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Given the growth of technology, it is no surprise that remote work was on the rise even before the coronavirus pandemic and shuttering of offices. A 2017 study found that the growth of remote workers increased 115% in a decade (2005-2015), and it shows no sign of slowing down. In early 2022, Forbes reported new data showing that remote and hybrid workers reported greater job satisfaction, better focus, and better work/life balance than workers in an onsite office environment.

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HOUSE39, 225 East 39th Street
HOUSE39, 225 East 39th Street Murray Hill
The Chelsea, 160 West 24th Street
The Chelsea, 160 West 24th Street Chelsea
The Eugene, 435 West 31st Street
The Eugene, 435 West 31st Street Midtown West

“The past few years have brought new possibilities around the ways we connect at work” – Jamila Reeves, spokesperson for Meta

Years after the lockdown lifted, office occupancy is at less than half its pre-pandemic level and some type of hybrid work model prevails at many major companies. As a result, even the largest companies find that they do not need quite as much space as they might once have thought – Crain's New York Business recently announced that Amazon has cancelled its plans to sublet space at 5 Manhattan West and that Meta Platforms (Facebook parent company) has cancelled plans for new office space in the East Village.

As a result of fewer workers, the streetscapes have utterly transformed in central business districts. Hale & Hearty Soups, a chain popular with office workers, quietly closed. Real estate executives are calling for elected officials to ease the conversions of vacant office buildings to residential use.
In the meantime, workers who do not have to be in the office every day are free to look for homes further afield that might offer more square footage and bang for a buck than those located closest to Midtown's traditional business districts. Developers, too, have caught on to the growth of hybrid work and made business centers, libraries, cafes, and outdoor spaces key parts of their amenity package. Below, CityRealty ranks the best rentals for remote work.

1. 420 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg
420 Kent Avenue designed by ODA New York
This ODA-designed creation in Williamsburg makes a dramatic skyline statement and offers the very best in amenities. For remote workers, 420 Kent features a lobby coffee bar, a co-working lounge, indoor and outdoor seating, and a library/quiet room, which is a "no cell phone" space meant for you to decompress and reconnect. For breaks, head on over to the billiards and gaming lounge, the piano room, or the catering kitchen. A 24/7 concierge is also available.

2. HOUSE39, Murray Hill
(Rose Associates)
HOUSE39 is located a short distance from Grand Central Terminal and the Midtown East office district. However, with a coffee bar, library, and workstations among the amenity offerings, you'll never want to head back into the office. Your work-life balance will also be achieved with their other amenities, which include plenty of outdoor spaces with gorgeous city views and the convenience of a 24/7 concierge.

3. Jersey City Urby
(Ironstate Development Company)
In June 2022, a revamped application was submitted for the next phase of the Jersey City Urby. In the meantime, this Jersey City rental offers residents a 9 Bar Cafe in its lobby with a variety of seating and food options, a communal kitchen, a communal "living room" with workstations, a garden room for those Zen breaks, and an outdoor patio with seating and BBQ grills.

4. The Chelsea
In the wake of a renovation, The Chelsea offers hotel-inspired spaces perfect for working from home. Current amenities include an outdoor terrace lounge, a residents' lounge complete with complimentary WiFi, workstations, and a flat-screen television, and Hello Alfred, a personal assistant app that does everything you need – from groceries to pet care – with the help of a trusted home manager.

5. Jackson Park, Long Island City
(Hill West Architects/Tishman Speyer)
Jackson Park
Jackson Park Long Island City
An amenity haven, the Jackson Park complex is truly its own community in Long Island City with its private 1.6-acre park, a bocce court, tech lounge, private dining room, private conference room, sky lounge, 24/7 concierge, LIVunLtd virtual concierge, and of course, building-wide WiFi.

6. ALTA LIC, Long Island City
(Citi Habitats/Simon Baron Development)
Alta, another LIC development, is also fit for those days when trekking to the office is simply not an option. The Alta+ Cube second-floor amenity space is specifically tailored to your needs with several co-working spaces, an event space with Sonos Sound System and a massive screen, and a game hall with billiards.

7. The Eugene, Midtown West
(Brookfield Property Group)
In the heart of the Manhattan West development, The Eugene has a ton of spaces for play, including a basketball court, arcade room, and piano lounge. However, it's also fit for working with its sophisticated library lounge. Additionally, LIVunLtd concierge is there to take care of nearly everything you may need for your home.

8. The Frederick, Crown Heights
In the center of Crown Heights, The Frederick combines pre-war elegance with 21st-century conveniences. The amenity offerings include a lounge and collaborative workspace with a custom marble fireplace and concierge support through BuildingLink. Tenants can also relax and take in Prospect Park views from the landscaped roof deck.

9. Journal Squared, Jersey City
(KRE Group)
Journal Squared Jersey City
615 Pavonia Avenue
A towering presence in Jersey City, Journal Squared features a 10,000-square-foot lounge set up with WiFi and workstations with NYC skyline views. It is notably the first New Jersey building to offer the hospitality service Hello Alfred. Additional amenities include a catering kitchen, screening room, and a sky lounge on the 53rd floor.

10. LEVEL, Williamsburg
(MNS/Douglaston Development)
LEVEL is a beautiful waterfront building in Williamsburg offering a furnished roof deck, a 24-hour concierge, a business center with video conferencing and workstations, and free WiFi in all common spaces.

11. 1134 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill
1134 Fulton Street
At the nexus of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Prospect Heights, and Clinton Hill, 1134 Fulton Street is located across the street from the Franklin Avenue subway stop, allowing for an easy commute. For those who prefer to work from home, the building's amenity package includes a business center, not to mention a courtyard and roof deck for working outside on nice days.

12. Haus25, Jersey City

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In Jersey City's rapidly growing rental landscape, Haus25 is distinguished by its towering height, its sustainable features, and over 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. These include a coworking area with conference rooms for private calls or meetings, not to mention a maker space for creative employees. Working parents will also appreciate the playroom with adjacent terrace for keeping the kids occupied while they're working.

13. The BLVD Collection, Jersey City
425-Washington-Boulevard The BLVD Collection (Veris Residential)
Minutes from Manhattan, Jersey City's BLVD Collection offers easy transit access, impressive views, and a carefully curated suite of amenities. Private conference rooms and sleek co-working lounges offer the ideal setting for solo work and Zoom calls alike. When the weather is too nice to miss, the building's Wi-Fi extends to the outdoor common areas.

14. Riverhouse 9 and Riverhouse 11 at Port Imperial, Weehawken
900-Avenue-at-Port-Imperial Riverhouse 9 at Port Imperial (Veris Residential)
Riverhouse at Port Imperial
Riverhouse at Port Imperial Weehawken
In the Port Imperial section, sister buildings RiverHouse 9 and RiverHouse 11 bring modern style and contemporary amenities to the Weehawken waterfront. The amenities include a business center, cafe, and various lounges with Wi-Fi for getting work done. And when it's time to sign off, the pool, theater, game room, and golf simulator are ideal for relaxing.

Roseland Residential

Roseland Residential
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425 Washington Boulevard
Short Hills, NJ 07310
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