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The Kent's private sound lounge (Credit: Evan Joseph)) The Kent's private sound lounge (Credit: Evan Joseph))
The Academy Awards will air on Sunday night, and it’s an especially good year for New York: Longtime Brooklynite Spike Lee’s BlacKKKlansman is up for six awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. New Yorker Lady Gaga is nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song. Can You Ever Forgive Me? was shot in Manhattan and nominated in three major categories. Also, acting nominees Bradley Cooper and Adam Driver have connections to New York.

New York attracts top talent and teachers, but this is ultimately meaningless if performers and artists have no space to hone their crafts. And while athletes have their pick of gyms and parks throughout the city, practice rooms and rehearsal studios are at more of a premium. Developers are coming to recognize this and include amenities with artistically inclined tenants in mind. We look at performance-related amenities throughout New York that may give rise to another class of Oscar nominees.

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Two Fifty West 81st, 250 West 81st Street
Two Fifty West 81st, 250 West 81st Street Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue
Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue Williamsburg
Two Waterline Square, 30 Riverside Boulevard
Two Waterline Square, 30 Riverside Boulevard Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
One Waterline Square, 10 Riverside Boulevard
One Waterline Square, 10 Riverside Boulevard Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
The Kent, 200 East 95th Street
The Kent, 200 East 95th Street Yorkville
200-East-95th-Street-1 Sound lounge via Evan Joseph
200-East-95th-Street-1 Images of The Kent via Extell
200-East-95th-Street-3 Living room
200-East-95th-Street-3 Lounge
In a first of its kind, the sound lounge at The Kent was designed by Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz's Kravitz Design to be sound-proof, chic, and a retreat for artists of all types: It offers a performance space and stage, dance floor, piano, drum set, amplifier, and state-of-the-art audiovisual system. The linear wood paneling on the ceiling and stage offers an aesthetically pleasing and practical soundproofing solution. Additional amenities in this Art Deco-inspired high-rise include residents lounge, landscaped courtyard garden, fitness center with pool, and children's playroom.

Waterline-Square-1 All images of Waterline Square via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
Waterline-Square-2 Living room
Waterline-Square-3 Waterline Club entrance
Waterline-Square-4 Art studio
The three magnificent buildings in the Waterline Square complex are connected by Waterline Club, a 100,000-square-foot space designed by Rockwell Group and containing amenities to cater to every lifestyle and interest, including those in the arts. A music studio includes a baby grand piano, electric guitar, drum set, and recording studio with sound mixing and production equipment. Visual artists have a studio of their own, and a video/photography studio comes with audiovisual equipment.

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252-South-Street-2 One Manhattan Square
252-South-Street-3 Living room
252-South-Street-4 Lounge
As sumptuous as the 70-seat screening room at One Manhattan Square is, it's not just for movies—it can double as a venue for plays, dance performances, and other live entertainment events. It benefits from the same attention to detail and level of luxury as the other amenities in the tallest tower in the Lower East Side-Chinatown neighborhood. These include, but are by no means limited to, a courtyard and several gardens, a state-of-the-art fitness center, basketball court, bowling alley, squash court, pool and spa area, hammam, wine room, and cellar bar and lounge.

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250-West-81st-Street-2 Two Fifty West 81st
250-West-81st-Street-3 Living room
250-West-81st-Street-4 Lounge
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Located a short distance from Beacon Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Steps on Broadway, this elegant Upper West Side building shows appreciation for the arts with its music room and recording studio, which includes a selection of state-of-the-art instruments, mixing board, and sound booth. It is part of an amenity collection that engages both the mind and body with a fitness center, sports court, golf simulator, children's playroom, and library lounge with terrace.

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30-Park-Place-2 The Four Seasons Private Residences
30-Park-Place-3 Library
30-Park-Place-4 Lounge
In this soaring Tribeca tower, a vaulted conservatory with a double-height ceiling, baby grand piano, and adjacent loggia is a grand yet intimate setting for live performance events. Gauzy curtains ensure that the performers won't be overshadowed by the spectacular views out the oversized windows—residents can enjoy 360-degree views of the Midtown skyline, New York Harbor, the East River, and the Hudson River.

184-Kent-Avenue-1 All images of Austin Nichols House via Nest Seekers
184-Kent-Avenue-2 Living room
184-Kent-Avenue-3 Lobby
184-Kent-Avenue-4 Lounge
Originally built as a grocery trade and later used as a bourbon distillery, Austin Nichols House is now home to luxurious waterfront condominiums. It took great creativity to transform a concrete warehouse into a welcoming home, and that same spirit applies to its amenities: They include a music rehearsal room and movie theater, not to mention a landscaped courtyard, Zen garden, children's playroom, and lounge.

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1-City-Point-2 Brooklyn Point
1-City-Point-3 Living room
1-City-Point-4 Rooftop pool
While Brooklyn Point's screening room boasts a large screen and oversized upholstered seating, it cannot and should not be limited to movie viewing alone. A small stage in front of the screen makes it a natural and comfortable setting for live performance events. This is far from the only space for entertaining in Brooklyn Point—indoor and outdoor amenities include a rooftop deck with infinity pool, park-facing lounge, chef's kitchen, game room, fitness center, indoor pool, and terrace bar.

Honorable Mention
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160-Schermerhorn-Street-2 The Schermerhorn
160-Schermerhorn-Street-3 Community room
160-Schermerhorn-Street-4 Theater
It's not always easy to make a living as an artist in New York, and that's where The Schermerhorn comes in: Owned and operated by Breaking Ground, this eleven-story building offers units for formerly homeless individuals with special needs, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and low-income community residents, many of whom are actively pursuing careers in the performing arts industries. The building is home to a dance studio operated by the Brooklyn Ballet and a 2,000-square-foot "black box" theater with professional lighting and sound systems operated by The Actors Fund.
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