New York—Manhattan Skyline’s West River House has unveiled a newly renovated penthouse floor with a refinished lounge and added selection of lifestyle amenities. Those amenities include a children’s playroom, multi-purpose room and gym. All were designed by the acclaimed Dattner Architects.
The penthouse lounge of West River House features panoramic views of the Hudson River and dramatic perspectives on the Manhattan cityscape. It opens on a sprawling outdoor terrace furnished with patio furniture, planted trees and flowers. The lounge itself has been redesigned to incorporate flat-screen TVs; sumptuous chairs, sofas and tables; and porcelain tile floors.
Upgrades in technology have ushered in a new iPad system that enables control of televisions and sound system.
In the children’s playroom, which is connected to the multi-purpose room via a wall of sliding doors that can be opened to join the spaces, considerable thought was given to children’s interests. Decorations offer an outer space theme of planets, stars, astronauts and glow-in-the-dark moon. Flat-screen TV and Mac computers are programmed to accommodate young children of varying ages.
In the multi-purpose room, residents will find a large flat-screen television, ping-pong table and corner kitchen equipped with brand new appliances. The top-floor gym incorporates all-new Technogym exercise equipment, including a variety of cardio machines with LCD screens that offer cable television and electronic device connectivity, free weights and strength training machines. Views from the gym overlook the Hudson River and surrounding city skyline.
“We felt that the marketplace for luxury apartments was demanding amenities similar to those found in other Upper West Side buildings, many of which are co-ops and condos or new rental buildings,” Laurie Zucker, vice chair at Manhattan Skyline, tells MHN. “We surveyed our residents and asked what they would like to see in the building, and we spoke with consultants about what other buildings were providing. Based on the survey responses we received, the children’s playroom, a party room and gym upgrade were all high on residents’ wish list. We have many more children in the building than ever before, and they really needed a place to play when the weather was inclement. We had three racquetball courts that we realized were not being utilized fully, so we decided to convert the courts into a real playroom and a multipurpose room with comfortable furniture, a large flat screen TV, ping pong table, a kitchen and dining area.”
West River House, one of the few rental buildings on coveted West End Ave., is located at 424 West End Ave. at 81st St.
Nestled between Riverside Park and Central Park, it’s within steps of some of the most famous cultural attractions in Manhattan, and is close to an array of subway lines, bus routes and great walking opportunities.
West River House provides large rental apartment homes that range in size from one to convertible three-bedroom units. Some residences offer wood-burning fireplaces, and many feature large picture windows, windowed eat-in kitchens, and terraces and balconies that take maximum advantage of the river and city views. On the top floor, apartments offer 10-foot ceilings.
“Residents can rent the children’s playroom and multipurpose party rooms either separately or together for private parties,” Zucker says. “This has been a big hit. Now, with the indoor space as nice as the outdoor space, residents can enjoy all of our spaces year round, regardless of the weather.”