Top 10 Manhattan Apartments of 2010 – New Developments

We at NYApartmentblog searched high and low for the absolute best new apartment buildings in Manhattan. (Don’t worry Brooklyn, we are working on that right now.) Below are the top new buildings of 2010 based on Architecture, Amenities, Floorplans and Layouts, Location as well as what we call “the cool factor.” We had to make some tough choices, but in the end, a winner was selected.

Without further ado, the top 10 are:

# 10. The Townsend

350 West 37th Street

Developer: Lalezarian

Architect: Avinash Malhorta Architects

This luxury Apartment building has a glass and limestone façade and is built for modern living.Complete with a full-time doorman and concierge, the Townsend has a planted roof deck with seating and expansive views of both the Hudson River and New York City. Amenities also include with these No Fee Apartments in New York City are a complete fitness center. Residents of this luxury rental apartment building can relax in the residents’ lounge, which can be rented out for private functions along with an adjacent kitchen.

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# 9. 505 WEST 37th STREET

Developer: TF Cornerstone

Architect: Handel Architects

One of the most desirable new rental developments, these elegant glass-skinned rental buildings are right in the heart of Midtown West.  The public spaces are extraordinary with a landscaped roof deck and a 2,000 square-foot fitness center.

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600 West 42nd Street

Developer: Silverstein Properties

Architect: Costas Kondylis and Partners

Silver Towers is the largest luxury and most ambitious rental development in New York City with two 60-story glass towers overlooking the city.  What really makes these property unique is the quarter acre park, outdoor entertaining terrace, 20,000 square-feet spa & gym facilities, 75-foot indoor pool, library lounge, private parking and a personal concierge.

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# 7. AIRE

200 West 67th Street

Developer: A&R Kalimian Realty

Architect: 200 West 67th Street

This luxury building has created an amenity list that any Upper West Side resident could dream of- two sound-proof rehearsal rooms, a library, a party/event deck with catering pavilion, reflecting pool and an indoor/outdoor children’s play area.  The rooftop sundeck offers panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park.  Many apartments also feature private terraces and balconies.

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200 West 72nd Street

Developer: The Gotham Organization

Architect: Handel Architects

In addition to the 24-hour concierge & doorman, this new development features a children’s playroom and a luxurious rooftop lounge. Numerous cultural and entertainment venues are close-by including Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater and Hayden Planetarium, as well as both Central Park and Riverside Park.

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# 5. 2 COOPER

Developer: Atlantic Development Group

Architect: GKV Architects

At 2 Cooper, creativity and energy has been captured in each uniquely designed residence and amenity, including private walkout terraces on select 2nd and 7th floor residences with garden and city views.  The 6,500 square-foot roof is unlike any other in NYC, with 360 degree unobstructed city views, swimming pool, barbeque and grill, and a 20ft long Azul Aran Granite bar.

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808 Columbus Avenue

Developer: Chetrit Group and Stellar Management

Architect: SLCE

Columbus Square is perhaps most revered for its eco-friendly practices, such as the 200 solar panels on the roof and it’s Tri-Gen systems, which recycle a substantial amount of heat and waste to either heat or cool other areas such as the pool or the Whole Foods on the retail level of the building. The building boasts a variety of amenities, including cold storage in the lobby, a four season salt water pool, a resident lounge, media center, professional kitchen with formal dining room, a children’s play room, a fitness center with state of the art equipment, a laundry room, underground garage and two full acres of lawns and gardens.

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835 Sixth Avenue

Developer: JD Carlisle

Architect: Perkins Eastman

Trendy and chic. One of the latest mixed use developments by JD Carlisle Development Corp, the Beatrice’s 301 impressive luxury rentals occupy the top 30 floors of the sleek, 54-story, Perkins Eastman-designed mixed-use glass tower, situated above Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants’ brand-new Eventi hotel.  Amenities at Beatrice include a state-of-the-art fitness center on the 25th floor with incredible city views on three sides of the building and a separate yoga studio.

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# 2. OHM

312 Eleventh Avenue

Developer: Douglaston Development

Architect: Stephen B. Jacobs Group

These cool, modern, green apartments bring an exciting vibe to West Chelsea.  The stylish lounge features a giant fireplace, billiards table, big screen TV and indoor shuffleboard table, along with the concierge, oversized windows and stackable washer and dryer, of course.

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400 West 63rd Street

Developer: Extell

Architect: Costas Kondylis & Partners LLP

The Ashley is newly constructed and offers oversized floor plans with palettes of white and wheat with steel and copper accent, creating apartments that are both modern and comfortable. The building offers a 40,000 square foot La Palestra fitness suite, which features a swimming pool, a sauna, indoor rock climbing wall, yoga, pilates and kineses studios and more. The building also boasts a bevy of other amenities, including an indoor bowling alley, a private landscaped courtyard, an indoor playground for children by Kidville, a 24-hour doorman and concierge services by Abigail Michaels.

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Trendy and chic. That’s what the Beatice is.  One of the latest mixed use developments by JD Carlisle Development Corp, the Beatrice’s 301 impressive luxury rentals occupy the top 30 floors of the sleek, 54-story, Perkins Eastman-designed mixed-use glass tower, situated above Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants’ brand-new Eventi hotel.

“The amenities, views, wide-ranging floor plan options and accessible location all have contributed to the success of Beatrice’s leasing thus far. With rentals starting from the 26th floor and 300 feet, every apartment offers sprawling city views and beyond,” said Evan Stein, president of JD Carlisle. “Renters recognize the unique opportunity Beatrice offers them to take advantage of unparalleled features, finishes and amenities in this rental that are usually saved only for condominiums.”

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Why Its Hot

Additional amenities at Beatrice include a state-of-the-art fitness center on the 25th floor with incredible city views on three sides of the building and a separate yoga studio. Residents also enjoy full-time doormen, full-service concierge, an on-site parking garage, and on-site valet service, including dry cleaning, maid and floral services.

Current pricing and Availability

The Beatrice is now 40% leased.  The rental office has also been opened since the beginning of August. Monthly rental prices range from approximately $2,775 to more than $20,000, and occupancy is scheduled for early this fall.

Gateway Plaza – 375 South End Avenue

Gateway Plaza is a luxury apartment rental building located in Battery Park City. Gateway Plaza was one of the first residential development in Battery Park City, and remains an integral and vital part of Battery Park City’s unique community. A community-within-a-community within the big, green community-within-a-community that is Battery Park City, Gateway Plaza’s six towers offer renters the privacy and unhurried lifestyle NYC dwellers expect from Battery Park City, as well as a host of luxurious amenities and some of the finest apartments for rent in Battery Park City.

Units and Pricing

There are currently five available units at Gateway Plaza, ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms. The smallest apartment available isa 600 square foot studio, priced at $2,300/month. One bedrooms range in size from 750 to 1000 square feet and in price from $2,750 to $3,500/month. The two bedroom unit is 1,185 square feet and is priced at $4,175/month. The average price per square foot at Gateway Plaza is $44, a great price for Manhattan.

Features and Amenities

Apartments at Gateway Plaza range in size from studios to two bedrooms and all are spacious and boast river views. They feature hardwood floors, oversized windows, fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and wooden cabinetry, and bathrooms decked out in marble with new soaking tubs and stainless steel fixtures. The building features a full time doorman and full service garage, as well as a fitness center with oversized swimming pool, a landscaped garden and on-site laundry.


Gateway Plaza offers convenient access to major transportation including the 1, 3, 4, 5, A, C, & E subway lines. The building is located in Battery Park City, the closest thing in Manhattan to suburbia. Residents who work in the Financial District can easily walk to work, and the views of the Hudson River are unbeatable. There is plenty of space to run outdoors, play with the kids – whatever suits you.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

Gateway Plaza might not be the newest building around, but it’s got oversized apartments with great finishes and perfectly fine amenities. It holds the claim to fame of being one of the first luxury buildings built in the constructed Battery Park City, and it’s a great location for those who work in the Financial District. It’s also great for families looking to get more space and bang for their buck – the fact that Gateway Plaza is so close to so many subway lines means that commuting uptown is a cinch. When it comes to Battery Park City apartments, Gateway Plaza is a great option.

The Ludlow – 188 Ludlow Street

The Ludlow is a luxury apartment rental building located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. An eye-catching structure designed by Costas Kandylis, the architect behind numerous other new luxury buildings in Manhattan, The Ludlow is as striking for what it offers residents as it is for its heart-of-it-all location in one of lower Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods. The building offers 24-hour doorman, concierge and valet service, state of the art fitness center and more; apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows equipped with Levalor window treatments, stunning city views and tons of sunlight, as well as gourmet kitchens.

Units and Pricing

There are currently four available units for rent at The Ludlow. Two are one bedrooms and two offer two bedrooms. The one bedroom units are priced at $4,225 and $4,475/month; the two bedroom units are priced at $5,600 and $5,800/month. The average price per square foot is quite high, at $76.

Features and Amenities

The Ludlow offers studio apartments, alcove apartments, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments are available also offer the very best of luxury living in Manhattan. Floor-to-ceiling windows, equipped with Levalor window treatments, offer city views and tons of sunlight, while the high ceilings lend the spacious rooms an open, airy aspect. The gourmet kitchens offer granite countertops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, while the marble-accented baths boast Kohler fixtures and large mirrors. Most apartments also offer walk-in closets, in-unit washers and dryers and white oak pantries. Every apartment also features oak plank flooring. The building offers a 24-hour doorman, concierge and valet services, as well as a state of the art fitness center with yoga and pilates studios, a multi-media lounge, billiards room and a rooftop sun deck.


The historic Lower East Side neighborhood features some of the New York City’s hippest shopping destinations and best restaurants, with offerings ranging from creative high-end dining to inexpensive ethnic-food eateries. The LES is also known for its nightlife, with hip dives coexisting with exclusive nightspots nearby. Train service is a bit scarce; you’ll find the J/M/Z and the F train nearby to The Ludlow – but other subway lines are bit of a hike.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

Apartments at The Ludlow are priced high – but they just might be worth it. At the very least, the amenities and the finishes are top notch. Whether you’re willing to pay this much in a still-developing area is up to you. The Lower East Side is chock full of hip bars and eateries, but some areas are still quite decrepit, and the subway service is fair at best. New developments are going up left and right in the neighborhood, so if the LES is where you want to be, snag a unit now, before newer real estate makes price skyrocket. In terms of Lower East Side apartments, The Ludlow offers modern units at a good value.