Back in the day, the most traumatic moments from recess were probably waiting in line for the monkey bars on a cold day or having to share the sandbox with the class nerd. For the “sophisticated toddlers” of the Upper East side, however, all that is a thing of the past.
The New York Times recently featured a piece on this city’s growing trend of luxury playgrounds- reconverted spaces in apartment complexes that hold indoor play spaces of up to 1,200 square feet. Themes include treehouses with adjoined balconies, nautical varieties with lighthouses and mini-tugboats, and urban scenes with some kickass-looking ball pits.
“Children are very sophisticated these days, so it can’t just be Barbie or Barney anymore,” says Nancy Ruddy from the CetraRuddy firm. Cue renowned architects like Frank Gehry and Jean Prouvé who design these fantasy lands in residences from Yorkville to Prospect Heights.
What happens when the inevitable happens and, *gasp*, children grow up? Toy structures are replaced with table tennis, chess and Xbox consoles. Because it just wouldn’t be fair if tweens got shafted by a bunch of three-year-olds.
Now let me just crawl back to my 90-square-foot Bushwick bedroom and cry over some cold noodles.
Featured cover image: New York Times