional Upper East Side living through a stylish contemporary lens. Features of this 2,371 sq. ft. apartment include airy 9-ft ceilings, gorgeous oak flooring with radiant heating, key-locked elevator access, pre-wiring for smart home customization, central heating and cooling and multi-zone control, an in-unit washer/dryer from Whirlpool, pre-wiring for motorized shades, seamless multi-paned windows with northern, eastern, and western exposure. See floor plan and full details here.

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The 524-foot skyscraper at 180 East 88th Street, designed by DDG, ranks not only among the Upper East Side’s tallest apartment buildings but also the most refined. Custom Kolumba brick from Denmark creates a tactile, textured façade. A recessed entrance leads through a garden to a cavern-like, vaulted lobby that echoes the building’s distinctive arched aesthetic. Undulating plaster molding by artist Jaan Hooss decorates the wall above the lobby fireplace. Vibrant murals by painter Sean Murtha animate the children’s playroom. The fitness center comes with a basketball half-court that overlooks a cozy courtyard. Full- and half-floor apartments boast 14-foot ceilings and panoramic views in all directions. The arched terrace at the penthouse duplex showcases Central Park in all its verdant glory.
(Robert Granoff)
From the listing: Enter into the gracious residence of 7A at 180 E.88th Street with a spacious 20'2"x14'1 living room for entertaining and separate 10'6x10'2 dining area. This sun filled residence with 9'6" ceilings and views North and East also boasts an oversize master bedroom suite of 24'9" x 11'6". Pre-war style inspired detailing has been refreshed to meet modern luxury expectations, including a formal elliptical entry gallery with coved ceilings and custom plaster wainscoting complimented by herringbone flooring. See floor plan and full details here.

111 Varick is Leed Silver Certified providing the utmost in energy efficiency and air quality. Each resident will enjoy the robust amenities and services package including a 24-hour doorman attended lobby, an expansive landscaped rooftop terrace with barbecue, open-air movie theater, and unobstructed views across the Hudson River and dramatic vistas of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. The building also boasts a fitness center, meditation room, conference room, club lounge with billiards table, media center, and children's playroom, and electric car charging stations.
via Compass
From the listing: Listed rent is net effective of 2 months free on a 14 month lease A towering 30-story sculpture rising over one of New York City's most rapidly evolving neighborhoods, 111 Varick offers 100 finely crafted rental apartments with unobstructed skyline and Hudson River views. These studio, one- and two-bedroom luxury homes, impeccably designed by S9 Architecture and Chris Shao Studios, are inspired by the industrial heritage of Hudson Square, bringing vibrancy to one of Downtown's most visible corners. See floor plan and full details here.

Located at 212 West 95th Street, Dahlia is a 20-story new construction building with a modern, refreshingly original design by CetraRuddy Architecture. Dahlia offers 38 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, including penthouses that are forward-thinking and elegant, just like the flower for which they are named. Amenities include a massive 5,100 square foot elevated terrace with a lounge area for adults and a play structure for kids, a music room, a fitness room with a yoga studio, 24-hour attended lobby, a children's playspace, a lounge, a game/tween room, a pet spa, private storage for purchase, bike storage and a covered parking garage offering 12 parking spaces for purchase.
From the listing: This three bedroom home is graciously appointed with 9'-5'' ceilings, generously proportioned living spaces and three full bathrooms. Northern, Eastern, and Southern exposures bathe this residence in natural light while the 7'-1/2'' wide plank oak floors bring an air of modern elegance throughout the home. Opening to the large living room, you are greeted by clean, white, polished quartz countertops. See floor plan and full details here.

277 South 5th Street

Developed by Charney Companies and Tavros Holdings
Design by Fogarty Finger Architecture

Rental | 177 Units | 23 Floors

277-South-5th-Street-01 All images of The Dime via Douglas Elliman
In the heart of Williamsburg, The Dime masterfully combines the landmarked Dime Savings Bank with an adjacent 23-story tower. Residential amenities include an indoor basketball half-court, indoor/outdoor fitness center, gaming terrace, fifth-floor terrace, and 22nd-floor speakeasy-inspired lounge with outdoor seating.
From the listing: From soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to mesmerizing views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge, every element within The Dime has been carefully curated and designed to evoke true tranquility and relaxation for residents. Every floor boasts breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge, visible from nearly every apartment. Now offering 3 months free rent on a 12-month lease. Early move-in specials for qualified applicants include free parking, move-in credit of $1,000 AmEx gift card, free personal training sessions, free bike storage, and reduced security deposit of $1,000! See floor plan and full details here.

24-16 Queens Plaza South

Developed by Silverback Development
Design by Woods Bagot

Condo | 109 Units | 22 Floors

24-16-Queens-Plaza-South-01 All images of Hero LIC via Nest Seekers
Hero LIC took shape amidst a Long Island City building boom, but its undulating facade and curved balconies set it apart in a rapidly evolving local skyline. Moreover, none of this came at the expense of the historic loft building at the base. A 15-year 421-A tax abatement is in effect, and over 15,000 square feet of residential amenities include a Zen garden off the attended lobby, a wellness center and separate yoga studio, a Sky Room lounge with pool table, a roof deck with BBQ grills, and a 3,000-square-foot open-air veranda with dramatic 30' ceilings.
From the listing: Features of this 646-square-foot apartment gorgeous white oak flooring, huge windows with southern exposure and city views, and a convenient in-home washer/dryer. Beyond a practical entryway foyer, the home flows into a luminous, open- concept living room, dining room, and kitchen. The living space has dual exposure, while the windowed kitchen is equipped with custom MLAM Spanish Oak cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, and a suite of fully-integrated appliances from Liebherr and Blomberg. See floor plan and full details here.

148 East 126th Street

Developed by Blumenfeld Development Group
Design by Bjarke Ingels Group

Rental | 233 Units | 11 Floors

148-East-126th-Street-01 The Smile's 126th Street facade via Blumenfeld Development Group
Credit: Bloomimages
125th Street
In the wake of eye-catching new developments on Manhattan's west side, celebrity architect Bjarke Ingels turned his attention to East Harlem with The Smile, a rental named in honor of its gracefully curving facade. The amenity suite sets new standards for the neighborhood with a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga and personal training rooms; a spa with hammam, sauna and steam rooms, and color-changing LED salt room; a spacious co-working studio; a lounge and game room with wet bar; and a landscaped rooftop terrace with pool, three whirlpools, grilling and dining areas, and outdoor screening area.
148-East-126th-Street-02 Interiors via The Smile Leasing Gallery
From the listing: This one bedroom features river views, a large open kitchen with breakfast bar, spacious living room and king-size bedroom with walk-in closet. Residences feature 9’ and higher ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed concrete ceilings, and Bright White Quartzline monolithic resin floors. Each home includes a washer and dryer, oversized closets, and a Latch smart entry lock. Listed rent is net effective based on 3 months free rent on a 15-month lease. See full details here.

Developed and designed by DDG

Condo | 10 Units | 8 Floors

100-Franklin-Street-01 All images of 100 Franklin Street via Douglas Elliman
100 Franklin Street (CityRealty)
100 Franklin Street's address in the Tribeca East Historic District meant the building could not take shape without Landmarks' blessing, but a brick facade and contextually sensitive design earned the building the green light. All units are reached via private elevator, and shared amenities include a fitness center, storage, central laundry room, and bike room.
From the listing: #PH1 is a 2,854-square-foot duplex residence complete with an expansive 946-square-foot private roof terrace offering beautiful city views over historic Tribeca and the Downtown skyline. The residence features direct elevator access into the Great Room which boasts oversized, picture windows facing east and south over Tribeca and allows for beautiful, natural light to flow throughout. The living area and dining room lead directly to the custom-designed, open eat-in kitchen featuring Carrara marble surfaces, state-of-the-art Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and direct access to a balcony. See floor plan and full details here.

500 West 25th Street

Developed by GDS Development
Design by G55 Architects

Condo | 8 Units | 10 Floors

500-West-25th-Street-01 All images of The Emerson via Douglas Elliman
Adjacent to the High Line, The Emerson's handsome limestone facade is not the only aspect of the building that sets it apart. Between the antimicrobial brass entry door handles and elevator, state-of-the-art HVAC units, and full-floor units with private outdoor space and at least 140 linear feet of operable windows, it is little wonder the building is one of New York's Green Property Certified Buildings.
From the listing: Meticulously designed by architect-developer GDSNY, this full-floor 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom corner residence comprising of 2,375 interior square feet and 210 exterior square feet that seamlessly marries modern design, impeccable craftsmanship with a sensuous palette of warm, natural materials that accentuate luxury living at its finest.

A keyed elevator opens into a spacious private foyer that separates living and entertaining spaces from the three bedrooms, allowing for as much or as little privacy as desired. Offering an abundance of natural light through the floor-to-ceiling wall of windows that span the entire 23-foot wide great room, expansive views of the city, 10'+ foot ceilings, and 6" Siberian wide-plank white oak floors throughout is perfect for dining and entertaining. Sponsor paying 24 months of common charges and 1 year of parking included.
See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Minskoff Equities
Design by David Chipperfield Architects

Condo | 7 Units | 6 Floors

17-Jane-Street-01 17 Jane Street via Minskoff Equities/David Chipperfield Architects
(Minskoff Equities)
New condo construction is rare in the Greenwich Village Historic District; indeed, it took Minskoff Equities four trips before the Landmarks Preservation Commission to earn approval for its new condominium on the former site of a garage. However, its design inspired by surrounding brownstones and prewar buildings nearby would eventually win them over, not to mention Jennifer Lawrence - the Academy Award-winning actress made the first purchase in the building! She and all other residents will enjoy a gym with sauna, on-site storage, and discreet garage accessed via car elevator.

260 Kent Avenue

Developed by Two Trees Management
Design by COOKFOX

Rental | 330 Units | 42 Floors

260-Kent-Avenue-01 From Manhattan across the East River (CityRealty)
(Two Trees)
On the Williamsburg waterfront, the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment is simultaneously transforming the local neighborhood and the skyline. That is especially evident at One South First, the tallest building in Williamsburg. The environmentally friendly tower's design was inspired by sugar crystals, and it is directly across from Domino Park. Residential amenities include an outdoor pool, waterfront sun deck, fitness center, social lounges, and private work areas.
From the listing: Beautifully furnished short or long-term sublet! Corner waterfront apartment with soaring Southwestern views over the Manhattan Skyline, East River, Statue of Liberty and all three Bridges. Take in unparalleled sunsets from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this sun-flooded corner home. With a spacious walk-in closet in the primary bedroom, this home offers ample storage space. The open kitchen is appointed with custom Italian cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, Bosch appliances and an in-sink disposal. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Adellco
Design by Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Condo | 8 Units | 15 Floors

27-East-79th-Street-01 All images of 27 East 79th Street via The Corcoran Group
27 Est 79th Street finishing work in 2019 (CityRealty)
A stone's throw from Central Park and the Cook Block, 27 East 79th Street brings a touch of Parisian elegance to the Upper East Side, and little wonder - Cabinet Alberto Pinto is the designer of the private salons of the Élysée Palace. When 27 East 79th Street was still under construction, its pale limestone facade, custom lanterns, elaborate ironwork entry, and arched windows garnered the approval of locals, former mayor Michael Bloomberg among them.
From the listing: Meticulously appointed by Parisian design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto, Duplex Residence 11 at 27 East 79th Street offers 3 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and open southern views with a gas fireplace over the landmarked mansions of the historic Cook Block and partial view of Central Park. Direct elevator entry into each residence ensures utmost privacy and convenience. Custom baseboard mouldings, ceiling cornices, and white oak parquet de Versailles flooring are used throughout the residence’s luxe interior. See floor plan and full details here.

639 West 59th Street

Developed by GID Development Group
Design by Rafael Vinoly

Rental | 244 Units | 34 Floors

3-Waterline-Square-01 (CityRealty)
Three Waterline Square rises like an angled crystal from its spot in one of New York's most highly anticipated new developments. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for unobstructed views, and residents can enjoy spectacular sunsets and Hudson River vistas. In addition to its thoughtfully curated amenities designed by Groves & Co., residents have access to 100,000 square feet of amenities catering to all interests and hobbies at Waterline Club, the luxurious club connecting all three buildings from within.
From the listing: Spacious two-bed with southern and western exposures is reached via keyless entry and looks out on sweeping views of the Hudson River and Waterline Square Park. The gourmet kitchen is outfitted with fully integrated Gaggenau appliances. The primary suite features a walk-in closet and five-fixture bath with soaking tub. The price is net effective. See full details here.

33 Park Row

Developed by Urban Muse
Design by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Condo | 31 Units | 25 Floors

33-Park-Row-01 Rendering of No. 33 Park Row via Noe & Associates with The Boundary and Urban Muse
1 Beekman-03 (CityRealty)
Along City Hall Park, the onetime "Newspaper Row" is experiencing a renaissance as a highly coveted residential address. No. 33 Park Row, also known as "The Pearl of the Park," boasts a contemporary design by the firm headed by Sir Richard Rogers, one of the most influential modern architects alive. Every apartment will have views of City Hall Park, and half of the units will come with private terraces. The fifth floor will be entirely dedicated to residential amenities, a fitness center and yoga studio among them.

301 East 81st Street

Developed by Icon Realty Management
Design by Studio Sofield

Condo | 32 Units | 21 Floors

301-East-81st-Street-01 Beckford House via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
Beckford House Beckford House in October 2020
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One of two new complementary buildings on the Upper East Side, Beckford House's hand-carved limestone and brick facade, Juliet balconies, and gracious setback terraces pay respectful tribute to its prewar neighbors. Only one to three units per floor allow for excellent privacy, and residential amenities include a distinguished attended lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, and roof terrace with outdoor kitchen and multiple seating areas.
From the listing: A private elevator landing opens to a gracious entry foyer featuring striking herringbone flooring. This full-floor residence pre-war nature takes full-flight with a spacious custom-designed Christopher Peacock eat-in kitchen with a statuary marble countertop and backsplash and breakfast room. The richly-appointed kitchen features a sophisticated all-purpose appliance suite including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator; Wolf six-burner gas range and griddle with a fully vented hood, built-in wall oven, microwave oven; and two Miele dishwashers. See floor plan and full details here.

53 West 53rd Street

Developed by Hines
Design by Jean Nouvel

Condo | 145 Units | 82 Floors

All images of 53W53 via Hines and Corcoran Group
Above the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 53W53's soaring height and innovative exposed structural system set the building apart as a work of art itself. Residents receive Perpetual Benefactor memberships to the MoMA, and in-building amenities include a fitness center, squash court, lap pool, golf simulator, screening room, double-height lounge, wine-tasting room and temperature-controlled wine vaults, and double-height lounge with Central Park views.
From the listing: With interior design by New York-based architect, designer and artist Thierry Despont, Residence 17D is a 2,770-square-foot south and east-facing two bedroom featuring a 1,480-square-foot tree-lined terrace, high ceilings, gracious proportions and the rich attention to detail of a bespoke privately commissioned home. Interior features include 4” wide plank solid American oak floors, fully customized kitchens and baths, and elegantly crafted furniture-grade over 9’ tall mahogany doors with custom designed bronze hardware inspired by the tower’s distinctive silhouette. See floor plan and full details here.

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