Getting to the Far West Side is a schlep, but developers are getting more inventive about how they're going to alleviate that stress for potential tenants and lure them to the area's new residential buildings, especially if said tenants are paying a pretty penny to be over there. Moinian may be besting them all with Sky, the massive rental tower rising on 42nd Street between Eleventh Avenue and the West Side Highway. Sky, in fact, is the biggest apartment building in the city. When move-ins start in a few months, all tenants in the pricey rental building will have access to a courtesy shuttle that will run about every 15 minutes up and down 42nd Street. And when the building's tenants return home, Moinian wants to make sure they don't need to leave the building again to have everything they might want. Beyond a place to lay down, the building will offer ritzy bonuses like lifestyle and tech concierges, and for about an additional $199 per month, tenants and non-tenants alike can hang out in the building's 70,000 square feet of amenities at the banally-named Sky House.
If an extra $200 per month sounds shrug-worthy (or conversely, asinine), keep in mind that the rentals themselves aren't cheap. Of Sky's available apartments, the least expensive is a $2,665 studio. A two-bedroom is listed for $5,725. The Rockwell Group-designed apartments are offered in either one of two finish packages, Dawn or Dusk (eye roll, but you've got to admire the firm's commitment to branding.) The finishes alternate each floor. Moinian hasn't worked out pricing for the building's top five "penthouse" floors yet, but a look into the building's 43rd-floor models is quite enough for now.
· Listings: 605 West 42nd Street [official]
· Live at Sky [official]
· In Photos: The Rise of NYC's Largest Apartment Building [Curbed]
· All Sky coverage [Curbed]