The 15 best gyms in NYC residential buildings

April 12, 2018

Jay Wright, founder and CEO of The Wright Fit, a gym design and management consultancy, is behind many of the gorgeous gyms in high-end NYC residential buildings, from 15 Central Park West to 56 Leonard. The Wright Fit has a very specific philosophy that guides their design and programming for their clients’ facilities. “That philosophy is called centerpoint strategy. The goal of is to create balance, functional longevity, and optimal quality of life for our clients and the residents of the building. We are trying to get people off of fixed path motion machines, where the actual machines define the path of motion, and teach people about their bodies. We like to challenge people to evolve their way of thinking.”

Wright says that time and proximity are the biggest barriers to working out. By creating gorgeous gyms in residential buildings, those two barriers are eliminated. So if you live one of these buildings with amazing gyms, let us envy you as you run down the stairs (forget the elevator) and start sweating. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 15 best residential gyms that are getting New Yorkers’ heart rates pumping.

1. One Hundred Barclay

Via Rich Caplan

Tribeca’s One Hundred Barclay has over 40,000 square feet of amenities in total. The fitness center, programmed by Jay Wright, features a yoga and pilates studio, dance studio, and personalized fitness services, such as personal training, nutritionists, spa services, private chefs, nutritional advice, in-home massage, triathlon prep, fencing lessons, swimming lessons, and event planning available for members. etc. It also has two pools–an 82-foot, two-lane pool and a children’s wading pool–and steam/sauna rooms to wind down after a workout.

2. Woolworth Tower Residences

Via Alchemy Properties

At the stately Woolworth Tower Residences, located in the upper floors of the 1913 neo-Gothic Woolworth Building, owners can work out with a view above City Hall Park and all of lower Manhattan. Located on the 30th floor, there are incredible north- and east-facing open skyline views with state-of-the-art private fitness equipment, ideal for personal and private training workouts. Plus, the building offers residents access to the restored basement pool, which was once the private pool of Mr. Woolworth himself.

3. Two Fifty West 81st

Renderings by Williams New York; design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

This new Upper West Side condo building from Alchemy Properties and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects boasts a Technogym fitness center complete with Peloton bikes, golf simulator room, and a multi-purpose sports court. And with only 31 units, you won’t even have to worry about waiting your turn for a machine.

4. Madison Square Park Tower

Rendering by Williams New York

Madison Square Park Tower boasts five full floors of amenities, including a fully equipped fitness center encompassing the entire fourth floor. Curated by the Wright Fit, the fitness center includes a comprehensive range of cardio, weight training, and boxing equipment. Additionally, the building’s amenities geared towards health and wellness include a three-point basketball court and a private training studio designated for yoga, stretching, or personal training.

5. 11 Beach

Photo: Evan Joseph

A uniquely designed space that brings the outdoors in, 11 Beach Street in Tribeca features a crystal skylight that overlooks the BKSK-designed, terracotta-clad inner courtyard of the building and shines natural light into the gym. The bespoke gymnasium was created as a beautiful space for individual and private trainer-led workouts.

6. 180 East 88th Street

Rendering: March Made for DDG

Situated in the Upper East Side’s coveted Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th Street is a striking condominium being developed and designed by national real estate developer DDG. Its extensive amenity selection includes an expansive fitness center featuring state-of-the-art machines and Peloton. It’s situated on a higher floor to allow for natural light and provide outdoor views and the use of board-formed concrete echoes the artisanal aspects of the building. In addition to the fitness center, the building also features a private yoga studio, indoor soccer field, and indoor, half-court basketball court with double-height ceilings.

7. One Manhattan Square

Via Extell

With over 100,000 square feet of amenities, the Lower East Side’s One Manhattan Square (6sqft’s 2017 Building of the Year!) is a vertical village, offering something for everyone. The multi-level fitness center will offer three swimming pools, a bowling alley, golf simulators, squash court, yoga studio, and a full-sized basketball court. For post gym time, residents can sweat it out in the wellness center’s very own sauna, hot tub, hammam (Turkish bath) with a cold plunge pool, private treatment rooms, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. Afterward, stroll and relax in 40,000 square feet of breathtaking gardens–the largest private outdoor gardens in NYC!.

8. Waterline Square 

Renderings via Noe & Associates with the Boundary

Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Waterline Square is a trio of luxury residential high-rises, sitting on nearly five acres along the Hudson River, from West 59th Street to West 61st Street. With more than 100,000 square feet of best-in-class sports, leisure, and lifestyle amenities, as well as a beautifully-landscaped park and open spaces, the Waterline Club connects all three buildings and has been designed by David Rockwell’s famed hospitality group, Rockwell Group. It includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor basketball court, indoor tennis court, soccer field, bowling alley, and a 25-meter, three-lane lap pool for those looking to get a workout outside of the traditional fitness center. Other amenity highlights include an art studio, music studio, indoor gardening studio, and specialty zones for children and pets.

9. 125 Greenwich Street

125 greenwich street, rafael vinoly, financial district

Renderings courtesy of March

125 Greenwich Street provides amenities on its top three floors, including a 15,000-square-foot, residents-only, private club called The 88 dedicated to lifestyle and wellness with sweeping skyline and water views. Wellness amenities take care of the mind, body, and soul and include a 50-foot lap pool with poolside chaise lounges, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a spa with a sauna, steam room, massage therapy rooms, and a treatment room for by-appointment professional hairstyling, manicure, and pedicure services; a quiet relaxation lounge; and a fully equipped fitness center, weight room, and yoga studio with 24-hour access, top-of-the-line equipment, and a private training room.

10. 277 Fifth Avenue

The building’s two amenity floors via Victor Group / Lendlease / Corcoran

Rafael Viñoly’s modern Nomad tower 277 Fifth Avenue, the neighborhood’s current tallest building,  features a collection of 20-foot height, open-air loggias that are carved out of the building’s corners, spiraling downward around the building from the upper floors. The fitness club has separate training and yoga studios, men’s and women’s spa with separate steam and sauna rooms and a terrace outside the fitness area, overlooking Fifth Avenue, relax post-workout.

11. 242 Broome Street

242 Broome Street, SHoP Architects, Essex CrossingRendering via Moso Studio

This SHoP Architects-designed condo is part of the Lower East Side’s Essex Crossing mega-development. Despite being a boutique building, 242 offers a 2,000-square-foot gym with three zones: functional fitness, strength training, and cardio training. The gym also features state-of-the-art, A/V-enabled TechnoGym equipment. Catch your breath on the landscaped roof deck, and don’t worry about working up an appetite, as 242 Broome will be one of three Essex Crossing sites that connects directly to SHoP’s Market Line, a 150,000 square-foot food/retail market.

12. 101 West 78th Street

Unlike a lot of the new, ground-up condos on the list, 101 West 78th Street is a late 19th Century residence located directly across the street from its architectural contemporary, the American Museum of Natural History. Designer Stephen Sills reimagined the interiors, from the residences to the amenity spaces, and for the fitness center, he incorporated TechnoGym’s prestigious Personal Line, which not only has a myriad of personalized, digital hookups but is sleekly designed, too.

13. The Greenpoint

Renderings via Neoscape

The Greenpoint is the first-ever and tallest skyscraper in Greenpoint along the East River developed by Mack Real Estate Group and Palin Enterprises, in conjunction with Urban Development Partners. With over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, the state-of-the-art fitness center at the Greenpoint is a retro industrial designed space featuring all of the workout equipment you’ll ever need, including cardio and weight machines, free weights and weightlifting racks. With high ceilings and large, floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the gym with natural light, residents can take in breathtaking views. Other fitness offerings include the Huron Basketball Court and Courtside Lounge, a private training room, and the Sunset yoga studio. Cool off (or heat up!) on the sun deck and then refuel with food from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, who will operate a restaurant in the base of the building.

14. Park and Shore

Via Strategic Capital

Okay, it’s not technically NYC, but Jersey City is quickly becoming the sixth borough. Located in the Newport neighborhood, Park and Shore is the area’s first luxury condo development in nearly a decade. It’s comprised of two distinct buildings, 75 Park Lane and Shore House. Developed by Strategic Capital, the investment arm of China Construction America, and designed by Woods Bagot, Park and Shore offers a state-of-the-art gym that features an open floor plan, massive floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in natural light and views, a soothing yoga studio, a windowed Olympic swimming pool 82 feet in length, and a teak-lined spa featuring hammam-style steam rooms and saunas. Other active amenities include a game room with pool, ping-pong, and foosball tables, a separate golf room complete with golf simulator, and a rooftop putting green.

15. Ellipse

Photo: LeFrak

Also located on the Newport waterfront, LeFrak’s rental tower Ellipse was designed by Arquitectonica. Its state-of-the-art gym boasts sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, along with the best-in-class machines and space for stretching and floor work. There’s also an outdoor pool deck.



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