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Sky High Living on Top of Manhattan

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The Manhattan skyline is arguably the most recognizable in the world, but is currently in the process of being forever changed with the addition of many new residential skyscrapers.

Constructing residential skyscrapers is the recent trend for developers in Manhattan. These buildings soar over 1,000 feet in the sky, starting at a mere 821 feet at 56 Leonard and reach a massive 1,350 feet at 111 West 57th St and 1,396 feet at 432 Park. To put 432 Park's height into perspective, it will be the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and is even 28 feet higher than One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, without its needle.

From the jaw-dropping views of the entire NYC skyline to the enormous full-floor layouts, these buildings leave little to still be desired. Imagine the views from looking out your floor-to-ceiling windows onto Central Park or even as far as One World Trade Center from 220 Central Park South or One 57. The floorplans, facades and window structures are just a few of the carefully crafted and designed features chosen by the developer teams to maximize the potential these towers can provide not only to their buyers but observers of the buildings as well.

Not everyone is a fan of the new eye-candy in the New York City skyline. There have been some mixed reviews about the interference of the towers to neighboring buildings, as well as their heavy price points, reaching $95 million for the penthouse at 432 Park. But truth be told, there is always controversy with change. Recognizing the novel presence of so many new super-tall structures, the "SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury" exhibit at The Skyscraper Museum delves into the history of these super-tall buildings as well as the development and marketing process behind their creation (open through end of April 2014).

Are you excited about the additions to the famous NYC skyline or are you just not attracted to them? I'd love to hear your comments.