A new studio space for the 92nd Street Y (92Y) is opening in 180 East 88th Street, DDG’s completed 47-unit tower on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Located in the ground-floor retail section facing Third Avenue, the space will host cultural programming and arts classes as part of Joe McMillan’s DDG and Global Holdings‘ philanthropic support for culture and social justice in New York City.
“180 East 88th Street embraces craftsmanship and a commitment to the arts, so an opportunity to bring 92Y, the leader of thoughtful cultural and community programming on the Upper East Side, into our building was a perfect fit,” said Joe McMillan, founder, CEO, and chairman of Azur and DDG, developer of 180 East 88th Street. “We couldn’t be prouder to welcome this cherished institution into our space and support 92Y in its mission of providing arts, culture, and educational programming to residents of this community.”
The front doors are framed with an arched opening, part of 180 East 88th Street design signature that’s emulated with the concrete arches on the middle and upper parts of the superstructure.
The 147-year-old musical theater program is designed for children ages three to 18 and comes with a fully equipped ground-floor studio with year-round classes and workshops that provide a supportive environment for people of all backgrounds and perspectives. There will be classes for acting, singing, dancing, teamwork, leadership, and storytelling. 180 East 88th Street will also host rehearsals of 92Y’s acclaimed Theater for Young Audiences program.
“This airy, beautiful space is an inviting new home for our students to learn, and for the community to enjoy productions that will delight families,” said 92Y director Megan Doyle.
DDG and Global Holdings have embraced their commitment to supporting community-based programming at 180 East 88th Street through additional partnerships with community-focused organizations, such as the Children’s Museum of the Arts and Ladies Who Hoop.
The residences above range from lofts to five-bedroom homes, full-floor and duplex units, and a triplex penthouse with 360-degree views of the Upper East Side, Central Park, panoramic year-round sunrises and sunsets, and the Midtown, Manhattan skyline to the south. Residential amenities include a partial indoor basketball court and indoor soccer pitch, fitness center with private yoga studio, game room, residential lounge, wine room, and children’s playroom. Prices start at $1.475 million and closings are currently underway. HTO Architects served as the architect of record for the 100,242-square-foot structure.