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These listings are located in prominent buildings along New York's backyard (Image from The Dakota via Brown Harris Stevens) These listings are located in prominent buildings along New York's backyard (Image from The Dakota via Brown Harris Stevens)
As the days get longer, it gets a little harder to spend them inside, even in the name of flattening the curve. CityRealty math shows that over 1 million people can safely be in Central Park while practicing proper social distancing, but getting there can be daunting on crowded public transportation or on sidewalks too narrow for proper social distancing to take place. However, the following listings are close enough to treat "New York's backyard" as their own. They are either situated in classic co-ops or the historic mansions that once represented the height of city society.

1-West-72nd-Street-01 All images of The Dakota via Brown Harris Stevens
1-West-72nd-Street-02 View of Central Park
Massive residence in the landmarked Dakota is reached through original double doors and an elegant entrance gallery. Upon arrival, interiors are rich in both Central Park views and historic details like 12' ceilings and original wainscoting, molding, and hardware. Entertaining rooms include a northeast corner living room, a reading room with fireplace, and a formal dining room with fireplace and original mantelpiece. See floor plan and full details here.

955-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 955 Fifth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
Full floor divided into two apartments is located in a historic Rosario Candela-designed building, yet the larger one has been fully renovated with state-of-the-art systems. It also features Venetian plaster, serene atmosphere, and two entertaining rooms with fireplaces. Both units can easily be combined into one massive home with major picture windows overlooking Central Park. See floor plan and full details here.

88-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The Brentmore via Brown Harris Stevens
Grand duplex in an elegant boutique cooperative enjoys spectacular Central Park views, high ceilings, and grand proportions on both levels. The entertaining level boasts an elegant foyer with original woodwork, a massive living room overlooking Central Park, an eat-in kitchen, a large media room, and a formal dining room with original wainscoting, octagonal plaster coffered ceilings, and colored leaded glass windows. A grand staircase leads to the bedrooms, which include a large corner master suite with walk-in closet and spa-like bath. See floor plan and full details here.

40-East-67th-Street-01 All images of 40 East 67th Street via Compass
A stone's throw from Central Park, this magnificent townhouse combines original 19th-century details with modern upgrades. A marble vestibule with intricately painted walls leads to a formal dining room with access to the private garden. Upstairs, the formal living room faces south and boasts 12' ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. Additional features include an eat-in kitchen, massive bedrooms, a wood-paneled library, a basement wine cellar, and lovely molding and millwork throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

11-West-95th-Street-01 All images of 11 West 95th Street via Compass
Located on a landmarked block off Central Park, this one-bedroom home has been renovated to penthouse standards. Enhancements include freshly painted walls, gorgeous hardwood floors, and updated cabinetry and appliances in the kitchen. But none of that came at the expense of details like oversized windows and an exposed brick accent wall. See floor plan and full details here.

317-West-112th-Street-01 All images of 317 West 112th Street via Halstead
Recent updates to this Harlem townhouse include newly painted walls, refinished floors, new mechanicals, new roof, and new 100-gallon water tank. However, none of that came at the expense of timeless details like 10'4" ceilings, 7'9" arched windows, exposed brick, and hardwood floors. Central Park is only two blocks away, but the living/dining room opens up to a private garden. See floor plan and full details here.

53-East-77th-Street-01 All images of 53 East 77th Street via Brown Harris Stevens
Upper East Side townhouse has been used as a single-family mansion, Funk & Wagnall's library, a recording studio, a furniture showroom, and a restaurant. In any incarnation, it enjoys excellent bones, impressive proportions, and windows on the north, south, and west sides. It can easily be turned back into a magnificent single-family home. See floor plan and full details here.

145-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The San Remo via Brown Harris Stevens
Impeccably restored apartment in the iconic San Remo boasts soaring ceilings, casement windows, classic moldings, and beautifully preserved original details. An impressive gallery leads to a 28' living room with decorative fireplace and views of West 75th Street. The dining room faces west, is outfitted with custom built-ins, and leads to an eat-in kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

163-East-70th-Street-01 All images of 163 East 70th Street via Compass
In 1944, John D. Rockefeller purchased this early 20th-century carriage house and converted it to his family's private automobile garage and chauffeur's quarters. Decades later, it offers excellent potential for a single-family home with a finished cellar large enough to accommodate a gym, media room, wine cellar and pool. Features include well-proportioned rooms, wood-burning fireplaces, massive eat-in kitchen, bedroom suites, and large glass-roofed solarium. See floor plan and full details here.

111-Central-Park-North-01 All images of 111 Central Park North via Compass
Directly across from Central Park, this expansive apartment enjoys direct views from both the floor-to-ceiling windows and the private balcony off the living room. Interior features include sprawling living space, new wide-plank maple hardwood floors, central air conditioning, abundant California closets, and massive master suite. The eat-in kitchen is outfitted with marble countertops and backsplash, large central island, abundant cabinetry, and high-end appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions

300-West-110th-Street-01 Towers on the Park I via Keller Williams
12-West-72nd-Street-01 The Oliver Cromwell via The Corcoran Group

29-East-64th-Street-01 29 East 64th Street via Compass
35-East-85th-Street-01 Westminster House via Warburg Realty

410-Central-Park-West-01 Edith Apartments via Compass
575-Park-Avenue-01 The Beekman via Compass

150-East-83rd-Street-01 150 East 83rd Street via Berkshire Hathaway
120-East-75th-Street-01 120 East 75th Street via Compass

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