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Top 10 New York City Penthouses and Terraces

Just suppose you had a gigantic, shiny, metallic sculpture by Jeff Koons.  Where would you put it?  Aerial photographers would tell you to find an extremely large penthouse terrace on Sutton Place to show off your prized art work to your higher neighbors.  The penthouse at the Pierre Hotel has a very large ballroom but quite small corner terraces with huge urns not filled with oil to ward off assaults.  For some, the lure of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon results in loggias and pergolas such as can be found at 1040 Fifth Avenue and 15 Central Park West.

#1 - 1 Sutton Place South

The sprawling two penthouses of this elegant, free-standing, pre-war building overlooking the East River have sufficient exterior spaces for large, bright sculptures by Jeff Koons.

#2 - 1040 Fifth Avenue

This pre-war, limestone-clad has a very attractive, tall loggia on its very prominent roof that was glassed-in a few years ago but is still impressive.

#3 - 960 Fifth Avenue

Above the lovely caryatids near the stop of this pre-war, limestone-clad and very prestigious buildings is a penthouse overlooking the sailboat pond in Central Park and major cross-town streets are a few blocks away.

  • One apartment for sale at $3,195,000

#4 - 1010 Fifth Avenue

High above the tourists who flock to the Metropolitan Museum of Art across Fifth Avenue, the penthouse in this handsome building was lived in for many years by Frederick F. French, the developer.

  • Six apartments currently for sale from $3,575,000 to $6,995,000

#5 - The Pierre, 795 Fifth Avenue

The huge mansard room of this handsome hotel and apartment tower contains a very, large and tall ballroom with four small corner terraces overlooking the world.

  • Seven apartments currently for sale from $2,900,000 to $70,000,000

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#6 - Residences at the Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle

There is no comon roof deck for the residents of the condominium apartments atop the twin towers of this mixed-use complex, but they can take elevators to the huge basement to revel in its great Whole Foods store, about the only thing that can take one's mind off the stupendous views upstairs of Central Park.

  • Seven apartments currently for sale from $4,500,000 to $26,950,000

#7 - The Galleria, 117 East 57th Street

Stewart Mott, a philanthropist, commissioned the four-level penthouse here to accommodate his horticultural interests, but eventually moved out leaving its battleship-bridge-like superstructure available for the imagination of the next resident.

  • Thirteen apartments currently for sale from $1,095,000 to $5,350,000

#8 - The Beresford, 211 Central Park West

Not all of the three huge towers in this pre-war masterpiece by Emery Roth have watertanks so bubble gum and/or chocolate cookies go to those who guess which are just great penthouses.

  • Seven apartments currently for sale from $4,600,000 to $29,500,000

#9 - 15 Central Park West

Modeled after the great roofs of 1040 Fifth Avenue and 10 Gracie Square, this relatively modest but very attractive residential complex earns kudos for good taste.

  • Thirteen apartments currently for sale from $4,495,000 to $56,000,000

#10 - The Majestic, 115 Central Park West

Irwin Chanin created two great Art-Deco residential skyscrapers on Central Park West, this building and the Century further south, both Machine Age marvels.

  • Nine apartments currently for sale from $2,695,000 to $22,000,000

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