Luxury Office Buildings with the Best Amenities in NYC

JACK COHEN
SPACES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
212-300-3265
jack@spacescre.com

FIND YOUR OFFICE SPACE

If you’re looking to lure employees back to the office, you might want to consider a move. A recent study found that millennials are more likely than their older counterparts to work from home or from a coffee shop. In fact, 72 percent of millennials say that they are more productive when working from home. In contrast, businesses are finding that the quality and quantity of employee output is much higher when working in an office environment. 

On this vein, many companies have started providing perks such as gym memberships and healthy snacks in an attempt to entice employees back into the office building. But some buildings have gone above and beyond in offering amenities that no other company can match—and it’s paying off for them in spades.

So what are these luxurious perks? Here are a few examples:

-Full-service gym
-Lounge/ recreation space 
-Catered meals once a week (or more!)
– Outdoor areas

The buildings below have been at the forefront of the industry in both the creativity and number of their amenity offerings. 

1 Penn Plaza

1 Penn Plaza is a premier luxury office building located in the newly dubbed PENN District submarket.It is one of the most prestigious and sought-after buildings in the city, and it offers tenants and visitors alike a range of amenities that are second to none. 

Managed by Industrious PENN 1’s three level amenity center called WorkLife, provides an robust mix of amenities including: a 20,000 SF conference facility, several work lounge areas, a mix of seated dining options, a full service bar, grab and go food options, and a 35,000 SF fitness and wellness center

The conference facility features: an auditorium with digital projection system; two break-out rooms with state-of-the art audio/visual equipment; two terraces with views of midtown Manhattan; retractable glass walls that open up to outdoor terraces; state-of-the art lighting system, and more than enough space to meet any meeting or event needs.

Food options include a full service bar, dine in restaurant called The Landing with curated food by DMK, grab and go food from Office Hours with selections of coffees, teas, soups, sandwiches, and salads, and premium coffee shop Blue bottle.

Worklife Health and Wellbeing provides space for exercise and medical care. Powered by a 35,000 fitness center centered with a full gym, cycling room, and recovery room with a Normatec station and Somadome Pod, and luxurious lockers with showers.

 

437 Madison Avenue

During the height of the pandemic, Sage Realty and The William Kaufman Organization embarked on an amenity program for their Midtown portfolio of office buildings that include 777 Third Avenue, 747 Third Avenue, 767 Third Avenue, and 437 Madison Avenue to attract tenants back to the office. Each of its amenity centers stands on their own, but 437 Madison Avenue’s stands apart from the rest. 

It’s not that 437 Madison Avenue’s amenity center has a golf simulator, pickle ball court, or steam room, but rather the amenity center at 437 Madison leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. The space was designed more for business than for play with many different types of meeting spaces, including: lounge areas for informal meetings and get togethers, a bar area for evening cocktails, a presentation room for training and town halls, and various sized meeting rooms for investor meetings and presentations. Besides for the different types of meeting areas, the space is impeccably designed with luxurious finishes throughout. Including exotic hardwoods, specialty paint finishes, tile work, and just the right furniture for each area creating an inviting atmosphere. It’s no wonder that this was one of the more populated amenity centers that we’ve toured.

Last but not least is the wraparound garden terrace providing a true organic oasis in within the hustle and bustle of the City. 

Seagram Building

New York’s iconic Seagram Building, which is home to the likes of Goldman Sachs, Google and LVMH, just got a new amenity—a $25 million recreation, fitness and conference space named The Playground + Conference Center. The indoor facility officially opened, fulfilling the vision of its owner RFR to “breathe oxygen into the workplace” by offering tenants a community where people can work, socialize and exercise.

RFR cleared the way for the bilevel multisport complex by restructuring the building’s underground parking garage to hold a 3,500-square-foot fitness center, a multisport open court and 22-foot-tall climbing wall. Ownership also created several meeting spaces including a 150-person stadium seating style presentation area, a 50 seat board room, and 40 seat training room. 

The fitness center features a climbing wall, treadmills, ellipticals, Pelotons, Stairmaster, flat bench, incline bench, workout benches, power rack, dumbbells, and a Precor Queenax Functional System used for high-intensity interval training. The facility’s  studio is equipped with a dozen spin bikes, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, and meditation  areas and classes are held in an adjacent flex room. Locker rooms are equipped with showers to freshen up after a hard core workout.

The Playground’s open court designed for basketball, volleyball, or America’s fastest growing sport pickleball, can be transformed into a theater for all hands meetings or large scale presentations.

In addition to this outstanding and unique amenity the building boasts an executive lounge with an outdoor terrace, a revolving curated art exhibition, and acclaimed restaurants The Lobster Club and The Grill. 

The GM Building

767 Fifth Avenue, known by most New Yorkers as the GM Building, towers 50 stories above Central Park. If the views of Central Park or the cache of being in this luxury office building aren’t enough to differentiate this building from the rest of the flock then its amenity center and private penthouse club will.
With approximately 35,000 RSF of amenity space the GM Building is ahead of the pack in both the quantity and quality of its amenity center which includes a fitness center with luxurious locker rooms, a cafe, lounge area, and bar, and a flexible sized conference facility to accommodate small meetings to large conferences.
In addition, a new exclusive coworking/ social club dubbed “
” will be opening on the 37th floor providing luxury office space. At a price tag of $125,000 to buy in with annual dues of $36,000 the space will be a place where members could focus on “business performance”.
 

Lever House (390 Park Avenue)

The Lever House is an iconic New York City office building that was recently added to the list of historic buildigns in NYC. While its rich history is not to be forgotten, its new owners  WatermanClark and Brookfield Properties are putting their own touch on this gem. After assuming a virtually vacant building from its previous owners, WatermanClark and Broofield are embarking on a massive massive $100 million redevelopment to attract tenants. Besides updating and modernizing the infrastructure throughout the building, the developers have consulted with LA-based firm Marmol Radziner to design a tenant-only club called “Lever Club” on the entire third floor that will feature a library, private dining with bar and lounge, 13,450 square feet of outdoor terraces and conference as well as flexible office areas.
Exclusive amenties begin immediately upon pulling up to the building with valet parking with direct to floor elevator access, a lounge and bar proving refreshing food and drink options, a work lounge with a seamless indoor-outdoor work environment, and a conference area with multiple conference room types for any kind of meeting. 

Nomad Tower

Before Nomad was cool and amenities were the trend, the new owners of 1250 Broadway embarked on a renovation to modernize an aging building that included converting ground floor retail and basement space into a first class amenity center to attract new tenants. Their investment paid off and resulted in a nearly full building of exciting companies paying rents almost double what ownership was previously seeing. Nomad Tower’s amenities include an indoor parking garage, lounge with ping pong, arcade games, and pool tables, a full gym with peloton bikes, weights, and a fitness studio, locker room with showers, an amphitheater with stadium seating, and conference rooms. Take a virtual tour of the lobby or amenity center or book a tour here.