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The towers with something extra

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Some buildings around town just make your head turn.

Many of New York City’s most blinged-out buildings — usually tall, glassy affairs —  opened during the mid-2000s, when so-called starchitecture was the rage.

“During the boom, well-known architects would be brought in to attract buyers,” said Candace Taylor of The Real Deal. “People would pay a premium to live in these places.”

The trend is far from toast. Take the upcoming project from Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. The big building on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th avenues will appear as a pyramid at some angles, and a spire at others.

Here’s a look at the blingiest buildings around, with amazing views, “green” features, eye-popping exteriors and incredible amenities.

New York By Gehry

This highly buzzed-about former Beekman Tower, also refered to as 8 Spruce Street, has altered the city’s skyline. The 76-story tower, at 870 feet,  is now the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. It was designed by the world’s most famous living American architect, Frank Gehry. The exterior’s undulating waves of stainless steel are meant to evoke the folds on the Statue of Liberty’s gown.  And it’s a rental! “That’s an experiment,” Taylor said.

Prices: Studios start at $2,630, one-bedrooms at $3,580 and two-bedrooms at $5,945. The building is offering one month free rent. All 903 apartments will be rent-stabilized for 20 years.

Amenities: Game room, golf simulator, grilling terrace, skylight swimming pool, tweens’ den, yoga and pilates studio

200 Eleventh Ave.

This West Chelsea building, dubbed “Sky Garage,” has an ultra-luxe amenity: an elevator, below, that brings your car up to your apartment. All but one apartment have their own parking space a few feet from the door. The building, located at 24th Street,  was designed by Annabelle Selldorf and has a gunmetal terracotta exterior. Most of the 15 apartments have 23-foot ceilings, and about 75 percent of them have outdoor space. The smallest apartment is a two-bedroom and two-and-a-half bath. The largest is a combination apartment, just shy of 8,000 square feet. Most are duplexes.

Prices: Apartments average around $5.5 million. The penthouse apartment is $4,000 per square foot.

Amenities: Gym, refrigerated storage

Celebrity cachet: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have reportedly bought a $9.6 million apartment on the building’s fourth floor.

One Jackson Square

This Greenwich Village building (pictured above) has those oh-so-popular undulating exterior walls, this time made of glass. Architect William Pedersen, of Kohn Pederson Fox, cited ribbons blowing in the wind and water rushing over river rocks as inspiration. The firm was recently awarded an AIA National Chapter Honor Award for Architecture. The lobby is getting a lot of attention too, with its curvy bamboo tunnels that mimic the undulating glass on the outside. Wanna move in? You better get going: All but three two-bedroom penthouses and one four-bedroom penthouse have been sold.

Prices: Apartments range from $5.825 million to $18.95 million (for the four-bedroom penthouse — with a pool!)

Amenities: Landscaped courtyard garden, valet parking, and a lounge with plush seating and a fireplace, state-of-the art screening and sound equipment, including a retractable movie screen and DJ hook-up capabilities

100 Eleventh Ave.

Jean Nouvel is the French starchitect behind this 23-story West Chelsea building — known as the “Vision Machine.” It boasts 1,647 distinct window panels, and each apartment has floor-to-ceiling window walls and floors finished with a transparent gloss that boosts sunlight.

Prices: Apartments range from $1.5 million to $22 million. Eight apartments are for sale, ranging from $1.3 million to $22 million.  Two rentals are currently available — a one-bedroom for $7,500 and a three-bedroom for $26,000.

Amenities: Concierge services by Luxury Attaché, a 70-foot indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, sauna, steam room and screening room

Celeb cachet: Kelsey Grammer reportedly spent $6.5 million on a four-bedroom apartment.

Meier North Tower and Meier South Tower

Richard Meier’s two glass towers — located at 176 and 173 Perry St. — are often credited for kicking off the starchitecture craze. Completed in 2002, the buildings are 16 stories each and designed with a transparent minimal style, made of glass and white metal. The apartments, all floor-throughs, are about 1,817 square feet at 173 Perry St., the North Tower; and about 3,750 square feet at 176 Perry St., the South Tower. (Since building the first two, Meier built a third tower at 165 Charles St.)

Prices: The average price of an apartment at the Perry Street towers  is $6.27 million. 173 Perry has two two-bedrooms available for just under $5 million and a penthouse for $13.9 million. A two-bedroom apartment is for rent at $19,500.

Amenities: Concierge, fitness center

Celeb cachet: Countless celebrities have called these towers home, including Calvin Klein, Jim Carrey, Natalie Portman, Heather Mills, Hugh Jackman and Martha Stewart.


This SOM-designed downtown Brooklyn building, at 150 Myrtle Ave., may not have the same celebrity cachet (or sky-high prices) as its Manhattan counterparts, but it certainly is striking. The silver-blue aluminum and glass exterior has been described as reminscent of a bar code. The building (whose name is Dutch for “tower”) features 240 condos ranging from 442 to 1,967 square feet. The top eight floors consist of eight one-bedroom penthouse units and 24 duplex penthouse units of two and three bedrooms. And the amenities are great.

“Often buildings in marginal neighborhoods need a lot of great amenities to lure buyers,” Taylor said.

Prices: Prices start in the mid-$300,000s and go up to $1.7 million

Amenities: Bi-level furnished roof garden with an outdoor movie theater, indoor library, yoga studio, pool and fitness center

40 Bond St.

Although this one’s a bit older than the others (it was completed in 2007), we couldn’t skip it. The building, designed by Herzog & De Meuron and developed by Ian Schrager, is cast-iron and glass. Immediately eye-catching is the building’s street-level, cast-aluminum, graffiti-inspired gate, reminiscent of the work of Gaudí. The condos have over 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are 27 loft-style apartments (some with terraces) and five townhouses (all with private gardens).

Prices: Homes range from $3.1 million to $15 million.

Amenities: Fitness center, common garden

Celeb cachet: The building’s developer, hotelier extraordinaire (and former Studio 54 co-owner) Ian Schrager, lives in the building’s three-floor penthouse.


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