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 Stephen 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.
Projects include: 180 East 88th, Waterline Square, Madison Square Park Tower, One Manhattan Square and The Greenpoint.
180 East 88th
Situated in the Upper East Side’s coveted Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th Street is a striking condominium being designed, developed, constructed and managed by DDG. The firm’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. 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 partial 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, residents’ lounge, wine room, and an interactive children’s playroom designed in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts.