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A Private Garden on the Lower East Side

One Manhattan Square stands 800 feet above the Lower East Side, but its finest amenity lives throughout the building, starting at ground level and weaving itself around the days and nights of the residents. Spreading from the base of this glassy tower is an acre of private garden space lovingly crafted by the internationally renowned landscape architects at West 8 to provide year-round outdoor relief and release. It’s a wonderland made up of many gardens. From summers spent cooling off in Hudson River breezes to winter nights bundled up in the Stargazing Observatory, these green spaces at One Manhattan Square have something for every season. 

Careful attention was paid to every inch of greenery. West 8’s Adriaan Geuze told designboom that his firm sought to “ create a sequence of garden spaces,” including “several distinct landscape atmospheres—formal courtyards, romantic azalea gardens, and wild sumac slopes,” all of which come together to provide residents with an array of recreation and relaxation opportunities every time they stepped out their front door. “This is not your typical roof garden,” said Geuze. “It is one of the largest private outdoor gardens in NYC.”

The vast area allowed West 8 to include everything from peaceful, natural hillsides to a traditional tea pavilion, all separated artfully by changes in elevation and hedges that double as noise barriers to keep out street noise. The aesthetics blend together in a pastiche of influences and are unified by the iconic Manhattan Bridge, which frames views from the gardens and gives the peaceful oases a majestic backdrop. 

The array of amenities in the one acre of gardens are impressive. Areas like the Relaxation Lawn and covered dog run create rejuvenating space for humans and canines, while landscaped paths like the Sumac Meander and the Birch Garden are perfect for a quick stroll. Fire pits and a playground are great for time with the family, while the Wi-Fi-equipped treehouse is designed as a fun retreat for the grownups. Sports fans will love the putting green and the ping-pong tables, where residents can test their skills against one another. And the herb garden gives green-thumbed residents a place to plant their favorite sprouts.


The gardens at One Manhattan Square are just part of what makes the building such a special place to live. The team is giving virtual tours, so why not check out these great Extell Development condos for yourself? Register today and start dreaming about spending your free time in one of the most extensive private gardens in Manhattan.