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Sounds good to us: Music rooms are becoming an increasingly popular amenity in New York City buildings Sounds good to us: Music rooms are becoming an increasingly popular amenity in New York City buildings
If learning a musical instrument is not among your New Year's resolutions, perhaps it ought to be. According to a recent study by the University of Montreal, musical training can increase blood flow to the brain, improve long-term memory, integrate information from all senses, and reduce stress and anxiety. The benefits are most pronounced for those who got into music at a young age, but it's never too late to start.
However, music is not the easiest hobby or profession to pursue in New York City. Our close quarters and thin walls of many apartments mean the neighbors aren't likely to be appreciative of an instrument early in the morning or late at night — as a matter of fact, some co-ops have rules prohibiting musical instruments at certain hours — and it's not easy to find a reasonably priced practice room with all the equipment one needs. So what is the aspiring musician to do?
One answer is to look for an apartment in a building with a practice room among the amenities. As you would expect, this feature is relatively rare but a large concentration of such buildings can be found around Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. However, as families increasingly see the benefits of musical training and education, apartment builders have begun to incorporate musically-attuned spaces into their developers
180-East-88th-Street-003 Arched entrance of the new studio space at 180 East 88th Street (Photography credit: Michael Young )
180 East 88th Street is one newly-finished condo building that not only incorporates in-house rehearsal and performance space but takes it one step further by hosting a programming initiative run by the acclaimed 92nd Street Y nearby. According to a release from the building's development team, led by Joe McMillan's DDG and partner Global Holdings, cultural programming and art classes directed by the 92Y will be held in a fully-equipped ground-floor studio space in the building.
“180 East 88th Street embraces craftsmanship and a commitment to the arts, so an opportunity to bring 92Y, the leader of thoughtful cultural and community programming on the Upper East Side, into our building was a perfect fit,” said Joe McMillan, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Azur and DDG, developer of 180 East 88th Street. “We couldn’t be prouder to welcome this cherished institution into our space and support 92Y in its mission of providing arts, culture, and educational programming to residents of this community.”
180-East-88th-Street--0332 180 East 88th Street's ground-floor rehearsal and performance studio space (Michael Young)

"This airy, beautiful space is an inviting new home for our students to learn, and for the community to enjoy productions that will delight families.” -92Y Director Megan Doyle

Rehearsals for the 92Y's acclaimed Theater for Young Audiences program in addition to some of their musical theater training programs geared for children ages 3-18 will be held in the new space. The musical theater program offers year-round classes and workshops for children to learn the skills needed for performance: acting, singing, dancing, teamwork, leadership, and storytelling. To see a full calendar of the 92Y's world-class programming and events visit their official website here .

Design by DDG with HTO Architect
10 available listing for $1.5M

180-East-88th-Street-003 Exterior of 180 East 88th Street (Michael Yong)
180 East 88th Street-view View southwest towards Midtown and Central Park
Situated at the crossroads of Carnegie Hill and Yorkville, 180 East 88th Street brings to market 47 graciously-proportioned residences ranging from lofts to five-bedroom homes. Inspired by pre-war stylings of yesteryear, the custom-designed homes feature soaring ceiling heights, formal entry galleries, and nine-foot windows framing incredible views of the New York skyline and Central Park. The building's eight floors of amenities include a fitness studio, double-height basketball court, soccer pitch, children's playroom, game room, and a residents lounge with a catering kitchen. Additionally, wine storage, residential storage, and bike storage are available for purchase.Find all availabilities here.

180 East 88th Street’s collaboration with 92Y is an extension of DDG and Global Holding’s philanthropic support for culture and social justice in New York City. DDG and Global Holdings have embraced their commitment to supporting community-based programming at 180 East 88th Street through additional partnerships with community-focused organizations, such as the Children’s Museum of the Arts and Ladies Who Hoop.

2150 Broadway
Design by SLCE Architects | Interiors by Deborah Berke Partners
4 available listings from $3.2M - $18.3M

2150-Broadway-1 All images of The Laureate via dbox
In the heart of the Upper West Side, the Laureate masterfully combines classic architecture with contemporary finishes. Its granite and limestone base, warm palette, and inset Juliet balconies make this relatively new addition appear that it has been there for several decades. Oversized windows fill each apartment with light, and interior features include sprawling dining and living areas, custom eat-in kitchens, and spa-like baths.

This doorman building may have been designed in tribute to prewar living, but it houses all the amenities the modern buyer has come to expect and enjoy. These include 24-hour concierge service, a fitness center, a music room, a children's playroom, a lounge, and landscaped private terraces.
2150-Broadway-2 Music room

50 Bridge Park Drive
Design by ODA New York | Interiors by Marmol Radziner
14 available listings from $1.7M - $9M

50-Bridge-Park-Drive-1 All images of Quay Tower via SERHANT
Every residence at Quay Tower boasts warm natural materials, soaring ceilings, custom chef's kitchens, in-unit washer/dryers, and marble master baths with radiant heated floors. But the best feature in every home is undoubtedly the floor-to-ceiling windows, or rather the sweeping views of Downtown Brooklyn, the Manhattan skyline, and the East River seen through them.

Residential amenities were also designed to make the most of the building's prime Brooklyn location and gorgeous views while providing everything the buyer could need or want. A 1,500-square-foot playroom is thoughtfully designed to inspire children's imaginations, and the music room next door offers concerts and lessons in partnership with the Brooklyn Music School. Additional offerings include indoor/outdoor roof decks, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pet wash station, and a double-height attended lobby with walnut paneling and a marble-clad fireplace.
50-Bridge-Park-Drive-2 Living room
50-Bridge-Park-Drive-3 Children's playroom

212-West-95th-Street-1 All images of Dahlia via Reuveni Real Estate
The Manhattan Valley area of the Upper West Side has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent decades, and Dahlia would seem to encapsulate that in one building: The site was once home to a troubled SRO, but that is an especially distant memory in light of the sophisticated new condominium that has risen in its place. It is well located between Central Park and Riverside Park, but a 5,100-square-foot private landscaped terrace offers an outdoor oasis all its own with lounge areas and a children's play area.

Dahlia's generously proportioned units boast incredible natural light, soaring ceilings, smart home technology, sleek chef's kitchens, and luxe master suites with walk-in closets and baths with high-end fixtures. Select units have private terraces, and all residents have access to a music room, a fitness center and yoga studio, a lounge, a game room, a pet spa, and a children's playroom.
212-West-95th-Street-2 Living/dining area
212-West-95th-Street-3 Music room

Design by Rafael Vinoly | Interiors by Jeffrey Beers International
4 available listings from $1.7M - $24M

277-Fifth-Avenue-1 277 Fifth Avenue via DBOX
277 Fifth Avenue has risen to become one of its most highly coveted residences in NoMad. The tallest residential tower on Fifth Avenue, the building's thoughtful design allowed the interiors to be column-free so as to make the most of views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Madison Square Park, the Hudson River, and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Interiors feature soaring ceilings, magnificent proportions, high-end custom kitchens, generous closet space, and luxe marble baths.

Residential amenities include a fitness center with a separate yoga studio, an entertaining suite with games lounge and pantry, an outdoor terrace, and a partnership with experiential concierge company LIVunLtd. And between the brightly colored playroom, PreSchool of Rock experience, and Songs for Seeds music class, the youngest residents are not forgotten.

250-West-81st-Street-1 All images of Two Fifty West 81st via Alchemy Properties
From the classic limestone facade to the luxurious fixtures in the baths, no detail was overlooked at the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Two Fifty West 81st. The decorative window openings fill each home with abundant natural light, and interiors feature gracious foyers, elevated ceilings, custom Smallbone of Devizes kitchens, and lovely hardwood floors. Some lucky residents have private terraces with open city views.

The spirit of no detail being overlooked applies to the residential amenities as well. The music room and recording studio is outfitted with a mixing board, sound booth, and a selection of top-of-the-line instruments. The "imagination forest" in the playroom can't help but inspire a child. Fitness offerings include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a multi-purpose sports court, and a golf simulator room.
250-West-81st-Street-2 Music practice room and studio

200 East 95th Street
Design by Beyer Blinder Belle | Interiors by Alexandra Champalimaud
8 available listings from $2.7M - $9M

200-East-95th-Street-1 All images of The Kent via Extell
Several buildings in New York can count rock stars among their residents, but The Kent is one of a few that has one on its design team. Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz's Kravitz Design created a sound lounge inspired by his own recording studios and outfitted with a performance space and stage, a dance floor, a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, a piano, a drum set, and an amplifier. Linear wood paneling on the ceiling and stage make for an aesthetically pleasing design choice that has soundproofing benefits.

The gracious two- through five-bedroom apartments boast grand entrance galleries, expansive floor plates, and state-of-the-art eat-in kitchens. Additional amenities include a fitness center with locker rooms and saunas, a 55' heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor children's play areas, a landscaped courtyard, and a lounge with a fireplace, billiards table, and catering kitchen.
200-East-95th-Street-2 Sound lounge

Design by Elkus Manfredi | Interiors by CetraRuddy
20 available listings from $2.6M - $38M

200-Amsterdam-Avenue-1 All images of 200 Amsterdam Avenue via Binyan Studios
New Yorkers are known for their perseverance, and 200 Amsterdam Avenue would seem to embody that spirit. The towering new building was met with seemingly endless opposition from local activists and preservationists, but courts kept ruling it in its favor and allowed it to reach its full height and launch sales. The glittering glass facade fills every home with natural light and far-reaching views, and additional features include spacious open-plan layouts, contemporary kitchens, and luxe marble baths.

200 Amsterdam Avenue's close proximity to Lincoln Center inspired many of its amenities. Residents of all ages have access to a professional-grade, soundproof rehearsal room. The children's playroom is decorated in a musical motif and known as the Little Composers room. Adult buyers also receive a complimentary one-year membership to Lincoln Center that includes presale access, free festival tickets, and the chance to arrange backstage access and special events through the building's concierge.
200-Amsterdam-Avenue-2 Little Composers room

Design by Fischer + Makooi Architects | Interiors by Meshberg Group
11 available listings from $1.1M - $2M

575-Fourth-Avenue-1 All images of 575 Fourth Avenue via Douglas Elliman
Last year, 575 Fourth Avenue opened its doors to its first residents. All units offer individually crafted layouts, floor-to-ceiling windows, multi-zone heating and cooling, generous closet space, open-plan kitchens with high-end appliances, and well-outfitted baths.

An increasing number of artistic individuals has started to make Brooklyn their home, and 575 Fourth Avenue is prepared to welcome them with its suite of amenities. A music room offers professional-grade equipment, acoustic soundproof walls and ceilings, a drum set, piano, guitars, microphones, and a recording platform. Elsewhere in the building, a lounge with co-working space is a natural "third place" for writers, artists, and other freelance workers in creative industries.
575-Fourth-Avenue-2 Music room

Design by Richard Meier, Kohn Pedersen Fox, and Rafael Vinoly | Interiors by Champalimaud Design, Yabu Pushelberg, and Groves
15 available listings from $2.3M - $27M

Waterline-Square-01 All renderings of Waterline Square via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
Closings have commenced at Waterline Square, the magnificent new waterfront development where Midtown West meets the Upper West Side. Its offerings include a new park, the first-ever Cipriani food hall, a new Empellon outpost, and hundreds of new rental units and condos alike in three starchitect-designed buildings. All units enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, soaring ceilings, in-unit washer/dryers, generous closet space, and state-of-the-art kitchens.

Each building has its own luxurious indoor and outdoor amenities, and all buildings are connected by The Waterline Club, an amenity suite measuring over 100,000 square feet and offering sports courts, programs, and areas to cater to seemingly every hobby and interest. This includes a music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitar, drum set, and recording studio with sound mixing and production equipment.
Waterline-Square-02 Music room

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