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The NYC real estate market has been booming for some time now, and it isn’t show any signs of slowing down.  

New luxury condos are rising to meet the New York sky every day, offering large, meticulously designed apartments housed within staggering architectural achievements and featuring an ever-growing wealth of amenities.  Our neighbor to the south is home to numerous, impressive cities, but none of them offer what New York Does in the way of culture, vibrancy and opportunity. And none have quite the same cache. If you’re interested in purchasing a second home in the Big Apple, here are five new developments to keep your eye on:

 

 
520 West 28th
As far as influential and inspiring stories of architectural glory, there are zero on the level of the late Zaha Hadid’s. The Iraqi-born Pritzker Prize-winning architect was known throughout the globe for her stunning creations—and 520 West 28th is one of them.  The building is composed mostly of steel and glass, and it exudes a certain futuristic modernism with curving sections and floor-to-ceiling windows. The interiors are spacious and refined with high-ceilings and open layouts. Kitchens feature Gaggenau appliances, and amenities include an indoor, 75-ft sky-lit pool, a private spa, multiple terraces overlooking the high line, a private imax theatre and secure parking.
 
 
 
70 Vestry
70 Vestry is a true coastal gem.  Positioned right on the shore of the Hudson, it’s bright, limestone facade has a classic New York aesthetic with a contemporary flare. The residences are large and flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows which provide breathtaking views of the Hudson or the Tribeca skyline. There’s also a beautiful private courtyard, a spa with an 82 ft swimming pool, a fitness center with a full-size squash court, a kids area and a sprawling lounge perfect for hosting a party.  
 
 
 
101 West 78th
101 West 78th is unbridled, Upper West Side sophistication.  The building, a red-brick stunner originally constructed in 1886, is across the street from the American Museum of Natural History and is a neighborhood classic.  There’s an elegance here that you feel as soon as you walk into the impressive lobby and it continues into the residences. They are large and bright with a decidedly more classic design.  When you picture a quintessential, high-end New York apartment, this building is what pops into your head. There’s a children’s playroom, a fitness center, package rooms, stroller and bike storage areas, and you’re only steps from some of the best museums on the planet.
 
 
 
The Ashland
For our fourth selection we move to Brooklyn. While the borough has always been a unique and wonderful place, it has experienced a rather meteoric rise in the real estate world over the last decade or so.  And The Ashland, which is situated in the cultural epicenter of Brooklyn, with BAM, BRIC and the LIU Paramount Theater right next door, the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Library close by, and the Barclays Center down the block, is set to bring BK real estate to another level entirely.  At the base of the building sits Gotham Market, a sister market to Hell’s Kitchen’s widely-acclaimed Gotham West Market.  It’s filled with intriguing restaurants and bars. The modern condos feature floor-to-ceiling windows which provide far-reaching view of the cityscape, high-end stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and a luminous, glass tile backsplash. There’s also an indoor/outdoor fitness center, a rooftop lounge, a billiard room, an outdoor movie screening room, a children’s play area and yes, a barbeque area.  
 
 
 
Manhattan Park
To Roosevelt Island we go for our final pick.  Manhattan Park is truly one-of-a-kind.  Due to it’s location, a resident will feel like they’re separated from the city (because they are, although still very close.) Roosevelt Island is far more green and open than most areas of Manhattan.  But the best part is, you’re only one subway stop away, or a 4-minute ride on the legendary tram.  Many of their beautiful, large apartments have terraces and all feature impressive views of the skyline.  What truly sets Manhattan Park apart is its 8 landscaped acres.  It’s like having an apartment building surrounded by a park (hence the name.)  The building also has 24 hour concierge service, valet parking, a rooftop sun deck, a children’s play area, a fitness center, and an enormous, 60ft outdoor pool.  

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