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In the world of luxury living, there are amenities that offer a perk or service, and there are amenities that change the texture of your life with their creativity, thoughtfulness, and a level of quality that makes that particular pool, playground, or fitness room better than any you might find beyond your building’s doors. This was the ethos of Extell Development when they envisioned the amenity package at One Manhattan Square condos. The result is a game-changer for everyone — adults and children alike.

Here, the building’s youngest residents are offered not simply places to socialize and play, but opportunities to grow, connect, learn, and imagine. A genuinely transformative perk at One Manhattan Square is its private outdoor garden, an acre of land dedicated to the residents of the building. Having access to this kind of outdoor space in the city is all but unprecedented. It is the largest private park in the city and the brainchild of the landscape designers at West 8, who also did much of the design work for Governors Island. This means attention was paid to everything from the outdoor lighting to the sense of freedom and connection to nature facilitated by open green space and carefully considered plantings. Add to this an outdoor treehouse and a playground, and it becomes the kind of space kids will be racing to after school, a spot where they can each carve out their own particular relationship to outdoor play — and one which offers skyline views that will only enhance their sense of awe at both the natural world and the human-made environment.

Inside, kids can feel like they’re at a birthday party every day (and adults can unwind from the working week) with access to a bowling alley, basketball court, and a private theater. A movie night for kids and their friends and neighbors with a screening of any of the Disney classics like “Frozen” or “Encanto” on the big screen will deepen their relationship to the world of the film in a way streaming it on a TV can never achieve. Meet in the bowling alley for a fun after-dinner activity, or host an actual birthday party here, where guests will have a chance to hone their skills in the privacy of their own home turf. Find bonding time for adults and kids on the basketball court, where having easy access to such a great place to play will help make weekly one-on-one games an easy-to-keep routine.

For its younger residents, One Manhattan Square is its own kind of wonderland within the greater cultural riches of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where the activities that bring joy are built right in.