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Vote for NYC’s best building of 2017!

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It’s time to pick the best of the best

Every year, Curbed NY’s editors look back at the year that was—the priciest sales, the biggest celebrity moves, the most ridiculous amenities, you get the idea—during the Curbed Awards, which run for most of December. But before we kick off the latest edition next week, we want to hear from you—specifically on the best building to debut in New York City in 2017.

For this, we looked at developments that were completed this year, and narrowed the pool down to five buildings:

Max Touhey

SHoP’s American Copper Buildings, which gave Kips Bay—an otherwise drab, hospital-heavy neighborhood—a bit of glamour, thanks in no small part to the development’s quirky, game-changing skybridge. The fact that the buildings will eventually transform into Lady Liberty green is the icing on the cake.

Field Condition

The late Zaha Hadid’s swooping, futuristic condo at 520 West 28th Street finally welcomed residents this year, and added perhaps the most high-profile building to the starchitect’s row along the High Line.

Matthew Carbone for Morphosis

Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus brought big-name architects to the sleepy island between Manhattan and Queens this year. Of the campus’s three buildings (all of which are admirably eco-friendly), the Bloomberg Center, designed by Morphosis, stands out the most thanks to its shimmering aluminum facade.

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard has been rising in Lower Manhattan for what seems like forever (in reality, a little over five years), but now that it’s complete—the building welcomed its first residents this year—it’s hard to imagine the skyline without it.

A promenade alongside a building with a red brick facade. In the distance is a bridge. There is water on the other side of the promenade. Max Touhey

And finally, the transformation of Brooklyn’s Empire Stores set a new standard for adaptive reuse projects. Spearheaded by S9 Architecture and Studio V, the development reactivated a 19th-century warehouse on the Dumbo waterfront, breathing new life into the building while retaining the industrial character that’s drawn so many to that neighborhood in the first place.

So there you have it—make your choice below, and if you think there’s something we left off, take it to the comments. You have until December 11 to cast your vote.


Which should win NYC's building of the year?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    American Copper Buildings by SHoP
    (5466 votes)
  • 5%
    520 West 28th Street by Zaha Hadid
    (707 votes)
  • 1%
    The Bloomberg Center by Morphosis
    (232 votes)
  • 4%
    56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron
    (586 votes)
  • 46%
    Empire Stores by S9 Architecture
    (6139 votes)
13130 votes total Vote Now