[Photos: Will Femia]
Recently we headed west of Columbus Circle—way west—to the vertical suburbia sprouting around West End Avenue and the Hudson River. Specifically, we were there to check out Element, an SLCE-designed 32-floor condo building that's a few steps away from Extell's expanding Riverside South collection of buildings, but is the product of other developers. Buyers have been living in the 186-unit building at 555 West 59th Street since the beginning of the year, but Element's amenities spaces were only recently completed (and there are a handful of units still available). This part of town is one big construction site, and each tower acts as its own self-contained resort. So it's only natural that on this, the one-year anniversary of the birth of the term "amenity overdrive," we head into a building with—among other things—two swimming pools, a hot tub, basketball and squash courts, a TV/billiards lounge, gym, yoga studio, massage/treatment room, an indoor children's playroom with adjoining outdoor playground and a 12,000sqft outdoor space with grassy patches for sunbathing. It's a lot to handle, so check out the tour of the building's communal spaces in the gallery above.
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