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From high-tech sports simulators to hammams to IMAX screening rooms, the amenity race in New York City condos shows no sign of slowing down. It has extended to the youngest residents, with children’s playrooms in new development condos signing acclaimed designers and illustrators to create larger, more elaborate spaces than ever before.

The playrooms naturally appeal to children, but show grown-up apartment buyers that these buildings are good places to raise their families. These spaces are often located near adult-oriented spaces like lounges or gyms, making it easy for parents to peek in while enjoying their own leisure. The playrooms offer space to form friendships in the building, play without getting underfoot in a small apartment, and host birthday parties and playdates while sparing the apartment. We look at the most appealing children’s playrooms at new developments in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Two Waterline Square, 30 Riverside Boulevard
Two Waterline Square, 30 Riverside Boulevard Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
Lantern House, 515 West 18th Street
Lantern House, 515 West 18th Street Chelsea
200 East 83rd Street
200 East 83rd Street Yorkville
212 West 72nd Street
212 West 72nd Street Broadway Corridor
The Kent, 200 East 95th Street
The Kent, 200 East 95th Street Yorkville
Aerial view of 500 West 18th Street
Children's playroom with oversized windows
Few details are available about the playroom at One High Line just yet, but as much attention has been put into this as the adult-oriented amenities: Early renderings show play spaces, a Ping-Pong table, and private and semi-private areas for studying, reading, and tutoring.

One High Line, #WEST27C (Corcoran Group)

Olympia, 30 Front Street, DUMBO
Maritime-themed playroom
DUMBO’s tallest condo includes three levels of indoor and outdoor amenities for all ages. The basement level houses a gym, bowling alley, game room, and maritime-themed children’s playroom to be enjoyed all year long. And when it warms up again, kids in the building will enjoy the outdoor playground with water feature near the grills and cabanas.

Olympia, #15E (Sothebys International Realty)

212 West 72nd Street
Children's playroom with banquettes
The conversion of 212 West 72nd Street from rentals to condos included an amenity overhaul with new and improved offerings. This included a children’s playroom next to the lounge, making it easy for parents to supervise. The playroom offers a kitchenette and colorful banquettes for studying or snacking, not to mention access to an interior courtyard to offer the option of playing outside.

212 West 72nd Street, #7J (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

252 South Street 9Evan Joseph)
Children's playroom with slide
At One Manhattan Square, over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities cater to all lifestyles, hobbies, and ages. These include an indoor playroom with a slide connecting both levels. In the acre of outdoor amenities surrounding the building, there is a playground with climbing structures that looks out on views of the East River and the Manhattan Bridge.

One Manhattan Square, #57C (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

70 Vestry Street
Children's playroom
For its waterfront building in one of New York’s family-friendliest neighborhoods, developer Related enlisted Roto, a creative design firm known for its museum and exhibition designs, to create the children’s playroom. The result is a veritable town square of interactive play spaces with a ball pit at the center.

70 Vestry Street, #4A (Compass)

200 East 83rd Street
200 East 83rd Street playroom
As of this writing, 200 East 83rd Street is sold out. The beautiful architecture, expansive apartments, and prime Upper East Side address are key factors, and the luxurious amenity package certainly doesn’t hurt. It includes a safari-inspired playroom designed by Rottet Studio, featuring a jungle-inspired mural, neutral tones, natural materials, central play areas, and banquettes on the side.

515 West 18th Street
Children's playroom
At Lantern House, the interiors were designed to make the most of the building’s inspired take on bay windows. This includes the third-floor children’s playroom designed by Skolnick, which features curved walls and custom nooks to make the most of the space and the architecture. Additional features include a sequin wall, a pool noodle sculpture wall, custom-designed tables that can be adjusted to accommodate all heights, and access to an outdoor terrace.

Lantern House, #1703 (Corcoran Group)

543 West 122nd Street
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Windowed children's playroom
Before Claremont Hall outstripped it as the tallest building in Morningside Heights, Vandewater began to establish this section of the Upper West Side as a luxury destination with its views and amenities. This includes the Little Forest playroom, where the theme comes through with nature-inspired furnishings and a custom mural by illustrator Rebecca Romeo. It offers a dedicated craft area as well as open play space.

Vandewater, #27A (Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing LLC)

200 East 95th Street
Children's playroom with outdoor access
Sometimes the biggest question is whether to play indoors or out, but kids at The Kent can have it both ways: Camp Kent, as the indoor playroom is known, features a woodland-inspired motif, right down to the plush campfire at the center. An outdoor play area features a rope bridge and rock-climbing wall for a further sense of adventure.

The Kent, #14A (Extell Marketing Group LLC)

430 East 58th Street
Children's playroom
In Sutton Place’s tallest building, the Sutton Club amenity suite embodies the neighborhood’s tradition of gracious entertaining. This applies to the children’s playroom, the heart of which is an interactive mural by celebrated children’s book author and illustrator Elanna Allen. A stroller annex allows for easy drop-off of the youngest residents.

Sutton Tower, #32B (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

11 Hoyt Street
11 Hoyt Street children's playroom
At 11 Hoyt, amenities at the third-floor Park Club are connected to the private outdoor park at the center of the building. These include a children’s playroom with a multi-level indoor play structure, hanging pods for reading and relaxation, and access to an outdoor play area with a climbing structure.

11 Hoyt, #41G (Corcoran Group)

200 Amsterdam Avenue
Little Composers playroom
200 Amsterdam Avenue is located up the street from Lincoln Center, and the children’s playroom has been dubbed the Little Composers room in its honor. There are musical motifs throughout the playroom, which features a performance stage with costume area and seating for amateur productions. The building also offers a soundproof rehearsal room for children and adults alike to play instruments without disturbing the neighbors.

200 Amsterdam, #19D (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

85 Jay Street
Children's playroom
Designed inside and out by the context-sensitive Morris Adjmi Architects, Front & York pays respectful tribute to DUMBO architecture while offering everything the modern buyer needs and wants. The airy children’s playroom was inspired by DUMBO artists’ lofts, right down to the interactive art walls, and enjoys the same spectacular city views as the adult-oriented amenities.

Front & York, #8M-FRONT (CIM / LIVWRK)

Waterline Square
Children's playroom
Several blocks north of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, designer Roto brought its expertise to the children’s play space in The Waterline Club at the center of the three-building Waterline Square complex. The 4,600-square-foot space is centered on an “Adventure Club” with scenes from all over the world; whether Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids, an African safari, or a tropical island, the scenes present interactive games and open-ended opportunities for play.

555 West 22nd Street
Beluga Pod children's playroom
A short distance from the Hudson River waterfront, The Cortland makes a splash with its amenity package. Not only does the basement pool area include a child-friendly leisure pool, but the two-story playroom dubbed the Beluga Pod also boasts an aquatic theme. The upper level has an abstract whale body climbing structure, the lower level offers porthole windows, a climbable cargo net connects the two levels, and a rippled mirror on the ceiling mimics the effects of sunlight on water. Additional features include a rock wall on the upper level, dedicated furniture for reading and relaxing on the lower level, and a slide connecting both levels.

The Cortland, #12AE (CORE Group Marketing LLC)

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