Most expensive apartments in New York

Robert Frank

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While housing prices across the United States are still well below pre-crisis peaks, the very top of the Manhattan home market continues to shatter price records.

The $88 million sale of an apartment at 15 Central Park West in December set a record for the highest price ever paid for a Manhattan apartment. (Former Citigroup boss Sandy Weill once lived there.)

Just a few months later, a buyer broke the record, paying a reported $90 million for a duplex penthouse in One57, a building under construction at 157 West 57th Street.

Who will set the next record? It’s likely to be the buyer of one of the following properties, currently the most expensive listings in Manhattan, including one priced above $100 million — a line that no apartment in New York has ever crossed.

1 Central Park South — 8th Floor
: 8th Floor (807-809); condo
Price: $55 million
Details: 10 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths; approx. 5,580 sq. ft.

Call it 1 Central Park South — though most New Yorkers still call it The Plaza. This unit sits above the definitive New York hotel that opened its doors in 1907 and has served heads of state and The Beatles, as well as movie shoots from “The Way We Were” to “The Great Gatsby” to “Crocodile Dundee.”

For $55 million, you get 11-foot ceilings, views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue and separate quarters for staff. In July 2012, a controlling stake in The Plaza was sold to India’s Sahara Group for $570 million.

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157 West 57th Street — 83rd Floor
: 83rd floor — condo
Price: $55 million
Details: 7 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths; approx. 6,240 sq. ft.

At more than 1,000 feet in height, One57 (as it’s been dubbed by its developer, Extell) has bragging rights to being the tallest residential building in New York — at least until 432 Park Avenue is completed (432 Park is expected to top the most expensive list when it’s completed, but no price has been determined yet).

One57 is slated for completion at the end of 2013 or in early 2014.  This representation of a unit in (now under construction) offers a birdseye view of Central Park, stretching north amid upper Manhattan.

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25 East 77th Street — Penthouse
: Penthouse — condop
Price: $60 million
Details: 12 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 8 baths; approx. 9,799 sq. ft. interior, 2,319 sq. ft. exterior

This full-floor penthouse sits atop the tony Mark Hotel, built in 1927 and now a New York landmark. It features a living room with 26-foot ceilings, a skylighted conservatory with a custom-designed staircase, private elevator access and a private rooftop pavilion.

This unit is a “condop” — a combination of condo and co-op ownership structures. The perks start before you go outside, including a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant in the lobby.

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4 East 80th Street — Townhouse
: Townhouse
Price: $90 million
Details: 7 floors, 35-by-78-ft. structure; approx. 18,000 sq. ft.

Built in 1916, this townhouse is one of three on the block Frank Woolworth, founder of Woolworth’s discount retail chain, built for his daughters. But this is no five-and-dimer.

The Neo-French Renaissance home features eight wood-burning fireplaces and a dining room that seats more than 50(!) people; be prepared to host plenty of family get-togethers.

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The townhouse was owned by the late Lucille Roberts, who founded the eponymous chain of health clubs. Foot Locker is the surviving corporate entity of the F.W. Woolworth company.

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157 West 57th Street — Penthouse
: Penthouse, 75/76 floors — condo
Price: $115 million
Details: 12 room, 6 bedrooms, 6 baths; approx. 13,554 sq. ft.

This representation of 157 W. 57th St. shows the building's lower exterior.

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