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Urban Living Taken to New Heights: 7 Before-and-After Images Show Manhattan’s Skyscraper Boom

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Manhattan never ceases to amaze when it comes to sky-high structures. It may not be home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, but it surely is the place where bold architectural ideas are born, nurtured, and taken to new heights. As the high demand for vertical living keeps developers busy, more architectural marvels are popping up all across Manhattan, adding more poise and appeal to an already vibrant area.

We wanted to see just how much Manhattan has changed during the last decade and turned to Google Street View to help us visualize the borough’s transformation. Here’s a preview of the biggest and boldest projects – mostly condo and rental high-rises – that helped reshape Manhattan’s streetscape in recent years.

1. Hawthorn Park, Fordham University School of Law – Lincoln Square

Glenwood’s newest luxury rental apartments, Hawthorn Park, offer the perfect combination of upscale interiors, outstanding views, and convenience in an unparalleled location. Sitting prettily at 160 West 62nd Street, in the heart of Lincoln Square, the 339-unit development was the first large-scale rental building built in the neighborhood since 2010. It opened in 2014.

Fordham University further expanded its Lincoln Center campus with a new 22-story building on 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues: the Fordham University School of Law and Residence Hall.

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2. 40 Riverside Boulevard, The Aldyn, The Rushmore, The Ashley – Riverside South

The Riverside South neighborhood has seen a spike in new construction in recent years, with four high-end residential towers – 40 Riverside Boulevard, The Aldyn, The Rushmore, & The Ashley – adding to the area’s appeal. These new apartment buildings boast upscale amenities in an ideal waterfront location, within walking distance of Time Warner Center, Central Park, Lincoln Center, as well as the UWS’s many shopping and dining destinations. Among the many perks, residents may enjoy unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Riverside Park South.

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3. Silver Towers, Sky – Hell’s Kitchen

Two towering structures along West 42nd Street added a plus of vibrancy and class to the dynamic Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The twin 60-story rental Silver Towers were completed in 2009 and feature first-class amenities including white glove services, indoor parking, and a state-of-the-art health club with a 75-foot long swimming pool (wow!). Right across the street at 605 West 42nd Street stands The Moinian Group’s Sky – a 71-story tower that will add 1,175 rentals to the Manhattan submarket. Once complete, it will be NYC’s largest apartment building.

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4. MiMA – Midtown Manhattan

Featuring ultra-luxury rental residences, the LEED Gold-certified 63-story MiMA tower strives to provide unprecedented levels of service and exclusivity to Midtown Manhattan residents. Standing proudly at 450 West 42nd Street, the mixed-use development was completed in 2011.

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5. 200 West Street a.k.a. Goldman Sachs Tower – Battery Park City

The global headquarters of the Goldman Sachs investment banking firm was completed in 2010. Located at 200 West Street in Lower Manhattan, the 44-story Goldman Sachs Tower is just a few steps away from the Hudson River, offering an impressive panorama that includes New York Harbor.

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6. One Madison – Flatiron District

Designed to become a distinctive feature of the Manhattan skyline, One Madison overlooks the green oasis of Madison Square Park and offers cinematic views of the city. Completed in 2013, the 60-story bronze glass-clad condominium tower is conveniently located at 23 East 22 Street, at the nexus of Flatiron, Gramercy, NoMad, and Chelsea.

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7. Eventi Hotel – Chelsea

Located in North Chelsea, on the entire block of Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th Streets, the 54-story Eventi hotel by Kimpton opened in spring 2010. It offers 292 luxurious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as approx. 15,000 square feet of events space and a 530-car parking garage.

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Want to see how other NYC boroughs are doing in terms of real estate development? Check out these striking before-and-after images that highlight some of the most impressive new additions to the Brooklyn area.

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Ama Otet

Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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