If you had to boil it down, 2019 has been an important year for advancing the city’s most noteworthy residential projects. Perhaps no news was more important than the official opening of Hudson Yards, which introduced a collection of sleek towers to the Manhattan skyline. (Two Hudson Yards buildings, 15 and 35 Hudson Yards, have made this list.) But that still didn’t overshadow other glittering towers now transforming the skyline: the world’s tallest residential tower at Central Park Tower, the most expensive residential sale in the country at 220 Central Park South, and the highest infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere at Brooklyn Point. It’s been a year of construction progress, eye-popping sales prices, and exceptionally luxurious apartments and amenities behind unique facades. Our picks are down to 12 of the most notable residential structures this year. Which do you think deserves 6sqft’s title of 2019 Building of the Year? To have your say, polls for our fifth annual competition will be open up until midnight on Friday, December 13th and we will announce the winner on Monday, December 16th.
In the 90 years since Rockefeller Group was formed to build Rockefeller Center, it hadn’t built a residential tower in its New York City hometown–until this year. In March, the developers kicked off construction at 30 East 29th Street on a 600-foot tower designed by CetraRuddy. In May, renderings and pricing were released, offering a striking close up of the Art Deco inspired, bronze-tone facade with geometric ornamentation and large glass windows. The building will offer 123 residences from studios to four-bedroom apartments with bronze and brass interior finishes. Pricing for a studio starts at $1.195 million. A lobby bar named the Blue Room will include a private lounge with a massive marble fireplace and a library curated by Strand Books. Additional amenities include a health and wellness club, squash court, and 37th-floor residents club with an “observatory” terrace.