It's a case of 'thin is in' with the arrival of this 1396ft-tall, $1.3-billion residential tower by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. Its clean, white, cubic facade inspired by a 1905 trash can by Austrian designer Josef Hoffman, the tower rises above the Midtown skyline like an impossibly slim square tube. It's currently the city's second-tallest building, upstaged only by One World Trade Center. (Measured to actual roof height, however, it's actually 28ft taller than its spire-crowned downtown rival.)

The tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, 432 Park has 141 ultra-luxe condos with top-notch amenities, such as 10ft-by-10ft windows, wine cellars, billiard and screening rooms, private concierge service, an on-site health and wellness center with 75ft-long lap pool, a Michelin-starred restaurant and, of course, breathtaking views of all the poor suckers down below who couldn't pony up an average of $21 million for an apartment.

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Nearby Midtown attractions

1. Fifth Avenue

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Immortalized in film and song, Fifth Ave first developed its high-class reputation in the early 20th century, when it was known for its 'country' air and…

2. Lever House

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Upon its debut in 1952, 21-story Lever House was at the height of the cutting-edge. The UN Secretariat Building was the only other skyscraper to feature a…

3. Seagram Building

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A textbook regular, the 38-floor Seagram Building is one of the world's finest examples of the international style. Its lead architect, Ludwig Mies van…

4. Citigroup Center

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With its striking triangular-cut roof and candy-like striped facade, Hugh Stubbins' 59-story Citigroup Center signaled a shift from the flat-roof sobriety…

5. Museum of Modern Art

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Superstar of the modern-art scene, MoMA's galleries are a Who’s Who of artistic heavyweights: Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rothko,…

6. St Patrick's Cathedral

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America's largest Catholic cathedral graces Fifth Ave with Gothic Revival splendor. Built at a cost of nearly $2 million during the Civil War (and spiffed…

7. Paley Center for Media

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This pop-culture repository offers more than 160,000 TV and radio programs from around the world on its computer catalog. Reliving your favorite TV shows…

8. Rockefeller Center

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This 22-acre 'city within a city' debuted at the height of the Great Depression, with developer John D Rockefeller Jr footing the $100-million price tag…