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Step Into a $17.75 Million Penthouse 52 Floors Above New York

A 360-degree video tour through the last available penthouse at Herzog & de Meuron’s TriBeCa skyscraper, 56 Leonard
56 Leonard, an uncanny new addition to New York’s skyline.
Photographer: Alexander Severin

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It’s hard to miss 56 Leonard, the new 60-story glass tower that dominates an otherwise low-key corner of Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood. When the design was unveiled in 2008 by the building’s architect, Herzog & de Meuron, the favored description of the building’s shape was “Jenga-like,” and its cantilevered floors did indeed look like a precarious, dynamic, almost impossibly complicated pile of glass and steel building blocks.

Nine years later, after the financing issues that delayed construction were resolved, the building is finally complete. In its transition from rendering to reality, though, it’s become far more subdued. Most of the first 50 stories could be confused with any of the dozens of generic luxury condos along the city’s west (and now east!) sides, but the top floors—home to the building’s 10 penthouses— remain as vertiginous and complicated as ever. 

Using your cell phone (goggles optional) or compatible browser, step inside one of them—Penthouse 52B—via our immersive, 360-degree videos below.  (And don't worry: Those doors to nowhere you see are locked. They're designed to be used by window washers and only 56 Leonard's management has the key.)

The most expensive penthouse in the building—a four-bedroom, four-bathroom 7,800-square-foot apartment that spans the entire 60th floor—closed for $48 million in June, while the buyer of penthouses on the 53rd and 54th floors has combined them and is now attempting to flip the single 11,892-square-foot unit for $65 million.

The view from Penthouse 52B, facing north.
Photographer: Alexander Severin
The penthouse’s “great room” includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
Photographer: Alexander Severin

There are other penthouses listed—a 6,400-square-foot apartment on the 53rd floor for $35 million, a 5,492-square-foot apartment on the 54th floor for $30 million, and a 5,252-square-foot apartment on the 57th floor for $29.5 million (that one’s in contract)—but just one penthouse is left for sale by the building’s original developer.

Ignore the concrete pillar and soak in the views from the master bathroom.
Photographer: Alexander Severin
The view from the balcony at night.
Photographer: Alexander Severin

Penthouse 52B

The 3,709-square-foot half-floor apartment has views of the north, south, and west. The apartment’s balcony adds another 163 square feet to its total, bringing its overall square footage to just under 4,000. 

Along with the apartment itself, buyers will have access to an indoor theater, playroom, and private dining room that’s shared by building residents on the ninth floor, along with a communal lap pool, sauna, gym, and sundeck on the building’s 10th floor. 

The building’s communal pool.
Photographer: Alexander Severin
Another communal space.
Photographer: Alexander Severin

With a price tag of $17.75 million, Penthouse 52B will cost about $4,585 per square foot, nearly a thousand dollars more than New York’s average luxury sales price of $3,157 a square foot, according to a report by the realtor Douglas Elliman.

The apartment has four bedrooms, four baths, and one half-bath, along with a “great room” that combines the living room, dining room, and kitchen. It’s the apartment’s view, though, that will probably prove to be the biggest draw. With 14-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows in every bedroom, the building’s co-developers, Alexico Group and Hines, are betting that buyers will find that the bird’s-eye perch is worth the price.

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