New York City views don’t come more postcard-ready than Central Park, and few buildings can claim a better vantage point than the classic Essex House located smack dab at the center of Central Park South. Flanked by the architectural diversity of Central Park West and the stateliness of Fifth Avenue with the park in between, this is a Big Apple view that few can call their own. And there’s service to match, with residents enjoying the full services of the five-star Jumeirah Essex House hotel. It’s a package that’s tough to top, but care to see what other vistas made our cut?
The history-rich Sutton Place neighborhood on Manhattan’s East Side didn’t become a destination for the city’s elite for no good reason; the river views that now stretch from the Queensboro Bridge down to the Williamsburg Bridge are incredibly stunning. This co-op apartment also has the gracious layout to go along with the view. Sometimes a cliche rings true: They really don’t make them quite like this anymore.
The current owner of this lower Fifth Avenue penthouse in Greenwich Village has the right idea with putting a telescope on the massive wraparound terrace. If the quadruple unobstructed exposures of Downtown’s rooftops aren’t what you’re in the mood for any particular evening, just take a look through the lens. That is, if you can pull your friends away from it.