As temperatures continue to cool, just about every New Yorker will be looking for an excuse to stay indoors. Unless, of course, you’re a pet owner and your puppy is begging to go for a walk. For Matthew Messinger, President & CEO of Trinity Place Holdings and the developer behind luxury condominium 77 Greenwich, this experience hits home. A dog lover himself and the husband of a veterinarian, Messinger realized that New York City’s ever-changing weather could take its toll on pet owners and their four-legged friends. Since the building features an expansive rooftop for residents, he reserved a portion of a separate 2,350-square-foot terrace for a dog run, ensuring that they also have a backyard-like space to exercise and entertain their canine companions—without having to leave the building.
And he’s not alone. A handful of condo and rental developments are now designed to make like easier for their pet-owning residents, including:
77 GREENWICH – ELEVATED DOG RUN
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s “New Downtown,” 77 Greenwich is a new luxury condominium with a boutique approach to urban living, featuring architecture by FX Collaborative and interiors by Deborah Berke Partners, along with show-stopping water views and a suite of well-crafted amenities including extensive outdoor space designed by Future Green Studio. The building’s developer, Matthew Messinger of Trinity Place Holdings, is married to a veterinarian and is a dog owner himself. With his love for canines in mind, he chose to turn a portion of a 2,350-square-foot terrace into a dog run to ensure that residents have a backyard-like space to exercise and entertain their four-legged friends—without having to leave the building.
KRE’s PET CONCIERGE AND CANINE CLUB
Developer KRE Group has partnered with Bark Buildings, a Jersey City-based in-home pet service provider, to create a new pet concierge and canine club amenity program across its portfolio of Jersey City rental buildings. Designed to engage residents through personalized experiences that socialize resident dogs and build a sense of community among pet owners, the “KRE in JC Canine Club” is free to residents and consists of monthly events such as themed play dates and dog-friendly photo shoots, as well as six surprise gifts including Bark & Co. toys and treats, and welcome boxes for new tenants. Signing up for the program will also give residents access to on-site and on-demand pet care services for an additional fee—including daily walks, play dates, in-home sitting, obedience training and cat visits. The “KRE in JC Canine Club” is now open at 485 Marin—KRE’s newest rental development—as well as Grove Point, 18 Park, 225 Grand and Journal Square.
Located on the Weehawken waterfront, Avora at Port Imperial is a contemporary amenity-rich condominium that offers green living and stellar views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Among the LEED-anticipated building’s vast collection of amenities is an onsite pet grooming room, which was thoughtfully designed with stainless steel for easy clean up, a ramp for pets to walk into the basin of the tub, mechanisms for securing pets in the tub, blow dryers and accessories.
At 88&90 Lexington, a resident named their Bernadoodle puppy “Lex” after their beloved home. The building frequently offers themed events for its residents and their four-legged companions, the most recent being a pet portraits party in the entertainment lounge, complete with a professional sketch artist drawing caricatures of the pups in attendance.
Extell Development’s luxury rental by Hudson Yards, isn’t just dog friendly—it’s a canine castle. Residents’ four legged friends have access to a covered (and heated!) outdoor dog run located on the 12th floor, ensuring that no matter the season, canine companions and their owners will be pampered and comfortable. (So much so that residents can often be found with a glass of wine in hand at the dog run for unofficial social hours throughout the year) Additionally, 555Ten features services by “Throw Me A Bone” which has a facility on premise, available to walk, feed and spend time with pups when residents are away. The building is so popular with pups that a handful of Instagram “influencer” dogs live within its walls such as @AvocadoTheDog. Other dog celebrities have come to visit the rental building as well for “yappy hours.”
A new luxury rental building in the picturesque, tree-lined neighborhood of Hamilton Park, Jersey City, Revetment House makes a perfect home for furry friends. Residents have access to an expansive landscaped roof deck complete with a dog run, and the development is also steps from Hamilton Park’s eponymous green space, which offers even more space for dogs to play. Revetment House resident Prashanth Devarajan can speak about choosing to live at Revetment House specifically because of the landscaped green space–most of the other buildings he looked at in Jersey City didn’t have space for his adorable dog Chico (who has his very own Instagram). Both Prashanth and Chico love that there are tons of other pup residents to play with in the building.
JERSEY CITY URBY
At 713-feet and 69-stories, Jersey City Urby is the tallest residential building in New Jersey. Designed by the critically acclaimed Dutch architecture and interiors firm Concrete — known for the designs of citizenM Hotels around the world and W Hotels in London and Switzerland—the building features 762 contemporary residences and a unique series of collective spaces designed to foster natural opportunities for residents to socialize. Among its collective spaces, Jersey City Urby features a Woofgarden dog run, which is a designated outdoor space for residents to take their furry companions for off-leash supervised exercise and play time.
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