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A look at the new buildings coming to the Upper East Side A look at the new buildings coming to the Upper East Side
Between the long-awaited Second Avenue subway and uncontained creativity of designers and developers, the Upper East Side is in the midst of a residential renaissance. The once cooperative-dominated area is seeing condos rising at heretofore unseen heights. Upon completion, super-luxurious interiors, an abundance of amenities, and suddenly easy transportation access will tempt buyers away from the old guard.

We take a look at the construction progress and planned interiors for the new buildings that are set to take the Upper East Side, not to mention all of Manhattan by storm. However, one thing that has not changed is the neighborhood's reputation for high prices: According to CityRealty listings, the median price of an Upper East Side condo is $2.443 million, or $1,610 per square foot.

Developed by Midwood Investment & Development and EJS Group | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
25 stories | 15 units | 11 availabilities from $5.45M

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Down the street from 1228 Madison Avenue (see below), construction has topped out on another Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed condominium at 150 East 78th Street. Next to go up is a handsome facade of hand-laid Indiana limestone, patterned brick, and ornamental metal detailing. The three- through five-bedroom units will feature interiors by AD100 designer Robert Couturier, in-swing casement windows, oak wood flooring, and custom Christopher Peacock kitchens. An extensive amenity package will include a fitness center, squash court, pet grooming area, billiards room, golf simulator, children's activity room, and landscaped roof terrace.
150-East-78th-Street-01 Construction progress circa summer 2020 via CityRealty

Developed by Nexus Development | Design by Issac & Stern Architects
6 stories | 6 units

 
 
 
 
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A few blocks down from the Marx brothers' childhood home, a boutique condominium is underway. The design combines Upper East Side elegance with downtown hip, and the apartments within are guaranteed incredible natural light. Nearly all units have private outdoor space, and interiors feature Scandinavian-influenced design, carefully curated finishes, kitchens with custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, and stylish baths with Kohler fixtures. Amenities include a stylish lobby, mailroom and package room, bike room, and common roof deck.

Developed by CB Developers, SK Development, and Ironstate | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
20 stories | 15 units | 3 availabilities from $7.95M

 
 
 
 
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A high-end development is taking shape half a block from Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum. The design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects pays tribute to classic architecture details with a stone curtain wall, traditional windows, tiered setbacks, and a dignified crown. The building is a cooperative with condo rules, and its collection of two- to five-bedroom units will boast high-end finishes and a nuanced texture palette. Residential amenities will include a party room, fitness center, bike room, package room, and storage. Sales launched in late 2020, and delivery is estimated for the third quarter of 2021.
1228-Madison-Avenue-02 Construction progress via CityRealty
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Developed by Naftali Group | Design by Peter Pennoyer Architects
18 stories | 15 units

 
 
 
 
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The Benson, Naftali Group's first Upper East Side condominium, is taking shape in an area largely dominated by prewar cooperatives. Construction topped out last fall, and the elegant, Classically-inspired facade is well on the way up. Several units have already entered contract, and all 15 full-floor and duplex units will feature oversized windows and custom kitchens by Christopher Peacock. Select units will have private terraces. Residential amenities will include a fitness center, spa and steam room, screening room, lounge, and common terrace.
1045-Madison-Avenue-02 Construction progress circa spring 2021 via CityRealty

Developed by Legion Investment Group | Design by SLCE Architects
19 stories | 33 units

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Before five rowhouses were demolished, historic architectural artifacts from two of the mansions on the site were put up for sale in June 2019. As of December 2020, the concrete frame of a new condo tower is more than halfway up. Permits call for no more than two enormous units per floor, and amenities will include a private garden, laundry room, pet grooming room, fitness center with locker rooms and steam rooms, library lounge, social lounge, and bike room.
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Developed by Adellco | Design by Cabinet Alberto Pinto
15 stories | 8 units | 1 availability for $12,750,000

 
 
 
 
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Cabinet Alberto Pinto is the designer behind the private salons of the Élysée Palace in Paris and several of London's top hotels, and its first Manhattan residential venture brings a touch of European elegance to the Upper East Side. The pale limestone facade, custom lanterns, elaborate ironwork entry, and arched windows are reminiscent of an elegant Parisian mansion. Inside, apartments feature direct elevator entry, expansive proportions, custom European kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, and marble baths with high-end finishes. The building has Michael Bloomberg's stamp of approval, and is situated a stone's throw from the Cook Block and a short walk from Central Park.
27-East-79th-Street-02 27 East 79th Street circa summer 2020 via CityRealty

Developed by Third Palm Capital and Real Estate Inverlad Development | Design by Manuel Glas Architects
32 stories | 37 units

 
 
 
 
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Construction has topped out on this svelte, stunning condo tower up the street from Bloomingdale's, and the imaginative facade is also on the rise. All residences will boast soaring ceilings and bespoke interiors by Elana Frampton; high-floor homes will enjoy magnificent Central Park views. An eighteenth-floor amenity space will include a lounge, terrace, gym, and pool with spa area. Sales are expected to officially launch this spring.

 
 
 
 
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While zoning might have allowed a larger tower, this mid-block condominium is nevertheless the tallest building in Carnegie Hill. The facade pays tribute to New York's masonry construction and is topped with a glittering crown. Inside, apartments feature soaring ceilings, oversized windows, prewar-inspired details, custom-designed kitchens, and master suites with dressing rooms and baths. The amenity program spans eight floors and includes a fitness center, basketball and sports court, game room, children's playroom, lounge with catering kitchen, and wine room. Closings average $2,656 per square foot.
 
 
 
 
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Developed by JHSF Participacoes SA | Design by Thierry W. Despont
14 stories | 7 units

 
 
 
 
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Ground up construction is rare on the Upper East Side Gold Coast, but the fluted limestone base, deeply inset windows, and cornices above certain floors at Fasano Fifth Avenue will also prove attention-grabbing. Duplex apartments have been designed to make the most of the views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Construction was completed in summer 2020, and an accepted offering plan lists a $151.25 million sellout.
815-Fifth-Avenue-02 Fasano Fifth Avenue circa August 2020 via CityRealty

Developed by SL Green | Design by Cookfox
12 stories | 19 units

 
 
 
 
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As striking as the terraced brick and limestone facade by Cookfox will be, it's what's on the inside that's generating the most excitement at 760 Madison Avenue: Not only will the Giorgio Armani flagship boutique be housed at the base, but the apartments on top will feature interiors by Armani/Casa. Rumor had it that Mr. Armani planned to live in the building and transform it into an all-encompassing brand experience for residents.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the project in May 2019, and demolition permits for the old building were filed about a year later. Completion was estimated for 2023, but it remains to be seen how the coronavirus will affect that timeline. It also remains to be seen how Mr. Armani's purchase of John Legere's Central Park West penthouse will affect his plans to live in this building.

Developed by Icon Realty Management | Design by SLCE Architects
30 stories | 63 units | 6 availabilities from $2.35M

 
 
 
 
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301 East 80th Street is the tallest of a two-building development planned for a stretch of Second Avenue right between two newly opened subway stops. There will be no more than three apartments per floor above the sixth level, and floors 27-29 will be occupied by a triplex penthouse. Amenities will include a fitness center, yoga studio, boxing studio, pool, basketball court, game room, children's playroom, and bike room.
301-East-80th-81st-Street-01 Beckford House (background) and Beckford Tower circa August 2020 via CityRealty

Developed by Icon Realty Management | Design by SLCE Architects
19 stories | 104 units | 3 availabilities from $3.15M

 
 
 
 
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Construction is complete on Beckford House, and the developers are quite optimistic about its prospects: A recently accepted offering plan lists a $185 million sellout. Only one or two apartments per floor will allow for optimal privacy, and that is especially the case of the duplex penthouse at the top. Amenities include an elegant lobby, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a roof terrace.

Developed by Wonder Works Construction | Design by Karl Fischer Architects
21 stories | 48 units | 4 availabilities from $795K

 
 
 
 
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Vitre was one of the first condo towers to rise across the street from the newly opened 96th Street subway stop, and residents have some of the easiest transportation access in the neighborhood. They also enjoy high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak flooring, and state-of-the-art kitchens. Select units have private terraces, and all residents can enjoy a rooftop sun deck, a lounge with a terrace, and concierge services by Hello Alfred.

Developed by Ceruzzi Holdings and Kuafu Properties | Design by HOK Architects
21 stories | 61 units

 
 
 
 
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As convenient as Vitre (see above) will be to the new Second Avenue subway, the Hayworth will do one better: The 86th Street stop will be just an elevator ride away for future residents, and the developers are working with the MTA to build a new, wider staircase and elevator kiosk to reach it. Construction on the tower topped out last summer. Apartments range from two- to five-bedroom layouts, and residential amenities include a screening room, lounge, children's playroom, and landscaped roof deck. JPMorgan Chase and Old Navy signed leases for the building's retail space, and it is close to top shopping, popular restaurants, and gourmet supermarkets.

Developed by Engel Burman Group | Design by H2M Architects + Engineers
14 stories | 132 units

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A few blocks east of Inspir Carnegie Hill (see below), work is underway on another senior housing complex. According to permits, the fourteenth floor will house a treatment center, fitness center, beauty salon, and dining room. Additionally, its location two avenues away from the recently reopened 86th Street subway station will grant residents easy access to the city's restaurants and cultural offerings.

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Developed by Maplewood Senior Living | Design by Handel Architects
23 stories | 215 units

 
 
 
 
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While Inspir Carnegie Hill was still under construction, the developer was already fielding calls from people expressing interest in the company's first urban development. Small wonder--it's in an excellent urban location, the residences are designed to maximize natural light, and the project offers enough amenities to put a hip rental to shame. These will include a farm-to-table restaurant, 16th-story "sky park," pool, fitness center, salon and spa, library, screening room, and art room.

Developed by New York City Housing Authority | Design by FXCollaborative
50 stories | 339 units

 
 
 
 
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If everything goes according to plan, the tower rising on the city's NYCHA-owned land will be the tallest Passive House building in the world. All residents will benefit from improved air quality and lowered noise and utility costs, and half of the planned apartments will be offered below market rate. Renderings of the project show that it will also include new outdoor plazas, a new playground, and a community center.

Developed by Minrav Development | Design by Issac | Stern
11 stories | 21 units | 7 availabilities from $995K

 
 
 
 
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An accepted offering plan for this new building lists a $56.6 million sellout, and sales launched early last year. Oversized windows allow for amazing city and East River views, and interiors feature high ceilings, LED lighting, open chef's kitchens, and spa-like baths. Many units have private outdoor space, and all residents have access to a package room, bike room, fitness center, children's playroom, and roof deck with East River views. Several popular local restaurants and bars are on surrounding blocks, and the 86th Street subway stop is a short walk away.

Developed by Lavin Development | Design by Zproekt Architecture
8 stories | 21 units

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A short distance from the 86th Street subway stop, a new mixed-use development with a limestone facade is in the works where several rowhouses once stood. Permits filed with the city call for an ambulatory health care facility at grade level and residential units, some of them duplexes, on top. Interiors will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, herringbone wood floors, high-end kitchens, marble baths, and complete smart home integration. Amenities will include a lounge, bike room, storage, and parking garage.

Developed by The Naftali Group and Rockwell Group | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
35 stories | 86 units

On the Upper East Side, a full block of walk-up buildings has been cleared to make way for a soaring new condominium designed by the prolific Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The 86 residences will average more than 2,000 square feet, and the 17th floor will be dedicated to amenities like a swimming pool, lounge, steam room, sauna, and outdoor loggia. Additional offerings will include a library, basement storage space, and a 26-vehicle automated parking garage. An offering plan was filed in May 2020, but a sellout price was not listed.

Developed by Youseif Partners LLC | Design by Anderson Kenny Architecture
7 stories

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In an especially tony section of the Upper East Side, construction is winding down on a stately seven-story mansion that will be among one of the largest single-family dwellings in Manhattan. Its Federal-style red brick facade and stone quoins pays respectful tribute to its historic surroundings. Details are not available about the interiors, but the house will be topped with a basketball court, and there will be a swimming pool in the subcellar.
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Developed by AvalonBay Communities | Design by Perkins Eastman
68 stories | 1,100 units

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If everything goes according to plan, this 760-foot-tall new development on the cusp of the Upper East Side and East Harlem will be the tallest building north of 60th Street. Roughly 30 percent of the apartments (or over 300 units) are to be permanently affordable, and the project will also bring two new schools and a new public park to the area. However, the Marx Brothers Playground sits at the center of the site, and some advocates argue that it is not a playground for the nearby school, but a city park; if it is the latter, any plans for the land may not go through without approval from the State Legislature and governor.
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Developed by Real Estate Inverlad and Third Palm Capital | Design by Rafael Vinoly Architects
32 stories | 83 units

 
 
 
 
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When plans for the octagonal tower at 249 East 62nd Street were first announced, some eyebrows were raised at the Space Age-esque design. However, proponents claimed the building's octagonal core would elevate the building to allow for jaw-dropping views of Central Park and the East River from all units. The amenities, which were to include a bar, wine tasting room, private dining room, media lounge, and study, were planned for the 15th floor, also to make the most of the views. However, the project was placed on hold due to fire safety concerns in March 2019, and scrapped altogether in December 2020 in the wake of the closing of the mechanical void loophole. New plans for the site have not yet been released.

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Developed by New York Blood Center/Longfellow Real Estate Partners | Designer TBD
16 stories

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City officials are eager to build up the city's life science industry. A key component of that will be the expansion of the New York Blood Center ("the Blood Center") on the Upper East Side. The project calls for demolishing the Blood Center's three-story brick headquarters and replacing it with a gleaming, 16-story tower to be dubbed Center East. The Blood Center will be the anchor tenant on the first five floors, where it will continue its work of providing blood products to New York hospitals and developing treatments and vaccines for ailments like HIV and sickle-cell disease.

The expansion has the support of the de Blasio administration and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, but is still subject to zoning approvals. The Blood Center hopes to break ground in 2022 and wind down construction in 2026.

Lenox Hill Hospital expansion

Developed by Northwell Health/Lenox Hill Hospital | Design by Ennead Architects
41 stories

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An expansion of Lenox Hill Hospital, an Upper East Side mainstay since 1857, has long been discussed, and firm details came out in 2019: Plans call for larger service departments, more beds to be arranged in single-patient rooms, more operating rooms, shared community space, and a dedicated "mother-baby" wing to accommodate growing families. A 41-story condominium is also planned to rise on the hospital's property so as to offset the building costs. Manhattan's Community Board 8, however, has expressed concerns about the scale and density of the project, and a February 2020 presentation showed a scaled-back project.
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