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In A Market Where Parents Expect Exciting Family-Minded Amenities, The Newest Developments Offer Lots of Can-You-Top-This Inspiration. Who’s Ready For A Museum In Their Building?

Like all parents, city moms and dads care about the quality of their children’s education, the safety of their neighborhoods, and their family’s access to parks, playgrounds and cultural fun. In recent years, the city’s high-end residential market has established another priority for parents who can afford it: buildings with fun and helpful amenities like children’s playrooms, full-service gyms, catering kitchens, business centers and swimming pools. In the spirit of capturing a suburb-in-the-city feel, some also offer backyard areas, landscaped gardens, rooftop terraces and lots of storage space. What’s next? In this season’s line-up of new residential properties—which includes some established classics as well—some families won’t even have to leave the buildings to access a school, a bowling alley…even a museum!

So whether you’re actively looking to rent or buy—or just curiously browsing about the market—the following pages will help you discover a big variety of tempting options around the city.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

New York by Gehry (8 Spruce Street)

Situated right on City Hall Park, and right on the border of both the Financial District and Tribeca, is the 76-story New York by Gehry. The tallest residential building in the western hemisphere offers great views of the island of Manhattan and the outer boroughs. “This building has over 200 unique apartments,” says Cliff Finn, President of New Development Marketing at Citi Habitats. “The facade has a movement to it, so that each apartment is different in that the interiors reflect the way the facade moves.” Families have plenty of two- and three-bedroom homes to choose from. The amenities space takes up three floors of the building, totaling 22,000-square feet. There’s a children’s room for younger kids as well as a “Tween Den” outfitted with plasma TVs, movies and Xbox; a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, a screening room, catering kitchen, private dining room and a salon. There’s also a gaming room with golf simulators, billiards and ping pong tables. And soon kids won’t even have to leave the building to go to school—an expansion of the PS 234 School will be housed on the lower floors.

Excerpt from New York Family [full article, here].