It can often be tough to meet new people when moving to a new big city, and luxury residential developers are doing a lot to change this ‘keep to yourself’ landscape and make their buildings more social. Buildings are planning social events, group cooking or mixology classes, and a bunch of other activities within their common spaces so residents can integrate and get to know one another. You could meet your new best friend, expand your professional network or your next babysitter right in your building! Below is a roundup of examples of some of the country’s most social buildings.
Brooklyn Point is currently the borough’s tallest tower at 720 feet and will offer luxury homes with amazing views as well as over 40,000 square feet of amenities. No need to travel far to meet new people — Brooklyn Point has you covered! Brooklyn Point will host themed food events with eats from DeKalb Market Hall (the 40,000 square foot food hall located beneath the building) in their amenity spaces to get residents to integrate and meet one another. For example, Brooklyn Point will put on an Ice Cream Social for the kids of the building with ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery in the game room.
Another fun event will be Desserts on Deck, where Brooklyn Point residents will enjoy pastries and sweets from Café D’Avignon while also in the presence of the highest outdoor residential infinity pool the Western Hemisphere, a sundeck, al fresco dining areas, changing rooms, showers and an outdoor movie screening space. Other integrative events include Salads at the Spa with healthy bowls from Two Tablespoons, Street Food Saturdays in the Chef’s Demonstration Kitchen by Jianbing Company, Sunday Bun-Day at the Landscaped Terrace with delicious buns from Bunsmith, and Barquque and Sports in the Screening Room with wings, pork ribs and fries by Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, the perfect space to watch a sports game. Some of the additional exciting activations planned at the building include kid-friendly programming as well as private beer, wine and cocktail events.
Nestled in the lush greenery and waterfront parks of NYC’s coveted Battery Park City neighborhood, Gateway is a peaceful residential oasis comprised of six high-rise buildings with breathtaking harbor and city views. Gateway offers over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities for residents of all ages, including the largest residential rooftop in Downtown Manhattan and a beautifully-landscaped private outdoor lawn overlooking the Hudson River. The lush lawn, rooftop and Gateway’s residents’ lounge are programmed throughout the year with family-friendly resident events, including outdoor movie nights, barbecues, holiday parties and special classes such as cooking and mixology classes.
Throughout the gorgeous neighborhood on Jersey City’s waterfront, various Newport residential developments program their resident lounges with special events such as cooking classes, mixology classes and sushi-making classes. Classes are open to all residents over the age of 21 and take place throughout the year, making the waterfront developments the perfect place to meet your next best friend. Often guided by local companies, the classes also provide the opportunity for residents to become better acquainted with companies based in their area. In addition to teaching new skills and hobbies, the events also encourage interaction and socialization, allowing residents to meet their neighbors in a relaxed environment. Events are hosted at Ellipse, Revetment House, Embankment House and additional Newport properties.
Similarly, Urby offers a variety of classes that get their residents to mingle. Jersey City Urby’s on-site creative lab hosts a terrarium-making class, getting residents to create more green space in their homes, or practice new beverage recipes featuring fresh ingredients with mixology lessons. In Staten Island, sushi and empanada-making classes are held, along with wine tastings and pairings through seasonal dinner parties led by farmer-in-residence Olivia Gamber and local chefs from the restaurants within Urby. Designed to create and inspire good times among neighbors, the shared spaces and curated activities are hosted at each of Urby’s locations in Staten Island, Jersey City and Harrison, NJ (and a fourth location set to open in Stamford, CT this fall).
Recently, in a sleek lounge with killer views of the Manhattan skyline, a crowd of 150 people gathered, eager to sip rosé and enjoy conversations over small plates. What appears to be an after-work hotspot is actually “happy hour” at Journal Squared, a new, soaring luxury rental development in Jersey City—where everyone attending lives in the building. At Journal Squared, residents can attend an array of social events, such as wine tastings, trivia nights and pop-up dinners from trendy local restaurants, including smokehouse Hamilton Pork and craft gelato purveyors Bucket & Bay.
Ora is a newly reimagined rental building in the heart of Kalorama, D.C.’s most prestigious neighborhood. Its 113 apartments were totally overhauled with thoughtfully appointed finishes and stainless steel appliances, and it promises to elevate the DC renting experience with high-design common spaces and luxury amenities. Ora encourages its residents to get to know their neighbors through a robust social calendar of events that take place in the building. Among the amenity suite at Ora is a sunken lobby-lounge with booths for socializing, a club room with a wet bar and entertainment system and the rooftop sky deck where Ora for hosting resident gatherings. Social events at Ora include cooking demonstrations from local celebrity chef, Chef Jess, French macaron baking class and a Friendsgiving feast.
El Centro Apartments & Bungalows
Located on a full city block just east of the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine in central Hollywood, El Centro Apartments & Bungalows brings a fresh and vibrant take on urban rental living to one of Los Angeles’s most exciting and evolving neighborhoods.
El Centro blends a boutique hospitality sensibility with the scale and amenities of a fully equipped luxury housing development to provide residents a welcoming, full-service, indoor/outdoor, live-work community in a walkable location at the center of everything. To complement its collection of resort-style amenities and help residents connect with their neighbors and the surrounding community, El Centro offers a variety of members club-inspired events and programming curated by an in-house team of hospitality veterans formerly with The Standard and other boutique properties. In addition to off-site outings to skate parks, rock climbing facilities and farmers markets, El Centro hosts on-site activations including floral arranging classes, cooking demonstrations, live drawings, ceramics, book readings by prominent authors and monthly educational tours of the building’s cactus botanical gardens. El Centro also offers pool parties where residents can take in a movie projected onto an outdoor screen.
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