04/06/2016

To an extent rarely seen, the Upper East Side condos at 180 East 88th Street effectively pay homage to Old World artisanship while providing every modern amenity.

In the lobby, vaulted ceilings are formed by arches that rise from Italian travertine flooring inlaid with Austrian white oak. A fireplace beneath a custom, hand-sculpted work by German artist Jan Hooss completes the impressive effect of the welcoming space.

Unexpected juxtapositions of pre-war and futuristic aesthetics are evident throughout the 48 residences of this unique Carnegie Hill condominium. Each home features 14-foot ceilings (with some duplexes boasting ceilings that soar to nearly 29 feet) as well as nine-foot tilt-turn windows. Many also provide exceptionally clear views of Central Park and the East River.

While it’s less unusual to find a gym or yoga studio in a luxury Upper East Side condo these days, an indoor basketball court is a true rarity in the city, even in the newest buildings. Also available to residents year-round is a scaled-down soccer pitch, which serves nicely for a quick workout or as a convenient place to host a soccer-themed birthday party.

Another surprise for a new luxury building is the thoughtful integration of children’s entertainment options. The innovative playroom, a collaboration between developer DDG Partners and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, features a hand-painted mural by artist Sean Murtha. The bright backdrop provides some cheerful outdoor imagery for those days when a romp in nearby Central Park isn’t likely to happen. Bridging the gap between the young and the very young is a game room with table tennis and cafe seating that provides a transitional space where teens might feel most at ease.

As expected, there are special amenities at 180 East 88th Street for adults as well. Many residents are likely to find the unusual addition of a wine room to be just the kind of extra they can truly appreciate. Available for hosting private events such as wine tastings, the room also includes a climate-controlled storage space where oenophiles or even casual collectors can keep their favorite vintages at just the right temperatures.

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