Battery Park City
Downtown on the West Side between the Hudson River on the West and South, the West Side Highway on the East, and Chambers Street on the North.
River views and river life are the big draw for seekers of Battery Park City apartments and condos. Because the land is technically owned by the Battery Park City Authority, a public entity, residents of these downtown condos don’t pay taxes, they pay PILOT — Payments in Lieu of Taxes — which help maintain the glorious esplanade which is Battery Park City’s crown jewel. The beautiful ribbon runs for 1.2 miles, linking together a string of kid- and pet-friendly parks, and many of Battery Park City’s condos look out on these wonderful bits of green to the Hudson beyond. Strolling, rollerblading, biking — or just catching a spectacular sunset or a close-up of the Statue of Liberty — they’re all perks attached to this wonderful downtown real estate.
Midtown on the East Side from the East River to First Avenue, 48th Street to 52nd Street.
This neighborhood of beautiful townhouses — Irving Berlin used to live here — and grand co-ops is only a few square blocks big. Because the neighborhood is so small, the number of Beekman Place apartments for sale at any one time, whether co-op or condo, is limited — but the Beekman area is worth the wait! The neighborhood centers on two-blocks-long Beekman Place, with grand buildings like One Beekman Place, a co-op with a garage and an Olympic pool. In fiction, that East Side co-op was home to the madcap Auntie Mame; in fact, it contains what many believe to be New York City’s grandest and best apartments.
Uptown on the East Side, from 86th Street to 96th Street and from Lexington Avenue to Central Park.
The Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan, full of magnificient townhouses that are rarely for sale because their owners tend to hang on to them, has wonderful access to Central Park. Larger buildings house prewar apartments of six or seven rooms, known as “Classic Sixes” and “Classic Sevens,” but the light in the area is generous as even these magnificient co-ops are usually not too tall. The resulting old-world feel, which bathes even modern condos in Carnegie Hill, shows you why steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie picked this quiet, countrified section of Manhattan as the place to build his ultimate family home. (You can still visit it today on your way to buy or rent an apartment — it’s now a branch of the Smithsonian known as the Cooper-Hewitt museum.)
Central Park South
Midtown Central, 59th Street from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, and environs.
Central Park South is short, but it packs a punch: for three blocks there are co-ops and condos offering perhaps the most famous views of Central Park — trees framed by the skyline of Central Park West on one side and Fifth Avenue on the other. Whether you’re looking for a full-time pad or a doorman pied-à-terre, venerable hotels such as the Plaza and the Ritz-Carlton are now offering condominium residences for sale; neighboring Columbus Circle buildings like the Time Warner Center have similar stunning luxury properties for sale and for rent, so bring your telescope!
Downtown on the West Side, from 14th Street to 34th Street, and from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River.
The newest Chelsea news – and some of the hottest condos for sale — are on the Far West Side, where the south section of the High Line, an elevated park that’s been created from an abandoned railroad track, opened in 2009. The modern development is great for walking and people watching, and the ribbon of green is a pleasing view for many a Chelsea apartment.
Downtown on the East Side, from Brooklyn Bridge to Lafayette Street and north to Canal Street.
Chinatown is one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods — Chatham Square was the Times Square of its day — and contains open-air fruit and fish markets side-by-side with gleaming new condo buildings. Condominium lovers will find that since much of the construction is recent, Chinatown condos often offer contemporary features like home offices and roof terraces. Yet the true hallmark of Chinatown is that juxtaposition is everywhere – next door to a bustling Chinatown gift shop you’ll find a converted apartment building with renovated kitchens and marble baths.
Clinton from 34th Street to 50th Street, from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River.
In a formerly low-rise area just west of the Theater District lies Clinton, one of Manhattan’s newest hot spots — you can find everything from sprawling renovated lofts to the Orion Condominium, a luxury high-rise tower which boasts some of the best views in the city (and free breakfast for residents!). But the Clinton area is also home to charming row houses, some of which are quiet-looking historical walkups that might house Broadway’s Next Big Thing. Clinton co-op and condo dwellers find that the rents are affordable, and the transportation is great, with access to Penn Station, the Port Authority, and the Times Square subways.
Uptown, from 110th to 125nd streets, from Fifth Avenue to the East River.
Rich in history and residential charm, the diverse East Harlem neighborhood offers those in search of a new apartment or townhouse plenty to peruse. Housing stock runs the gamut from rowhouses to studios, from one- and two-bedroom co-ops to renovated tenements. A big draw here in East Harlem is space — apartments often come with a dining room, an outdoor garden, or even parking. Large rental complexes like Hampton Court (complete with gyms, garden decks and retail shopping) are now being joined in East Harlem by luxury condos offering views of the East River, the George Washington and RFK (Triborough) Bridges.
Downtown on the East Side, from Houston to 14th Street and from the Bowery and Third Avenue to the East River.
Whether it’s the mushrooming of modern new condos or the reclamation of some beloved parks, few neighborhoods have changed as much over the past couple of decades as the East Village. The growth of New York University to the West has helped drive the East Village’s renaissance, so that old-fashioned retail like hardware stores stands cheek-by-jowl with shops where you can buy all kinds of trendy luxury. Much of the East Village housing stock is tenement-style walkups with co-ops for sale or rentals that make great shares, but some offer hidden delights like roof decks and garden access to their residents. If it’s an elevator and a Bulthaup kitchen you’re seeking, head over near Avenue B to check out the jazzy new condo developments.
Downtown, from the West Side Highway to the East River, from the tip of Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge and Park Place.
Easy access to transportation has brought a new wave of condo buyers into the Financial District, known to its residents as “FiDi.” Recent conversions of office buildings in the Financial District have created lofts and apartments with high ceilings and modern amenities such as gyms, concierges, and computer systems that e-mail you when your dry cleaning has arrived. Top rental buildings have modern lounges for socializing and roof decks that go on and on, with views to match. The new luxury high-rises have joined such classic Financial District co-ops as 3 Hanover Square, a conversion of the former Cotton Exchange.
Downtown on the West Side, from 14th Street to 24th Street, and from Park Avenue South to Sixth Avenue.
Take a pretty little park, a bustling greenmarket, and some fashionable shops, and you have a perfect recipe for Flatiron, one of New York City’s hottest neighborhoods for co-ops and condos.
Downtown on the East Side, from 14th Street to 23rd Street, from Park Avenue South to the East River.
If you’ve ever wanted a secret garden to call your own, the co-ops and townhouses for sale and rent alongside Gramercy Park are for you. The entire little enclave of Gramercy is the brainchild of a nineteenth-century real estate developer who created one of New York City’s most beautiful green spaces — a private park — and then built apartments and row houses with views of it. To add to the prestige, these wonderful homes come with keys to the gated oasis that’s Gramercy Park — it only opens to the public once or twice a year.
Downtown Central, from Houston Street to 14th Street, from the Bowery to Seventh Avenue.
If you’re new to Greenwich Village, and you’re walking along admiring its townhouses and co-ops, the spot where West Fourth Street crosses West Tenth Street might cause you to scratch your head a little. Even the Village’s most modern luxury condos get a bit of European charm from the meandering, tree-lined streets, leftovers from the 19th century, when Greenwich Village was new development, started up before the city’s grid plan.
Uptown West, from West 125th Street to West 155th Street, from Riverside Drive to St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues.
The Harlem sub-neighborhood of Hamilton Heights boasts some of the city’s most-desired townhouses, and is best known for “Strivers’ Row” — which is actually more than one block of Harlem townhouses that share rear courtyards — the Harlem sub-neighborhood of Hamilton Heights has some of the most-desired townhouses in New York City. Parts of Strivers’ Row were designed by the noted architecture firm of McKim, Mead and White, and in addition to the gardens in back many of the townhouses have lovely staircases, fireplaces, pocket doors, and moldings. Even in the surrounding area, the conjunction of great subway access (the train stops at 135th and 145th streets) and beautiful row houses makes Hamilton Heights a lovely place to rent or buy a home.
Uptown, from 110th Street to 155th Street, from the East River to Manhattan and St. Nicholas Avenues.
Harlem is enjoying a new renaissance — an explosion of development. Harlem residents are also finding a new range of shopping options, as 125th Street, once known for its independent bazaars that offered anything and everything for sale, is now also home to uptown sites for chains such as Disney, HandM, and Old Navy. There’s easy access to retail from such beautiful architectural enclaves as Harlem’s “Striver’s Row,” which features townhouses — many with multiple fireplaces and to-die-for molding — designed by the famous firm of McKim, Mead and White.
Uptown, north of Dyckman Street.
Inwood is the purported site of Peter Minuit’s purchase of Manhattan from the Lenape Indians — one of the most famous real estate transactions in history. Inwood offers affordable co-ops, free-standing single-family homes and, most recently, luxury condos. Townhouses and Art Deco apartment buildings lie to the west of Broadway, and to the East is rental housing and a vibrant street life. With an influx of downtowners seeking quiet and value, Inwood has a developing arts community, a fun and growing nightlife and a variety of new restaurants including Park Terrace Bistro, a Moroccan restaurant on Broadway with raves from Zagat’s and the Michelin Guide.
Lower East Side
Downtown East, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Houston Street, from the East River to the Bowery.
The Lower East Side is a big swath of Manhattan that ranges from the historic — renters can still find a great selection of walkups, mostly without doormen — to the modern. Blue, a bold new condo from French abstract architect Bernard Tschumi, offers Lower East Siders a roof terrace and a cold storage locker for Fresh Direct deliveries in addition to 24-hour doorman service. At 17 Orchard on the Lower East Side, floor-through condos with oversized windows have stacked washer/dryers and custom cabinets.
Midtown on the East Side, from Fifth Avenue to the East River, from 42nd to 57th streets.
Grand Central Station with its high ceiling full of stars and the Campbell Apartment, the United Nations headquarters in Midtown overlooking the East River, the Chrysler Building shooting into the sky with its Art Deco glory — what part of New York City is more iconic than Midtown on the East Side?
Midtown West, from 34th Street to 57th Street, from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.
Give my regards to Broadway — and let me live there in a luxury Midtown West condo while you’re at it. The formerly low-rise neighborhood west of Fifth Avenue has recently allowed some luxury high-rises, and the doorman condos often offer views to the river and beyond. The center of Midtown West is Clinton, which boasts new state-of-the-art condominiums like the Orion and Platinum, and to be in one of these high-rises when Times Square is gussied up in its neon best is breathtaking.
Runs from Riverside Drive to Morningside Park, from 110th to 125th Streets.
A cross between the Upper West Side and Harlem, Morningside Heights boasts some of the city’s most impressive architecture: Turn-of-the-century apartment buildings (many with marble lobbies grand enough to house a presidential reception) and row houses dominate. The expansive pre-war co-ops located on Riverside Drive in Morningside Heights offer amazing views of the Hudson River. However, there are also condos in the Morningside Heights area with flowing layouts, graciously proportioned rooms, and the high ceilings that make Uptown living so elegant.
Midtown, on the East Side, from 23rd Street to 42nd Street.
Murray Hill is a townhouse paradise — of 100 townhouses listed in the area in the 1892 Social Register, 60 are still standing. Yet those single-family Murray Hill homes, many of three and four stories and some renovated with elevators and gyms to match their double Dacor ovens, rub elbows with high-rise condo towers. In Murray Hill, the formerly business corridors of Madison and Fifth avenues are being converted into gorgeous new loft-like apartments.
A two-mile island in the East River running from Manhattan’s East 46th to 85th Streets.
If you love convenience and quiet, you can’t do better than Roosevelt Island, a serene oasis with lots of green and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Luxury doorman condos in high-rise buildings dot the south side of Roosevelt Island, which is a long, thin sliver in the East River just 700 feet from Manhattan island proper. The amenities of these modern condos include conference rooms, roof decks, and health clubs with yoga rooms. Moving towards the north of Roosevelt Island, there are a handful of rental buildings with offerings ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Many of the apartment buildings have their own playgrounds or gardens, and best of all, there’s a local shuttle bus to help you tool around Roosevelt Island itself.
From Canal Street to Houston Street, from Lafayette to the Hudson River.
Lofts! Lofts! Lofts! Many of SoHo’s expansive apartments were built in the 19th Century, when the use of cast iron for building fronts allowed for larger windows than in traditional brick buildings. The huge windows were used to shed light on factories and offices, which were then converted into the sun-flooded SoHo co-op and condo lofts we know today. In fact, the historic district in SoHo has the biggest concentration of cast-iron architecture anywhere in the world, although SoHo’s manufacturers have given way to artists, fashion designers and Wall Street types seeking light and space in their apartments.
Sutton Place is a little enclave that runs from the East River to Second Avenue, 52nd Street to 59th Street.
Sutton Place in the East Fifties is quite the retreat from bustling Midtown Manhattan — a stretch of elegant prewar co-ops and townhouses, this is where Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall rented their penthouse in How to Marry a Millionaire. Running parallel to First Avenue, Sutton Place (which is called Sutton Place South below 57th Street) has some wonderful prewar apartment buildings with grand river views. This tiny area has some green too, with two parks located just five blocks from each other.
Downtown West, from Canal Street to Park Place and City Hall, from the Hudson River to Lafayette Street.
Tribeca was historically a manufacturing and warehouse district, and the conversion of those buildings has produced some great condo and co-op lofts. Behind the brick and cast-iron façades of Tribeca are apartments big enough to roller-skate in, many with high ceilings, great light, and luxury kitchens. The name TriBeCa itself stands for the Triangle Below Canal, the area running West from Lafayette Street to the Hudson River, north of Battery Park City – an explosion of new condos to the south, some with units for rent, includes 200 Chambers, 101 Warren and Artisan Lofts. In the northern part of Tribeca, the 60 Beach conversion offers arched windows, Valcucine kitchens, and walnut floors, all accessible from private key-locked elevators — and there’s a doorman. For those who love glass, the new development at 56 Leonard is touted as “sculpture in the sky.”
Upper East Side
Upper East, from 57th Street to 110th Street, from the East River to Fifth Avenue, with Sutton Place and Carnegie Hill as separate enclaves.
The Upper East Side historically exemplifies serious landmark-type apartments but remains a neighborhood where there’s a co-op or condo for everyone. Strict co-ops (some with o’-say-can-you-see Central Park views) continue to prevail in the Upper East Side from Park to Fifth Avenues, but there are plenty of studios, one- and two-bedroom condos, and rentals on the Upper East Side as well. Luxury new condo buildings include the Laurel, with a world-class gym that would satisfy any triathlete, the Lucida, and the Brompton.
Upper West Side
Upper West, from Central Park West to the Hudson River, 57th Street to 110th Street.
Every ten blocks of the Upper West Side seem to have their own character: the 70s and 80s have their share of “Classic Six” prewar apartments (that’s three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and kitchen, as opposed to a “Classic Seven,” which has all that plus a room for the maid or domestic staff, sometimes used as a home office.) Along Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side, there are contain some grand-scale apartment buildings with magnificent river views to match the street’s name. Meanwhile, the southern bit of the Upper West Side embraces the Time Warner Center, which has some of the most spectacular luxury condos in the city, along with high-end shops like Coach and Hugo Boss, once-in-a-lifetime eateries like Per Se, and a giant subterranean Whole Foods that seems to hold every resident of the Upper West Side at once.
155th Street to Dyckman Street, from the East River to the Hudson River.
Stretching from river to river, the bustling neighborhood of Washington Heights is inspiring more than just the hit Broadway musical, In the Heights. Some say the value to be found in Washington Heights recalls that found on the Upper West Side in the 80’s — three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartments are not unusual. With its diverse housing stock, Washington Heights (also known as WaHi) boasts five- and six-story prewar apartment buildings, row houses, and Art-Deco co-ops. The Tudor-style Hudson View Gardens complex and Castle Village and Beaux-Arts co-ops such as the Grinnell and the Riviera are just some of the spots with apartments for sale.
Downtown West, Houston Street to 14th Street, Seventh Avenue to the Hudson River.
The West Village (the extension of Greenwich Village west of Seventh Avenue, where there are some beautiful historic townhouses and co-ops on tree-lined streets) certainly follows its own jazzy rhythms. Spend a day browsing the West Village’s bookstores, cozy cafes, and antique shops with all kinds of bric-a-brac for sale and you’ll think you’re in Paris. The apartments tend to have a historic charm too, many with fireplaces and hidden gardens. Often the older buildings have been renovated, so behind many a landmark façade is a Bulthaup kitchen with a six-burner stove!