New York City winters can turn any social butterfly into a bonafide hermit. These tricked-out in-building lounges mean never having to wear your coat to socialize outside the apartment. (And perhaps the savings on a monthly MetroCard will make up for the sky-high rents and sales prices? Yeah, we doubt that too.)
The residents' lounge at 432 West 52nd Street, a Hell's Kitchen condo building with 19 apartments currently for sale, is a work-play hybrid, featuring WiFi, a flatscreen TV and a bar area. Plus it opens onto a garden (for when the weather warms up).
When Financial District condo tower 50 West Street is completed next fall, it will have an entertainment floor, which includes a theater, library and the lounge above, plus views of the wintry world below through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Prices range from $1.39 million to over $22 million.
Condo-rental hybrid 388 Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn has a "Sky Lounge" on the 46th floor with a pool table, fireplace and dining area. There's also a party room. Sales start at $572,000; rentals at $2,742 per month.
For the piano players out there, under-construction 30 Park Place in Tribeca will have a lounge—or a "double height conservatory," as they call it—with a baby grand. And for those with deep pockets, several condos are still available, starting at $3.145 million for a one-bedroom.
Chelsea condo building the Seymour—under construction at 261 West 25th Street—will have several shared spaces where you can meet up with friends and neighbors. We like the idea of shooting pool by the fire when it's really cold outside. Eight condos for sale right now, starting at $1.295 million and creeping up to nearly $4 million.
The high-end rental building 101 Bedford may be all the proof you need the Willliamsburg is no longer for starving artists. The building has an insane number of hang-out spots, including a wine room, a library, a conference room, even a pet room. But the game room, shown above, is described as a "great last stop after the clubs." You can hang out on the couches or play Wii, for $2,650 and up per month.