Rental pick of the week

Not ready to buy a new condo yet? Try this rental (with serious views)

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In a city as old as ours, moving into an apartment often means stepping into a space already imbued with a past. But this particular two-bedroom, three-bath apartment at 400 Park Avenue South, a new glass tower near Madison Square Park, has never been lived in. A condominium unit that's being rented out, it has miles-long views to prove its 36th-floor perch, and has recently seen a price cut to $18,990 a month. (Not exactly a steal, but it's something.) And about those views (seen above): They span the East River to the Hudson, and include the Empire State Building. 

At 1,715 square feet, there's a large living room with separate dining area and the entertaining space is separate from the bedrooms (each room has a view, by the way). Floors are white oak and windows run from floor to ceiling. Bathrooms have marble countertop, custom vanities and heated limestone floors. There's a washer and dryer and seven closets.

The kitchen has Pedini glass-faced cabinetry, quartzite countertops and Miele appliances. 

The building, designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc, has the upscale amenities you'd expect from new construction, including a pool, gym and a theater. But we say the vistas outweigh those perks.