Façade Work for 180 East 88th Street Nears Completion on the Upper East Side

180 East 88th Street. Rendering by DDG

Exterior work is nearing completion at 180 East 88th Street, the tallest structure on the Upper East Side above 72nd Street. DDG is the designer and principal developer of the 31-story residential skyscraper, for which HTO Architects is serving as the architect of record and Global Holdings Management is also developing. Petersen Tegl, a Denmark-based firm, is in charge of putting together the thin Kolumba masonry bricks in the gray-colored façade.

The only remaining exterior sections awaiting cladding are at the ground floor, where work is currently underway, and two sections of the edifice where the signature arches are located. The arches are still left with a bare concrete finish. See YIMBY’s last article for close-up photos of the brick details.

180 East 88th Street, photo by Michael Young

180 East 88th Street, photo by Michael Young

180 East 88th Street, photo by Michael Young

180 East 88th Street, photo by Michael Young

180 East 88th Street, photo by Michael Young

180 East 88th Street, photo by Michael Young

180 East 88th Street will contain 100,242 square feet of residential space divided among 48 half- and full-floor homes with 14-foot-high ceilings, for an average of 2,088 square feet per unit. Residential amenities will span 10,255 square feet over eight floors and include a half basketball court, one of the city’s only private indoor soccer pitches, a children’s playroom, a game room, a residential lounge, and wine storage. The lower levels will contain 1,093 square feet of community facilities, and the building will feature a private gated entry on East 88th Street and a 24/7 attended lobby.

180 East 88th Street’s crown

180 East 88th Street is on pace to finish sometime before the end of 2020.

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9 Comments on "Façade Work for 180 East 88th Street Nears Completion on the Upper East Side"

  1. Awful aesthetics!

  2. If NYC had a legitimate, uncorrupted Planning Board this monstrosity would not be allowed to exist. Developers as-of-right power to design and construct within fluid and corruptible zoning laws is leading us down a sad architectural housing path.

  3. The best argument for living here will be that you won’t have to look or your window and see this monstrosity.

  4. David in Bushwick | February 3, 2020 at 8:24 pm | Reply

    This is really a remarkable, unique design that NYC needs so badly right now. Not every building can be a new work of art, but this building comes very close.
    Although the height may seem jarring along a low historical block of buildings, the key is that no more of the older buildings are allowed to be destroyed. Keeping the urban historical context along with some limited new growth is how you keep New York from looking like every other new world city.

  5. A real F**k Y** to the neighborhood I live in. Monstrous, hideously out of scale, and butt-ugly to boot. Yes, corruption at play all the way. Money talks….

    • Every FIRST tall building in a neighborhood/district is out-of-scale to that area. Until more tall buildings are constructed there. The demand for Manhattan is strong, supply is always behind. And theres no real empty land to build. So,the necessity to build tall.There’s nothing wrong with height – NYC is world-reknown for it. (Wish we had megatalls here.) As for the design itself, I’m OK with it. More stone, less glass.

  6. Agreed that “more stone, less glass” (DGold) is better. But think about this building another way. 1). Recent reports on NYC’s green house gas emissions is overwhelmingly frm buildings (not cars, trucks…) This building is 524 ft tall which is approx 52 typical stories, but developer states it’s 31 stories. Why? Developer built 14 ft+ ceilings. In this climate crisis is this necessary? Realize it will take a lot to heat/cool rooms. Also 9 ft windows is still a lot of glass which is problematic. What is buildings’s energy efficiency rating? 2). This “limited new growth” (David in Bushwick) & “need to build tall” (DGold) is strictly for super wealthy people. This building does NOTHING for affordable housing which city desperately needs. Building has “48 half & full-floor homes” & “intimate luxury condominiums” — price for 3 bedroom is $4.5 to $5.3+ million. This doesn’t even help upper middle class needs. 3). Existing neighbors lose out bc of shadows & loss of light. Developer wins bc higher building gets better views gets higher prices. The biggest attribute prominently displayed in developer’s advertising: “….offer(s) an exceptionally rare combination of 14’+ ceiling heights and views far beyond Central Park.”

  7. Gorgeous building and can we all just appreciate it for what it is instead of being bitter about it because we can’t afford it? Art comes in many ways and forms and this is a unique Art Deco addition to the skyline of the very city that is known for its skyline. Art and architecture are what make this city beautiful and stimulates the economy so let’s appreciate the collective good.

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