With glass and steel towers dotting every street corner, New York has never seemed more like an urban jungle. Design, it seems, has only gotten more futuristic, leaving a shiny, metallic city in its wake that feels worlds apart from what it was even decades ago. Yet, a small number of developers are beating to a different drum.

As the towers get glassier, these luxury real estate titans are grabbing hold of the craftsmanship of the past, where textured stone, handmade brick and skilled masonry techniques helped create some of the city’s most beautiful and iconic buildings. Let’s take a deeper look at some of these up-and-coming, yet throwback buildings that are offering a different type of lifestyle.

Projects include: 145 President, 211 Schermerhorn, 180 East 88th, 150 Wooster, The Kent and 20 East End Avenue.

180 East 88th

Situated in the Upper East Side’s coveted Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th is a striking condominium being developed, designed, constructed and managed by DDG. The company’s first Uptown project, 180 East 88th 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. The property’s facade features 594,443 handmade bricks from Petersen Tegl in Denmark. These distinctive bricks, which include the elegant, elongated Kolumba style, possess a thoroughly unique texture and color palette that reflect their handmade quality. The artisanal nature of 180 East 88th Street’s facade not only provides a welcome contrast to many of today’s steel and glass towers, but also provides a point of resonance with many of the pre-war buildings dotting the Upper East Side, while maintaining a modern twist. Each of the condominium’s 48 gracious residences features 9’ tall tilt-turn windows, soaring ceilings and a number of unique design accents including classic picture rails, baseboard reveals and a formal entry gallery appointed with herringbone flooring, custom wainscoting and plaster ceiling details.