Leighton House

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360 East 88th Street, New York City, NY

Leighton House

46 floor Leighton House
Building Information
Developer General Atlantic Realty Corporation
Architect James Stewart Polshek & Associates
Management Company Cooper Square
Number of Units 163
Number of Floors 46
Year Built 1990
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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360 East 88th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Three blocks
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8
Title of Land Condominium



Look way up. Leighton House has 46 floors

Look up ... way up!

The developers of Leighton House were being modest with their choice of a name for the development. They should have named it the Leighton Skyscraper since it rises 46 stories into the Manhattan skyline. Leighton House was built in 1990 and provides residents with spectacular views of the East River and Manhattan.

The Leighton House is located in the highly desired neighborhood of Yorkville which is located just two blocks from the East River. This low key community enables residents a quieter respite from a city notorious for not sleeping. Though it is just two blocks away from the subway, should residents feel an urge to take advantage of New York City's social scene.

With a number of parks nearby and its proximity to the East River, Leighton House offers an all encompassing New York City lifestyle by providing residents access to plenty of green space with the rest of the city being close by via nearby subway stations. Allowing residents to enjoy a quiet night in or a night out on the town. [1]


Leighton House is tucked away in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan. This low key area does not attract the crowds that more prominent communities like the Upper East Side does. This makes it much easier to go for a peaceful stroll or to walk the dog. This location also puts it just a block away from Carl Schurz Park. This overlooked park provides dramatic views of both the East River and Roosevelt Island.

Yorkville isn't entirely off the map in terms of Manhattan real estate. The Gracie Mansion, home to the mayor of New York City is here. Those with deep pockets might also appreciate that Sotherby's, the world famous auctioneer of prized art and jewelry, also calls the neighborhood home. This area has also become increasingly popular for New York's next generation of professionals. This is due in part to a number of new developments that have begun to populate the area.

Yorkville is historically a German community. German immigrants settled in the area as early as the 18th century with a number of them establishing country estates. These estates eventually gave way to urban density as Manhattan real estate became higher in demand. This is evident by the neighborhoods mix of pre and postwar architecture.

Today, Yorkville is having a bit of an identity crisis as residents contemplate where it stands among elite neighborhoods, such as the Upper East Side next door. Which ever the case, Yorkville continues to draw New Yorkers of all walks of life to enjoy the best the city has to offer.[2]


Leighton House's entrance

Leighton House is hard to miss since it stands 46 stories above its low rise neighbors. Leighton House needs to be this tall since it actually has quite a small footprint, just 112 by 55 feet. This gives it a ratio of eight feet of height for every one foot of width. As a result engineers needed to be creative in ways to preserve interior space.

By using fewer beams and locating them along partition lines and within door openings, engineers were able to enhance the buildings flexibility without encroaching on valuable floor space. This structural system combined a stiff frame with a beam-less slab floor to increase the rigidity of the structure which reduces sway in the wind. Link beams were also used to connect the exterior walls to central shear walls for additional rigidity.

The 163 units in Leighton House have between 2 to 12 rooms and range in size from 500 to 2,750 square feet. [3]

Layout and Features

Units at Leighton House feature:

  • Hardwood floors
  • High ceilings
  • Granite counter tops
  • Open kitchens
  • Spectacular views


Floor Plans


Amenities at Leighton House include:

  • Fitness center
  • Private courtyard
  • Concierge
  • Playground


Leighton House Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

  • Pets are welcome at Leighton House
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on the sale or rental of units at Leighton House
  • Barbecues are not permitted
  • Smoking is permitted


Leighton House was built in 1990, before sustainable building practices became commonplace. Urban developers would consider the development to be sustainable since it was able to squeeze 163 homes into a 46 story structure onto a tract of land that would ordinarily be home to a single family. This enables more people to live downtown and reduces the amount of energy needed to transport them from surrounding suburbs. Its location downtown also means that residents don't require a car to run their errands.

New York City is a national leader in implementing recycling and composting programs. Residents of Leighton House can utilize these services through the receptacle bins provided by the building. [5]


Carl Schuz park and the Gracie Mansion from a bygone era
  • Due to the building's small footprint, engineers needed to be creative in order to design a structure that could support 46 floors without giving up floor space. They accomplished this by using reinforced concrete without the use of supporting spandrel beams.
  • The building served as the prototype of a reinforced concrete high rise building without spandrel beams for a New York City seismic code study. It was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. To everyone's relief, the design has been a success.
  • The most famous residence in Yorkville is the Gracie Mansion. Built in 1799, it is the official residence of the Mayor of New York City and their family. Due to strict guidelines governing the use of a tax-payer funded residence, neither former mayor Rudy Giuliani or the current mayor Michael Bloomberg have lived at the Gracie Mansion. Instead it is used for official meetings. The estate surrounding the mansion would become Carl Schurz Park. [6]


  1. Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  2. New York Times
  3. Emporis
  4. Street Easy
  5. New York City Department of Sanitation
  6. Wikipedia

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