New York City is one of the most exciting places in the entire world to live. Just about anything a person could want can be found within the five boroughs, after a subway ride or sometimes even a short stroll. Of course, once in a while, residents need a respite from all the manic activity in the city and a chance to reconnect with nature. Many of the finest residential buildings in the city either incorporate or are adjacent to phenomenal and unexpected spaces. Here are four of the best residential outdoor escapes in the city.
1. Manhattan View at MiMA Tower
460 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues
The top 13 floors of this building feature 151 units priced between $1 million and approximately $6 million. The apartments contain fine finishes and jaw-dropping views of the city and the Hudson River. But it’s the three outdoor areas at the Manhattan View development that place it at the top of this list. The beautifully landscaped and furnished terraces provide an array of outdoor activities for residents. The south terrace has a vast lawn surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and a tremendous projector screen for movie viewings. The north terrace can be booked for private parties and has barbecue nooks and dining pods with plush chairs, while the third terrace has more spacious lounge areas.
2. 443 Greenwich Street
Between Vestry and Desbrosses streets in Tribeca
Containing 11 tulip trees, the 4,000-square-foot courtyard on the site of a renovated bookbinding warehouse at 443 Greenwich Street was designed by noted landscape architect Hank White — famous for his Brooklyn Botanic Gardens redux and other projects. Working around building constraints inhibiting natural light, White looked to the lower Hudson Valley woodlands for inspiration on plant life that can thrive and beautify in the setting. He settled on a layout that is “cloistered by glass and brick and lush with plantings,” and flowers, that “stands hidden in the heart of Tribeca — a secret garden, removed from the public noise of the city.
3. XOCO 325
325 West Broadway in SoHo
A building named “chocolate” — “xoco” is the Catalan word for the sweet treat — can do no wrong. In addition to the vertical gardens along the building’s cast aluminum and glass façade, stretching from the base of the building up to the penthouse, the renovated 19th Century Tootsie Roll factory features apartments ranging from 1,055 to 4,837 square feet, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a lovely secret garden. Residents of the new 21-unit building, which will be complete soon, will enjoy reading in the shade of the construct and strolling its patio-like promenade while taking in the fragrances of an assortment of flowers.
4. MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens
MacDougal and Sullivan streets between Houston and Bleecker streets
The shared garden available to residents of 22 homes in Greenwich Village’s landmarked historic district on MacDougal and Sullivan streets is one of the most unique outdoor areas in all of Manhattan. Though a common green space, it is private, enclosed by the back ends of townhouses serving as homes to New York’s elite, helping to ensure discretion while generating intimacy. Initially, the communal garden was part of a slum, existing behind dilapidated row houses. In the 1920s, the residences and garden were renovated, with real estate investors primarily looking to attract artists as renters.