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When e-readers first shot to prominence, some wondered if this would mean the end of print books. However, numbers have emerged to demonstrate that this is not the case: NPD Bookscan reported that at the end of 2020, print sales by units were up almost eight percent from the previous year. Big-box stores that were deemed essential businesses reported strong book sales; moreover, when Amazon deprioritized books early in the pandemic so as to focus on shipping medical and household supplies, Barnes and Noble's online business got a boost from homebound book buyers. And while the book publishing industry is not immune from disruptions in the supply chain, the demand for new releases and old favorites is still going strong.

Even New Yorkers are not immune, despite the fact that Frank Zappa's "So many books, so little time" quote could be amended to include "and so little square footage" - even the most avid bookworm isn't about to devote their entire apartment to bulky shelves. The most fortunate, though, benefit from built-in bookshelves ideal for displaying a book collection and other curios. We take a look at listings with impressive built-in shelving and make some recommendations for filling the shelves. And if you'd prefer to buy local, New York is home to an impressive number of independent bookstores.

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The Sorting House, 318 West 52nd Street
The Sorting House, 318 West 52nd Street Midtown West
519 East 86th Street
519 East 86th Street Yorkville
22 Pierrepont Street
22 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn Heights
15 Central Park West
15 Central Park West Central Park West
Chelsea Mews, 148 West 23rd Street
Chelsea Mews, 148 West 23rd Street Chelsea
15-Central-Park-West-01 All images of 15 Central Park West via Sotheby's International Realty
Central Park West condos
Upper West Side condos
From the Listing: Located high above the Park in the legendary 15 Central Park West Tower, this home has been designed by the extraordinary Axel Vervoordt. The elegant home offers soaring 11 ft ceilings and Juliette balconies overlooking the great lawn of Central Park. A large gallery takes one into a living room and library on the Park with spectacular views. There are beautiful bookshelves and built ins throughout and a secret swing door that connects both rooms. The rooms are enhanced with brass moldings and large pocket doors. Adjacent to the library is a large new chef's eat-in kitchen and is appointed with Sub-Zero, Bosch Oven, Thermador cook top, black corian counters and beautiful cabinetry. See floor plan and full details here.

42-Wooster-Street-01 All images of 42 Wooster Street via Douglas Elliman
Soho condos
Downtown condos
From the Listing: Perfect and singular, this 4,800-square-foot luxury loft begins with its entry guided by a custom backlit bookshelf wall that leads easily into the great room. Surrounded and bathed in natural sunlight with custom arched windows, this room features multiple exposures. Imported European oak floors have been added throughout the space as well as custom ceiling beams and lighting by world-renowned Herv Descottes. The adjacent private terrace with its brick archway is accessed by two sets of French doors, completing this most remarkable interior landscape, which has been skillfully designed to accommodate your every desire. See floor plan and full details here.

49-West-12th-Street-01 All images of 49 West 12th Street via Compass
Greenwich Village co-ops
Village co-ops
From the Listing: Situated on coveted 12th Street in a premier full-service building, luxurious 4AB is truly a knockout, bathed in light from oversized windows facing north and west, offering lovely tree-filled courtyard views. Exquisite finishes, custom built-ins, striking recessed ceilings, designer lighting and other stunning details make this gem even more irresistible. Enter the home via a large foyer and be instantly impressed by the stylish, inviting ambiance. An expansive living room with a wall of windows and another extensive wall of built-in storage, shelving and entertainment center is a perfect backdrop for relaxing and entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

22-Pierrepont-Street-01 All images of 22 Pierrepont Street via Brown Harris Stevens
Brooklyn Heights co-ops
Brooklyn apartments
From the Listing: This 4th floor duplex in a classic townhouse co-op has three bedrooms, two baths and is located just one block from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Create your own private oasis on the 525-square-foot roof deck with views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines and the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. The apartment has huge windows and is flooded with light. Built in 1855, gracious details include high ceilings, crown moldings, hardwood floors, French doors, and a wood burning fireplace. The modern kitchen has an island, granite counters and custom cabinets. There is a full-size washer dryer in the unit, excellent storage, fitted closets and built-ins throughout, with additional common storage space in the basement. See floor plan and full details here.

240-Centre-Street-01 All images of The Police Building via Compass
Nolita co-ops
Little Italy co-ops
From the Listing: Fabulous duplex at downtown's iconic Police Building! Soaring ceilings expand tremendous room dimensions. Bright natural sunlight pours through double height, arched windows overlooking a charming and quiet, Parisian-like lane. The living/dining area is at once grand and intimate: a large space with towering 15-foot ceilings enhanced by a warm wall of built-in bookshelves. A spiral stair leads to a very large windowed second bedroom with its own private marbled bathroom. The huge first floor primary bedroom, with 15-foot ceilings and double-height windows is both warm and inviting, its end walls lined with bookshelves and featuring a marbled master bath with deep soaking tub. A sparkling windowed kitchen includes Sub-Zero refrigerator; Bosch range; dishwasher and disposal. Central heating/air-conditioning, an in-unit laundry, abundant closet space and even a storage unit in the building make this a most comfortable home. See floor plan and full details here.

519-East-86th-Street-01 All images of 519 East 86th Street via Corcoran
Yorkville co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: A gracious Upper East Side lifestyle awaits at 519 East 86th Street. An impressive formal arched gallery entry marks your welcome to this lavish residence. Custom shelving lines the gallery hall lit with crystal Ralph Lauren accented lighting and plentiful wall space for your collection of fine art. Drenched in dappled sunlight and bonhomie, the generous living room is loft-like with just the perfect touch of formality. Complimented with nine-foot ceilings, surround sound and four expansive windows dressed in Lee Jofa custom shades, this is the hallmark of gracious living. Ideal for entertaining, the eat in kitchen flows seamlessly from the formal dining room with a second entrance from the gallery as well. See floor plan and full details here.

165-Christopher-Street-01 All images of 165 Christopher Street via Compass
Village co-ops
West Village co-ops
From the Listing: Welcome to this very special home in the heart of prime West Village, just steps from all the fun and action along Hudson River Park and Little Island. Upon entering you are greeted by a formal foyer which leads you to a long gallery, perfect for an art enthusiast, to the sunny and expansive living room and dining area, with built-in storage and display shelving. The north western exposure has views of the Hudson River and add to the serenity of this pin-drop quiet corner home. What makes 4CD so special is all the added bonuses; hardwood floors, recessed lighting, through-the-wall AC's, plenty of closets and a dedicated laundry/mud room with utility sink and storage galore. See floor plan and full details here.

318-West-52nd-Street-01 All images of The Sorting House via Sotheby's International Realty
Midtown West condos
Hell's Kitchen condos
From the Listing: Originally purchased from the developer in 2017, #3J was transformed with high end designer upgrades such as a Hearth Cabinet fireplace in the living room, elegant built-in window seating, custom storage and additional discreet lighting fixtures throughout. The apartment is an entertainer's dream, from sunset cocktails in the private rooftop cabana (including a dedicated gas line grill and built-in cedar garden beds) to gatherings within the uniquely flexible interior floorplan. Architecture Outfit's gliding walls enable effortless conversion of the gallery-like loft space into more intimate layouts that meet a wide variety of needs. The generously proportioned living and dining areas enjoy fantastic natural light from approximately 23 feet of oversized casements windows, and the seating area is enhanced by custom bookshelves and a working fireplace that create an atmosphere of sophistication and warmth. Furnishings available. See floor plan and full details here.
The Sorting House

House of Outrageous Fortune Image via Atria Books
Cover copy: In House of Outrageous Fortune, America’s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross creates a dishy exposé of today’s wealthiest and most famous. This colorful story recounts the recordsetting building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood.

With two concierge-staffed lobbies, a walnut-lined library, a lavish screening room, a private sixty-seat restaurant offering residents room service, a health club complete with a seventy-foot swimming pool, and penthouses that cost almost $100 million, Fifteen is the most outrageously successful, insanely expensive, titanically tycoon-stuffed real estate development of the twenty-first century.
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The Plaza book Image via Twelve
Cover copy: In this definitive history, award-winning journalist Julie Satow not only pulls back the curtain on Truman Capote's Black and White Ball and The Beatles' first stateside visit-she also follows the money trail. THE PLAZA reveals how a handful of rich, dowager widows were the financial lifeline that saved the hotel during the Great Depression, and how, today, foreign money and anonymous shell companies have transformed iconic guest rooms into condominiums that shield ill-gotten gains-hollowing out parts of the hotel as well as the city around it.

THE PLAZA is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York's place at the center of the country's cultural narrative for over a century.
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Life at the Dakota Image via Lyons Press
Cover copy: Life at the Dakota is a deliciously entertaining social history which describes the lives of the rich and trendy who have lived at the Dakota, a New York apartment house daringly erected in 1884, “too far up” and on the wrong side of town. In Stephen Birmingham’s witty chronicle, the atmosphere of this elegant edifice is so powerful that the building itself becomes an unforgettable major character. From its start the Dakota has attracted a lively mix of people, from celebrities Leonard Bernstein, Roberta Flack, and John Lennon, to a ground-floor tenant who kept a stuffed horse in full armor in the living room, and yet another older tenant who was spotted wandering naked through the cellar by some workmen, mistaken for a ghost of the building.

While detailing the active and often contentious life within the building from the nineteenth century to the present, Mr. Birmingham also brings to life the New York social scene and that of other fashionable American cities. Just as the sixty-foot rooms, the elaborate moldings and rococo ceilings are lushly described, so is the changing atmosphere in Central Park, the smell and sound of the street below, the judgments about what was fashionable and what was not throughout the years. Here is a window into the marvelous world of The Dakota and through it, the changing view of New York.
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30-Main-Street-01 All images of Sweeney Building via Sotheby's International Realty
DUMBO condos
Brooklyn condos
From the Listing: Upon entry, you will be immediately stunned by the open floorplan, natural light and views of the Manhattan Bridge, New York City Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge Park through the oversized windows. The living room is magnificently finished with a custom ventless fireplace, wall of custom built-in bookcases with powered cabinets and USB charging drawers, Lutron lighting, Venetian blinds and a cushioned window seat to gaze over the historic cobblestone streets of DUMBO. The chef's kitchen has been completely redone and boasts an elegant marble waterfall island countertop with overhang for seating, marble tile backsplash, new light fixtures, added cabinets and drawers with new hardware and an upgraded range hood. Adjacent to the dining area is a custom cabinet wall with two dedicated hideaway workspaces both equipped with power, adjustable shelves and pocket doors making for the perfect work from home areas, remote learning desks or extra storage. See floor plan and full details here.
30 Main Street

55-Hudson-Street-01 All images of 55 Hudson Street via Compass
Tribeca co-ops
Tribeca apartments
From the Listing: Tribeca loft perfection abounds in this mint renovated classic loft. Original architectural details in this light-filled apartment include high barrel vaulted ceilings, cast iron columns, hardwood flooring and exposed brick. The apartment's entry leads to an inviting and open living/dining room with large windows that face west. Adjacent is an open chef's kitchen with large center island, featuring Caesarstone countertops, stainless steel appliances, a custom farm sink, and zebrawood cabinets. Off the kitchen, built-in shelves and desk create a cozy home office space. The current owners have also added an office/study off the living area. See floor plan and full details here.

575-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Beekman via Compass
Park Avenue co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Enter this corner 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment, which opens into a gracious living room lit with sunlight, beautiful new hardwood floors, crown molding throughout and a wood burning fireplace. The dining area is an alcove of the living room which leads to a walk through kitchen with a washer/dryer (grandfathered in). The easy flow of these areas is perfect for entertaining. The primary bedroom with en suite windowed bathroom, overlooks Park Avenue and even captures some of Central Park's greenery. The primary bedroom is spacious, offering generous closet space. A second bedroom facing 63rd Street with an en suite bathroom is tranquil enough to serve as a second bedroom or home office. See floor plan and full details here.

800-Tenth-Avenue-01 All images of Griffin Court via Douglas Elliman
Hell's Kitchen condos
Midtown West condos
From the Listing: Mint condition, elegantly designed two-bedroom condo also offers two and a half bathrooms and an intimate dining room or home office. The open kitchen features a breakfast bar, custom soft-close cabinets fitted with a state-of-the-art storage system, top-of-the-line, stainless steel appliances and stunning Casablanca marble countertops with a waterfall edge. The primary bedroom has two exposures, a custom walk-in closet, electric shades and a spa-worthy, en-suite bathroom with double sinks, glass enclosed steam shower, a separate oversized soaking tub and radiant heat floors. The living room is an entertainer's dream with its custom and adjustable shelving and cabinet system. This provides not only an incredible amount of additional storage space, but is highlighted by an internal lighting system to display your most important objects and works of art. See floor plan and full details here.

129-West-80th-Street-01 All images of 129 West 80th Street via Douglas Elliman
Upper West Side co-ops
Broadway Corridor apartments
From the Listing: The combination of Gilded Age elegance with a contemporary style distinguishes this incredible duplex. Entering the lower level of this full-floor home, you will be drawn to the meticulously blended of the historic details of this 20' wide townhouse with a clean modern aesthetic. Cathedral-high ceilings, two working fireplaces with marble and carved-wood mantels, and gorgeous built-in shelving distinguish the oversize living room. The living room opens to a well-appointed kitchen which presents top-of-the-line appliances coupled with excellent storage and a pleasing skylight. A private rooftop landscaped terrace has two seating areas and open views. See floor plan and full details here.

410-East-57th-Street-01 All images of 410 East 57th Street via Douglas Elliman
Beekman and Sutton Place co-ops
Midtown East co-ops
From the Listing: Welcome to this graciously renovated classic six. The oversized living room and dining room are perfect for entertaining with a working wood-burning fireplace. There are new double-paned windows throughout the apartment and individual through-wall AC. Each bedroom is generous in size, featuring en-suite bathrooms, generous custom closets, and built-in storage. The third bedroom can be used as a home office or a nursery, with its own bathroom. The eat-in kitchen is newly renovated with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, five-burner Bosch stove, Bosch washer/dryer, and plenty of storage. See floor plan and full details here.

150-East-69th-Street-01 All images of Imperial House via Brown Harris Stevens
Upper East Side co-ops
Lenox Hill co-ops
From the Listing: No detail has been spared in the renovation of this beautifully designed convertible 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with magnificent southern city views from every room. Located in one of New York's most sought after co-ops, this sun-filled home consists of grand entertaining space and a well separated primary bedroom suite with two walk-in closets. The library/guest bedroom has the added bonus of an enclosed balcony which easily converts into a home office. This lovely home is approximately 1,600 square feet and has 2 beautifully appointed marble bathrooms. The custom designed windowed kitchen has a washer/dryer and appliances from Viking and Sub-Zero. See floor plan and full details here.

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1215-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of Brisbane House via Corcoran
Fifth Avenue co-ops
East Harlem co-ops
From the Listing: 1215 Fifth Avenue (The Brisbane House), Maisonette 1C is a charming two-bedroom, two-bath oasis facing Central Park, with wood-burning fireplace, abundant closets and filled with pre-war details and natural sunlight. The apartment has a private entrance that can also be used as an office. 1215 Fifth Avenue is a distinguished, full-service co-op built in 1926 and designed by Schultze and Weaver, architects of the Pierre, Sherry Netherland and Waldorf Astoria. The building has a gym, available individual storage lockers, a locked bike room and a laundry. See floor plan and full details here.

101-West-12th-Street-01 All images of The John Adams via Corcoran
Greenwich Village co-ops
Village co-ops
From the Listing: Over-sized one bedroom (with home office), one bathroom home, complete with a private, outdoor terrace off the living room, this tastefully renovated home in the ideal location could not be more perfect. Entered through a foyer with two large closets, the 24-foot-long living and dining room looks onto the apartment's approximately 200-square foot private terrace, and enjoys prime western and southern light through an 11-foot-wide window. The efficient, windowed kitchen has stainless steel appliances, Porcelanosa backsplash and tiling, as well as significant storage. The breakfast bar utilizing an open plan to include a well appointed yet communal dining alcove, which can also serve as a home office. See floor plan and full details here.

An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City
By Phillip James Dodd (author) and Jonathan Wallen (photographer)

An American Renaissance NYC Architecture
Cover copy: This book, which has been painstakingly researched and beautifully photographed over many years, takes a close look at twenty of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City. While showing public exteriors, its focus is on the lavish interiors that are associated with the opulence of the Gilded Age―often providing a glimpse inside buildings not otherwise viewable to the public. While some of the buildings and monuments featured are world-renowned landmarks recognizable and accessible to all, others are obscure buildings that history has forgotten.

Set amid the magnificent achievements of an American Renaissance, this book recounts not only the fascinating stories of some of New York's most famous and significant Beaux-Arts landmarks, it also recalls the lives of those who commissioned, designed, and built them. These are some of the most acclaimed architects, artists, and artisans of the day―Daniel Chester French, Cass Gilbert, Charles McKim, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Stanford White―and some of the most prominent millionaires in American history―Henry Clay Frick, Jay Gould, Otto Kahn, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and the ubiquitous Astor and Vanderbilt families. Names that―as Julian Fellowes (the acclaimed director of "Downton Abbey") notes in the Foreword―“still reek of money.”
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Bill Cunningham coffee table book Image via Clarkson Potter
Cover copy: Bill Cunningham’s photography captured the evolution of style, of trends, and of the everyday, both in New York City and in Paris. But his work also shows that street style is not only about fashion; it’s about the people and the changing culture. These photographs—many never before seen, others having originally appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere—move from decade to decade, beginning in the 1970s and continuing until Cunningham’s death in 2016. Here you’ll find Cunningham’s distinctive chronicling of the 1980s transit strike, the rise of 1990s casual Fridays, the sadness that fell over the city following 9/11, Inauguration Day 2009, the onset of selfies, and many other significant moments. Get a copy here.

Perfect Strangers: New York City Photographs
By Melissa O'Shauhnessy (photographer)

Perfect Strangers coffee table book Image via Aperture
Cover copy: Over the last seven years, Melissa O’Shaughnessy has photographed daily on the streets of New York. As one of a growing number of women street photographers contributing to this dynamic genre, O’Shaughnessy enters the territory with clarity and a distinctly humanist eye, offering a refreshing addition to the tradition of street photography. Through her curious and quirky vision, we witness the play of human activity on the glittering sidewalks of the city. Woven into her cast of characters are the lonely, the soulful, and the proud. She has fallen for them all―perfect strangers. Get a copy here.

133-West-22nd-Street-01 All images of 133 West 22nd Street via Douglas Elliman
Chelsea condos
Chelsea apartments
From the Listing: Apartment #4JJ is a charming 763-square-foot, full-floor 1-bedroom and 1-bathroom residence in the heart of prime Chelsea. This large, well laid out apartment features beautiful hardwood floors, 9.5-foot ceiling heights, central air and heat, custom automated shades for the wall-to-wall floor to ceiling windows that fill the residence with natural light and a beautiful library that has a built in desk. The chef's kitchen is open and fitted with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliance suite, including an under counter wine cooler. The spacious and bright bedroom features a large double closet providing ample storage. The residence has a sleek and luxurious bathroom with shower tub combination featuring waterfall shower head, excellent storage and radiant heated floors. See floor plan and full details here.

1-West-67th-Street-01 All images of Hotel des Artistes via Compass
Central Park West co-ops
Upper West Side co-ops
From the Listing: A rare opportunity to own a stunning one-bedroom duplex resplendent with original details at the iconic Hotel des Artistes. Beautiful hardwood floors, detailed oak staircase, ornate oak door and window frames as well as 18'10"" beamed ceilings add a turn-of-the-century charm to this apartment. On the first floor is a formal dining room, separate kitchen and an expansive living room with 14' windows framing an open sky and northern city view (Apartment 608 is actually on the 9th and 10th floors). Up the sweeping staircase, you first enter a spacious landing with built-in shelving, suitable for an office or library. The adjoining bedroom with two exposure providing west and southern light has a walk-in closet and en suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

148-West-23rd-Street-01 All images of Chelsea Mews via Compass
Chelsea co-ops
Downtown apartments
From the Listing: Residence 11A at the Chelsea Mews is an oversized one (flexible two) bedroom with a massive open concept living space and 11'2 ceilings. Located in the rear of the building, this South facing residence has hardwood floors and new windows offering open city views. The current owner installed reclaimed wood finishings which include beautiful accent beams, shelving, and built-in benches. A grand 20' x 25' entertaining space, the open living and dining area is centered by a custom stone wall adorned with mantle and decorative fireplace. Tucked away just next to the living area is the windowed kitchen with plenty of storage and counter space. The kitchen features a Bosch dishwasher and under-counter lighting. There is an additional windowed loft storage space accessible by a custom spun-metal ladder. See floor plan and full details here.

60-Broadway-01 All images of The Gretsch via Douglas Elliman
Williamsburg condos
Brooklyn condos
From the Listing: This beautiful loft in one of the most iconic buildings in Williamsburg features a spacious king size bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms. The floor plan includes an open chef's kitchen fully equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances overlooking a gracious living room with Australian Jerre hardwood floors and 13' foot ceilings throughout. The living room has beautiful custom floor to ceiling built-in book shelves in the style of Donald Judd. The king-size primary bedroom features a brand new custom walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a deep soaking tub. The loft also includes your own in unit washer-dyer. See floor plan and full details here.

125-East-74th-Street-01 All images of 125 East 74th Street via Compass
Upper East Side co-ops
Upper East Side apartments
From the Listing: 6D is an elegant, sun-flooded, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the 6th floor with southern and eastern views over trees and across the landmarked townhouses to the south. The large entrance foyer/dining room opens through an arched doorway into a light-filled, spacious living room, with crown and base moldings, built-in shelving, and a working fireplace. The hardwood floors, details, and large, original, steel casement, paned windows give the apartment a classic, New York feel. Both the sun-filled primary bedroom, with southern and eastern exposure, and the north-facing second bedroom have en suite bathrooms. There is storage available in the basement. See floor plan and full details here.

40-West-116th-Street-01 All images of Kalahari Harlem via Compass
Harlem condos
Upper Manhattan condos
From the Listing: Welcome home to your stunning south-facing two-bedroom home in one of Harlem's premier condos! This extremely bright residence has high ceilings and city skyline views. Featuring bamboo floors throughout and haiku fans, the open concept kitchen, living, dining portion of this home does not disappoint. There is plenty of room for your sofa and dining table for easy living and there is a bonus custom built-in shelving and storage wall that can accommodate your home library/office/bar, you choose. The open concept kitchen comes with professional grade stainless steel Viking appliances, marble countertop with glass tile backsplash, natural maple finish cabinetry and Kindred sink and Hansgrohe single lever faucet and built in water filter. There is a 421 tax abatement in place until 2034. See floor plan and full details here.

60-Riverside-Boulevard-01 All images of The Aldyn via Keller Williams
Upper West Side condos
Riverside Boulevard condos
From the Listing: Welcome home to residence 1906, a gracious 1-bedroom with dramatic skyline views! Boasting large windows, 9-foot ceiling height, and an open layout with Brazilian cherry flooring, this home optimizes light and views. Thoughtfully designed, the spacious living room and bedroom feature (removable) home office built-ins that are perfect for working from home! The kitchen features teak wood cabinetry, with paneled Smeg and Miele appliances, a pantry, microwave, and integrated dish racks. Blizzard Quartzite countertops and a Caldia Marble chef block compliment the rich teak wood. See floor plan and full details here.

348-West-38th-Street-01 All images of 348 West 38th Street via Douglas Elliman
Midtown West co-ops
Midtown co-ops
From the Listing: Spacious, light-flooded loft with spectacular river views in the heart of a booming Manhattan neighborhood! This apartment features soaring 12-foot ceilings and 8-foot windows, oak floors, two beautifully designed sleeping areas, and a charmingly informal kitchen with a Wolf oven and a Fisher-Paykel dishwasher. With its dramatic and expansive living space, this is a unit that must be seen to be appreciated. All of its details-the ships bunks, the large storage attic, the custom shelving, the underbed cargo spaces-combine to create an extraordinary spatial efficiency and luxury. See floor plan and full details here.

372-DeKalb-Avenue-01 Clinton Mews via Compass
From the Listing: Rarely available in prime Clinton Hill, apartment 2I at Clinton Mews is a classic, open loft with 10'10 ceilings and massive oversized windows that harken back to its industrial roots as a shoe factory. Currently configured as a one-bedroom, it can easily be converted into a two-bedroom, two-bath home. Flooded with natural light throughout the day, this unique loft boasts 1,100 square feet of open space. Fitted with high-end European sliding doors that discreetly provide ample storage, Kept open, it transforms into a dramatic 24"" wide loft. The newly renovated kitchen features brand new cabinets and quartz countertop. The large pantry comes equipped with a full-size washer and dryer. The bedroom is bright and large, with an adjoining bath with tub and shower, and full-height closet space. There is also a wall of built-in bookshelves with a pull-out desk for work-from-home needs. See floor plan and full details here.

111-Fourth-Avenue-01 All images of 111 Fourth Avenue via Halstead
East Village co-ops
Village co-ops
From the Listing: This whimsical and eclectic true one-bedroom loft is sure to delight! Enter through a gracious foyer to an expansive and unique living room, beautifully lit by three massive 10-foot tall factory windows. 13-foot ceilings give this space an airy, museum-like atmosphere. Masterfully arranged, the living room boasts a gorgeous wall of floor-to-ceiling shelving, complete with a built-in work station, perfect for a well decorated library/home office. With ceilings this high, there is plenty of room for large art pieces or even a loft level. The oversized bedroom has plenty of space for a king sized bed and more furniture. Another 10-foot tall factory window lets in ample light and an extra-deep closet offers even more storage space. See floor plan and full details here.

77-East-12th-Street-01 All images of 77 East 12th Street via Compass
Greenwich Village co-ops
Village co-ops
From the Listing: Residence 8B at the full-service 77 East 12th Street Cooperative is a large, newly renovated, bright alcove studio/junior one bedroom, one bathroom. Enter into the dining area and spacious living room with five wall-to-wall windows that let in an abundance of light. The dining alcove boasts a chandelier, large wall mirror, and a built-in dry bar with wine rack and storage shelves. The dining room leads directly to the updated kitchen which features black quartz countertops, a grey and white subway tile backsplash, and white cabinetry. See floor plan and full details here.

Life at the Top: New York's Exceptional Apartment Buildings
By Kirk Henckels, Anne Walker (authors), and Michel Arnaud (photographer)

Life at the Top coffee table book Image via Vendome Press
Cover copy: What are New York City’s best apartment buildings? Before 1900, it was the Dakota and the Osborne; soon after came McKim, Mead & White’s 998 Fifth and the ultra-soigné 820 Fifth Avenue. The roaring twenties produced true luxury: 740 Park Avenue, the art deco–inspired River House, and Rosario Candela’s extraordinary 778 and 720 Park Avenue. Today, the city’s skyline sparkles with palatial new buildings, such as Robert A. M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West, Richard Meier’s glass-walled Perry Street towers, and 432 Park Avenue, New York’s tallest residential building. Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker, real estate and architectural insiders, chronicle the fortunes and features of 15 outstanding apartment houses with a wealth of vintage and new photography and architectural plans, and show off select apartments as they look today, designed by top interior designers. Get a copy here.

New York Splendor Image via Rizzoli
Cover copy: Design authority Wendy Moonan takes the reader on a tour of some of New York City's finest residential rooms--past and present. The selection of interiors is about the "wow" factor--New York residential spaces that elicit gasps of pleasure and surprise when first seen. Some are very grand, others sparingly modern or eclectic. All are exceptional and, Moonan promises, unforgettable. Groundbreaking rooms include Brooke Astor's elegant library by Albert Hadley; Gloria Vanderbilt's sublime patchwork bedroom; Donald Judd's dramatically spare art-filled loft; Adolfo's opulent and magnificently red entrance hall; a Peter Marino-designed penthouse with sweeping midtown views; and Jamie Drake's stunning dining room for the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion. Get a copy here.

New York Contemporary Image via The Monacelli Press
Cover copy: Architect Thomas Hickey and interior designer Edward Yedid partnered to establish GRADE New York as a unique practice where architecture and interiors merge into a seamless continuum. Within their refined and beautifully proportioned spaces, a meticulously curated selection of furnishings, contemporary art, and exquisite objects create a luxurious and personal environment for their clients. New York Contemporary presents seven apartments in the most glamorous condominium buildings in Manhattan, including a penthouse at Place 57, a pied-à-terre at 551 West 21st Street by Norman Foster, and 56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron. Get a copy here.

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Cover copy: Joseph Grosso traces the history of New York's transformation back into a gilded city, and asks what can be done about it. He examines New York's deindustrialization and the elite planning and design that followed; New York's financial crisis of the mid-1970s and the policy decisions made in its wake; New York's housing crisis; and the history of public housing across the United States. Making the history of gentrification and deindustrialization widely available and understood is a crucial tool in combating housing crises which continue to spread in cities around the world as more and more houses are left empty, to be used for global investments instead of for living. Fresh, lively, accessible, Grosso brings the issues of gentrification, deindustrialization, homelessness, and militarized policing, so easily ignored, to the fore. Get a copy here.

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