By Daniel J. Bollinger | Photography by WORDSEARCH

Extell, one of the best developers in the city, continues to impress. With such projects as The Kent and The Carlton House it has done it again. At the edge of the East River on the Lower East Side, their new development, One Manhattan Square, cannot be missed. From the façade to the units to the amenities this is NYC history in the making. For example, this new development boasts the second largest private park in the city being second only to Gramercy Park. With 815 units, consisting of one-to-three bedrooms, this large development offers low monthly carrying costs and an anticipated 25-year tax abatement. Meyer Davis has designed the interiors which combine style, quality, and function to create some beautiful new condo offerings.

Located right on South Street and rising 800 feet this development offers dramatic 360-degree views. Overlooking the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges these river views indeed are protected. From Brooklyn and the Financial District to Hudson River and north, you will enjoy views from the oversized windows of your residence.

Open layouts, plenty of windows, lots of closet space—everything you have come to expect from an Extell development is here. One thing that sets Extell apart from competitors is they always give prospective investors choices of color palettes in their units, and One Manhattan Square is no different. This has come to be known as The Extell Choice. Two distinct finish packages are offered in the kitchens: a light scheme and a dark scheme. Both work, so it comes down to personal preference as to whether you enjoy a darker, warmer tone in your residence or a lighter, more neutral tone.

All units have a Miele appliance package with Dornbracht fittings, integrated cabinetry, and some great design details. An example is the stainless steel mosaic backsplash and white glass wall cabinetry in the kitchens which work well with both the light and dark schemes. I especially like the stone which creates the breakfast bars and the back-channel with integrated storage earns a special call out. Between the kitchen counter and breakfast bar, there is a unique stainless steel channel that houses multiple storage compartments. This is a unique functional design detail that investors should note when choosing a residence.

The big draw for this development are the amenities. Over 100,000 square feet of amenities many of which are truly unique. This is a vertical village with top notch amenities covering sports, entertainment, recreation, spa, and services. There are simply too many to list, but all of the “standard” amenities like a children’s playroom, valet, bike storage, and fitness center are present.

However, there are extras that include a full court basketball court, a 75-foot swimming pool, a private motor court, a two lane bowling alley, and squash court. The fitness center isn’t just a fitness center; it includes a weight room, cardio room, four multi-use fitness studios and there are plenty of cardio, dance and yoga classes. The spa is set around a sunken tranquility garden surrounded by private treatment rooms, an infrared sauna and Turkish hammam (steam bath). The garden and outdoor amenities are exceptional with all landscape design by West 8. These include an herb and birch garden, adult treehouse, relaxation lawns, fire pits, a putting green, a stargazing observatory, and a covered dog run. It is like having your own private estate. There will be plenty of activities for the children and family on rainy days or any day for that matter.

One Manhattan Square is certainly history in the making. Extell has brought us another great new development in our great city. Beautiful interiors and exteriors, plenty of amenities, views to relish, all in a pocket of the Lower East Side and within steps of the South Street Seaport, Chinatown, and the bustling East River Esplanade.

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