The smoking ban in New York City bars and restaurants has been around for nearly nine years, and just last year, the city implemented its outdoor smoking ban. Now more and more residential buildings are getting in on the no-smoking action.
By law, smoking is prohibited in all public areas in buildings with at least 10 apartments. But some buildings have gone further -- by banning smoking inside apartments, too.
If that sounds like music to your lungs, below are 13 NYC buildings--including rentals, co-ops and condos--that have taken the plunge* and banned smoking. (If you're looking for a rental, be sure to check for available sublets in the co-op/condo buildings in our list by clicking on the StreetEasy.com link in each description.)
1510 Lex, Lexington Avenue between 96th and 97th streets. This environmentally-friendly green luxury rental building offers condo-like finishes, a concierge, 16,500-square-feet of gardens and roof space and building-wide water filtration. Studios are around $2,500, and two-bedrooms are in the $4,000-$5,400 range All apartments are rent stabilized.
270 Park Avenue South, between 21st and 22nd Streets. Also known as Gramercy Lofts, this building features large loft-style residences. Recently gut renovated, it also houses a New York Health & Racquet Club. One bedrooms start in the mid-$4,000's--when they're available.
Tower 67 at 145 West 67th Street.This 47-story Lincoln Square rental building features rent-stabilized apartments with prices ranging from $2,995 for a one-bedroom to $19,500 for a four-bedroom penthouse. The apartments are known for their spacious sizes and walk-in closets. The building also has an outdoor area with a waterfall and benches. Note: it doesn't have a gym.
The Caroline, 60 West 23rd Street. Aside from condo-style finishes (like granite countertops and marble baths), the amenities here are impressive. There's a piano lounge, billiards room, children’s game room, and a 12,000- square-foot landscaped roof deck and courtyard with a formal European garden. Building services include valet parking, and maid and linen service. The building also houses the Health and Racquet Club, which has a pool. Prices range from $1,950 to $18,500, though most hover between $3,500 and $6,000.
Tribeca Green 325 North End Avenue. As the name suggests, this is an eco-friendly (luxury) building with green design features, like energy-producing solar panels on the roof ans high-efficiency Energy Star appliances in every unit. One bedrooms start at $2,995 and two-bedrooms at $5,395. The building also has three-bedrooms (for just over $9,000) and one four-bedroom apartment for $11,500.
The Lyric, 255 West 94th Street. There are six apartments currently on the market, from $3,895 (one-bedroom) to $8.995 (three-bedroom) in this 23-story building. There's a 24-hour concierge-and doorman-attended lobby. Amenities include a landscaped rooftop terrace, health club, children’s playroom, and valet/maid services.
The Sierra, 130 West 15th Street. Many units in this 14-story building have private terraces (with city views). Each apartment has a washer-dryer unit, and common amenities include a gym, business center, landscaped roof, and 24-hour concierge and doorman services. There are currently several two-bedroom apartments for rent, starting at $6,195.
Ariel West, 245 West 99th Street. The building, which features mostly family-sized three- and four-bedroom apartments, has three four-bedroom apartments for sale, all over $3 million. Each apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows, or "glass curtain walls." Amenities include a four-lane indoor pool, billiards parlor, pet salon, basketball court and more.
The Promenade, 530 E. 76th St. Thirteen apartments are currently for sale, ranging from $760,000 one-bedroom to a $4.995 million 4-bedroom penthouse. The 38-story building is steps from the East River promenade (and many apartments feature river views). Among the amenities are fitness classes, massage rooms, meditation classes, a heated rooftop pool, solarium, running track and more.
205 E. 59th St., between Second and Third Aves. A two-bedroom is available for $2.495 million and a 3-bedroom for $2.695 million. The building has over 20-foot ceilings, teak flooring, and units with private balconies and washer-dryers. Aside from the usual upscale amenities, there's a private puppy park.
25 Tudor City Place, between 41st and 42nd streets. There are 15 current sales listings, from a $265,000 one-bedroom to a $495,900 one-bedroom. The pre-war doorman building has a bicycle room, laundry room, garden and rooftop deck. Pied-a-terres are allowed. Dogs are not.
Byron House, 165 E. 32nd St. This Midtown building features a roof deck, private storage, and laundry. Seventy-five percent financing is permitted, pied-a-terre purchases, guarantors and parents buying for children are allowed. Nothing's for sale right now, but a one-bedroom sold last fall for $640,000 and a three-bedroom listed at $1.395m is in contract.
The Toulaine, 130 W. 67th St. All of the apartments in this building are one bedrooms, unless they have been combined. There's a roof-deck, first-floor zen garden, full-time doormen, bike storage, and a storage room. Dogs up to 50 pounds are allowed. Two one-bedrooms are currently available in the mid-to-high $500,000s.
*Important note: Some non-smoking buildings are in a transition period, during which new residents are the only ones banned, while smokers who moved in prior to the smoke bans can continue to puff away. Ask before moving in.