Home to the breathtaking structures that compose Museum Mile as well as private estates—including Gracie Mansion—the Upper East Side is a neighborhood rich in architectural integrity. Its Beaux-Arts apartment houses, Georgian brick, stately brownstones, and decorative ironwork evoke New York’s Gilded Age.

Even today, it’s not unusual to stumble across a spacious residence exceeding twenty or even thirty rooms. The pre-war structures that edge Central Park feature architectural elements that continue to set the standard for urban elegance, so much so that many of their stylistic features are influencing the design of today’s modern Upper East Side condos.

Such inspiration is evident in the new luxury residential building under construction at 180 East 88th Street, a marquee project from design and development firm DDG. This innovative tower is notably different from its older counterparts due to its impressive 521-foot height, a noticeable break from the neighborhood norm.

In fact, when complete, 180 East 88th Street will own the title of “Tallest Building North of 72nd Street” — but that’s not the only reason people are enamored with the stunning new structure. The building pairs modern style with a thoughtful array of pre-war features, creating an aesthetic that will be welcomed and embraced by the tree-lined streets of Carnegie Hill. The exterior is to be clad in exquisite handset masonry with stately, decorative arches arranged in intervals near the summit.

180 East 88th Street offers 48 luxury Manhattan condos for sale. Potential homebuyers can assume that each dwelling will be quite spacious by any standards. Residents will enjoy airy abodes thanks to soaring ceilings, most of which extend up to 14′-2″ and 28′-8″ in duplexes. Most homes also feature expansive nine-foot tilt-and-turn windows, maximizing access to natural sunlight while capitalizing on 180 East 88th Street’s unobstructed views of Manhattan’s eastern edge. Residents will also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a partial basketball court and soccer pitch.

While 180 East 88th Street may be the towering newcomer, its thoughtful design allows it to blend almost seamlessly into the picturesque Carnegie Hill neighborhood. The key word here, however, is “almost” — it’s impossible for a building of this caliber to fade into the background. It’s simply too spectacular.

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