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Renderings of Central Park Tower (Extell Development Company) and 111 West 57th Street (JDS Development/Property Markets Group) Renderings of Central Park Tower (Extell Development Company) and 111 West 57th Street (JDS Development/Property Markets Group)
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, some blamed New York's high population density for the high number of cases. However, the notion that cities are pandemic hot spots has long since been disproven, and the new year has brought new action to the iconic Manhattan skyline. Permits were filed for a soaring new tower to rise on the dormant site at 520 Fifth Avenue. Further downtown, NoMad condo Madison House, Manhattan's tallest building between Midtown and Canal Street, put 45 units into contract to make it 2020's best-selling building by volume. Indeed, according to the CityRealty 100 report, the top five buildings that garnered the highest sales prices are all towers measuring more than 750 feet high.
Madison-House-005 Madison House looking northwest to Midtown and the Empire State Building (DBOX)

“The continued interest in the project speaks to Madison House’s unique offering: large spacious homes with fantastic skyline views and an incredible ameniy offering that goes above and beyond anything else in the neighborhood" - Evan Stein, President, JD Carlisle Development

We have compiled a selection of the highest-floor homes in New York's tallest buildings below. And as prices have started to come closer down to Earth in recent months, this might be an opportune time to purchase your own home in the clouds: According to CityRealty's High-Rise index which tracks sales in condo building of 50 floors or higher, the average price per square foot paid for an apartment has fallen to $2,554 per square foot, especially as sales at the record-breaking condo 220 Central Park South have been mostly accounted for. Moreover, with Democrats retaking the Senate and Senator Chuck Schumer set to become the Majority Leader, real estate insiders are optimistic that the detrimental SALT tax will at least be partially repealed, thus providing a boon for the industry and high-tax states overall.

217 West 57th Street, Midtown West
Mixed-use Condo
Developed by Extell | Design by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Under Construction through 2021

217-West-57th-Street-1 All images of Central Park Tower via Extell
217 West 57th Street #122 floor plan
The construction crane is on the way down at Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world and home of New York's Nordstrom flagship. With a custom-designed curtain wall allowing for spectacular unobstructed views of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline, and several waterways, this beautifully proportioned full-floor simplex is truly a home in the sky. The oversized kitchen is beautifully outfitted with custom cabinetry by Smallbone of Devizes and Miele appliances. The master suite wraps the entire western portion of the residence and features a formal sitting room and oversized bath with dual features. See full details here.
NYC-skyline-01 The new Manhattan skyline (Photo via CityRealty/Ondel Hylton)

Vision by China Oceanwide Holdings | Designer TBD

Exact details and specifications about 80 South Street have been under wraps, but we do know the site could hold a tower as high as 1,436 feet. This would make it the tallest building by roof height in all of Lower Manhattan. It has been speculated that it would be half residential and half commercial, possibly a hotel.
80-South-Street-01 Rendering of 80 South Street via ATCHAIN

Developed by JDS and Property Markets Group | Design by SHoP

111-West-57th-Street-1 All images of 111 West 57th Street via Douglas Elliman
111-West-57th-Street-2 Great Room
111-West-57th-Street-3 Kitchen
111-West-57th-Street-4 Great Hall
111-West-57th-Street-5 Master bath
Down the block from Central Park Tower, closings are underway at 111 West 57th Street, which is making its own statement with its soaring height, skinny structure, and delicate setbacks rising up to a perfect pinnacle. Near the top of the building, this triplex penthouse is designed around an extended-height entrance gallery with a beautifully proportioned oval staircase connecting both levels. The bottom level houses a large formal Great Room, an expansive corner chef's kitchen, formal dining room, and guest room with en suite bath. Upstairs, the master suite on Central Park comes with a sitting room, a wet bar, two dressing rooms, a walk-in closet, and two luxurious baths. A private loggia measures 1,367 square feet and provides an open-air shelter with spectacular views. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Harry Macklowe | Design by Rafael Vinoly

432-Park-Avenue-1 432 Park Avenue (DBOX for Macklowe Properties)
Living on Park Avenue has long been an aspiration for New Yorkers, but this Rafael Vinoly-designed building truly takes that dream to new levels. This full-floor home is perched over 1,100 feet in the air and completely refit with centrally controlled, state-of-the-art media, climate, and security systems. Interiors feature 12'6" ceilings, 10' x 10' ceilings, white oak flooring, and window seating throughout. The eat-in gourmet kitchen and spa-like baths are outfitted with exquisite stone finishes. Two staff suites on the 29th floor are also on offer. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Madison Equities and Gemdale Properties | Design by CetraRuddy

At the beginning of 2020, the developers of 45 Broad Street announced that market conditions forced them to place the project on hold. Foundation work had begun at the time of the announcement, and the new timeline is unclear. What we do know, though, is that even with an 80' height reduction, it will still be one of Manhattan's tallest buildings south of Billionaires' Row. Robert Gladstone, owner of developer Madison Equities, told The New York Times, "We will live to fight another day."
45-Broad-Street-01 Rendering of 45 Broad Street via Madison Equities/CetraRuddy

Developed by JDS | Design by SHoP

9-Dekalb-Avenue-01 Rendering of 9 Dekalb Avenue via SHoP Architects
9 Dekalb Avenue is set to usurp Brooklyn Point's status as the borough's tallest building, but the new tower will not come at the expense of local landmarks: The landmarked Brooklyn Dime Savings Bank will be restored and incorporated into the soaring new tower, and the bank's Gustavino dome will have a residents-only pool wrapped around it. Foundation work began in spring 2020, and completion is estimated for 2022.

53 West 53rd Street
Developed by Hines | Design by Jean Nouvel

53-West-53rd-Street-1 All images of 53W53 via The Corcoran Group
Up the street from the Museum of Modern Art, this Jean Nouvel-designed tower is a masterpiece in its own right with its tapering shape and impeccably designed facade. Nearly 800 feet off the ground, this duplex penthouse is accessed by direct elevator and opens up to a beautifully scaled living room with double-height ceilings, impressive proportions, and gas fireplace. Directly off the Central Park-facing dining room, a windowed kitchen is beautifully finished with custom cabinetry by Molteni, statuary marble countertops, and full suite of high-end appliances. On the second floor, the floor-through master suite encompasses the north and south corners and features a dual walk-in closet and super-luxe bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Five Points J.V., LP | Design by Meganom

262-Fifth-Avenue-01 Rendering of 262 Fifth Avenue via DBOX/Meganom
Credit: MIR
The site of 262 Fifth Avenue, a slender NoMad tower with a semi-enclosed roof deck, has sat quiet for quite some time. Renderings show a mix of aluminum and glass walls, and the sheer height of the project promises sweeping views of the Midtown and Lower Manhattan skylines. The footprint of 139,168 square feet of residential space would be smaller than the nearby 277 Fifth Avenue, yet the building would stand taller.

Developed by Related and Oxford Property Group | Design by David Childs and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

35-Hudson-Yards-1 All images of 35 Hudson Yards credit Dave Burke via SOM and Related-Oxford
35 Hudson Yards stands out as the tallest residential building in New York's newest neighborhood, and the graceful design by David Childs and Skidmore Owings & Merrill makes it one of the most striking as well. Near the top of this 92-story tower, this full-floor penthouse is reached by private elevator, and a gracious entry foyer leads to an expansive corner Great Room. Views of the Hudson River and the New York skyline extend for miles, and a private terrace off the Great Room is the ideal place to enjoy them. Additional features include 14' ceilings, windowed eat-in chef's kitchen, corner master suite with dressing room and wet bar, six additional bedrooms, and high-end finished throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

157 West 57th Street
Developed by Extell | Design by Christian de Portzamparc

157-West-57th-Street-1 All images of One57 via Douglas Elliman
157-West-57th-Street-2 Interiors via The Corcoran Group
With its towering height, striking design by a Pritzker Prize laureate, and grand-scale apartments, One57 would come to define Billionaires' Row. This extremely high-floor home boasts soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with unparalleled views of Central Park, the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and the Atlantic Ocean. The windowed eat-in chef's kitchen by Smallbone of Devizes features open views, custom cabinetry, a high-end appliance package, a breakfast area, and a marble island. All bedrooms have en suite baths with radiant heated floors and luxurious stone finishes, and the primary suite boasts a massive dressing room and triple exposures. See floor plan and full details here.

157 West 57th Street
Developed by Vornado Realty Trust | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

220 Central Park South Credit: Vornado Realty Trust
220-Central-Park-South (Sotheby's International Realty)
Located in the 67 story luxury tower of Manhattan's latest “superstar” condominium wrapped in creamy Alabama silver limestone, designed by renowned architect, Robert A.M. Stern, and located on Billionaire's Row just across from Central Park, this ultra-luxe 3,043 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath corner residence in mint condition, presents one of Manhattan's most extraordinary views of Central Park. The residence is configured with enormous floor to ceiling windows spanning 67 feet of frontage on Central Park from the 35 foot Living/Dining Room, as well as Master Bedroom and Kitchen, with superb views of the entire two and a half miles of the vast expanse of Central Park to the north, iconic Fifth Avenue and Central Park West skylines to the east and west, and filling the apartment with exceptional light from three exposures. There are just two apartments per floor, and the interiors, designed by famed interior designer, Thierry Despont, draw on classic prewar details with white oak herringbone floors, custom moldings and millwork. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Eastbridge Group | Design by Clinton & Russell

70-Pine-Street-01 70 Pine Street via CityRealty
70-Pine-Street-01 Interiors via Rose Associates
When 70 Pine Street was built as the headquarters of the Cities Services Company in 1932, it was the third-largest building in the world. Nearly 90 years later, it is a New York City Landmark and amenity-rich rental. Offerings include an Art Deco lobby, fitness center with turf track and yoga/Pilates studio, bowling alley, golf simulator, game lounge, and screening room in the building's historic bank vault. This high-floor home with a corner living room boasts a windowed gourmet kitchen, walk-in closet, in-unit washer/dryer, and hardwood floors throughout. New residents are eligible for up to 3 months free rent on a 12-month lease. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Rabsky Group | Design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill

625-Fulton-Street-01 Rendering of 625 Fulton Street via Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Downtown Brooklyn has seen a shift from an industrial neighborhood to a live-work-play area in the past few years, and 625 Fulton Street would seem to encapsulate the neighborhood's renaissance: Plans for the tower call for over 50,000 square feet of retail space, 739,000 square feet of office space, an 82,500-square-foot elementary school, and 902 residential units, a quarter of which will be permanently affordable. Demolition on the site is underway, and completion is estimated for 2023.

30 Park Place
Developed by Silverstein Properties | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

30-Park-Place-1 All images of The Four Seasons Private Residences via RAMSA and The Corcoran Group/ Robert A.M. Stern Architects
30-Park-Place-2 Library with private terrace
30-Park-Place-3 Kitchen
30-Park-Place-4 Master bedroom
The downtown skyline has taken impressive shape over the past few years, and this Robert A.M. Stern-designed tower makes a dramatic statement. This penthouse in the building's crown boasts dramatic, unobstructed, 360-degree views of the New York skyline and all waterways, and terraces on all four sides are ideal for enjoying them. Inside, details include soaring ceilings, solid white oak floors, formal dining room, and chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry, Gaggenau appliances, and polished marble countertops. The master suite features double terraces, two walk-in closets, and two luxurious baths. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed by Related and Oxford Property Group | Design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

15-Hudson-Yards-1 All images of Fifteen Hudson Yards via Related-Oxford
15 Hudson Yards #PH88A floor plan
Fifteen Hudson Yards sits in the center of New York's newest neighborhood and looks out on spectacular views of The Vessel, The Shed, and the High Line in addition to the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. That is especially the case in this duplex penthouse with unobstructed 270-degree views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, East River Bridges, Manhattan Skyline, Empire State Building, and the Atlantic Ocean. The centerpiece is a double-height Great Room with ceilings up to 26 feet, a double-sided fireplace, and one-of-a-kind sculptural millwork. A beautiful staircase leads to a sitting area with wet bar as well as three beautiful bedroom suites. See full details here.

Developed by Bizzi & Partners | Design by Rafael Vinoly

125-Greenwich-Street-01 Rendering of 125 Greenwich Street Credit MARCH via Douglas Elliman
As it takes its place in the new Lower Manhattan skyline, 125 Greenwich Street is distinguished by its soaring height, rounded corners, and column-free interiors that will allow for sunny interiors and panoramic skyline and New York Harbor views. The residential amenities, which include a fitness center, pool, and relaxation lounge, were designed and situated to make the most of the views.

5 World Trade Center
900 feet

Developed by Brookfield Properties and Silverstein Properties | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox

5-World-Trade-Center-01 Rendering of 5 World Trade Center via Kohn Pedersen Fox
5 World Trade Center has sat empty ever since the Deutsche Building was demolished in the wake of severe damage in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the project has seen some stirrings: The boards of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation voted to approve a proposal for a new mixed-use tower. The proposal calls for 190,000 square feet of office space, 7,000 square feet of retail space, 12,000 square feet of community space, 55,000 square feet of public amenities, and 1,234 rental apartments. A total of 330 apartments have been designated permanently affordable and for households earning at or below 50 percent of the area median income. This would be the largest number of affordable units in a single Lower Manhattan building, and city officials have spoken enthusiastically about the project. Construction is estimated to begin in 2023.

Developed by Rabina Properties | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox

520-Fifth-Avenue-01 Previous design of 520 Fifth Avenue by Handel Architects via Ceruzzi Holdings
The site of 520 Fifth Avenue has been quiet lately, but the new year has brought some stirring: Permits have been filed for a soaring mixed-use tower near Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, and Fifth Avenue. As one of the tallest skyscrapers in Midtown, there will be plenty of space for the planned retail, offices, and 98 condominiums on floors 31-68. No details have been released for the new development's timeline.

8 Spruce Street
Developed by Forest City Enterprises | Design by Frank Gehry

8-Spruce-Street-01 All images of New York by Gehry via Brookfield Properties
With its undulating facade and series of setbacks, this soaring tower by a Pritzker Prize laureate was an early standard-setter for the architecturally adventurous new Lower Manhattan skyline, and remains one of the city's most inspiring buildings. All residences enjoy incredible light, high ceilings, white oak plank floors, state-of-the-art lighting systems, modern kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, and stylish baths. Over 22,000 square feet of amenities includes a drawing room with grand piano, a library, a chef's demonstration kitchen, a private dining room with catering services, a screening room, a game room, a golf simulator, children's and teen lounges, a 50' skylit indoor pool, a 3,500-square-foot fitness center with yoga, boxing, and spinning studios, and a grilling terrace with dining cabanas. The building is currently offering 3 months free rent on a 12-month lease. See floor plan and full details here.

99 Hudson Street
Developed by COA 99 Hudson LLC | Design by Perkins Eastman

99-Hudson-Street-01 99 Hudson via Andrew Rugge
Across the river, closings have commenced at 99 Hudson, the tallest apartment tower outside New York and Chicago. Select units offer private balconies, and all apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oak floors, in-unit washer/dryers, and stylishly finished kitchens and baths. The building's 65,000 square feet of amenities include a triple-height lobby, port-cochere, fitness center, spa, game room, club room, business center, and amenity terrace with a pool, lounges, playground, dog run, and landscaped green lawn.

845 United Nations Plaza
Developed by Trump Organization | Design by Costas Kondylias

845-United-Nations-Plaza-01 Trump World Tower via Douglas Elliman
845-United-Nations-Plaza-01 Interiors via Compass
Trump World Tower occupies the entire block between East 47th and 48th Streets on First Avenue, and the height of the building by an acclaimed designer allows for spectacular, protected views of the East River and the United Nations headquarters. Indeed, this corner condo boasts spectacular views of the iconic Manhattan skyline from floor-to-ceiling tinted windows. Interiors feature 12' ceilings, maple herringbone floors, a corner living/dining room, windowed eat-in kitchen, luxurious bedroom suites, and smart home technology. The building's amenities include a health club and spa, 60' indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, a wine room, and a landscaped courtyard and garden. See floor plan and full details here.

3 Sutton Place
Developed by Gamma Real Estate | Design by Thomas Juul-Hansen

Construction has recently topped out on Sutton 58, a soaring, slender new condominium with dramatic vertical coffered niches, a glass curtain wall, and light-colored panel strips that echo its neighborhood's brick and stone palette. There will be no more than three apartments per floor, and residential amenities will include a third-floor spa and pool, a fourth-floor fitness center, a fifth-floor game room, children's playroom, party room, and sport simulator, and a lounge, screening room, and terrace on the sixth floor.

252 South Street
Developed by Extell | Design by Adamson Associates

252-South-Street-01 All images of One Manhattan Square via Extell
Between its soaring height and sleek glass curtain wall, One Manhattan Square is a striking addition to the Lower Manhattan skyline. This spacious residence enjoys jaw-dropping views of the Empire State Building, the Manhattan skyline, the East River, and Brooklyn. Over 100,000 square feet of amenities span four floors and include a spa area, hammam and cold plunge pool, 75' pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, fitness center, bowling alley, squash court, screening room, wine tasting room, and cigar room, to name but a few. Outdoor amenities include a children's playground, social courtyards, relaxation lawns, fire pits, outdoor kitchen and dining, herb garden, adult tree house, tea pavilion, outdoor ping-pong, putting green, stargazing observatory, and covered dog run. See floor plan and full details here.

Developed and designed by Alloy

80-Flatbush-Avenue-01 Rendering of 80 Flatbush via Alloy Development
It took a few appearances before the New York City Council and some legal wrangling with local activists, but work on Downtown Brooklyn's second-tallest building is underway. Upon completion, which is estimated for 2025, the project will include retail space, office space, a new elementary school, and new high school classrooms. It will also contain approximately 900 apartments, 200 of which will be permanently affordable.

Developed by Alexico Group | Design by Herzog & de Meuron

56-Leonard-Street-01 56 Leonard Street (Credit Iwan Baan)
The unique structure of "the Jenga building," as some call 56 Leonard Street, allows for floor-to-ceiling windows, unique floor plates, and private balconies in every unit. This full-floor penthouse was meticulously renovated, but there was no improving on the breathtaking views of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. The Great Room opens up to private outdoor space and features a Roman travertine sculpture incorporating a concealed television and two-sided fireplace. The open chef's kitchen overlooks the downtown skyline and comes outfitted with a massive island and high-end appliances. All bedrooms have en suite baths, and the master suite features a fireplace and sitting room. See floor plan and full details here.

150 West 56th Street
Developed by Tishman Speyer Properties | Design by Murphy/Jahn

150-West-56th-Street-01 CitySpire via Sotheby's International Realty
150-West-56th-Street-02 Interiors via Engel & Volkers
CitySpire was the city's tallest mixed-use building when it opened in 1988, and its soaring height, endless amenities, and central location have kept it on buyers' radars. This high-floor home has been beautifully renovated with a new chef's kitchen, spa-like baths, custom lighting, and new wiring for today's cable and WiFi needs. However, there was no improving on extraordinary 180-degree views of Central Park, the Hudson River, Long Island Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. See floor plan and full details here.

15 East 30th Street
Developed by JD Carlisle and Fosun International | Design by Handel Architects

15-East-30th-Street-01 Madison House via DBOX
Madison-House-NYC Madison House nearing completion
15-East-30th-Street-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
Not only is Madison House is the tallest tower in NoMad, but it is one of 2020's most successful buildings, having sold 45 units and passed $100 million in sales. Like all residences in the building, this high-floor home features corner windows, soaring ceilings, and extraordinary city views. The kitchen is outfitted with a honed Calacatta marble waterfall island and backsplash and suite of Gaggenau appliances. Over 30,000 square feet of amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, sports lounge, lap pool and spa area, double-height private lounge, and 2,800-square-foot outdoor terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

138 East 50th Street
Developed by Ceruzzi Properties | Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli

138-East-50th-Street-01 All images of The Centrale via Douglas Elliman
With its soaring height, glass facade, and facets of terra cotta chevrons, The Centrale makes a striking addition to the Midtown East skyline. This full-floor tower residence features a refined aesthetic, white oak flooring, an open concept living/dining room, and landmark views from 10' floor-to-ceiling windows. The open chef's kitchen is outfitted with streamlined custom white oak millwork, integrated Gaggenau appliances, and Dornbacht fixtures. The bedrooms have luxurious en suite baths, and the corner master suite boasts open skyline views, a walk-in closet, and a windowed five-fixture bath. See floor plan and full details here.

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