skyline.jpgReal Estate site The Real Deal has detailed the priciest streets or micro-neighborhoods to live on in each of the five boroughs of NYC. Ironically, except for Manhattan, the most expensive streets in New York's four other boroughs lean heavily towards suburban idyll rather than luxurious urbanism. But we suppose that has always been an appeal of the outer boroughs: the ability to escape Manhattan's teeming population density. If you recently came into a large sum of money, here's where you should be house-hunting, in alphabetical order.

The Bronx – Fieldston Rd in the Riverdale section of the Bronx is designated the "best" block, but the nearby Delafield enclave is also home to older mansions set on lots that are better measured as fractions of an acre than in square footage. Riverdale has winding tree-lined streets and vistas overlooking the Hudson River. A house on Fieldston Rd. sold for $2.6 million in 2006.

Brooklyn – The two blocks running between 138 and 222 Columbia Heights feature two dozen single-family brownstones that make the blocks the most expensive in Brooklyn. The streets overlook the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and NYC's harbor. An 1840s townhouse at 140 Columbia Heights recently sold for $10.75 million.

Manhattan – No surprise here! It's the site of Mayor Bloomberg's last real estate purchase: 78th St. between 5th and Madison Avenues. In September of last year, Bloomberg purchased 25 East 78th St. for $45 million. Just steps from Central Park and only about three block from the 77th St. subway stop, what's not to love?

Queens – The most expensive isn't specified, but Shore Road in Douglas Manor, a subset of Queens' Douglaston enclave, is characterized as the most beautiful. The street features homes that all face Little Neck Bay, with manicured lawns and boating rights.

Staten Island – The Todt Hill neighborhood sits on a 400-foot-high mountain ridge on Staten Island that is one of the highest points along the Eastern seaboard and many of its properties have views of both The Narrows and New York's Lower Bay. The mansions along streets such as Benedict Road and Circle Road sell for upwards of $3 million.

Just so you're not too overwhelmed with domesticity, we'll throw you a link to The Real Deal's piece on the ten most expensive buildings in New York City, all of which are commercial properties.

(from brooklyn heights, by ...neene...)