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1802-Second-Avenue Renderings of Inspir Carnegie Hill (Images: Maplewood Senior Living/ DBOX)
According to a report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City’s population is growing older and the number of residents over the age of 65 rose by a whopping 19.2 percent between 2005 and 2015, more than double the overall growth rate of the city. The city also expects an additional 300,000 seniors to reside in the five boroughs by 2040, bringing their total population 1.4 million. Per the report, the demographic shift may lie in our city’s robust transportation networks, diverse cultural offerings and world-class medical establishments.
Inspir Carnegie Hill under constriction (Photos: CityRealty)
Recognizing the trend, several developers launched projects geared toward deep-pocketed seniors including the Welltower Inc. and Hines 15-story senior housing development at East 56th Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown, now halfway constructed and named Sunrise at East 56th Street.

Another project, this one from Maplewood Senior Living, is under construction at 1802 Second Avenue and 93rd Street, and when complete will offer a full-suite of convenient and luxurious amenities for seniors. Named Inspir Carnegie Hill, the facility rises 23-stories and accommodates 255 residents. The Connecticut-based senior living company already has 13 facilities in suburban areas but this Upper East Side project will be their first urban development.
Inspir Carnegie Hill lobby Inspir Carnegie Hill lobby (Image via Handel Architects)
Handel Architects is the designer of the building and it will be include 15,000 square feet of amenity spaces like a farm-to-table restaurant, a 16th floor “sky park,” a swimming pool, fitness center, a library and many other common areas for residents to mingle.

The resident units are designed to maximize natural light and will include floor-to-ceiling windows, specially selected finishes and features like built-in kitchenettes, wardrobes, marble bathrooms and natural wood floors.
Inspir-Manhattan Inspir Carnegie Hill amenity Floor (Image: Maplewood Senior Living/ DBOX)
Renderings from Handel Architects reveal the spectacular interiors which are "designed with nature as the focal point with access to the outdoors intertwined throughout every floor," according to the firm. The development includes a two-story lobby with plantings, flanked by reception and lobby cafe areas - and the serene space is meant to feel natural and inspiring, offering ivory Roman travertine floors, white oak wood wall-paneling and white marble accented with colors found in nature.

In a space that overlooks the lobby, you'll find a library, screening room and art room opening up to a terrace garden. Other features include a salon, spa and at the center of the building is a multi-function space "bridging indoors and out with and an exterior walking path overlooking 2nd Ave and 93rd St."
Image via Handel Architects
Image via Handel Architects
Image via Handel Architects
1802-Second-Avenue-03 Inspir Carnegie Hill restaurant (Image: Maplewood Senior Living/ DBOX)
The “sky park” will feature trees reaching 20 feet tall and views overlooking the East River. “It’s truly spectacular,” said Maplewood Senior Living CEO Gregory Smith. “There’s natural landscaping inside with trees and light and nature to make it feel more organic in its design.”
The $300 million project is expected to open by late spring or early summer in 2019. Smith said there is already demand for rooms.“It’s been overwhelming. We’ve done little to spread the word, but just filing for the permits has generated attention,” he said. “We’ve received calls from about 50 people and some want to be on a reservation list. There’s been no new supply in 20 years so there is pent-up demand.”
Inspir-Manhattan-023 Google Earth aerial showing location of

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