Gone are the days of basement-level pools and gyms being enough to wow today's luxury condo buyers. Developers and architects behind some of NYC's top new developments are instead raising the bar and taking their suite of club-like amenities above grade. In situating common spaces on ground level or on higher floors, they're able to maximize coveted city or courtyard-facing views and natural light (especially this time of year!); ultimately creating a more pleasant lifestyle offering and adding value for residents. Abode2 rounds up a selection of NYC condos with beautiful above-grade amenities that take the luxury living experience to greater heights 200 East 83rd At 200 East 83rd, the new Upper East Side residential tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the majority of spaces that make up its suite of club-like amenities are uniquely situated in the middle of the 35-story limestone-clad tower, allowing residents to enjoy spaces that exude an 'Old New York' feel and have the perception they’re in the sky by being hundreds of feet above Third Avenue. RAMSA’s unique decision to lift the seventy-foot pool, health club and entertainment spaces halfway up the tower is boldly expressed on the 'Modern Classical' building’s façade and complemented by the gracious Rottet Studio-designed amenity interiors. Each featuring a vaulted ceiling, honed limestone walls and a double-height loggia with floor-to-ceiling arched windows and French doors, the 17th-floor pool room and Winter Garden create visual drama while inviting the outdoors in and allowing for natural light, fresh air and incredible New York City skyline and Central Park views. Residents can overlook both spaces from inside the windowed state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga studio. Additional amenities at 200 East 83rd include a luxurious spa and steam room, sauna and custom-designed treatment rooms; a street-level vaulted porte-cochère with automated parking opening onto a private courtyard; and a ground-floor wood- and leather-panelled library with an adjoining landscaped garden and a fireplace framed by bespoke marble mantelpieces, designed by Rottet Studio. 200 East 83rd has broken multiple neighbourhood sales records since launching in October, and with limited inventory remaining, now is the time for interested buyers to secure their spot at this remarkable building before all of its 86 bespoke residences are sold.