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Home of the Brave, Land of the Luxurious [by Carina Zaragoza] Celebrate our nation’s birth in style this LawCrossing 4th of July Weekend. There’s nothing better than a bird’s eye view of Central Park and a front row seat for a ﬁreworks spectacular from a New York penthouse.
Another 4th of July is upon us. Most of us will
you know. You’ll have plenty of room for even
to a gym and a first-rate spa, maid service,
probably have a good old fashioned barbecue
the most distant cousin in this 18-room pent-
and a private Mercedes-Benz and Bentley car
and head out in the evening to catch a fire-
house. And you won’t have to worry about
service sound? You and your party guests will
works show. Then, we’ll go to bed, satisfied
there being a line after you’ve chugged your
feel like royalty. And don’t be afraid to bring
that we celebrated the birth of America in
10th beer in honor of America, as you’ll have
Fifi, as pets are more than welcome.
typical Yankee fashion. Yawn. People, this is
the option of 9 bathrooms. While mingling
the anniversary of our nation’s birth -- not to
with your close and not-so-close acquain-
With such a fabulous party in such a fabulous
mention LawCrossing Weekend. We have to
tances, you can look out through oversized
penthouse, this Independence Day will surely
liven things up a bit. Why not throw a party to
Thermopane windows and take in a 360-
be one to remember.
end all parties in the city that never sleeps:
degree view of the river, the park, and the
New York. Just think: you can have the Statue
awesome New York skyline.
of Liberty on Ellis Island just a ferry ride away. What better backdrop for your 4th of
This property is a hot commodity. Many have
July bash? All you’ll need now is a venue.
already viewed the luxury suite, so you’d
Clubs and restaurants are so impersonal.
better get moving if you want to buy the
You want your friends to feel at home. And
second most expensive penthouse in the
trust me, anybody can feel at home in one of
country. (In an homage to Independence Day,
New York’s finest penthouses.
we’ll give props only to homegrown
Located in the Ritz-Carlton tower, the
penthouse occupies three entire floors. The
The most expen-
33rd floor is finished with herringbone floors
sive real estate in
and includes a top-of-the-line kitchen fac-
the country has
ing Central Park. Did I mention the marble
already been sold.
bathroom? You can bathe in opulence in his
The unfinished Manhattan penthouse in the
and hers marble baths. And for those chilly
new Time Warner building went for a cool
New York nights, you can keep warm by your
$42.5 million. But there’s no shame in being
choice of three wood-burning fireplaces.
second.Expect to pay upwards of $41.5 mil-
Though the 34th and 35th floors are as yet
lion for the Ritz-Carlton penthouse. And don’t
unfinished, once you buy this extraordinary
close your checkbook just yet. A stately home
space, you’ll have a personal architect and
like this needs a lot of maintenance. Expect
interior designer at your disposal. The high-
to shell out $25,000 a month in upkeep and
light, however, is outside this lustrous home.
You’ll be able to watch the traditional New York fireworks show from your 400 square
But believe me, all that paper is worth it.
foot terrace. Talk about looking down your
In addition to the opulent penthouse with
nose at the masses below.
a glass atrium, you’ll receive a wide range of amenities and conveniences. How do
But there’s more. Be sure to invite everyone
concierges, doormen, room service, access