Friday 5: Where to Find Free Rent and Deals in NYC’s Top Starchitect-Designed Buildings

July 29, 2016

Every Friday 6sqft is rounding up five of the best rental deals showcased on’s newly launched no-fee rentals page, a space where house hunters can find the best concessions being offered by landlords across the city.

No longer are New York’s most distinguished and architecturally avant-garde residential buildings limited to condos and co-ops. With more design-attuned renters on the market, developers are tapping the world’s best architects to make their rental properties stand out. A spate of renowned designers have hit the city’s architectural scene as of late, including of-the-moment starchitect Bjarke Ingels, long-time favorite Robert A.M. Stern, and Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc.

While rental prices in these properties are usually higher than average, these buildings provide condo-level finishes, gracious and unique layouts, and all the amenities a renter could wish for. The slowing rental market and the influx of hundreds of new apartments have compelled landlords to offer some short-lived deals and incentives to attract lease-signers. See our list below of the five most stunning new rental buildings that are now offering rental concessions.

Tribeca Park1

Tribeca Park2

Where: Tribeca Park, 400 Chambers Street ↑
Offer: One month’s free rent and a $1,000 MasterCard gift card
Price: Studios from $3,555; one-bedrooms from $4,785; two-bedrooms from $4,410

Proving not all above-par architecture has to be modern, Robert A.M. Stern’s Tribeca Park offers a timeless red-brick exterior, curving corners topped by large cornice lines, and a classic water tower. Each of the 396 apartments are uniquely angled, offering different layout options, many with views of the Hudson River. The amenity package includes a lushly landscaped BBQ dining terrace and sculpture garden, 60-foot sky-lit indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a lobby finished in marble and imported pearwood.

400 Park Avenue South

400 Park Avenue South2

Where: 400 Park Avenue South
Offer: Locked-in rates for two years
Price: Studios from $3,365; one-bedrooms from $5,280; two-bedrooms from $8,280; three-bedrooms from $18,500

Prism at Park Avenue South is a 40-story faceted glass tower designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. Best known in New York for his soaring condominium One57, Portzamparc assembled a crystalline structure at the corner of Park Avenue and East 28th Street in Nomad. Apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, bathrooms with white pearl marble counters and brushed nickel fixtures, and kitchens equipped with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. The residences also include LEED certified energy efficient features, white oak floors, and washer/dryers. Some units also have private terraces.

VIA West 57, 625 West 57th Street, Bjarke Ingels, Durst Organization, the pyramid building, NYC starchitecture

Bjarke Ingels, VIA 57 West, 625 West 57th Street, NYC affordable housing, NYC starchitecture

Where: Via 57 West, 625 West 57th Street ↑
Offer: Two month’s free rent
Price: Studios from $3,000; one-bedrooms from $3,700; two-bedrooms from $6,500; three-bedrooms from $11,000; four-bedrooms from $14,5000

Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and developed by the Durst Organization, VIA 57 West is the most exciting addition to the west side skyline in decades. In addition to using environmentally friendly design tactics throughout its 709 apartments, residents are provided with a bundle of amenities that includes two resident lounges, a reading room, party room, chef’s kitchen, movie screening room, children’s playroom, game room, and a golf simulator. The fitness center will feature a gym, lounge, swimming pool, exercise studios, half-basketball court, and multiple sun decks, and it was recently announced that Mark Cuban will open a 30,000-square-foot movie theater in its base.



Where: 60 Water Street
Offer: One month’s free rent
Price: One-bedrooms from $3,966; two-bedrooms from $5,346

DUMBO’s newest high-end rental building at 60 Water Street was developed by the legendary Two Trees Management and designed by the cutting edge, local design firm LEESER Architecture. Situated on a prominent site facing the Manhattan skyline and East River, its exterior is distinguished by a crystalline green curtain wall and projecting glass fins. In addition to 234 no fee rental units, the building’s summit hosts a lush communal roof terrace designed by James Corner Field Operations. Other amenities include an attended lobby and concierge, a fitness center, on-site parking, and bicycle storage.


Aalto 57-interior

Where: Aalto57, 1065 Second Avenue ↑
Offer: One month’s free rent
Price: Studios from $3,768; one-bedrooms from $4,473; two-bedrooms from $6,614; three-bedrooms from $12,581

Aalto57 is a newly finished collection of 169 rental residences within Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s (SOM) soaring new skyscraper. The 57-floor tower is distinguished by its green, Italian-made glass and concave “scoops” that rise along each of its corners. Amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, concierge services from Luxury Attache, resident lounge, a live-in super, an outdoor terrace with a fire pit, a business center, conference room, package room, indoor field house with a basketball court, rock climbing wall, fitness center, children’s playroom, and tenant storage.

+++ has been tracking concessions in all of New York’s major rental buildings. The map below highlights where potential leasers can find the best bargain opportunities.


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