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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)
On the tenth day of the tenth month, the World Health Organization recognizes World Mental Health Day to discuss mental health issues around the world and to mobilize undertakings to make mental health care accessible to all. This is a multifaceted endeavor that requires effort from all sectors – government officials and healthcare professionals among them – but there are small steps individuals can take to improve their own mental well-being. Among them is meditation, which numerous studies have shown can reduce negative emotions, increase patience and creativity, and lead to better stress management.
As meditation has evolved from a niche New Age-style activity to a mainstream practice, a number of meditation studios have opened in New York. Additionally, smart residential developers have begun to incorporate these into their amenity packages. Gramercy Square led the charge with a studio co-designed by MNDFL, and a crop of new developments has added meditation rooms and terraces 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 space among the amenities package in this time of increased stress and uncertainty.

208-Delancey-Street-01 208 Delancey Street (Compass)
208 Delancey Street, a building designed as a calming oasis in a bustling section of the Lower East Side, has recently opened for immediate occupancy. Select residents can go out onto their private balconies to meditate, and the building's fitness center opens up to an outdoor meditation terrace.

Lower East Side condo
From the Listing: Residence 1B is a 1,089-square-foot 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom duplex home with a 398-square-foot private exterior space. Featuring an open layout, the living area is in the center and with one bedroom on the first floor and a second bedroom on its own level. The open kitchen layout leads directly to the living/dining area which directly faces the private outdoor space and can easily fit a large dining table perfect for entertaining. With high-end Miele finishes, a dishwasher, and an in-unit Miele washer and dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

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 generously proportioned 2,139-square-foot, two-bedroom, two and a half-bath condominium has a gracious layout and striking city and Central Park views. The foyer, with a White Ice marble floor, leads to an expansive Living and Dining area with 10’ ceilings, custom French White Oak floors in a chevron pattern and floor-to-ceiling windows. Sliding glass panels allow for either an open or closed kitchen which itself is a showpiece blending slabs of honed Calacatta marble with custom Italian made oak cabinetry and brushed nickel accents. A large waterfall edged center island provides seating for three, and houses the Miele dishwasher, an undermount sink with a Kallista faucet and pull-out spray, and abundant storage and work space. 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 1202 is a grand two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home that offers south and east exposures with panoramic open city views. The gracious foyer and oversized great room 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 109". The primary bedroom includes a walk-in closet and the en-suite bathroom features Nestos Beige marble slab flooring and walls. 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 brand new 2,279-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence with ceilings up to approximately 10’6 comprises an entire half floor, offering beautiful views to the Hudson River from every room. From a private elevator vestibule, a grand set of double doors reveals a formal entry foyer that leads to a breathtaking corner great room with an open kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps the gentle curve of this sprawling space for exceptional natural light and sunset views. Meticulously designed by AD100 designer David Mann, the custom Molteni kitchen offers cerused White Oak cabinetry trimmed in custom soft black metal, Calacatta Borghini marble island with book-matched waterfall, countertop, and backsplash, Dornbracht fixtures in a custom soft black matte finish, and top-of-the-line appliances by Wolf, Miele, and Sub-Zero See floor plan and full details here.

368-Third-Avenue-01 VU New York (Brown Harris Stevens)
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 of VU New York 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.
Kips Bay condos

From the listing: Residence 22C is a corner 2-bed, 2-bath home that showcases unparalleled southern and western views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower. This gracious, split layout offers an abundance of natural light welcomed through its walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. 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.

111-Varick-Street-02 111 Varick Street, #14E (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing: #14E is an impressive 756-square-foot southern-facing one-bedroom home with a private terrace. The apartment features a walk in closet, stainless steel Bosch appliances, Insinkerator garbage disposal, Kohler fixtures, Calcutta gold quartz countertops and backsplash and custom crafted Italian cabinetry. The bathroom includes honed, diamond white cultured marble vanities; Casanova cabinetry; and Carrara marble flooring. Residences also come with Latch smart-lock apartment entry systems, Nest thermostats, Bosch washer and dryer, white oak flooring, 9-11 foot ceilings and solar shades. 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: Residence 14L-FRONT is a 1,630-square-foot sun-filled corner three bedroom, three bathroom home offering a gracious layout and immense divided light windows that frame stunning views of the bridges and the Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. Elegant and refined interiors are graced with chevron-patterned white oak flooring and lofty ceilings heights. The custom designed chef’s kitchen seamlessly integrates with the great room and 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 counter tops and back-splash. The primary bedroom suite features a large walk-in closet and wide-plank white oak flooring. See full details here.

138-Willoughby-Street-01 Brooklyn Point via Extell
Brooklyn Point is among the tallest buildings 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 corner residence nestled in the prestigious Brooklyn Point development, this stunning 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is a portrait of contemporary Brooklyn living. Features of this 1,454-square-foot home include beautiful wide plank stained oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with northern and eastern exposure and panoramic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, an in-home washer/dryer, and a harmonious dark wood color palette with satin copper fixtures and finishes designed to accentuate space and natural light. A welcoming foyer adorned with a coat closet and full bathroom flows into a spacious open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen saturated with natural light. The kitchen is equipped with an eat-in island, sleek white quartz countertops, custom oak millwork, a built-in Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, and fully-integrated appliances from Miele. 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.

58-Saint-Marks-Place Saint Marks Place, #TH516 (Caukus Consulting LLC)
From the listing: Introducing Unit 516, a 2,334 square foot 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom duplex home with south, west and north exposures with dramatic 15.5’ ceiling heights in the living and dining great room. The residence features a dramatic 717 square foot landscaped terrace with a built-in outdoor kitchen and grill, electric and water outlets and a gas fire pit. 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.

215-West-28th-Street-01 Maverick Chelsea (Douglas Elliman)
When mid-block masterpiece Maverick Chelsea was under construction, the building announced that it would have an on-call spiritual concierge to assist residents with meditation and other spiritual matters. Whether one is enlisting their services or meditating solo, a meditation room with a Himalayan salt wall offers an ideal setting.

215-West-28th-Street-01 #12B (Cooper and Cooper RE)
From the listing: Spanning across 700 square feet, this showcase home is awash in natural light. Northeast exposures framed by stunning oversized windows will inspire and captivate. The open floor plan seamlessly molds living and dining together. Carefully crafted oak floors set the perfect stage to entertain and delight friends and family. The designer kitchen is comprised of custom oak cabinets by Scavolini. Stunning white marble countertops and a top-of-the-line Miele package complete any entertainer’s dream. The welcoming bedroom features two built-in closets, ready for your collections! 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.

11-02-49th-Avenue-02 L Haus, #9E (Modern Spaces)
From the listing: Unit 9H is a beautiful and generous converted two-bedroom, one-bath residence with a stunning west-facing exposure, offering a 180-degree view of Manhattan. The apartment features a clean layout, real bright oak floors and 9.2-foot high ceilings. The big triple-pane windows provide excellent sound and natural element insulation. A west exposure, one large window and one floor-to-ceiling window (leading to the balcony) provide ample natural light throughout the main area, as well as breath-taking sunsets views. A spectacular modern open kitchen is appointed with Bosch, Sharp and Liebherr stainless steel appliances, high-gloss custom cabinets, soft close drawers, and custom stainless steel backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

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