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180-east-88th-street-02 180 East 88th Street; Rendering created by MARCH, courtesy of DDG
DDG’s ravishing Upper East Side condo tower, 180 East 88th Street, is finally on the rise. Renderings of the 31-story tower were first unveiled in 2015 when its provocative design elicited a mix of oohs and oh-nos from neighbors and armchair architecture critics alike. To the local dissenters, the most shudder-inducing aspect of the project was its proposed 521-foot height –effectively making it the tallest building in the city north of 72nd Street. After much of the foundation was put in place and listings for its 48 condos came online, the project was halted by the Department of Buildings after neighbors and elected officials accused DDG of misinterpreting zoning laws to yield a taller building. Now, after much behind-the-scenes legal wrangling, the Stop Work Order has been lifted and the tower is several floors on its way to its full, unabashed glory.
180-East-88th-Street-034 Live webcam of construction progress; via DDG
180-East-88th-Street Construction progress as of mid-April; CityRealty
Love'em or loathe'em, one thing you can’t say about DDG’s buildings is that they lack personality. The development and design firm’s projects include 345 Meatpacking, 41 Bond Street, XOCO 325, and 12 Warren —and each uniquely transcends common architectural styles. Here at 180 East 88th Street, a façade of bluish-gray Kolumba bricks and deeply-inset windows define the exterior. Said to be inspired by work of Antoni Gaudi, three sets of wishbone-shaped arches ring the lobby, 13-14th-floor sky garden, and crown.
 
 
 
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Currently, the building’s eight active listings are priced at an average of $2,800 per square foot. Two-bedrooms begin at $3.45 million, three-bedrooms at $4.7 million, and four-bedroom at $6.5 million. Purchasers will enjoy 360-degrees views of the city, Central Park, and the river. Interiors will seek to “reinvigorate and re-imagine the pre-war aesthetic” and use a wide array of materials, ranging from wide-plank wood floors, marble-walled kitchens, and brass-hooded stoves. Additionally, the project will seek LEED certification, and amenities will include a 24-hour attended lobby, kids' playrooms, bicycle storage, a fitness center, a sports court, and a wine cellar. Delivery is slated for 2018.
180-East-88th-Street-023 180 East 88th Street; CityRealty
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