Sotheby's International Realty Donna Stockman

Hamilton Heights

Hamilton Heights is a neighborhood on Harlem’s western edge and was designated an Historic District between the years of 2000 and 2002. Manhattan real estate in Hamilton Heights extends from West 135th to West 155th Street between Edgecombe Avenue and the Hudson River, on land that was once part of Alexander Hamilton’s country estate. Hamilton Heights real estate includes block after block of elegant late 19th- and early 20th-century row-houses with picturesque architectural gems in various styles such as Beaux Arts, Queen Anne, Dutch Revival and Romanesque Revival, designed by notable architects including Neville & Bagge, George Pelham and William Mowbray. The childhood home of famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell is located on Nicholas Avenue, and George Gershwin lived on 144th Street when he wrote his first hit song, “Swanee” in 1919. In the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, many affluent African Americans including legendary jazz pianist Count Basie lived in Hamilton Heights, a part of which became known as Sugar Hill, as it was thought to represent all that was sweet in life.

Harlem

Famous as the site of the 1920s renaissance of African American culture, historic Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood currently undergoing a second renaissance in commerce, culture, property redevelopment and historic preservation. At the northern tip of Central Park, the neighborhood stretches from 116th Street to the Harlem River. Harlem real estate includes a wealth of magnificently detailed 19th-century brownstones and spacious prewar buildings.

The St. Nicholas Historic District is notable for the stately 19th-century townhouses of Striver’s Row, historically named as a reference to its upwardly mobile residents, with other grand townhouses in Hamilton Heights. A legendary landmark, the Apollo Theater has hosted performances by such luminaries as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith. The neighborhood also teems with an extraordinary variety of shops, markets, restaurants and cafes.

Kips Bay

Nestled between Murray Hill and Gramercy Park on Manhattan’s East Side, Kips Bay is a quiet, understated neighborhood encompassing the area from 24th to 34th Streets between Third Avenue and the East River. Kip’s Bay/East 30’s properties include attractive apartment buildings and condominium complexes including Kips Bay Towers, designed by I.M. Pei in 1961, enclosing a beautiful three-acre garden. The area offers a diverse selection of ethnic restaurants and cafes, and lies within close proximity of the Theater District, East Side museums, Midtown’s business district and Downtown entertainment. Kips Bay is also home to several major medical centers and many of the doctors and staff affiliated with these facilities.

Lincoln Center

Centrally located between Midtown West and the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center is home to the internationally acclaimed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the world’s largest performing arts center. Situated in a 16.3-acre complex between 61st and 66th Streets along Broadway, this cultural mecca is home to numerous prestigious organizations including the Lincoln Center Theater, the Julliard School, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

The area is currently undergoing a major enhancement, which will be accomplished over the course of the coming decade. Lincoln Center real estate is home to local artists as well as Midtown and Downtown business professionals. A wide variety of fine restaurants and shopping are located in the immediate area.

Little Italy

Adjacent to Chinatown, Little Italy is steeped in old world European tradition and offers aromatic bakeries, cafes and restaurants around Mulberry and Grand Streets. This close-knit community offers dozens of long-time family-owned shops along with newer additions to the Little Italy real estate from smaller walkup buildings to new developments of converted lofts with all amenities.

Lower East Side

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is rich in history as the country’s most famous immigrant neighborhood, a gateway to America for Eastern Europeans arriving in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Lower East Side extends from Houston to Delancey Streets between the Bowery and the East River, with Orchard Street at its center. Lower East Side real estate offers access to a multi-cultural fusion of delicatessens, cafes, night clubs and boutiques for trendy up and coming fashion designers. A significant amount of construction, converting existing warehouses no longer used and building from the ground up on vacant lots, has transformed this area to hot destination for residential living.

Manhattan

Considered by many to be both the cultural and the financial capital of the world, the island of Manhattan covers an area of over 23 square miles featuring some of the most famous landmarks found anywhere and some of the most desirable neighborhoods, from Gramercy Park to Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Upper East Side and TriBeCa. Visitors can enjoy renowned theaters from Broadway in Times Square to respected local theaters in neighborhoods throughout the city, countless art galleries and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many others found on Museum Mile, exceptional shopping from the boutiques in SoHo to the world-class shops along the Upper East Side’s Fifth and Madison Avenues, restaurants with cuisine by some of the world’s most respected chefs, and one of the largest urban parks, the beautiful 843-acre Central Park. Manhattan real estate includes a wide range of offerings, from historic prewar residences to beautiful brownstones, magnificent lofts and penthouses, and elegant homes in some of the most sought-after locations, such as Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Central Park West.

Meatpacking District

The Meatpacking District, also known as the Gansevoort Market District, is the rising star of cutting-edge New York style yet also celebrates its commercial past as the city’s newest landmark Historic District, designated in 2003. For many decades, the area served as a center of New York City’s meatpacking industry, but in recent years it has been completely transformed as a style-setting neighborhood replete with prestigious clothing boutiques and design stores, clubs and highly acclaimed restaurants known for their global cuisine. West 14th Street serves as the main shopping area, while the block-wide Chelsea Market, originally the factory headquarters of the Nabisco bakery, houses New York’s largest collection of gourmet food purveyors.

Meatpacking District real estate offers access to neighborhood galleries featuring the works of both famed luminaries and lesser-known figures of the art world. Extending from West 15th Street south to Gansevoort Street between Hudson Street and the Hudson River, the Meatpacking District is one of the communities along the old tracks of the High Line elevated railroad, built in the early 1930s to allow trains to run from the riverfront docks directly into the factories and warehouses. This 22-block open space has recently been converted to a grand, above-ground public promenade, creating a tranquil green oasis in the manner of the Promenade Plante in Paris.

Midtown East

In the heart of Manhattan, Midtown East is home to a myriad of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions including magnificently restored Grand Central Terminal, now also hosting exquisite restaurants, casual eateries and shops, the gleaming Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the United Nations complex, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the New York Public Library, adjacent to lovely Bryant Park. Other attractions in or around this dynamic area include Fifth Avenue’s shops, the art galleries of 57th Street, many fine restaurants, world-famous Broadway theater productions, revitalized Times Square, Carnegie Hall concerts and the popular entertainment of famed Radio City Music Hall, newly restored to its original glory. Desirable Midtown East real estate ranges from the old world charm of Beekman Place and Sutton Place, to the lavish amenities of the residences at The Waldorf Towers, to state-of-the-art luxury high-rise buildings including the Trump Tower. All offer the convenience of walk-to-work locations.

Midtown West

Stretching west of Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River, Midtown West has been transformed through extensive redevelopment over the past decade. Along with its major business district, Midtown West offers an abundance of world-renowned entertainment attractions including Broadway’s Theater District, Times Square, Carnegie Hall and Rockefeller Center, with the magnificently restored showplace of Radio City Music Hall. Penn Station is also situated in Midtown West, below Madison Square Garden and near Herald Square, where the flagship Macy’s store is distinguished as the world’s largest department store and a registered New York City landmark. The revitalization of this area has given rise to numerous luxury residential towers including CitySpire and Metropolitan Tower, in addition to the soaring towers of Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, a stunning architectural landmark designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, housing luxury condominiums in addition to Manhattan’s largest food market, lavish restaurants and shops and a concert hall. An ideal location gives all Midtown West real estate the added appeal of placing a multitude of shops, restaurants, entertainment attractions and office buildings within easy walking distance.