In honor of Global Wellness Day on June 8th, we’re going inside some of the city’s new developments that feature extraordinary spaces promoting health and relaxation. State-of-the-art gyms chock-full of high-end equipment can be found in all of these buildings, but we know that wellness isn’t just about fitness. From rooftop hammocks to meditation lounges, these buildings have everything you need to stay healthy and relaxed without having to leave your front door.
Life at Jackson Park, a collection of luxury residences in Long Island City, may seem more like a wellness retreat than a typical apartment building. The development has its own 1.6-acre private park, which acts as an at-home oasis—the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh air and take a break from the quick pace of city life. It’s in this private park where you’ll find the Great Lawn, a dog park, bocce court, table tennis, grilling stations, a sun terrace, and areas for patio seating and communal dining.
In no way do the amenities stop there. Designed by Clodagh Design, The Club at Jackson Park offers another 45,000 square feet of premium amenities for residents, geared toward health and wellness. In addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center, The Club features a studio for yoga and group fitness classes, a pilates studio, 75-foot indoor lap pool (seen above in the lead photo of this post), massage treatment rooms, a meditation lounge, steam room and sauna, a full-size indoor basketball court, squash court, and a heated pool and hot tub. And the list still goes on from there…
Located in the heart of Greenpoint, OTTO is an urban oasis offering community-forward living that checks all the boxes, especially in terms of at-home wellness. A workout in the penthouse gym comes with exceptional views in addition to equipment options. Choose from Peloton bikes, the latest gear for strength training, and ample space to practice yoga or dance. Post-workout, retire to the decked-out rooftop, which comes complete with a pool, hot tub, hammocks, fire pits, barbecues, and a lawn for sunbathing.
Lower down, the interior courtyard is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing day with guests (or neighbors), as it’s adjacent to the lounge, equipped with a full kitchen and private bathroom—ideal for entertaining. If you’re in a curl-up-with-a-book kind of a mood, the glass-enclosed library offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere to do just that.
685 First Avenue
The amenity spaces at The Solow Building Company’s 685 First Avenue are modern and sleek, in line with the building’s clean design and luxurious interiors. Get energized for the day with a few laps in the 70-foot indoor lap pool, followed by a relaxing visit to the steam room and sauna. If swimming isn’t your speed, the state-of-the-art fitness center decked out with Technogym equipment has extensive cardio and strength training options, and the yoga studio offers a calming spot to recharge. Also included in the building’s thoughtfully-curated amenity list is a chic residents’ lounge with beautiful spaces for entertaining guests, as well as billiards and game tables.
The health and wellness of its residents were undeniably taken into account in the development of ALTA LIC, a fresh take on luxury living in prime Long Island City. Residents here enjoy unlimited access to more than 27,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, thoughtfully designed for entertaining, relaxing, and unwinding. One particularly notable amenity is ALTA Retreat, a nearly 10,000-square-foot wellness center with concierge services by LIV. Residents flock here for the cutting edge fitness center, lap pool, yoga and movement studio, and 18-hole golf simulator.
ALTA is also home to not one but two outdoor rooftops, found on the 38th-floor ALTA DECK, and the 43rd floor ALTA Lounge. In addition to offering magazine-ready landscaped outdoor spaces, these two floors of exceptionally curated amenities include features like barbecue and dining stations, an outdoor movie screen and great lawn, and dreamy panoramic city views.