Manhattan has long history of polish and sophistication. Neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and Central Park South have long histories of excellence, with both the architecture and services to prove it. Pre-war elegance certainly has its appeal, but Manhattan’s latest and greatest new construction condos continually set the bar even higher.
The hotel opened only a couple weeks ago with an extravagant gala, replete with serious star power — Rosario Dawson and Martha Stewart were reportedly in attendance. With a heritage of excellence to uphold, the crystal company (whose history predates the United States’ foundation) hosted a grand opening to showcase the ultra-luxe building’s premier accommodations and homes. It goes without saying that the Baccarat Hotel and Residences is decked out with the company’s own crystal fixtures.
Designed by starchitect Soo Chan, Soori High Line was one of the most highly anticipated condos to crop up around the Chelsea area. Expertly designed, resort-like spaces feature private pools that act as “transitional spaces between indoors and outdoors”. Additionally, its luxury amenities include a wine cellar, library, and residents’ lounge. Naturally, its location offers a distinct advantage, just a short walk from Chelsea’s galleries, boutiques, and dining... and yes, even the High Line.
Its chic, coded name refers to its address at 35 West 15th Street. This new construction condo is actually a brilliant display of FXFowle Architects’ design acumen, its glassy, crystalline top jutting into the cityscape from atop a subtly unusual base. Beautifully curated common spaces include a private dining room and an adjoining wine cellar, state-of-the-art fitness center and adjoining terrace. Interiors are just what you’d expect from a chic, luxury condo. Naturally, it’s staffed by a full-time doorman, as well as a live-in super.
Designed by Pritzker Prize–winner Christian de Portzamparc, 400 Park Avenue South cuts a distinctive form in the Midtown skyline. Dubbed the "Tower of Glassitude" by the Curbed team, its materials and clean angles take cues from the International style high-rises, but its uncommon shape makes an undeniable addition to the cityscape. Of course, its exceptional architecture paired with peerless amenities to create a truly sophisticated building.