Here’s what it looks like from the top of 9 of New York’s most exclusive buildings

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Mike Tauber’s book.
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Mike Tauber

When it comes to real estate, location is almost everything. But in cities like New York, San Francisco, and Miami, buyers will also pay a premium for another feature: the view.

In Manhattan, the most coveted and costly view is of Central Park. With a median listing price of $3.79 million, homes with a view of the park carry a premium of 39.9%, according to Realtor.com.

Mike Tauber has been exploring these sights for 15 years as an interior and architecture photographer in New York City. He’s photographed tens of thousands of homes and their views, and he recently collected them in a book called “Vista Manhattan: Views from New York City’s Finest Residences.”

Below, see nine stunning views captured by Tauber from penthouses across New York City.


Tauber is usually hired by real estate agents, architects, interior designers, or homeowners to photograph these spaces.

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View of midtown from 211 Madison Avenue, Penthouse
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One of Tauber’s favorite views comes from a $57 million penthouse at The Pierre. “It has a great perspective on Central Park where you can see people hanging out in Sheep Meadow in the foreground and then across the Upper West Side into New Jersey,” Tauber said.

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View of Central Park from 795 Fifth Avenue Penthouse, The Pierre
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Tauber photographs luxury buildings that range in price. While this penthouse at 50 Sutton Place sold for $4.36 million in 2016 …

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View of East River from 50 Sutton Place South Penthouse
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… penthouses with this view at 101 West 67th Street have sold for up to $20.75 million.

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View of Central Park from 101 West 67th Street, Penthouse
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Source: Douglas Elliman


Another coveted view — but generally less expensive — is of the New York Harbor.

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View of New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty from 30 West Street, Penthouse
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Source: Zillow


1965 Broadway, with its view of Lincoln Center, also houses some pricey pads, including a unit that hit the market at $42 million in 2014. It currently has a penthouse on the market for $10.6 million.

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View of Lincoln Center from 1965 Broadway, Penthouse
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Source: The Real Deal, StreetEasy


Views of the Empire State Building also don’t come cheap. A penthouse currently on the market at 39 East 29th Street is asking $4.49 million.

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View from 39 East 29th Street, Penthouse
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In 2011, Tauber began pulling images from his archive to put online. When he realized how many gorgeous views he had captured over the years, he began editing a collection for the book, which was published in 2016.

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View of the East River from 520 East 72nd Street, Penthouse
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“I get to see some amazing places, some with incredible views,” he told Business Insider. “Occasionally I’ll meet some interesting owners and it reminds me that … photography in general can be a ticket into the lives and habitats of others. I could not make these images without the access, so it really comes down to that.”

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View of the New Museum and the Bowery from 250 Bowery, Penthouse
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