Articles on Manhattan Apartments

Room(s) With A City View: Growing Market Among Growing Families For Bigger Manhattan Apartments

Larger looking for larger apartments in ManhattanAccording to an article in Wednesday's New York Times, three-bedroom Manhattan apartments and four-bedroom apartments are all the rage amongst families. It makes arithmetical sense, of course -- more kids, more bedrooms, Q.E.D. -- but the boom in sales of three- and four-bedroom Manhattan apartments indicates that a demographic that traditionally hightails it to the suburbs might be opting for Manhattan condos instead. Despite the fact that new condominium sales have been comparatively flat over the past year, sales of three-bedroom and four-bedroom Manhattan apartments have drastically increased -- whether it's because families are looking for more space for their children, space for guest bedrooms, or a tricked-out media room varies from case to case, of course. But clearly there's something going on here.

NCM Building Review: Cheers For Riverhouse’s New Management, Green Living Environment, Lovelyl Views, and Luxurious Condos

battery park from a helicopter Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live in The City, but be able to avoid the hustle and bustle that goes on outside of most New York City apartment buildings? Sounds good, does it not? Living in Battery Park City would take that ridiculous imagination of yours and turn your dreams into reality. The Riverhouse (in Battery Park), under new ownership since March, adds some umph to New York City living. The Riverhouse’s amenities are great. With a lap pool, children’s playroom, outdoor terrace and park, yoga studio, billiard’s room, media café, and fitness center, this Battery Park City apartment building fulfills the needs of all of its residents. Rockefeller Park--which is right in the Riverhouse’s backyard--provides residents with a great area to spend time outside, watch ferries go by on the Hudson River, go for a run, or bring the kids to one of several play areas. It would be difficult to find a more relaxing New York City neighborhood. The Riverhouse’s most amazing amenity, by far, is it’s backyard. The Hudson River runs just steps from the building and many Riverhouse apartments have a stunning river view of the Statue of Liberty and Midtown Skyline.

NYC Condo Scene: Transactions Are Booming, New Unit Sales Are Lagging. How Does That Happen?

Transactions are booming while new unit sales are lagging.Ah, the New York City condo scene -- it's chaotic, but it does at least keep the New Construction Manhattan blog busy enough. Of late, you might've noticed a number of posts suggesting that the market for NYC condos is heating up after a long recession precipitated a buyer's market in Manhattan condominiums. What has been anecdotal for the past few months got a little bit more quantified thanks to a study by NYC real estate researchers Radar Logic which showed NYC condo transactions rising an astonishing 146 percent over the past year.

Riverhouse Chronicles, Cont'd: Resident Sues Battery Park City Condo Developers, Alleging Failure To Deliver LEED-Gold Goods

The RiverheouseIf you're a regular reader of the New Construction Manhattan blog, this is not the first time you're hearing about The Riverhouse, a LEED Gold-hopeful condominium in Battery Park City. And if you're not a regular reader of the New Construction Manhattan blog...this is still probably not the first time you're hearing about The Riverhouse, a LEED Gold-hopeful condominium in Battery Park City. With a list of celebrity residents -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Tyra Banks, for starters -- and the unofficial title of the greenest of NYC's green condo listings, The Riverhouse is, as a great newscaster once said, kind of a big deal. Whatever controversies beset it going forward, The Riverhouse's position as one of the most desirable condo listings in Battery Park City is not likely to change. But a new lawsuit filed against The Riverhouse's developers doesn't look all that good.

Reach For The Stars: Extell Announces Plans To Build Tallest Condominium Building in Manhattan

Extell plans to build the biggest condo building in Manhattan There are a lot of things to miss about the heyday -- it was only just a few years ago, although it feels much longer -- of NYC real estate. There was a time when new construction condos in Manhattan came on the market every week, when the streets rang with news of rezoning and new construction and condo conversions and so on. It was... honestly, probably a bit much, and not nearly as great a time to find a condo for sale in Manhattan as today's more chilled-out real estate climate. But the market is turning itself around as we speak, and proof is everywhere you look, both on the New Construction Manhattan blog and elsewhere. But if you need proof that the grandiosity of old is returning to Manhattan real estate, look no further than the news that condo developer Extell and star architect Christian de Portzamparc just announced plans to build the tallest condominium in Manhattan at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Midtown West. Hurray?

The Cost of Privacy: Getting Lower By The Day, At Least At New Upper East Side Condo Isis

ISIS in the Upper East SideUniqueness is not something most people seek in Upper East Side luxury condos, or at least it's pretty far below luxurious amenities, spacious floor plans, an Upper East Side location and a bunch of other factors. But of all the things that an Upper East Side condo listing can make itself unique, Isis, a new construction condo at 303 East 77th Street, picked a pretty savvy one. By building just 32 condominiums across its 17 floors, Isis made itself one of the most private condominium listings on the Upper East Side. As distinguishing marks go, a spacious condo without a ton of neighbors works pretty well. Now, though, Isis has another unique attribute to its name: where other luxury condos are confidently raising prices, as we reported last week, Curbed reports that Isis is cutting prices dramatically, for the second time since February.

Apthorp Chronicles Continued: Given Green Light On Condo Conversion, Pre-War Luxury Condo Promptly Hikes Prices

The Apthorp in Manhattan Your New Construction Manhattan blogger is human, dear reader, which means that every now and then your New Construction Manhattan blogger is laid-up by vicious allergies and misses a day or two of posting. This is something that happens even to non-bloggers -- although our constitutions are admittedly frailer than most -- but in the hyperspeed world of Manhattan real estate, a day or so off means three or so days behind. Thus the post that we were too busy sneezing to make -- which announced that Upper West Side pre-war condo conversion The Apthorp, the Pitti Palace-inspired condo at 390 West End Avenue, had been approved by the State AG for condominium conversion -- has now become two posts in one.

Down From The (Tribeca) Summit: Tribeca Luxury Condo Conversion Cuts Prices

The Summit in TribecaWe've written before about Tribeca Summit at the New Construction Manhattan blog. The pre-war luxury condo conversion at 415 Greenwich Street in Tribeca has -- despite its exceptional promise and striking pre-war looks -- had a rough go of it in terms of squabbling developers and other brand-tarnishing Manhattan real estate mishaps. While the apartments for sale at Tribeca Summit remain very attractive in their own right and the property remains among the most appealing condo listings in Tribeca, the soft market and hard-to-watch developer squabbles dictated that something had to give. And so it has: Curbed reports that list prices on condos at Tribeca Summit have come down some 20 percent of late. What does this mean?

No Smoking Please: Scare at Chelsea Green Condo HL23 Turns Out To Be All Smoke, No Fire

SmokeWe haven't written about LEED Gold Chelsea condo HL23 that often here at New Construction Manhattan, and that's totally our fault. Both relative to other condos for sale in Chelsea and other green condos for sale in Manhattan, HL23 is a really impressive NYC condo -- both better-looking and greener than its competition in Chelsea and among Manhattan's other green apartments, respectively. If it seems like we're kind of amping it up about HL23 right now, um, that is probably true. But it's one of our favorite green condo listings at NCM and... well, for awhile back there we were worried that we might've lost it. But it turns out that what looked like a serious fire at HL23 this weekend was all smoke and no fire, Curbed reports.

Apthorp Chronicles: The War Over The Upper West Side Pre-War Condo at 390 West End Avenue

the apthorp pre-war condoEven among the many pre-war condo listings on the Upper West Side, The Apthorp stands out for its impressive pedigree. The building, at 390 West End Avenue, was built by William Waldorf Astor in 1908, and was modeled after the famed Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. That doesn't exactly bespeak modesty, but a recent restoration has highlighted just how grand (and occasionally grandiose) Astor's vision for The Apthorp actually was. The building itself is stunning, and one of the most impressive pre-war condos in Manhattan. But while The Apthorp is a great building, it has yet to take off as a star NYC condo listing because of the ongoing tussle over that ambitious restoration.