There is nowhere as exciting as NYC. I lived there for years and am now a committed Southern Californian. I love L.A. but NYC is a great place to visit. Bustling and booming, the ‘Big Apple’ constantly reinvents itself. On my recent trip to New York it was exciting seeing the amount of construction. Cranes abound and buildings are rising from the meat packing district to far uptown. Architecture has always been a primary consideration in New York development. Construction on the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere designed by Rafael Viñoly is almost completed. 432 Park Avenue houses 104 condominiums ranging from a studio measuring 341 square feet to a penthouse with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths and a library that has already sold for $95 million. http://432parkavenue.com/?state=home
From one end of town to the other, architect Annabelle Selldorf is creating magic. Her restoration of the William Starr Miller House at 1048 Fifth Avenue, originally designed in 1904 by Carrère & Hastings, is perfectly beautiful. It now houses the Neue Galerie and illustrates how a former mansion can be transformed into a well functioning museum with two restaurants. http://www.neuegalerie.org/
Her new project, 10 Bond Street, is considered one of the prettiest new buildings in New York. It houses 11 co-ops; one penthouse, a townhouse and nine 2 to 3 bedroom units.
All in all the symmetry of the NYC grid lends itself beautifully to displaying Architecture. That is one advantage NYC has over the curving, bisecting, L.A. roadways.