The words tall and New York are fairly synonymous, but the city’s reputation for dizzy heights has tended to be more office than home. Now the Big Apple is entering the global race for sky-high domesticity with 432 Park Avenue(www.432parkavenue.com), a 96-storey apartment block set to become the tallest residential building in the west. Designed by Rafael Viñoly (whose additions to the London landscape include the Walkie-Talkie and the masterplan for Battersea Power Station), this midtown luxury tower is a pencil-slim chef d’oeuvre, providing residents with every advantage of streamlined contemporary living. It is located just round the corner from Tiffany’s and Bergdorf Goodman, so life here will give stylish new meaning to popping out to the shops – but there’s really no need for external distractions. As well as breathtaking views of Manhattan and far beyond, the ultra-high flats are accompanied by a deluxe 25m swimming pool, a spa, private dining and screening facilities, a concierge and in-suite catering. Prices are appropriately vertiginous: one of the 10 penthouses recently sold for $95m; less elevated examples start from $16.95m.