The Hottest Waterfront Residential Developments in Buzzing Cities, for the Best of Both Worlds

Thanks to a crop of new developments situated alongside New York City’s waterways, Residents of the “concrete jungle” can now have the best of both worlds—the buzzing culture of big city living paired with sweeping water views and a private connection to nature unlike anywhere else in the city. Here are a few new hotspots where New Yorkers can enjoy both waterfront and downtown living:


One of the most talked about buildings rising from the heart of DUMBO, the 33-story Olympia will provide jaw-dropping views of the sun-drenched harbor and Manhattan skyline from the highest crest in the neighborhood. Design features from Hill West, like the natural, muted color palette and symmetric façade patterns, gently nod to the adjacent Brooklyn Bridge while still reflecting a sense of scale and rhythm that’s in sync with the historic neighborhood below. Currently under construction, the luxury property will boast 76 one- to five-bedroom condominiums with private terraces, plus and over 38,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor amenities, like an outdoor pool overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and a cute maritime-themed kids playroom.


Bankside, designed by Hill West, is a major development consisting of seven buildings along the Harlem River that flank the 3rd Avenue Bridge, transforming the South Bronx. As the first major new development in Mott Haven, Bankside will create an entirely new neighborhood, including two rental buildings and a public waterfront park along the river.

Ocean Drive

As the first market-rate residential building in Coney Island in two decades, Ocean Drive is a renaissance in the Brooklyn community. Located right on iconic Coney Island’s sandy beach, The design team, Whitehall Interiors and Hill West, collaborated on a design that serves the community with a refurbished boardwalk, activity center, indoor and outdoor amenities and of course those dreamy views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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