The past year saw dozens of new developments and conversions across the five boroughs and we’ve endeavored to bring you the inside scoop on most of them.

But if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it takes more than dollar signs and divine amenities to create a stand-out home in a city full of them.

As we start the new year, we have culled our favorite properties to bring you a list of what we consider to be the five most memorable offerings on the MLS, the RLS, or wherever you post your properties.

They aren’t the most expansive homes on the market or even the best known but, in our humble opinion, they have something that makes them stand out in the crowd…

Projects include: The Shephard, American Copper Buildings, The Woolworth Tower Residences, 550 Vanderbilt and 180 East 88th.

180 East 88th

Located on 88th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, 180 East 88th will be the tallest building above 72nd Street once completed.

The vision for the building was inspired by classic elements of Upper East Side architecture, married with modern, European-style design.

“When we thought of the Upper East Side, we thought of traditional Manhattan, it’s a very long standing neighborhood, extremely traditional, a lot of masonry, and we felt that a masonry building was the most appropriate for the area,” said DDG Chairman and CEO Joe McMillan.

“We thought something that was too modern, that had too much of a glass component, was not appropriate for the neighborhood.”

The 48 units will have ceiling heights of up to 14’ 2”, and up to 28’ 8” for duplex units. Units will range from lofts to five-bedrooms, full floor and duplex units and a triplex penthouse. Wood floors are imported from a Benedictine monastery in Austria, and the bricks used in the facade are handmade from Petersen Tegl in Denmark.

“All of our buildings have a thread,” said McMillan. “You’ll see consistent details from the outside all the way to the inside.”