Crowned by many as the best sporting event of the year, March Madness has just gotten underway and nearly everyone from basketball fanatics to those who just enjoy the excitement of the game will be watching the national tournament. And even if you haven’t finalized picks for your die-hard friend’s fantasy league, chances are you have at least one fond memory of shooting hoops in a neighborhood park, or at a rusty basket hanging precariously from a garage door.
These days, the Cage at West 4th Street isn’t the only basketball mecca where athletic New Yorkers can practice their 3-point shots. Some of the city’s ultra-luxe condominiums are now fitted out with epic basketball courts designed to appeal to everyone from professional athletes to young Steph Currys-in-training to baller Dads looking to improve their jump shot. Functional and fashionable, they truly take the indoor basketball court to the next level.
As we take the yearly dive into the March Madness hole, let’s check a roundup of the coolest residential courts in New York’s concrete jungle. From double-height ceilings to full-size indoor courts, these practice spaces will top any commercial court any day.
Situated in the Upper East Side’s coveted Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th Street is a striking condominium being developed and designed by national real estate developer DDG. The firm’s first Uptown project, 180 East 88th Street is inspired by the pre-war boom in high-rise masonry construction in New York during the 1920s-1940s, and DDG’s design team paid homage to the lost art of traditional craftsmanship while maintaining a modern aesthetic. It features 48 graciously-appointed private residences ranging from lofts to five-bedrooms, full floor and duplex units, as well as a gracious triplex penthouse.
However, perhaps most exciting about the condominium is its extensive selection of amenities, somewhat considered a rarity on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and in particular its half-court indoor basketball court featuring soaring double-height ceilings and an abundance of natural light. An incredible space, there’s no better place to perfect your jump-shot and practice your free-throw. Other notable amenities include an indoor soccer pitch, private fitness and yoga studios, game room, residential lounge, wine room, and an interactive children’s playroom designed in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts.
Waterline Square has been designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to create an iconic collection of luxury residential buildings on one of the last remaining waterfront development sites on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The masterplan encompasses nearly five acres and will be located in Manhattan along the Hudson River from West 59th Street to West 61st Street, where Midtown meets the Upper West Side. Waterline Square features 263 luxury condominium residences located among the three towers ranging from one to five bedrooms that start on the 20th floor and above, and provide sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline that stretch down to the Statue of Liberty.
With more than 100,000 square feet of best-in-class sports, leisure, and lifestyle amenities, as well as a beautifully-landscaped park and open spaces spanning nearly three acres, the amenity offering at Waterline Square will be one of the largest and most compelling in New York City. Waterline Square’s extraordinary shared amenity program, The Waterline Club, which connects all three buildings and has been designed by David Rockwell’s famed hospitality group, Rockwell Group, includes sports and fitness amenity spaces such as an indoor basketball court. The full-sized court offers residents the opportunity to organize standard 5-on-5 games, jump into to 3-on-3 pick-up matches, or work on their jump shot. Other amenity highlights include an indoor tennis court, soccer field, state-of-the-art fitness center, a 25-meter, 3-lane lap pool, separate children’s pool, art studio and specialty zones for children and pets.
Madison Square Park Tower, the tallest residential building between Midtown and Lower Manhattan, boasts five floors of amenities, including a luxe half court designed by the preeminent London-based designer, Martin Brudnizki. Known for his high-profile hotels and private clubs, including the SoHo Beach House in Miami Beach and Annabel’s Terrace in London, Brudnizki gave a university club-inspired court contemporary flare, using a geometric-patterned ceiling and upholstered wall panels.
Rendering Credit: Williams New York
ONE MANHATTAN SQUARE
With over 100,000 square feet of amenities, One Manhattan Square will offer the ultimate lifestyle package in the Lower East Side. The first high rise addition to the East River Esplanade and Extell Development Company’s first project in the neighborhood, OMS is a true vertical village, offering an unmatched suite of amenities.
At its heart, the multi-level fitness center will offer an expansive full-size basketball court, in addition to three swimming pools, a bowling alley, golf simulators, squash court and yoga studio. Resident basketball enthusiasts can engage in a pick up game on the sleek, light drenched court and then sweat it out in the wellness center’s very own sauna, the only of its’ kind offered in a resident building in Manhattan. Post-game relaxation can also be found in the building’s full service spa or it’s 40,000 square feet of breathtaking gardens. Occupancy for the building is slated to begin in Winter 2018.
Continuing the evolution of the North Brooklyn waterfront into one of New York City’s most scenic and desired residential areas is the The Greenpoint, the first-ever skyscraper in Greenpoint along the East River. Nestled along the neighborhood’s popular East River Ferry pier and a new public waterfront park to be built by The Greenpoint’s developers, Mack Real Estate Group and Palin Enterprises, in conjunction with Urban Development Partners, The Greenpoint signifies the neighborhood’s tallest building at 40 stories, and features a collection of 95 studio- to three-bedroom residences.
With over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, one of the most standout spaces includes The Huron basketball Court and Courtside Lounge. Perfect for an impromptu pickup game or lazy round of Horse, the sleekly designed space includes hardwood floors, blue accents and large windows enabling an abundance of natural light. Those looking for a quick break or to towel off after shooting hoops can catch their breath in the nearby Courtside Lounge. Other amenities at The Greenpoint include a state-of-the-art fitness center; co-working space with indoor and outdoor meeting areas; the Sunset Terrace and Lounge; The Hideaway Lounge and Pool Hall, complete with shuffleboard and ping pong tables; a children’s playroom; and the Greenpoint Gardens, outfitted with a patio dining area, Garden lounge, BBQ grilling stations and hammocks.