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Best Activities & Buildings for an Active Lifestyle In New York

Active Lifestyle in NYC

Fresh Start to Active Living Around New York in 2019

New year, new you? Whether you have grand ambitions for 2019 or just want to be a little more active, there’s an outdoor or active living option for you in New York City. From group fitness classes in the warmth and comfort of a studio to exercising while enjoying the city’s outdoor spaces, here’s some inspiration for making a fresh start with active living around New York in 2019. Plus, can’t get outside? Read down to find out about the buildings offering the best amenities for living an active lifestyle without having to leave home.

Join a yoga class

Whether you’re already flexible or are wanting to become more so, there’s a yoga studio on practically every street corner in NYC. Meditative yoga, hot yoga, restorative yoga, laughter yoga, and naked yoga (yes, really) are just a few of the varieties you can check out. Plus, in the summer you can join an outdoor yoga class--strike a tree pose while being surrounded by the real thing. Bryant Park, Prospect Park, Astoria Park, and Hudson River Park offer large open spaces as well as beautiful views, and rooftop yoga is also an option. The great thing about yoga is that you can practice at home without any special equipment, so fitting active living into your daily routine is super easy.

Kayak or canoe on a waterway

Kayaking or canoeing on the water is a great way to get in shape while admiring city skyline views. The New York City Water Trail links 160 square miles of waterways across New York’s boroughs, offering almost endless options for exploring. Plus, in the summer, some free kayaking and canoeing sessions are offered on the Hudson River, East River, and New York Harbor. You can hire kayaks/canoes and gear if you don’t have your own or want to see whether the sport is for you before making a larger investment. Kayaking and canoeing can be as solitary or sociable as you like, with tandem and single boats available, making it easy to combine your workout with an accountability buddy.

Cycle the city

While the dense urban environment of New York City might not seem to offer ideal cycling conditions, cycling is growing in popularity in the city. Many New Yorkers are now cycling to work, joining cycle clubs, and making use of bicycle sharing and hiring facilities. If zipping through the city traffic doesn’t appeal, Central Park and Prospect Park encourage cycling at the weekends by limiting or prohibiting motor vehicles, so you can enjoy a ride without the worry. Plus, you can always join a spinning studio for stationary cycle fun in conjunction with loud, up-tempo music. Expect to sweat.

Hike a trail

Hiking trails surrounded by nature may be closer to the central city than you think. Just an hour or two outside the city you can find woodland, rolling hills, streams, and lakes to explore. Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park, Arden Point-Hudson Highlands State Park, Staten Island’s Green Belt, and Franny Reese State Park are just a few of the easily accessible spots within a couple of hours of NYC that offer fun day hikes suitable for the whole family. To step up the activity level if you’re an experienced runner, try trail running. Some trails can be reached via public transport, while others do require your own set of wheels.  

Dance, dance, dance

New York is famous for its vibrant dance, from Broadway to Latin to hip hop to classical. Whether you dance like no one's watching or just want to try on some dancing shoes for a while, New York is the place to get active to the beat. For group dance classes in a gym setting, try Zumba. For something a little more risque but very good for your body, pole fitness will teach you some slinky moves. To combine dance moves with yoga and Pilates exercises, head to a barre studio. Plus, you can always practice what you learn in class during a night out on the town (go easy on the alcohol if you’re trying to get or stay in shape).

Cross-country skiing

If you have your own cross-country ski gear and there’s at least 6 inches of snow on the ground (which, let’s face it, is most winters now), head to Central Park to warm up. There’s flat and gentle hilly terrain that’s suitable for a range of levels of experience. The Sheep Meadow, Great Lawn, and North Meadow areas of the park are especially good for skiing. And of course, there are great cross-country skiing destinations a little further afield upstate, if you want to make a day or weekend trip of it. Rockland Lake State Park, Fahnestock State Park, and Minnewaska State Park Preserve are all fun destinations for cross-country skiing.

Buildings with Amenities to Live an Active Lifestyle

50 Riverside Boulevard


50 Riverside Boulevard is home to 50,000 square feet of lifestyle amenities by LA PALESTRA. 40,000 square feet of the amenities is the athletic and spa club which offers every activity you could imagine - swimming, rock climbing, gym, basketball, and 2 squash courts.

One Manhattan Square


No one does amenities quite like Extell Development. One Manhattan Square garnered attention when it was dubbed as a “City within a City” because of the very extensive amenity offering - spanning 100,000 square feet total! To stay active and healthy, One Manhattan Square will be offering residents a full size basketball court, fitness center, hammam with cold plunge, 75-ft 3 lane pool, and more.

American Copper Building


SHoP Architects has created a unique amenity space in the American Copper Building in the floating bridge that connects the two towers. Perhaps the most unique aspect? The pool that allows residents to swim from one tower to another 300 feet in the air. In addition to a pool, residents can enjoy a double-height fitness center, rock climbing, and a yoga studio.

Interested in which Buildings will allow you to live the lifestyle that you enjoy? Contact Us! We know the best amenities around the City.

Luxury Amenities are Going to the Dogs - In the Best Way Possible

Owning Pets in NYC

Owning a pet in New York City can be challenging – Will they get enough outdoor space? Who is going to walk them when you are putting in long work days? Will the building I want to live in even allow pets? As more and more New Yorkers get pets, these questions have become ever more important for Developers looking to attract well-off city dwellers. So, are the amenities going to the dogs? Yes – but in the best way possible! 

If you are looking to ensure your dog is living its best life, there are buildings across Manhattan that are offering your canine companion the best of the best when it comes to amenities and services. The buildings below, of course, allow residents to have pets, but the first step in searching for a home in New York when you have a pet is letting your Broker know. Some buildings do not allow pets at all, while some only allow cats, or have some restrictions related to size and breed.

We’ve rounded up some of the buildings with the best Pet Amenities across town-

Waterline Square


The Starchitect-designed Waterline Square project features a host of amenities, of which lavish pet amenities are included. The good news is, whether you choose to live in One, Two, or Three Waterline Square (perhaps based on your preference for architects including Richard Meier, Kohn Pederson Fox, or Raphael Vinoly), you will have access to the Waterline Club which includes over 100,000 square feet of amenities.

For your four-legged friend, the Waterline Club will offer an indoor playroom for dogs to socialize as well as a dog washing salon and dog training studio. 

50 West Street


Rising tall above lower Manhattan at 778 feet, 50 West Street is a new development glass tower that arrived with the wave of revitalization happening Downtown. While residents will enjoy stunning River and Harbor views from the homes as well as luxe amenities for themselves, pets will be able to enjoy a dedicated amenity space as well – 200 square feet for the pets to be exact.

Additionally, 50 West has partnered with a top-notch Vet and Groomer so you don’t have to worry about where to take your pet. They will make house calls right to the building. Rumor has it the Groomer is the same one that fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi uses.


15 Hudson Yards


Hudson Yards has a lot of buzz surrounding it – from it being the biggest development project to more intricate details of businesses and stores moving into the area, this project is seriously transforming the Far West side of Manhattan. Part of the project includes both Rental and luxury Condominiums. 15 Hudson Yards has received a lot of attention as a condo within the project.

The luxurious building from Realted Companies will offer Residents access to services from Dog City. Related Companies founded Dog City in 2011 when it launched inside MiMa in Midtown Manhattan. The company offers onsite boutique pet services for building residents ranging from everything from grooming and walking to play dates. Annual membership starts around $250 with services such as Grooming being an additional premium at time of service.

555 Ten


This Midtown Rental building from Extell offers, perhaps, some of the best pet amenities that can be found in the city. 555Ten is an Extell building, and Extell is known for their extensive and over-the-top amenity offerings throughout their buildings – think One Manhattan Square!

If you want your pets to be able to live their best life, 555Ten offers everything to help make that possible. Amenities for pets include a Pet Spa and Veterinary Clinic by Throw Me a Bone. There is also a daycare facility and covered outdoor play space to ensure your dog gets the outdoor time it deserves.

Throw Me a Bone offers services including walking, training sessions, 2-hour play sessions, house call vet visits, and “Yappy Hour” where your dog can meet its fellow neighbors.

252 East 57th Street 


Worldwide’s 252 East 57th Street may be located conveniently to the Second Avenue Promenade, but the building is also ensuring your pet can get pampered without having to leave the building. 252 East 57th Street is home to Spot 57 Play Space and Grooming Bar.

Spot 57 offers residents and their pets an array of services from walking to daycare. Additionally, there is an interactive play space for dogs to mingle and play on those rainy or snowy days when getting outside is difficult. In need of grooming? That’s also possible at the grooming station which included convenient sitting so you can wait while your pet gets pampered.

Condos with a Luxe Perk: Residents-Only Dining

We’ve written about the lavish amenity offerings that have changed luxury real estate in a landscape where high-end inventory is up and competition among new developments is tough. Some of the most exclusive buildings offer residents a unique experience, one that will cost you even more than a SoHo House membership since admission will require the purchase of a unit in the building…residents-only dining.

Amenities are an extension of the residents’ homes, and restaurants take this to a new level with sophisticated private dining by top chefs only available to residents and their guests. These types of buyers look for convenience, but do not want to sacrifice quality to achieve that. These restaurants allow busy people with demanding careers to come home and not worry about cooking, hosting business lunches, or catering a dinner party.

432 Park Avenue


432 Park Avenue made a name for itself as the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere as well as for its tall prices for units in the building. The building amenity package is unrivaled, with the exclusive restaurant occupying the entire 12th floor. The restaurant is headed by Michelin-starred chef, Shaun Hergatt. In addition to the interior dining room, the space also has a 5,000 square foot terrace overlooking 57th Street which can be reserved for private events. If you aren’t in the mood to eat in the restaurant on the 12th floor, in-residence dining is also available.

15 Central Park West


15 Central Park West made a splash among the world’s elite as it quickly became an “it” address recognized across the globe upon completion. It set the bar high in terms of luxury offerings, including a private restaurant for residents and their guests. The restaurant at 15 CPW debuted before that of 432 Park Avenue. The building describes the dining offering as a “private dining service with an in-house chef provides full catering for Fifteen Central Park West residents desiring anything from a four-course custom menu for 80 guests to an at-home romantic dinner for two.”  The restaurant is known to host special meals year-round including women’s lunches with speakers covering varying topics and a special brunch on Mother’s Day each year.

Jade Signature


The trend of resident-only dining is not confined to New York. One of the latest luxury high-rise to hit the shores of Sunny Isles Beach, just north of Miami, has embraced the exclusive trend as well. Jade Signature, designed by famed architects Herzog & De Meuron, offers a truly luxurious amenities package which allows residents to experience resort-style living on the shores of South Florida. The Jade Signature Beach Bar & Grill so residents can dine pool and beach side without having to head back their residences. The experience is similar to that of many beachfront hotels.

Featured Listing: Jade Signature - 16901 Collins Avenue, #4905

16901 Collins Avenue

3 BED | 4.5 Bath | $4,495,000

Stunning high floor north east corner residence with breathtaking direct ocean, Intracoastal and city views. This home in the sky features 2,929 square feet of interiors and 806 square feet of terraces, 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, study plus maids quarter, private elevator entry.  Residence comes fully finished with white marble floors and finished closets, gourmet kitchen with European designer cabinetry by Snaidero, top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau. Jade Signature, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron with interiors by French design firm PYR led by Pierre-Yves Rochon, offers five-star amenities with full-service spa and fitness center, concierge services, resort style swimming pool, library, resident lounges, chef's kitchen, full-service restaurant and much more


Waterfront Development Offers Buyers Yacht Access


From Manhattan to Brooklyn, developers are snagging up some of the last waterfront parcels to develop what will be the next wave of trophy properties and coveted buildings. Examples in 70 Vestry Street in Tribeca, The XI in West Chelsea, and One Manhattan Square.

In a luxury market that is saturated with inventory, developers are continuing to entice and innovate when it comes to amenity offerings. The latest waterfront property to grab the attention of buyers seeking amenities is One Seaport in Lower Manhattan. What is better than waterfront living coupled with a yacht? Nothing some would argue!

One Seaport, built by Fortris Group, has partnered with members-only yachting service Barton + Gray Mariners Club. Residents will be able to walk out the lobby and onto a Hinckley Yacht. Currently, residents are entitled to 3 complementary yacht excursions a week. There will be an extra charge for fuel and champagne. This amenity for residents of One Seaport packs value as a membership to Barton + Gray Mariners Club would normally set you back $20,000-$50,000 a year.


One Seaport has been a popular new development in the heart of the revitalized Seaport District, luring buyers with an expansive amenity offering, luxe finishes, and wonderful water views. The residences are completed with luxurious finishes such as gold calcutta marble backsplashes, Gaggenau appliances, and grey limestone in the bathroom. The full suite of building amenities includes a port-cochere, fitness center overlooking the water with Brooklyn Bridge views, and a “Water Club” on the 30th floor with hydrotherapy and a pool.


The building is currently 75% sold, however, we do expect additional inventory to be released for the fall selling season.

This particular amenity offering comes at an interesting time when the city has been expanding the NYC Ferry System on the East River. Commuters are looking for alternatives to the crowded, unreliable subway system. Many wealthy commuters have opted to take Uber to and from work given the convenience and relatively the lost cost compared to a monthly transit pass.

In an effort to get people out of the crowded subway system and onto the water, the city has pledge some $600 million over 5 years towards the NYC Ferry program.

For those looking to take cruising the East River and beyond to a new level, the private yacht offering at One Seaport is certainly the way to go!

Why Amenities Matter

You’ve read about the private wine-tasting rooms, concierge, and underground squash courts that some luxury buildings have, possibly thinking “why would buyers care about this?”. The fact is, amenities have become a distinguishing and differentiating feature of some of the best buildings, and they are highly sought after by luxury buyers.

In metropolitan areas such as New York, were space comes at a premium and overcrowding can be the norm, amenities offers residence another way to “escape” from a hectic city lifestyle. Amenity spaces act as an extension of the home, providing additional space for residents to utilize. Suddenly that 1,200 square foot apartment becomes larger with a residents’ lounge, gym, or screening room in an amenity space.

30 Park Place private lap pool

30 Park Place private lap pool


Amenities not only provide additional space for residents, but they act as an adaption to the modern way of living overall. In a world of connectivity where a work e-mail or text is expected to be answered at any hour, amenities add convenience to a resident’s life. Dry cleaning is only a step away in the lobby, the gym is a 2-minute elevator ride instead of a 20-minute subway ride, and a large dinner party can be hosted right in the comfort of the building. Amenities can offer back one of the last luxuries we all have, time.

The Rise of Amenities

Amenity packages have long been an aspect of many luxury buildings. From 24-hour doormen to concierge and in-building gyms, these are the things that attracted luxury buyers.

Just as tastes and design preferences have evolved, so too, have amenity offerings. During the construction boom after the market collapse of 2008, amenities became a weapon in the toolkit of developers building ultra-luxury skyscrapers.

When every building has the best kitchen appliances, the highest quality finishes, and great views, how do they compete for the same luxury clientele and win? Amenities. We have seen some over-the-top amenities arrive to new development in New York City such as in-room dining from Wolfgang Puck, dog spa services, a private iMax theater, and restaurants for residents and their guests only.

Today’s luxury clientele is ever more discerning, and amenities in luxury real estate markets around the world have adapted to meet those evolving tastes.

Desirable Amenities

255 East 74th Street

Fitness is very important to many New Yorkers, and some buildings offer fitness centers that take it step above your standard gym. One of the leading luxury fitness facilities in New York, Equinox, calls some luxury buildings around town, with the Casa 74 Condominium being one of them.

The Victoria Shtainer Team currently has an exclusive listing in the building- Apartment 24B. When you call Apartment 24B home, a full service Equinox is only a short elevator ride away as it is located in the building.

Equinox has been regarded has a value addition to properties and neighborhoods, sometimes being cited as a catalyst for further neighborhood development and advancement. 196 Orchard Street, a new development on the Lower East Side, will also have an Equinox located inside. Many believe this will be highly transformative for the neighborhood.

One Manhattan Square

One Manhattan Square, a building we identified as changing the Lower East Side, is a great example of developers alluring buyers with not only competitive prices, but also extensive amenities. This building has one of the largest amenities offering we have seen, with total amenity space slated to exceed 100,000 square feet!

The building’s amenities are expected to be so extensive that many people are dubbing One Manhattan Square the “Verticle Village” as residents have everything they could want right on the property. Amenities are slated to include social courtyard, outdoor fire pits, an outdoor kitchen, multi-level fitness center, bowling alley, and screening room.

One Lincoln Plaza

One Lincoln Plaza at 20 West 64th Street offers a great amenity package in addition to its wonderful location. In fact, the building offers an amenity that can still be considered a rarity in New York City, a pool.

Not only does One Lincoln Plaza have a pool, it is located on the roof! This offers a unique experience in New York City where you can enjoy a pool while also taking in skyline views. In addition to the pool, the building has a fitness center, and two outdoor terrace spaces, one with direct Central Park and 57th Street skyline views.

The Victoria Shtainer Team currently has an exclusive listing in the building, apartment 18RS, giving prospects a unique opportunity to live in this coveted building at Lincoln Center. Not to mention, it also has Central Park views from the kitchen and dining rooms!

New York Luxury Properties Lure Buyers With Pools

NYC Luxury Pools

Summer is beginning to heat up in the city, and as subway platforms begin to approach 100 degrees, we are all reminded of what seems to be a suburban commodity and an urban luxury, namely swimming pools. 

Sure, you can visit certain hotels throughout the city, and often times, pay to use the pool for a day or even try to get a membership to the exclusive SoHo House. However, in the Manhattan luxury market, pools are becoming a highly sought after amenity that can be found in some of the most luxurious and exclusive buildings and homes throughout the city. With that being said, the luxury of having your own pool in the building or even a private pool can come at a significant cost. 

Take a look at some of the best properties throughout the city that give the resident access to a pool. 

50 United Nations Plaza Penthouse

50 United Nations Plaza

Situated across from the United Nations, this new 43-story black tower has become an exclusive address in the city. The building offers an array of apartments and sizes, however, our eye is on the duplex penthouse on the 42nd and 43rd floors. The 9,700 sq ft duplex is comprised of 4 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, and features a private infinity pool on the 43rd floor. What better way to beat the heat than your own pool in the sky with spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the East River? Asking Price: $70M

One57 Indoor Pool via  Extell Development

One57 Indoor Pool via Extell Development


It may come as no surprise that the high-rise situated on what has been dubbed "Billionaire's Row" features one of the most luxurious indoor pools. Residents of One57 have a plethora of amenities at their fingertips as the building is part of the Park Hyatt Hotel and features a 20,000 sq ft amenities floor. The building has become iconic as it transformed the Midtown skyline, rising to 90 stories. Availabilities range from 1 Bedrooms starting around $3M to a 4 bedroom residence on the 83rd floor with spectacular views asking $58.5M. The finishes of the indoor, heated pool matched the sleek interiors of the residences. Additionally, the pool space features triple-height ceilings. 

Soori High Line unit 5A via  Soori

Soori High Line unit 5A via Soori

Soori High Line

The Soori, a new development along the high line at 29th street receives the title of "greatest number of homes with private pools" in the city.  The Soori, designed by award-winning architects SCDA, features 31 residences, with 16 having private, heated pools. The pools are integrated into the modern, open-concept designs that feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Unit 5A is currently on the market with a private pool. The 3,586 sq ft 5 bed 5 bath residence features 2 terraces in addition to the private pool and is asking $10.875M.

443 Greenwich Penthouse A via Hayes Davidson

443 Greenwich Penthouse A via Hayes Davidson

443 Greenwich Street

The Tribeca Lofts at 443 Greenwich Street  ( at Vestry Street) is a new luxury building in downtown Manhattan. The building was a former book binding factory which now features 53 condos. Residences vary in size, however, Penthouse A, currently on the market, is the crown jewel of the building. The triplex penthouse is comprised of 8,569 sq ft and 5 beds and 6.5 baths. The notable feature, of course, is the private pool found on the terrace which offers spectacular skyline views. Asking price: $55M

11 N Moore Penthouse Terrace via  Streeteasy

11 N Moore Penthouse Terrace via Streeteasy

11 N. Moore 

11 N Moore is a boutique Tribeca condominium that offers just 18 residences. On top of the building is a grand penthouse that is, perhaps, the crown jewel of penthouses. The residence features large picture windows and soaring ceilings up to 18 feet. In addition to the 7,000 sq ft of interior living space, the penthouse features 3,800 sq ft of exterior terrace space which is also home to a private pool. The unit is currently on the market, asking $29.995M and is newly on the rental market asking $75,000/MO.


If you are interested in residences with pools in Manhattan, we are happy to show you the premier luxury buildings throughout the city that offer this sought-after amenity.  Please fill out the form below to connect with us and ask us any real estate questions you may have! We will respond to your questions in a timely manner!

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