The City's Most Spectacular Terraces

AM New YorkOctober 31, 2013
New York City is famous for its summer nights, but as the warm weather begins to fade, the city’s remarkable fall foliage and shiny, tall buildings attract visitors and delight locals.

Outdoor space is limited here, so the luckiest residents are those who have terraces to view New York City’s wonders from above.
According to experts, a terrace is at least 100 square feet and should have nothing hanging over it — such as a balcony from the apartment above you.

After some research, here are the buildings we think have the best terraces to let residents truly enjoy being outdoors in the city:

241 Fifth

Square footage: 900-3,000 square feet
Views: Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Flatiron Building, New York Life Building
Sample sales price: $9,750,000
If this list has already given you a serious case of terrace envy, then 241 Fifth may put you in need of medical treatment. The two penthouses at 241 Fifth are graced with terraces so big they belong outside an exclusive city night club, boasted Doron Zwickel, a licensed broker with CORE and the building’s sales director.
“What’s amazing is, it’s one of the only buildings in my tenure on Fifth Avenue that has this kind of usable outdoor space,” he said.
The 900-square-foot, 15th-floor penthouse, currently in contract, has a direct view of the Empire State Building and includes an outdoor fireplace. The penthouse on the 20th floor is 3,030 square feet, and has a barbecue area, full kitchen, a bar, an outdoor shower and a hot tub bordered by a wooden deck.
It has unobstructed views all the way to One World Trade Center, including the Flatiron Building and the New York Life Building.