October 31, 2018
City skylines are as almost as crowded as the streets—soaring higher due to  in-demand skyscraper living offering enviable views and convenient lifestyle choices. Here’s a first look at four prominent projects heading to market.

Madison Square Park Tower’s $77.7 Million Penthouse

Madison Square Park Tower, the tallest residential tower between Midtown and Lower Manhattan, will list its triplex penthouse raw for $77.7 million. If that seems like a gamble, consider the lucky number involved—at least for the developer and broker who eventually seal the deal. Spanning 15,000 square feet over three floors, the penthouse will emerge as one of the largest listed homes in downtown Manhattan history. The penthouse includes two separate studio apartments for staff, office or storage and two fully automated parking spots in the underground garage (that alone is worth $50 million in Manhattan). Delivering unfinished allows the buyer to create his or her own customized sky mansion. If you drop that much on a penthouse, you deserve exactly what you want.

Since imagination is required for the space, three prominent designers—Lee Mindel, Ryan Korban and Thomas Jul-Hansen—have conceptualized interior design possibilities for the space (allowing prospects to envision the penthouse’s potential). Interested buyers have the option of integrating these designs elements into the 63rd, 64th and 65th floors—777 feet above the famous Flatiron District. The triplex offers panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of the East River, Hudson River, and iconic towers like the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and The Clocktower. The triplex penthouse owner also receives access to the building’s amenities, housed on the first five floors. Designed by London hospitality designer, Martin Brudnizki, amenities include a bi-level library, fitness center with yoga, basketball court, and a private club lounge. Fredrik Eklund, John Gomes and Noble Black of Douglas Elliman are the brokers for the property.

Inside-Out Living At 200 East 59th Street

The 35-story residential condominium at 200 East 59th Street is Macklowe Properties’ sequel to 432 Park Avenue (the latest skyscraper claiming the title of “western hemisphere’s tallest residential tower”). As impressive as that Park Avenue super tall is, nothing tops 200 E. 59th’s fantastic movie trailer (by DBOX) featuring cosmopolitan giraffes and elephants inhabiting this space—exploring the balconies, views, restaurants, shopping, museums, galleries and everything else uptown has to offer. That’s inside-out living! This less-soaring, beautifully narrow building in the Sutton Place district modernizes the Midtown East skyline with its unique wrap-around terraces and exterior columns which create a visual rhythm that defines a new intersection between Midtown and the Upper East Side. Conveniently located near Central Park and the world’s premier shopping district (Bloomingdale’s, Decoration & Design Building, Madison and Fifth Avenue boutiques) the tower is finally showing furnished residences by appointment.

The condominium was designed by CetraRuddy Architecture. Here, all 67 residences are corner units that integrate an indoor-outdoor living via continuous terraces, ranging from 7-to-12 feet deep. The 22 x 150-foot apartments are seamless extensions of the living spaces, separated by floor-to-ceiling walls of glass (with slender framework) and no horizontal interruptions, eliminating the visual distinction between indoors and outdoors. This is also known as genius simplicity. The column-free interiors offer panoramas of Central Park, Midtown skyline, Queensboro Bridge, etc. Meanwhile, columns are kicked outside to the curb, to the exterior—as if permanently punished, punctuating terraces as a striking, visual focal point from the outside (particularly while illuminated at night). The condo primarily features of one- and two-bedroom residences, with three full-floor penthouses also available, priced from $1.87 million to $17.96  million. There are only two-to-three residences per floor, offering privacy and intimacy. Sales and marketing is led by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing.

ARO’s Twists & Turns

Not since Lady Gaga played the last electrifying show at the famous Roseland Ballroom has 242 West 53rd Street in Manhattan been this newsworthy. ARO, the new 62-story Midtown West skyscraper designed by CetraRuddy Architecture (and developed by Algin Management), will house 426 luxury rentals over the music landmark’s former site. The tower beautifies Midtown West living, highlighted by its cantilevered design of fluid twists and curves (which “accentuates transparency and light”) and distinctive white-metal grid projecting from its sculptural glass form. ARO will feature studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences (some with balconies), with light-filled, floor-to-ceiling windows, oak floors, chef’s kitchens, and spa-inspired baths.

Studios are priced from $2,900 per month; one-bedrooms (from $3,695), two-bedrooms (from $5,995), and three-bedrooms (from $7,995 to $17,500-plus). Also, ARO will have two premier duplexes, including a three-bedroom duplex residence and one four-bedroom duplex penthouse. Triumph Property Group handles exclusive leasing. A 24/7 concierge lobby includes a swirling reception desk that emulates the curved skyscraper façade, and a custom James Greco sculpture with the letters A, R and O from old Roseland signage (Greco is a former Roseland Ballroom bartender).

ARO features outdoor landscaped terraces featuring by Balmori Associates and more than 40,000-plus square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, including glass mosaic pools, basketball court, golf simulator, fitness center, the ARO Club of indoor-outdoor spaces (with three distinct lounges), and ARO Sky Club, a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge (with a outdoor pool and sweeping city views).  “In creating a tall, slender tower, we were able to bring more space, light and air around the building, incorporating plentiful outdoor spaces and amplified views,” says John Cetra, managing principal of CetraRuddy. “The building twists and cantilevers as it grows to optimize spectacular views and light within the residences, and its rounded corners create unique interior layouts and views. Its form allows for larger apartments at the top of the building reaching out, and the building amenities in the ARO’s base, or podium, cascading down the rooftops.”

Panorama Tower Sneak Peak

Florida’s current tallest tower is finally completed—soaring 85 stories over Miami. Developed by Florida East Coast Realty, the skyscraper houses 821 luxury rental apartments, a Hyatt boutique hotel, and commercial space. Panorama has a reputation to live up to. Billed as Miami’s highest level of living, the grand mixed-used tower is above it all. About 90% of the condo-level residences offer water views of the Biscayne Bay and Atlantic Ocean via hurricane-resistant, floor-to-ceiling window walls and expansive balconies with glass railings. Residences here run a tad larger—one bedrooms start at 1,100 square feet; two bedrooms start at 1,600 square feet; and three bedrooms start at 2,100 feet. Residents can also enjoy a range of luxury amenities from three theaters, exercise studios, kids play room, pampered dog run, pools, bars, private dining room, cyber cafe, social lounges, music studio, and a game room with golf simulator.