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July 11, 2017

The 2017 Guide to NYC’s Coolest New Buildings

New NYC architecture projects this year have elevated the standard of building aesthetics in a city already riddled with interesting, innovative, and beautiful structures. If you’re planning your next tourist stay in NYC, or even if you’re a longtime resident, there are some cool buildings around the city you must check out, and even function as great family-friendly attractions. Old or new, these buildings can easily qualify for the the coolest buildings in NYC this year.

Spring Street Salt Shed

Located at the end of the Canal Street at Hudson River, the Spring Street Salt Shed is unlike any storage shed you’ll see. Designed by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + urban designs, the building is shaped like an actual grain of salt. It rises up to 70 feet and faces the Hudson River, and clearly emphasizes the vision of the architects to make a project that was entirely unique.

Boston Road

Boston Road

Boston Road is a multi-colored, supportive housing project that contains about 150 affordable rental apartments. It is located on South Bronx and is a project from Alexander Gorlin Architects. The housing complex includes community-oriented amenities, such as a computer lab and fitness center.

PERCH Harlem

This seven-story building is NYC’s first building that meets Passive House Standards. With over 34 units that are up for lease, PERCH Harlem represents the future of affordable, NYC design apartments. It incorporates some impressive materials, including recycled wallpaper and triple-pane windows.

Carmel Place

If you’re looking for some over-the-top, luxury micro housing, Carmel Place might just be the best place. Designed by nArchitects, Carmel Place has also won Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide micro-housing competition. It is intended for small households, and prides itself on its groundbreaking modular construction.

Rose Main Reading Room At the New York Public Library

This one isn’t a new addition, but rather a re-furnished project. After a long two-year renovation, the Rose Main Reading Room is finally now open to the public, and the wait was definitely worth it.

Beekman Hotel atrium

Beekman Hotel

As far as architecturally-stunning renovations go, another building that got a standout makeover is the Beekman Hotel. With its detailed iron railings and a large skylight, this luxury hotel in Downtown Manhattan is something to feast your eyes upon.

P.S. 186

We’ve listed new buildings and re-furnished projects, but there were few conversions that made to the list as well. Once a crumbling Harlem elementary school, P.S. 186 now stands with 79 mid-range apartments, and as an outpost for the Boys and GIrls Club of America.


The headquarters of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has now been transformed by nArchitects into a creative space sponsored by automobile experts, BMW. A/D/O isn’t just your average workplace: It packs in design shops, a fabrication studio, and even a restaurant.

NYC is brimming with incredible aesthetics and architecture, and you can even live in one of these amazing structures! Whether on a long vacation in New York City or searching for a place to live, NYC apartments incorporate beautiful features into their exteriors and interiors. Your stay, short- or long-term, is made extra-special when renting in a well-designed, artistic apartment.

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