• Where To Live Now

    From A Parkside Tower To A Waterfront Oasis, A Guide To The City’s Most Family-Friendly Luxury Buildings

    By New York Family Editorial Team

    More and more parents are choosing to raise their kids in the city, and it’s easy to see why. There’s no other place in the world where such an array of arts and culture, public parks and green spaces, top schools and diverse neighborhoods can be found right outside one’s front door. And just as families are investing in new homes here, developers are meeting the demand. Luxury apartments seem to be going up on every block, and many of them are catering to families. From onsite play spaces and entertainment lounges to butlers who will walk children to school, buildings are offering an abundance of amenities designed to meet the needs of today’s city families. If this new style of city living appeals to you, then enjoy the parade of new buildings on the following pages. One of them might just be the right fit for your family.

    UPPER WEST SIDE

    808 COLUMBUS (808 Columbus
    Avenue)

    This rental
    building is one of five residential developments comprising Columbus
    Square, a new residential community located between 97th and 100th
    streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. “Our slogan is ‘rent your
    home, own your life,’” says Peter Rosenberg, director of development at
    Stellar Management, the building’s co-developer. The building also
    offers plenty of amenities to make family life convenient and enjoyable:
    Think two acres of elevated landscaped lawns, a children’s playroom, a
    residents’ lounge with private dining room and catering kitchen, a
    70-foot mosaic tiled saltwater pool, a fitness center, a
    bicycle/stroller storage room, and valet parking.

    THE CORNER AT 200
    WEST (200 West 72nd Street)

    Located on the Southwest corner of 72nd Street and Broadway, The
    Corner at 200 West is a noteworthy addition to the luxury rental
    market. “It stands apart from other rental buildings because we’ve paid
    so much attention to every detail,” says Jeffrey Kaye, vice president of
    Gotham Developers, the building’s developer in a joint venture with
    Philips International and Rhodes NY. The 196 luxury homes include
    spacious two- and three-bedroom units, each with their own washer/dryer
    and gourmet kitchen, and in the three-bedrooms, recessed personal safes,
    custom powder rooms, and 36” Liebherr refrigerators. The ecofriendly
    property features Energy Star appliances, low-e perimeter glass, and
    plumbing features that promote water conservation. The Corner
    anticipates a LEED Silver rating. Families will enjoy the children’s
    playroom, and a 10,000square-foot landscaped roof terrace with
    fireplace, misting wall, sundeck, barbeque area and movie projection
    screen.

    235 WEST
    71ST STREET (235 West 71st Street)

    This boutique building offers the best of both
    worlds: It’s small and intimate, yet features an abundance of services,
    including a full-time doorman, playroom, gym, storage room, bike room
    and live-in super. In addition to sprawling full floor apartments with
    six-plus bedrooms, enormous eat-in kitchens and two family
    rooms/libraries, there is a ground floor duplex with a 1,200-square foot
    garden, and a ninth-floor full floor apartment with a huge landscaped
    terrace. “This is a unique building with only large apartments and not
    many apartments—thus providing very high attention to owners’ needs,”
    says Lisa Lippman, senior vice president and director of Brown Harris
    Stevens.

    905 WEST
    END AVENUE (905 West End Avenue)

    Situated one block from Riverside Park, this pre-war
    building features two- to four-bedroom units perfect for families. The
    interiors feature European elegance combined with modern design touches.
    The lobby offers a striking first impression, boasting a
    turn-of-the-century staircase accented by a stained-glass window.
    Residences have kitchens with granite countertops, white crackle mosaic
    tile backsplash, Tuscan Botticino floors, and bathrooms with Zuma
    bathtubs and Waterworks fixtures. Enjoying the boutique environment, the
    building comes complete with a roof deck for the owners, as well as
    bike storage, onsite resident managers, and a 24-hour doorman.

    THE RUSHMORE (Riverside
    Boulevard at 64th Street)

    This building’s proximity to Riverside Park is a
    compelling draw for families. “Riverside South has the flavor of the
    Upper West Side with a tremendous sense of luxury and individuality,
    because it is on the waterfront and on the park,” not to mention near
    Lincoln Center and other great spots, says Donna Gargano, senior vice
    president of Extell, the building’s developer. The building also has a
    private sundeck and a private onsite screening room, which Gargano says
    is part of the Rushmore’s “entertainment suite.” You can work up a sweat in
    the La Palestra fitness center and 50-foot pool. Kidville NY runs the
    children’s playroom, and residents receive
    free membership and classes at Kidville’s main complex on Columbus
    Avenue.

    UPPER
    EAST SIDE AZURE
    (333 East 91st Street)

    This 34-story luxury building features studio
    to five-bedroom apartments with expansive windows offering views of the
    East River and Manhattan. “Azure is at the vanguard of a new way of
    family living in Manhattan,” says Douglas MacLaury of the Mattone Group,
    one of the building’s joint developers along with The DeMatteis
    Organizations. “It’s a property that offers so much at such exceptional
    value.” Azure has studios, one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom
    homes, including combination homes that allow families to customize
    their living space. Families will appreciate the building’s amenities,
    which include a residents’ lounge, a fitness center, a private dining
    room with catering kitchen, and a landscaped roof terrace. There’s a
    children’s playroom, as well as a teen game room equipped with video
    games, billiards and foosball. Construction is expected to be complete
    by early March.

    THE BROMPTON (205 East 85th Street)

    Situated on the Upper East
    Side between Carl Schurz Park and Central Park, The Brompton is only a
    short walk to The Guggenheim or Metropolitan Museum of Art. The
    building’s gothic-inspired architecture is designed by Robert A.M. Stern
    Architects, LLP. The building consists of 164 studio and one- to
    four-bedroom apartments, and amenities include a cardio fitness room,
    direct access to an Equinox Fitness club and 24-hour concierge and
    doorman services. Families will enjoy the landscaped outdoor terrace and
    outdoor children’s play area, as well as an indoor children’s playroom.

    GEORGICA (305 East
    85th Street)

    Inspired
    by the Georgica Pond in East Hampton, this 20-story building offers 58
    units. “Georgica’s furnished model residences showcase the luxury of
    space, the flexibility of floor plans and unlimited decorating
    potential,” noted Rob Kaliner, principal of Ascend Group LLC, developer
    of Georgica. “These homes highlight the versatility of the building,
    which suits many preferences and lifestyles.” Building amenities include
    a children’s playroom, landscaped roof deck with playground, a
    concierge service, a private fitness center and more.

    MANHATTAN HOUSE (200 East
    66th Street)

    This
    luxury building is full of inspired amenities, including fulltime
    doormen, concierge services, porte-cochere entrances, and a Roto
    Studio-designed children’s Georgica playroom. Another notable feature is
    the rooftop Manhattan Club, with panoramic skyline views, an expansive
    terrace, indoor library and lounge. Manhattan House offers spacious,
    light-filled apartments, many featuring expansive closets, fireplaces
    and private balconies. “This, complemented by its location in the heart
    of the Upper East Side just moments from prominent private and public
    schools, Central Park, restaurants and activities, is why many people
    including residents who grew up in the building, have chosen Manhattan
    House as the place to raise families of their own,” says Brian Fallon,
    partner of O’Connor Capital Partners and president of Manhattan House.

    MIRAVAL LIVING (515
    East 72nd Street)

    Designed by Miraval, known for its high-end resorts and spas,
    Miraval Living is a unique and luxurious addition to the Upper East
    Side. Perhaps its biggest draw for families is its close-knit community:
    The building features a children’s activity center with art and
    education classes, and a private park with lawn chairs and tables.
    There’s also a swimming pool, a basketball court, and a gym with an
    indoor and outdoor yoga studio and spa, among other features. “It’s one
    place in the city where you have the best of both worlds in perfect
    balance,” sums up Elaine Diratz, managing director at Corcoran Sunshine.

    THE LAUREL (400 East
    67th Street)

    This

    LEED-certified building offers homes ranging from studios to
    four-bedrooms. Apartments feature stunning panoramas of the city, solid
    white oak flooring, climate control capabilities and a large-capacity
    washer and dryer. The Laurel also has bicycle
    and carriage storage, a 24-hour doorman and full-time concierge. Another
    feature is the Laurel Club, a two-story recreational space with a
    screening room, kitchen, conference center, children’s game room,
    toddler play area and multimedia computer room. The Laurel is located
    close to several parks, neighborhood markets and sidewalk bistros.

    BATTERY PARK CITY

    THE VISIONAIRE (70
    Little West Street)

    The striking
    35-story Visionaire condominium is a LEED Platinum-certified green
    building featuring natural materials, an advanced fresh air supply
    system, and sophisticated energy-saving technology. Residents enjoy a
    well-equipped fitness center and spa, landscaped roof gardens, a sky-lit
    indoor lap pool and a children’s playroom with a vibrant reef aquarium.
    The surrounding neighborhood is a residential enclave that has become
    the hub of sustainable living in New York City. One-third of the
    waterfront community is dedicated to open space, which is ideal for
    recreational activities. This fall, New York City’s first LEED-certified
    public school, PS 276M, will make a welcome and important addition to
    this family-friendly neighborhood.

    FINANCIAL DISTRICT

    LIBERTY PLAZA (10
    Liberty Street)

    This new
    construction offers 287 one-, two- and threebedroom apartments. Designed
    to facilitate comfortable living, each apartment features high
    ceilings, natural lighting and plenty of space. Amenities include a
    24-hour doorman, fitness center with saunas and an exercise pool, a roof
    deck, a lounge with a kitchen, a laundry facility and a children’s
    playroom. Located in the increasingly familyfriendly Financial District,
    Liberty Plaza is situated on a block surrounded by Wall Street,
    Broadway and the East River.

    MIDTOWN WEST

    505W37 (505 West
    37th Street)

    Located in
    up-and-coming Hudson Yards, this rental building offers studio, one- and
    two-bedroom apartments. A total of 835 units are offered between the
    two towers. Each apartment includes floor-to-ceiling windows with views
    of the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.
    Apartments also include modern appliances, hardwood floors, and high
    ceilings. Families will love the spacious, open floor plans, 24-hour
    attended lobby, card-operated laundry, rooftop deck complete with
    kitchen and lounge area, and outdoor landscaped terrace and reflecting
    pool.

    EMERALD
    GREEN (320 West 38th Street)

    Consisting of two 24-story towers and 568 apartments
    with spacious layouts and impressive city views, Emerald Green is a
    luxury rental building that lives up to its name. The building is
    designed to qualify for LEED certification, and features
    recycled-content construction materials, water-efficient plumbing, and a
    parking garage outfitted with electric car charging stations—among
    other features. “Enhancing the quality of life for not only our
    residents, but also future generations is a top priority,” says Gary
    Jacob, executive vice president of Glenwood, the building’s developer.
    There’s no shortage of onsite activities, either:

    Building amenities include a
    state-of-the-art fitness center and swimming pool, a circular stone
    whirlpool spa, a children’s playroom with hand-painted murals, and a
    screening room with theaterstyle seating.

    SILVER TOWERS (620 West 42nd Street)

    Built by World Trade
    Center developer Larry Silverstein, this pair of 60-story glass towers
    comprise the largest rental development in New York City and feature 935
    market-rate residences, ranging from studios to penthouses. An onsite
    park features a bronze playground sculpture designed by renowned artist
    Tom Otterness. “The public park at Silver Towers will be a magnificent
    oasis for the families of the Clinton District area,” says Lisa
    Silverstein, project developer for Silver Towers. “From the giant play
    sculpture and bocce ball court to the multiple options for gathering in
    beautiful outdoor settings, the development will further enhance the
    neighborhood for everyone.” The building also features a children’s
    playroom, indoor pool, concierge, dog run, state-of-the art fitness
    center, café and Wi-Fi Lounge, among other amenities.

    CHELSEA

    436 WEST 20TH
    STREET

    This historic
    Chelsea mansion has five unique apartments for rent, each measuring
    1,800 square feet, ranging from 2 bedrooms/2 baths to 2 bedrooms/3
    baths. They boast 14-foot to 17-foot ceilings, artfully restored
    finishes and have been upgraded with modern amenities like Bosch
    washers/dryers and stoves and wine coolers by Viking. Situated across
    from the picturesque Episcopal Seminary, the mansion sits on a quiet
    block and is monitored by DGA video security. Families will love the
    private outdoor gardens, wood-burning fireplaces, and the house butler,
    who will walk children to school. Apartments are available unfurnished
    or furnished with George Smith custom upholstery and imported pieces.

    456 WEST 19TH STREET

    This newly constructed
    condominium was inspired by the artists’ studios of the early 20th
    century, and features amenities that will please design aficionados and
    families alike. Each spacious unit features 20-foot ceilings and a
    “mini-townhouse” feel, says Millie Perry of Stribling Marketing
    Associates. “The layouts are family style,” Perry says. “The living
    room, dining room, kitchen—everything is open.” Currently
    LEED-registered, the building is in the process of applying for Silver
    certification.

    CHELSEA ENCLAVE (177
    Ninth Avenue)

    Set amid the grounds of
    The General Theological Seminary, this luxury building overlooks The
    Close—a serene stretch of lawns, gardens and trees. “This is such a
    unique location in the city, I really don’t think there is any place
    like it,” says Dan Brodsky, managing partner with The Brodsky
    Organization, the building’s developer. The 53 residences at Chelsea
    Enclave include one-, two-, three-, and four-bedrooms and penthouses. A
    big draw for families is the onsite apple seeds, a popular children’s
    play space. There’s also a private roof lounge with a children’s play
    area and a sundeck with a built-in grill. Plus, a tennis court and day
    care center operated by the seminary are available to Chelsea Enclave
    residents.

    TRIBECA

    ARTISAN LOFTS (143 Reade
    Street)

    Magnificent views,
    streaming light and a family-friendly layout characterize these
    spacious lofts. “They’re very family-friendly lofts,” says Barrie
    Mandel, senior vice president at Corcoran Group. “They’re very generous,
    wide open kinds of spaces.” Each apartment’s interior combines a
    contemporary vision with respect for history—original board-cast
    ceilings are left exposed, grand cement columns lend strength and form
    to the space, and oil-rubbed walnut cabinets and kitchen blocks add
    touches of depth and character. Bathrooms display a gorgeous combination
    of polished concrete, Ipe wood, nickel, and marble, making for a
    luxurious, spa-like experience.

    ROOSEVELT ISLAND

    RIVERWALK
    COURT (415 Main Street)

    This luxury
    waterfront condominium on Roosevelt Island offers the best of both
    worlds. “You get city living in a serene environment. It’s quiet. It’s
    safe. But you also have access to Manhattan within minutes,” says
    Kimberly Sherman Stamler, a vice president at Related, the building’s
    developer. The 18-story building has one-, two-, and three-bedroom
    apartments featuring white oak flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows with
    city views, and contemporary kitchens. Building amenities include a
    children’s playroom, entertainment lounge with adjoining rooftop
    sundeck, fitness center and yoga studio, and rooftop cabanas. Roosevelt
    Island itself is 47 acres, two-thirds of which are devoted to public
    parks, promenades, and open spaces—including a soccer field right
    outside the building.

    RIVERDALE

    SOLARIA (640 West 237th
    Street)

    This Riverdale
    condominium building offers generously sized one-, two-, three- and
    four-bedroom homes, and its amenities include an indoor playroom
    designed by Pottery Barn Kids and a stargazing deck with a Meade
    celestial telescope. The residents’ lounge has a home theater system,
    Nintendo Wii, cozy seating and a kitchen and dining area. The Solaria is
    situated in the one of the city’s premiere residential communities—from
    the legendary Wave Hill gardens and art gallery to the hiking and
    jogging trails, Riverdale offers much to those who appreciate nature.
    Local shopping and dining, cultural institutions and excellent private
    and public schools complement the neighborhood.

    HARLEM

    5TH ON THE PARK (Fifth
    Avenue and 120th Street)

    Families can find
    plenty to love about 5th On The Park, a high-rise located in thriving
    Central Harlem. The building contains a community room that doubles as a
    playroom,
    two common outdoor
    terraces (including one equipped with grills), and a 55-foot lap pool.
    “For most of our buyers with families, the indoor heated swimming pool
    and kids playroom will be big factors,” said Carole Griffin, Director of
    Sales. “They also like the fact that they can get the space of an
    actual home while having all the amenities that you can only get in a
    luxury condominium.” The building’s 160 units boast top-of-the-line
    appliances, including full-size washers and dryers, and afford residents
    some stellar views of the city.

    BROOKLYN

    184 KENT (184 Kent Avenue)

    This former warehouse on
    Williamsburg’s waterfront will let families soak up the splendor of
    their surroundings. “184 Kent features ample outdoor space including a
    fully landscaped, 19,000 square foot interior courtyard for the private
    use of residents,” says Jason Halpern, managing partner at JMH
    Development. “There’s also a fenced rooftop sundeck with sweeping views,
    a barbeque area and outdoor showers.” Residences range from studio to
    threebedrooms and are pet-friendly, and the building features a 24-hour
    doorman and concierge, on-site valet parking, lobby lounge, kids’
    playroom and fitness center.

    ONE BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK (360 Furman Street)

    This 14-story, 438-unit
    building, housing everything from spacious loft apartments to townhouses
    to penthouses, overlooks the East River and is situated within Brooklyn
    Bridge Park. “Lovely Brooklyn Heights is already well known for being a
    great family neighborhood,” says Highlyann Krasnow, executive vice
    president at The Developers Group. Amenities include a large children’s
    playroom, a music room, an art room, and a large roof terrace. There
    also are 550 parking spaces available for sale or lease.

    THE EDGE (Williamsburg
    Waterfront)

    Bordered by the East
    River and East River State Park and just steps away from shopping and
    dining, The Edge is part of a revitalization of the waterfront area in
    northern Williamsburg. It’s home to two residential buildings containing
    565 condominiums, 60,000 square feet of retail space, below-grade
    parking, and approximately 1.75 acres of open space slated to include a
    public park, promenade, and a water taxi landing. Residents can
    luxuriate in an indoor open-air pool, yoga studio, theatre screening
    rooms, and children’s playroom. “For busy families, having a
    full-service building creates a very safe harbor,” says Jeffrey Levine,
    head of Douglaston Development, the building’s developer.

    NEW JERSEY

    THE MERCURY LOFTS AT THE
    BEACON (4 Beacon Way, Jersey City)

    This historic art
    deco building offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and
    surrounding cityscape. The building’s half- and full-floor lofts feature
    13-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and 3,000-6,000 square feet of
    space. “The size of the residences in the Mercury is particularly
    appealing,” says George Filopoulos, developer of The Beacon and
    president of Metrovest Equities, Inc. “What was originally designed for
    104 families will now be home to only 25.” What makes this building
    especially family-friendly is Be Kids at the Beacon, a 66,000 square
    foot children’s destination that will include an early childhood
    education center, gymnastics and sports camps, a restaurant and much
    more.

    BUILDING
    DIRECTORY

    184 Kent
    Avenue
    , Brooklyn; 888-736-8904
    The Corner at
    200 West 200 West 72nd Street
    ; 212-721-1200
    235 West 71st Street; 212-588-5606
    436 West 20th Street; 212-334-4855
    456 West 19th Street; 212-255-3456
    5th On The Park, 5th Avenue at 120th Street; 877-348-8233
    505W37, 505 West 37th Street; 877-505-3737
    808

    Columbus, 808 Columbus Avenue; 866-644-8813
    905 West End Avenue; 212-486-4905
    Artisan

    Lofts,143 Reade Street; 212-732-4000

    The
    Brompton
    , 205 East 85th Street; 212-249-8505
    Chelsea

    Enclave, 177 Ninth Avenue; 212-647-0077
    Georgica, 305 East 85th Street; 212-988-8511
    Emerald
    Green
    , 320 West 38th Street; 212-695-3838
    The Laurel, 400 East
    67th Street; 212-750-5550
    Liberty Plaza,10

    Liberty Street; 212-430-5900
    Manhattan House, 200

    East 66th Street; 877-394-6492
    Miraval
    Living
    , 515 East 72nd Street, 1-877-932-5862
    One
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    , 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn; 718-330-0030
    The Azure, 333 East 91st Street; 212-828-4848
    The

    Edge, Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn; 718-222-0211
    The Mercury Lofts at the Beacon, 4 Beacon Way, Jersey City;
    201-716-3000
    Riverwalk Court, 415 Main
    Street; 212-754-0455
    The Rushmore, Riverside
    Boulevard at 64th Street; 212-496-1400
    Silver Towers, 620 West 42nd Street; 212-473-4242

    Solaria, 640 West 237th Street; 718-884-0770

    The Visionaire, 55 Battery Place; 212-425-2550

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