The Big OH: The best of 2016

2016 was the year that we introduced The Big OH, our regular, insiders look at some of the most lavish — and pricy — apartments on the market in New York City.

We toured everything from the glitzy One57 to Donald Trump’s childhood home, and here’s a envy-inducing look back at some of our favorites:

Puck Penthouses

To describe the Puck building as “Soho’s most notable landmark” — as the building’s marketing material does — might be a bit of a stretch. But the red-brick property at 293 Lafayette Street in Soho is certainly noteworthy thanks to its rich publishing history (Puck Magazine, 1871-1918) and its two cheeky little gilded Puck statues perched above the entrance and the northeast corner of the building.

It was Jared Kushner (Donald Trump’s son-in-law) of Kushner Companies who spearheaded the redevelopment of the formerly commercial Puck building to include six penthouses. Five of the penthouses replaced offices on the eighth and ninth floors, while Penthouse I (Roman numerals are en vogue at Puck) is spread across the newly added 10th and 11th floors. [more]

8 East 62nd Street

The steps leading up to the oh-so-grand townhouse at 8 East 62nd Street can seem surprisingly dress-down compared to the building’s golden metalwork and stone. But even they have an upscale secret. They’re heated, as is the sidewalk directly in front, to avoid an unpleasant wintery build up of snow and ice. Nobody will be slipping on these slabs.

This 15,000-square-foot, six-story, pavement heating, limestone mansion was built in 1903 by John Duncan, the same architect behind Grant’s Tomb up in Riverside Park. Now, more than 100 years later, the house is on the market asking an eye-watering $84.5 million. [more]

443 Greenwich

The red brick, bluestone and iron building at 443 Greenwich Street was designed by Charles Haight and built in two sections, which can be identified by their distinct styles of windows. The arched windows were part of his original 1882 structure, but, by 1884, Haight was embracing the modern and fitted rectangular windows into the newer section of the building.

Today, thanks to its landmark designation, the windows remain the same, from the shutters to the color of the paint. But inside the building could not be more different; 53 condo units (and some top-notch amenities) now call 443 Greenwich Street home. [more]

212 Fifth Avenue

Forget the Puck Building and One57: Our heart now lies with 212 Fifth Avenue.

The building sits on the western side of Madison Square Park and although it is currently buffered by bollards and barriers, its splendor is unmistakable.

212 Fifth Avenue began life in 1912 as a manufacturing building, but with the combined efforts of developers Madison Equities and Thor Equities, plus architect David Helpern and interior design firm Pembrooke & Ives, it has been meticulously gut renovated, restored and turned into a opulent 48-unit condo building. [more]

Soori High Line

Squeezing through a gap in the chain link fence that guards the still-very-much-under-construction Soori High Line building, we were rather nervous about what we were about to see for the latest installment of our Open House series.

The 11-story tower at 522 West 29th Street is architect Soo Chan’s debut New York City project, and it will hold a total of 31 one-to-five-bedroom units.

Scaling the concrete staircase didn’t do much to soothe our concerns either, but then, lo-and-behold, an unassuming door opened and we were in the middle of the building’s new model unit. [more]