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In a bustling city, meditation rooms can provide an escape. (Saint Marks Place via Grain London) In a bustling city, meditation rooms can provide an escape. (Saint Marks Place via Grain London)
Like yoga before it, meditation has recently gone from a niche activity to a mainstream practice. That was especially the case during the coronavirus pandemic - meditation app Headspace reports that its downloads have doubled since March 2020, and its competitor Calm has surpassed 100 million downloads. As studies have shown that meditation can reduce negative emotions, increase patience and creativity, and lead to better stress management, it’s not surprising that many would wish for these during a stressful time.

However, the benefits of meditation are not always easy to achieve in an apartment — the sound of a partner’s Zoom call or TV show or a pet's whine or scratch at a closed-door can cut into the peace of the session, and shutting oneself in the bathroom for at least 10 minutes isn’t an ideal solution. For some lucky New Yorkers, this is where in-building meditation rooms come in. Gramercy Square led the charge with a studio co-designed by MNDFL, and a crop of new developments has added meditation rooms to their health and wellness amenity packages. These are not white boxes, but spaces intentionally designed with a tranquil atmosphere to help residents in their practice. We take a look at new developments with meditation rooms among the amenities package in this time of increased stress and uncertainty.

200-Amsterdam-Avenue-01 200 Amsterdam via Binyan Studios
200 Amsterdam rose to heights previously unseen in its neighborhood, and the same can be said of the level of luxury among its amenities. These include a wellness-focused suite that includes a meditation room outfitted with Balinese-inspired chairs and designed by CetraRuddy.
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200-Amsterdam-Avenue-01 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing: This 1,812 square foot, two bedroom, two and a half bath condominium offers ample living and entertaining space in an elegant, split plan layout. The foyer, with a White Ice marble floor, leads to a 15' x 31'2" living and dining area with 10' ceilings, custom French White Oak floors in a chevron pattern and floor to ceiling windows facing east. The 9'10 x 17'9 kitchen offers abundant storage and work space and is a striking showpiece blending slabs of honed Calacatta marble with custom Italian made oak cabinetry and brushed nickel accents. See floor plan and full details here.

515-West-18th-Street-01 Lantern House via Related
Between its dramatic interpretation of the bay window and courtyard nestled under the High Line, Lantern House makes the most of its space and location. That mindset extends to the rest of the building's amenities: A yoga/meditation room directly overlooks the building's pool, which is set in a double-height space directly overlooking the High Line.
Lantern house pool (Credit: Colin Miller)
(Credit: Colin Miller)

515-West-18th-Street-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the listing: Residence 702 is a spacious three-bedroom, 3 bath home that offers north and east exposures with city views overlooking tree-lined High Line Park. The gracious foyer and oversized great room with two large bay windows lead to beautiful interiors that feature a generous kitchen custom designed by March & White and including custom bronze finished trim and hardware, Gaggenau appliances including wine refrigeration, a custom suspended light fixture of bronze-finished metal and specialty glass, convex fluted oak cabinetry, Calacatta Venato marble slab countertops and backsplash, 5" wide plank French oak flooring, in-residence washer and dryer and ceiling heights of up to 10'9". See floor plan and full details here.

111-Murray-Street-01 All images of 111 Murray Street via Douglas Elliman
111 Murray Street makes an elegant addition to the Lower Manhattan skyline, and that mindset applies to the apartments and amenities inside. In a state-of-the-art fitness center, a lush terrarium separates the cardio area from a movement studio where meditation classes take place.

From the listing: This exceptional split two-bedroom residence with curved high floor-to-ceiling crystalline glass boasts beautiful southern light and views of historic Tribeca skyline east. The entry galley leads to the great room and spectacular open custom kitchen adorned with white Calacatta Borghin marble countertops book-matched waterfall, cerused white oak cabinetry trimmed in custom soft black metal, Dornbracht fixtures in a custom soft black matte finish, pantry, and top-of-the-line appliances by Wolf, Miele, and Sub-Zero including 5-burner gas cooktop with built-in fully vented hood, integrated dishwasher, wall oven, speed oven, and wine refrigerator. The grand primary bedroom offers a large built in walk-in closet and luxurious en suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

At the rate new construction is going, Kips Bay won't be a quiet corner of New York for much longer. However, a Quiet Energy Studio on the second floor offers an oasis of calm. It is located just off a fitness center filled with abundant natural light, the better to keep feeling the benefits of a meditation practice.

From the listing: VU's light and airy interiors are carefully crafted by renowned interior designer Paris Forino to complement soaring ceilings and panoramic city and East River views. Living spaces in soothing neutral tones with handsome accents create a sophisticated aesthetic. Appointed in a sophisticated and light palette of natural materials such as marble, bleached oak, and white lacquer, outfitted with Miele appliances, the kitchen is a chef's dream. See floor plan and full details here.

111-Varick-Street-01 111 Varick Street via Compass
111 Varick Street is located just north of the Holland Tunnel and close to the massive construction site where Disney's new Hudson Square headquarters is taking shape, but one would never know it inside the building: Oversized sound-reducing windows block out exterior noise, though not at the expense of abundant natural light and sweeping skyline views. Just off the building's fitness center, a meditation room offers adjustable lighting, suspended cocoon chairs, and an exceptionally silent area within the building.

From the listing: #23A is a corner 1,332-square-foot 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath featuring southern, eastern and northern exposure including sprawling views including One World Trade Center, Tribeca, the Hudson River, Hudson Yards and the Empire State Building. The apartment also features two walk-in closets, heated floors and towel racks in the baths and tremendous sunlight all day long. See floor plan and full details here.

85-Jay-Street-01 All images of Front & York via CIM/LIVWRK
Front & York spans a full DUMBO block and offers resort-style living with its impressive amenities, the highlight of which is the largest Life Time fitness studio in New York City. Features include a full basketball court, indoor five-lane pool, expansive cardio and strength areas, luxurious locker rooms, and studios dedicated to group classes like barre, Pilates, yoga, and meditation.

From the listing: his stunning 1,424-square-foot two-bedroom and two-and-a-half-bathroom penthouse residence offers a gracious layout and immense floor-to-ceiling divided light windows that boast expansive views of the Downtown Brooklyn skyline to the south. Elegant and refined interiors are graced with chevron-patterned white oak flooring and lofty ceilings reaching over 10' high. A gorgeous 350-square-foot terrace with a gas grill lends itself to extraordinary indoor-outdoor entertaining. The custom-designed chef's kitchen is equipped with a full suite of state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances adding luster to the custom Morris Adjmi designed white oak cabinetry in a tobacco finish and hand-selected Calacatta Caldia marble countertops and back-splash. The five-fixture master bathroom is a luxurious oasis that is adorned with Bianco Bello marble stone and radiant heated Grey River marble floors in a chevron pattern.See full details here.

138-Willoughby-Street-01 Brooklyn Point via Extell
Brooklyn Point is currently the tallest building in the borough, the better to accommodate the impressive amenity offerings from the attended lobby to the highest rooftop infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere. Health and wellness offerings alone include a state-of-the-art fitness center, sports courts, rock-climbing wall, indoor lap pool, and multipurpose studios whose uses include meditation.

From the listing:A pristine residence nestled in the prestigious Brooklyn Point development, this stunning 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is a portrait of contemporary Brooklyn living. Features of this 729 sq. ft. home include beautiful wide plank stained oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with northern exposure and panoramic views of Manhattan, an in-home washer/dryer, and a harmonious light wood color palette with satin copper fixtures and finishes designed to accentuate space and natural light. A welcoming foyer adorned with a walk-in coat closet flows into a spacious open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen saturated with natural light. See floor plan and full details here.

58-Saint-Marks-Place-01 Saint Marks Place via Grain London
At Saint Marks Place, approximately 19,000 square feet of amenities are divided into four distinct areas that include The Foundation, a state-of-the-art fitness center and 360-degree wellness suite designed by The Wright Fit. Two meditation rooms are one component; they are circular and designed with sky-and-horizon cove detailing sound spaces to meditate in and reset without distraction. Open to all residents, the mediation rooms were included in the suite of wellness amenities as a place where residents can go to unwind, but also a space where one can educate themselves on the benefits that the practice of mediation provides. A library with garden views can also be used as a place for residents to recharge.

From the listing: Introducing PH1101, a 1,755 square foot 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home with north and east exposures, 10’ ceilings. The residence also features a 128 square foot loggia with electric outlets. Designed by INC Architecture & Design, each residence at Saint Marks Place features carefully detailed finishes and fixtures.

7" White Oak floors with sound canceling insulation, solid core interior doors, and double glazed windows provide a quiet and serene environment. Thoughtful touches include independent thermostatic controls for each room provided by a split-system HVAC, pre-wired built-in shade pockets and junction boxes in the living, dining, and bedrooms.
See floor plan and full details here.

185-18th-Street-01 Arbor Eighteen via Halstead
With Prospect Park on one side and the Greenwood Cemetery on the other, Arbor Eighteen would appear to be surrounded by greenery in the middle of Brooklyn. A lower-level Sanctuary is dedicated to health and wellness with a fitness center, yoga studio, infrared sauna, and meditation room.

From the listing: This sun-flooded, most sought-after corner unit home boasts six windows with Southern and Western exposures and water and city views. Features soaring 10’4" ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with a Bosch appliance suite, walk-in closet, and a Master Bath with custom vanity, Bianco Sivec marbled walls, and Waterworks fixtures throughout. This luxury home features custom motorized shades and California Closets throughout to maximize storage.See floor plan and full details here.

11-02-49th-Avenue-01 All images of L Haus via Nest Seekers
In the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, L Haus spans a full city block with a 10,000+ square-foot private yard at the center of it. The building's lounge and fitness center overlook the yard, and a separate yoga room is ideal for meditation.

From the listing: Unit 7F is a large (~ 1,398SF) two bedroom, two and a half bathroom duplex residence with a generous west-facing private terrace (~ 357SF). The apartment features two levels: the first one on the 7th floor - includes living, dining, powder room, and kitchen, while the second (on the 8th floor and separate entrance) has two bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom. The apartment offers a clean layout, real bright oak floors, and 9.2 foot high ceilings.

The big triple-pane windows provide excellent sound insulation, and great light. The west exposure makes the apartment very bright, and offers breath-taking sunsets from all windows.
See floor plan and full details here.

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