Unless you’ve been living under bedrock, you’d probably have figured out that the long awaited final season of Game of Thrones is currently the hottest show on the airwaves. While the world of Westeros is already massive, it makes you wonder what it would be like if the various kingdoms that make up the GoT existed in modern day New York City? Which neighborhoods would they reside in, and which buildings would be their fortresses? Here’s what we think would be the preferred choices of the seven kingdoms of Westeros
The Red Keep
As mentioned in the GoT mythos, this castle is the centerpiece and capital of the seven kingdoms, and home to the titular throne. Judging by that description, one building that would absolutely fit the bill is The Crown Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue, near Madison Square Park. Designed by Pembrooke & Ives and taking up three floors, with a combined living and outdoor space of 15,000 square feet, this abode boasts stunning 360 degree views of Manhattan, perfect for a king to keep watch over the kingdoms.
The seat of the House of Lannister, this massive castle is perched by the harbor of Lannisport. Similarly, The Shephard in Greenwich Village is also located near an important body of water, the Hudson River. And with amenities like a library, recreation room, and spa, anyone living here will certainly feel like royalty.
Old Palace of Sunspear
This castle is described as being “surrounded on three sides by the sea, and by the shadow of the city on the fourth.” One new addition to the NYC skyline is 111 Murray Street, which boasts views of not only the city, but also of the three major bodies of water that surround Manhattan. Just like how the Old Palace of Sunspear established itself as the shining example of luxury in Westeros, this building is poised to do the same for TriBeCa, if not Lower Manhattan as a whole.
The Vale of Arryn
The House of Arryn boasts the largest castle in all of Westeros. So it really comes as no surprise that the NYC equivalent is the equally soaring 432 Park Ave. With amenities like a conference room, library, and even studio suites that can be bought for housekeepers, personal assistant, and other staff, this building is practically taylor made for a king that wishes to make a massive statement with his castle.
The Targaryen Family created an iconic (and infamous) palace with Dragonstone. Over on the Upper West Side, a completely different kind of family erected their own municipal palace, The Astor, built by William Waldorf Astor in 1901. With its mix of pre-World War I design and modern day amenities, this prominent UWS building offers the same amount of notoriety, without the dark baggage that Dragonstone carries.
What was once a barren ice wasteland became a thriving kingdom and castle for the House of Stark. Similarly, what was once a simple train yard for the Long Island Rail Road has now transformed into an entirely new development of office, retail, and residential space that is now the talk of the town, including a 71 story residential building at 15 Hudson Yards. And as the rest of Hudson Yards gradually takes shape in the coming years, this simple train yard will continue to transform into a new neighborhood that would make any member of the Stark family proud.
In contrast to the previous castles, this one is located on an island, rather than the mainland in Westeros. And unlike the largely Manhattan based entries, this new 57 story tower at 11 Hoyt Street is located just on the other side of the river in Brooklyn. Coincidentally, while Pyke is situated on one of the eight Iron Islands, this new building will boast an iron framework facade that is not unlike the one used on 8 Spruce Street in Manhattan. While the amenities are fine they are, the main drawing power here, like the island of Pyke, is to easily escape the feuding kingdoms that are on the main island.