Alluring Amenities


Gone are the days of basement-level pools and gyms being enough to wow today's luxury condo buyers. Developers and architects behind some of NYC's top new developments are instead raising the bar and taking their suite of club-like amenities above grade. In situating common spaces on ground level or on higher floors, they're able to maximize coveted city or courtyard-facing views and natural light (especially this time of year!); ultimately creating a more pleasant lifestyle offering and adding value for residents.

Abode2 rounds up a selection of NYC condos with beautiful above-grade amenities that take the luxury living experience to greater heights

200 East 83rd

At 200 East 83rd, the new Upper East Side residential tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the majority of spaces that make up its suite of club-like amenities are uniquely situated in the middle of the 35-story limestone-clad tower, allowing residents to enjoy spaces that exude an 'Old New York' feel and have the perception they’re in the sky by being hundreds of feet above Third Avenue.

RAMSA’s unique decision to lift the seventy-foot pool, health club and entertainment spaces halfway up the tower is boldly expressed on the 'Modern Classical' building’s façade and complemented by the gracious Rottet Studio-designed amenity interiors. Each featuring a vaulted ceiling, honed limestone walls and a double-height loggia with floor-to-ceiling arched windows and French doors, the 17th-floor pool room and Winter Garden create visual drama while inviting the outdoors in and allowing for natural light, fresh air and incredible New York City skyline and Central Park views. Residents can overlook both spaces from inside the windowed state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga studio. Additional amenities at 200 East 83rd include a luxurious spa and steam room, sauna and custom-designed treatment rooms; a street-level vaulted porte-cochère with automated parking opening onto a private courtyard; and a ground-floor wood- and leather-panelled library with an adjoining landscaped garden and a fireplace framed by bespoke marble mantelpieces, designed by Rottet Studio.

200 East 83rd has broken multiple neighbourhood sales records since launching in October, and with limited inventory remaining, now is the time for interested buyers to secure their spot at this remarkable building before all of its 86 bespoke residences are sold.


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53 West 53

With architecture by Pritzker Prize-winner Jean Nouvel and interiors by the legendary Thierry Despont, 53 West 53 is a true icon, soaring 1,050-feet above the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in the heart of Midtown against the cinematic backdrop of Central Park and the surrounding cityscape. Rising 82 stories, 53W53 features just 145 one- to four-bedroom residences including full-floor homes and duplex penthouses with private elevators, as well as 17 studio and one-bedroom suites. 53W53 boasts over 30,000 square feet of above-grade amenities that are enhanced and activated by 53 West 53’s on-site staff who provide deeply personalized, five-star-hotel-level services that transcend even the most discerning expectations.

Located on the 12th floor is a windowed, 15,000-square-foot, full-floor Wellness Center designed by Nouvel and managed by The Wright Fit. The club features a full gym, separate high- and low-energy fitness studios, a regulation squash court, golf simulator, men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms and a spa treatment room. Residents also enjoy a naturally lit 65-foot lap pool, cold plunge pool and hot tub situated between poolside vertical gardens designed by noted French botanist Patrick Blanc that use over 3,500 plants. On the 46th floor, residents will find a luxurious double-height wine tasting room designed by Despont, adjacent to a double-height residents lounge and private dining room, both featuring unbelievable Central Park views. Other amenities at 53W53 include a library, children’s playroom and a private, state-of-the-art screening room.


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212 West 72nd Street

Award-winning architecture firm CetraRuddy has reimagined the Upper West Side’s most beloved rental building (where prices soared well beyond $20,000 a month) into a new luxury condominium called 212 West 72nd Street. Located at the iconic intersection of Broadway and 72nd Street, the ultra-modern building’s exciting transformation is being led by developer Centurion Property Investors and introduces 126 new residences to the neighbourhood, just steps from the 72nd Street subway station and Central Park. As a part of the conversion, Centurion has created all-new common spaces for the building, including a third-floor amenity level with a children’s room, resident’s lounge, state-of-the-art gym and fitness terrace, and a spacious rooftop deck that overlooks Central Park. The many private green spaces at the condominium are central to its luxury lifestyle, and complement its suite of wellness offerings that were designed to bring the outdoors in. For example, the fitness centre by The Wright Fit is a completely windowed space offering stationary bikes, treadmills and strength-training equipment. It opens onto the outdoor fitness area, which has memorable design features such as a wooden pergola draped in florals.


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Located off Park Avenue in the heart of Midtown East, Selene is the latest New York City landmark from Foster + Partners. Soaring 63 stories into the sky, the building features a collection of 94 bespoke quality residences ranging from perfect pied-à-terre one-bedrooms to sprawling full-floor tower homes. homes. Selene's luminous residences feature elegantly undulating glass walls, high-quality finishes unmatched by any other luxury tower, and iconic day-to-night vistas.

Beyond the bespoke residences, Selene features a tailored lifestyle offering, complete with above-grade spa-inspired amenities. Encompassing the third and fourth floors, the luxurious offering includes a sunlit pool sanctuary and accompanying Atlas Club & Library furnished by AD100 interior designer William T. Georgis.


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One United Nations Park 

Located along the storied United Nations corridor in Midtown East, One United Nations Park is a strikingly modern new residential building that towers over the East River. The building includes a suite of stylish amenities, including a naturally lit 70-foot indoor lap pool located on the second floor. Instead of burying the pool in the basement, the developers intentionally placed the pool above ground for residents to enjoy stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the East River. It’s the perfect place to get some sun and take a dip, no matter the season.


(Photo Credit: Courtesy of One United Nation Park)

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