It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 12th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the most over-the-top amenities developers offered this year.
With the glut of luxury developments sprouting up in every corner of the city, developers have been pushed to extremes in order to entice residents. What separates one exorbitant luxury condo from the other? Once you get past the architecture, size, and price, it comes down one more thing: amenities. And this year developers took the amenities race to a whole new, often sky-high level. And we mean sky-high literally: Some of the year's most outrageous offerings include concierge jet service, a swimming pool suspended between two buildings, and a set of sky gardens. Here's a look at seven of the most mind-boggling amenities that were offered by developers this past year.
111 Murray Street
Car service? So passé. This luxe Tribeca building is offering residents a private jet—yes, you read that right. Residents get a discount on the use of the small plane, though it'll still cost them a cool $125,000 for 25 hours. Prices at the 157-unit condo start at $2.05 million and sales launched in September.
520 West 28th Street
Sometimes you just want to watch an IMAX movie in the comfort of your pajamas—and residents of Zaha Hadid's curvy Chelsea development will be able to do that and more. The High Line-hugging condos will have the city's first private IMAX theater that seats 12, along with a private hammam-style spa, a 75-foot skylit swimming pool, and a cold-pressed juice bar.
626 First Avenue
JDS Development's bendy Midtown towers take luxury living to a whole new level. The SHoP-designed buildings at 626 First Avenue are connected by a skybridge that holds an indoor lap pool and a lounge, so you can swim high above Manhattan. (Those with vertigo may want to skip it, to be fair.) Other amenities in the building include a fitness center, squash courts, a boxing gym, and a "demo" kitchen with a dining room.
One Manhattan Square
With perks like the ones offered at Extell's 80-story Lower East Side condo, residents may never have to leave home. The tower has 100,000 square feet of amenities, including things you never knew you needed (j/k, you actually don't need them): a bowling alley, private tea pavilion, a culinary lounge with a demonstration kitchen, a fully-stocked cellar bar, and a 70-seat movie theater, and that's just the beginning.
303 East 44th Street
The ODA-designed space-age tower located at 303 East 44th Street capitalizes on the fact that New York City is pretty running out of any new green space by creating "sky gardens". These private outdoor spaces will sit in between the higher floors of the 600-foot building; the floors will be separated by white beams that will create openings where the quirky little gardens can fit in. There will be a total of six, some of which will be shared among floors, when completed.
Now here's an offer that's hard to pass up—if you're rich, anyway. An all expenses paid trip to Amsterdam is one of the perks on offer at the Oosten in Williamsburg. The Transatlantic jaunt is intended to be a "consulting session" with the building's architect, Piet Boon, for residents who purchase a penthouse, loft, or townhouse apartment at the development.
Soori High Line
This project takes the idea of swimming in luxury quite literally. Sixteen of the 31 condos at the Soo Chan-designed building at 522 West 29th Street will feature their very own private pools. Must be nice.
· Curbed Awards 2015 Archive [Curbed]
· Ridiculous Amenity Alert Archive [Curbed]