Inspired by the quintessential characteristics of New York City neighborhoods, architects and designers are beginning to preserve the historic charm of the City in new high-rises. Here are some neighborhoods with new developments that emulate New York City’s historic typology:


The 365 Bond merges Carroll Gardens’ historic residential charm with Gowanus’ industrial past. The property emulates residential Brooklyn’s essential neighborhood characteristics.

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East Harlem

Designed by Hill West Architects and Whitehall Interiors, 1399 Park features pre-war architecture alongside contemporary design. With numerous overhangs and cantilevers, the property brings new life into the area while paying homage to its past.

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Original 19th century elements like the red brick façade, sloped roof, arched doorways and dormer windows are at the heart of NoLita’s Residences at Prince.

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Downtown Brooklyn

Using a one-of-a-kind zinc façade and white and pale gray terra-cotta rain screen, City Point’s Downtown Brooklyn residential tower, 7 DeKalb Avenue, ties Downtown Brooklyn’s past with its thriving future.

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Clinton Hill

GKV Architect has introduced a new look for Clinton Hill with its latest project, Waverly Brooklyn. This boutique luxury building features an exposed brick concrete façade and provides a contemporary alternative to neighboring townhomes.

Dutch Kills

The Smyth, a 41-unit luxury condo project, was designed to honor the area’s industrial ties with dark-iron casement windows, decorative metal details and reclaimed wood floors.

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Long Island City

The Jackson taps into the neighborhood’s artistic culture and industrial roots. The 56-unit luxury condo’s lobby features a one-of-a-kind glass mosaic art wall designed by Tom Fruin.

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With a façade that features a limestone and custom oyster gray brick base, Citizen360 pays homage to the area’s pre-war buildings.

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Upper West Side

Anbau’s luxury condominium 207W79 connects a pre-war aesthetic with modern amenities. The 19-unit condo evokes the characteristics of the timeless Manhattan neighborhood.

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Hell’s Kitchen

525 West 52nd Street, the two-tower luxury rental development located in Hell’s Kitchen, was designed by Handel Architects. Featuring a classic brick façade and industrially-inspired interiors, the development pays respect to the factories that once defined the eclectic area.

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71 Reade Street is a modern take on a classic Tribeca building. While the 18-unit condominium was inspired by its surrounding neighborhood, it also features a contemporary style. The residential entrance sits in a black metal base made of refurbished cast iron columns and the garage door mimics a historic wooden carriage door.

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