Rihanna Moves Into NY Penthouse After LA Scare

10/15/2013 1:00 PM PDT

Rihanna is moving into a swanky $14 mil apartment in NYC -- after fleeing L.A. in the wake of two break-ins at her West Coast home -- but she's not giving up on L.A. entirely.
The 4600 sq. ft. penthouse apartment is in a luxury building in SoHo.  Rihanna's renting it for 39k a month, but the crib was recently on the market -- with a $14.6 mil asking price.

The 2-story home is stark white ... with 13' ceilings, concrete floors and views of the Empire State Building, and the NY skyline.

We're told Rihanna will still keep a place in LA -- NOT the Palisades home that was burglarized -- but will spend most of her time in NYC.