We’ve all seen headlines about the latest, greatest, and most “over-the-top” amenities tucked within New York’s glitziest residential buildings. But in this ongoing era of sweatpants and social distancing – along with the arrival of winter weather – seemingly basic amenities that promote convenience are quickly surpassing these spaces as the ultimate luxuries. In an effort to cater to residents’ stay-at-home lifestyles, many luxury buildings are now going “back to basics” by offering an array of services that make daily life easier, including grocery and wine delivery; pet care, and fitness essentials, so that residents can live comfortably without having to venture into the cold.
Case in point: Have you ever realized that you’re in need of toothpaste or a single avocado, but have no desire to trek to the bodega in 20-degree weather? At One Manhattan Square on the Lower East Side, residents can instead rely on Avo, a digital shopping service that provides same-day grocery delivery with no minimum order requirements or delivery fees – and honestly puts Instacart to shame!
Meanwhile on the Upper West Side at Waterline Square – the trio of towers featuring upscale condominiums and rental apartments – residents can take advantage of grocery provisioning, pantry stocking and food delivery from Cipriani, the globally acclaimed hospitality brand, which is opening a large-format culinary experience at the base of the second tower. Additionally, Somm Cellars Wines & Spirits, the on-site luxury wine purveyor, will provide home wine delivery.
And over in Brooklyn Heights, Quay Tower will soon welcome the arrival of specialty grocery store Town Market and Iris Cafe, which will provide residents with delivery services and other special perks.
When it comes to these services, even Fido hasn’t been forgotten! In Lower Manhattan, the luxury condominium 77 Greenwich has partnered with Biscuits & Bath, a neighboring pet care provider, to create a “Pooch Pass” offering discounted services such as veterinary care, grooming and dog walking. What’s more, Biscuits & Bath can transport pets to-and-from the building for their appointments, so their owners won’t have to disrupt their WFH routines.
And finally, to help with life’s daily inconveniences—such as ensuring that flowers arrive in time for Valentine’s Day – Tribeca condominium 30 Warren has created a special lifestyle program called Tribeca Select, which provides customized in-home services. For example, residents can tap “Resident Landscape Designer” Todd Haiman for advice on landscaping their balcony for the winter months, call “Resident Sommelier” Paul Grieco for thoughts on wine pairings, or charge “Resident Floral Designer” Emily Thompson with a design for a cheery arrangement that combats seasonal depression.
In an interesting twist, the pandemic has made access to essentials one of the most in-demand amenities at New York’s most exclusive buildings, inspiring many developers to provide services that promote convenience – which is quite a departure from the “over-the-top” amenities we’ve seen proliferate over the years!