21 Beautiful New York City Apartments

New Yorkers may always be on the move, but when they finally settle down, they like their nests to look the best. From grand Upper East Side apartments to historic Brooklyn brownstones, browse a gallery of 21 fetching city dwellings.
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For a New York home, interior designer Miles Redd demonstrated his signature talent for working with big, bold hues. The lacquered walls of the apartment’s foyer were inspired by the painter Yves Klein.

Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna via Elle Decor.


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Painter, sculptor and filmmaker Julian Schnabel lives in the Pompeii-red penthouse of Palazzo Chupi, an early 20th-century former factory in Greenwich Village. Schnabel’s unique use of materiality is evident in his juxtaposition of velvet chairs with woven rugs.

Photo via Vanity Fair.


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For this Park Avenue living room, architect and designer Shamir Shah created a harmonious composition of curving lines and rectilinear forms with a Kagan chair and sofa and Milo Baughman armchairs.

Photo by Manolo Yllera.

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Stephen Alesch and Robin Stadefer, co-founders of design firm Roman and Williams, reside in a NoHo loft that is furnished almost exclusively with vintage finds, many with industrial origins. The library at the rear is part of Alesch’s studio, while Standefer’s desk can be seen at right.

Photo by Douglas Friedman via Roman and Williams.

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Described as both a “preservationist and renovationist,” designer Elizabeth Roberts creates contemporary, functional spaces without obscuring the patina of a building. For this Williamsburg, Brooklyn loft, Roberts designed a multipurpose living area, dining room and kitchen.

Photo by Dustin Aksland.

For this Upper East Side pied-à-terre, Richard Mishaan employed Finn Juhl chairs and an Eero Saarinen tulip table to perfectly capture his client’s requested aesthetic: “Mad Men meets La Dolce Vita meets the Mercer Hotel.”

Photo courtesy The Monacelli Press.

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In the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, the architectural details — wood carvings and plasterwork — of this prewar Victorian townhouse are nicely offset with soft, delicate decor, including a faded persian rug and a pink velvet sofa.

Photo courtesy Curbed NY.

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Situated directly across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1020 Fifth Avenue has an enviable location. Fittingly, architects Warren & Wetmore designed the building to have “rooms of noble proportions,” including this 20-foot by 40-foot salon. The space features Louis XV-style paneling and 18-foot ceilings mixed with decorative urns and antique bookcases.

Photo courtesy Corcoran.

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In this Tribeca penthouse, wood paneling in the style of architects and designers Jean Michel Frank, Adolf Loos and Bruno Paul is applied alongside Civil War-era bricks and neutral-toned, geometric furniture.

Photo courtesy Triarch.

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The floating glass shelves and Tord Boontje chandelier that hang above a pair of Eames Molded Plywood Metal Base dining chairs offer a study of modern and historic juxtaposition in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Photo courtesy Corcoran.

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In this cool, glass-curtained West Village building by famed architect Richard Meier, Shelton, Mindel and Associates brings warmth to the space through the addition of organic Poul Kjaerholm rattan chairs and a plush Atollo sofa by Paola Lenti.

Photo by Michael Moran via Architectural Digest.

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In the Flatiron district of New York City, interior designer Milly de Cabrol sourced a pair of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings floor lamps and vintage Edward Wormley barrel-back chairs and a tufted sofa for this light-filled loft.

Photo by William Waldron via Architectural Digest.

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Located just around the corner from Carnegie Hall, this apartment in the historic Osbourne Apartments building was once home to composer Leonard Bernstein. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, the Osbourne has an equally opulent lobby featuring American Renaissance sculptures by Augustus St. Gaudens, the great sculptor of the American Renaissance, murals by John La Farge, and lamps by Tiffany Studios.

Photo via 6sqft.

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This Upper East Side penthouse, cheerfully described as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger” by its late owner Joan Rivers is a wonderful example of Gilded Age architecture.

Photo via Corcoran.

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For a townhouse in New York’s West Village, architects Steven Harris and interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts emphasized rich color, which the designers say “brings a vital warmth to the interiors.” The standout chairs are by Jean Prouvé.

Photo by Scott Frances.

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In Noho, architecture and design firm Axis Mundi used raw concrete and gray-stained floorboards to create a subtle canvas for the home’s incredible architectural details and sleek midcentury modern furniture pieces.

Photo courtesy Axis Mundi.

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Interior designer Howard Slatkin’s 6,000 square-foot pre-war co-op is a study in exquisitely wrought opulence. Slatkin referenced the imperial palaces of Tsarist Russia when conceptualizing the apartment’s interiors.

Photo via Vendome Press.

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Decorator Amy Lau used oversize, theatrical pieces by Vladimir Kagan and Lindsey Adelman to complement the 19-foot ceilinged and glass-walled living room of this downtown Manhattan triplex.

Photo by Thomas Loof via Architectural Digest.

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Architect and designer Andre Mellone used an Edward Wormley for Dunbar sectional and vintage Knoll furniture for this gallery and residence on New York’s Upper East Side.

Photo by Fran Parente.

STUDIO_MELLONE_VIANA_RESIDENCE_04-1This light-filled Chelsea abode — featuring chairs by Hans Wegner — also comes courtesy of Studio Mellone.

Photo by Fran Parente.

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In the West Village, Haven’s Kitchen founder Ali Cayne used a restrained palette of black, white, bronze and marigold to give her antique pieces an of-the-moment feel.

Photo by Leslie Unruh.
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