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Catch up on pop culture in these movie theaters, screening rooms, and lounges (130 William IMAX theater via Corcoran) Catch up on pop culture in these movie theaters, screening rooms, and lounges (130 William IMAX theater via Corcoran)
Between the vibrant streetscapes, status as a financial and cultural capital of the world, and ability to attract people of all stripes, it's little wonder that New York City has long served as the setting for many top television shows and movies. As some of this year's most popular entertainment demonstrates, this shows no sign of slowing down. While you could watch them on your own laptop or computer, certain buildings offer beautifully appointed screening rooms to elevate the viewing experience and host a viewing party. We take a look at the city's most beautiful screening rooms and recommend some 2021 TV and movie debuts to watch in them.

NYC TV Shows
Pretend-It's-a-City-documentary Image via Netflix
The year began with a show from a quintessentially New York duo: director Martin Scorcese and writer Fran Leibowitz. They weigh in on a wide variety of topics - the title comes from her rant about tourists wandering around the city and failing to keep pace with pedestrian traffic.

Girls5eva TV show Image via Peacock
On paper, Girls5eva is the story of a one-hit wonder girl group trying to make a comeback in their forties. But a few scenes in, it’s clear that this is a New York show. From their night at a Times Square bar to their quest to perform at Jingle Ball (the pop concert that got its start with Z100), it’s clear where this story is set. Not to mention one of the catchiest songs of the show, “New York Lonely Boy,” describes a very particular character.

Only Murders in the Building Image via Hulu
According to statistics, Only Murders in the Building was Hulu’s most-watched comedy ever. People all over the world clearly watched and enjoyed it, but New Yorkers were especially in on the jokes. Upper West Side condo The Belnord was used for exteriors of fictional co-op The Arconia, and the board battles and debates about tipping building staff were all too familiar to anyone who has lived in this type of building.

Harlem TV show Image via Amazon
Harlem, the story of four women in their thirties, has been compared to Sex and the City and Insecure, but stands alone for its look at the issues faced by Black women today and its commentary on the title neighborhood - a character muses, "Do you think we’ll live long enough to see a Sephora change back into a jazz club?" It has also generated considerable attention for its creator (Tracy Oliver of Girls Trip fame) and its music.

And Just Like That Sex and the City Image via HBO Max
Only two episodes in (as of this writing), this reboot of Sex and the City is generating as much buzz as the original show. There has been much ado about Kim Cattrall’s absence and (spoiler), but the most important character is still on the show: New York itself.

NYC Movies
In the Heights movie Image via HBO Max
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, In the Heights is equal parts a story about the American dream and a love letter to Washington Heights. Characters experience concerns about gentrification as well as a deep sense of community and connection to their Upper Manhattan neighborhood.

Summer of Soul documentary Image via Hulu
The same year Woodstock took place upstate, Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) was home to the Harlem Cultural Festival. This documentary could have shown only the performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Sly and the Family Stone, and The 5th Dimension (among many others!) and still have been an incredible film. However, for his debut as a filmmaker, Questlove spoke to the artists about their memories of the event and reflected on how culture was changing at the time.

Passing film adaptation Image via Netflix
Nella Larsen's acclaimed novel Passing, which is centered on two Black women living very different lives, is set at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly 100 years after it was published, the film adaptation had to be shot in Brooklyn Heights to more accurately capture the historic appearance of the time. This does not appear to have been to its detriment - the movie has generated significant critical praise.

tick tick Boom movie Image via Netflix
Before Jonathan Larson wrote the Alphabet City-set Rent, he composed the autobiographical tick, tick...BOOM!, where much of the action took place in a West Soho (now Hudson Square) walk-up. The song “No More” will ring all too true for anyone who’s lived in a crappy New York City apartment, but that same apartment would be a gold mine today.

West Side Story 2021 Image via 20th Century Fox
When the 1961 version of West Side Story was filmed, it was shot on location in the neighborhood that would eventually become Lincoln Center. Fifty years later, the love story and gang battles takes place amidst the backdrop of the rundown Upper West Side area’s transformation - with fire escapes standing in for balconies. It is only in theaters as of this writing, but is expected to stream on HBO Max after a certain point.

109-East-79th-Street-01 All images of 109 East 79th Street via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
109 East 79th Street condo
Upper East Side condo
Carnegie Hill condos
109 East 79th Street is influenced by Art Deco architecture, but the interiors and amenities were designed with today's buyer in mind. The building opens up to a common courtyard, and indoor amenities include a fitness center, squash court/multiple sports court, spa with treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, hair salon, and screening room. See all listings here.

121-East-22nd-Street-01 Images of 121 E 22nd via Toll Brothers City Living
121 East 22nd Street Gramercy
Gramercy condos
Gramercy Park condos
Just outside the Gramercy Park Historic District, the OMA-designed 121 East 22nd Street makes a dramatic architectural statement. Amenities include a massive fitness center, indoor pool opening up to a private courtyard, rooftop terrace, lounge with terrace access, and theater-quality screening room. See all listings here.

15-Hudson-Yards-01 All images of 15 Hudson Yards via Corcoran
15 Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards condos
Hudson Yards vistas
15 Hudson Yards is one of two condos at the center of the Hudson Yards mega-development, and residences enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. The same can be said of the residential amenities, which occupy several full floors. The 51st floor is dedicated to social amenities and includes two dining suites, a club room, a business center, and screening room with a stage and 20 cushy seats. See all listings here.

215 East 19th Street
14 available listings from $2.095M

215-East-19th-Street-01 All images of The Tower at Gramercy Square via Douglas Elliman
The Tower at Gramercy Square
Tower at Gramercy Square amenities
215 East 19th Street Gramercy
The four-building Gramercy Square is the condo conversion of the Cabrini Medical Center complex. It sits on 20,000 square feet of private gardens, and indoor amenities include a 75-foot lap pool, fitness center, sauna/steam rooms, meditation studio developed in partnership with MNDFL, children's playroom, tween lounge, club room, and screening room. See all listings here.

53-West-53rd-Street-01 Screening room via Evan Joseph
53 West 53rd Street Midtown West
Midtown condo amenities
53W53 amenities
53W53 is in a central Midtown location near the Theater District, Radio City Music Hall, and the Paris Theater. But when residents don't feel like going out, the building offers a beautiful screening room designed by Thierry Despont, featuring ambient lighting, rich finishes, 18 theater-inspired seats, and a massive screen. See all listings here.

138 Willoughby Street
18 available listings from $900K

138-Willoughby-Street-1 Brooklyn Point screening room via Evan Joseph
Brooklyn Point is home to the Western Hemisphere's highest infinity pool in a residential building, and an outdoor movie screening area is on the pool deck. The wintry forecast may not favorable to that, but over 40,000 square feet of indoor amenities include a screening and performance room. And if residents are very lucky, maybe Dekalb Market Hall will cater their watch party. See all listings here.

85-Jay-Street-01 Outdoor screening lounge via Williams New York
85 Jay Street DUMBO
DUMBO condos
85 Jay Street Front & York
Some buildings keep their outdoor amenities as seasonal offerings, but Front & York is well prepared for all types of weather: The outdoor screening lounge is protected by a green covering and warmed by a fireplace and integrated heat lanterns. At any time of year, the comfortable seating enhances the viewing experience, but spectacular sunsets might wind up competing with the on-screen entertainment. See all listings here.

520 West 28th Street IMAX theater NYC's first private IMAX theater at Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street (All photos via Related Sales and Corcoran)
The Zaha Hadid-designed 520 West 28th Street along the High Line is lauded as one of the most futuristic buildings in all of NYC. It has counted the likes of Sting and Ariana Grande and then-fiancee, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson among past residents, and boasts the city's first private IMAX theater. Additional incredible amenities that include automated robotic parking, secure off-street entry through a drive-in garage, a 75-foot saline system swimming pool, a private spa suite with a sauna, a cold plunge, and more. See all listing here.

130 william IMAX theater The second condo in NYC that boasts a private IMAX theater (All photos via Corcoran)
130 william exterior Exterior
130 William rooftop terrace Rooftop terrace
130 william spa suite Spa suite
130 William, Sir David Adjaye's first-ever New York skyscraper, offers exceptional views from the oversized arched windows and an exceptional viewing experience from the building's private IMAX theater. Its impressive amenities package also includes an infinity-edge spa pool, cold and hot plunge pools, a yoga studio, a basketball court, a golf simulator, and a private rooftop observation deck located nearly 800 feet in the air. See all listings here.

252 east 57th street theater (All photos via Stribling)
Fitness Center
252 East 57th Street is a 65-story SOM-designed condominium that features 95 residences designed by AD100 interior architect Daniel Romualdez. The 34th Floor Club, an amenity space also designed by Romualdez, boasts a large screening room that residents can reserve, perhaps for a viewing party. It comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio and capabilities and ideal stadium-style seating. The floor also contains a billiards room, lounge, library, 70-foot south facing terrace, dining room, breakfast room, and catering kitchen. See all listings here.

30 park place exterior (All photos via Corcoran)
Fitness Center
At 926 feet high, 30 Park Place in Tribeca is the tallest condo tower in the Downtown skyline. As such, it provides residents and guests with breathtaking, panoramic views of Midtown, the Hudson and East Rivers, and the Statue of Liberty. While residents can see their favorite shows in the Four Seasons Hotel's bar and lounge, the building also provides 40,000 square feet of residential amenities that include a conservatory and lounge with outdoor loggias, a children’s playroom, a fitness center with yoga room, and a private dining room. Best of all, a private screening room with IMAX-style screen and stadium seating allows for a great viewing experience in a beautiful setting. See all listings here.

one manhattan square screening room (All photos via Extell Marketing Group)
Bowling Alley
Cardio Room
Between its soaring 800' height, it cool Lower East Side location, and of course, its impressive four-floor amenity package, One Manhattan Square has made quite a statement in the real estate world and beyond. A small sampling of over 100,000 square feet of amenities includes a courtyard, a hammam with cold plunge pool, a 75-foot swimming pool, sauna, full basketball court, two-lane bowling alley, squash court, a golf simulator, lounge with big-screen TVs, and an impressive 70-person movie theater/screening room that can also accommodate live performances. See all listings here.

685 first avenue theater (Binyan Studios)
Developed by Sheldon Solow and designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, One United Nations Park is a new 43-story addition to Midtown East. It offers high-class living with its swanky interiors, home automation, and amenities that focus on health and wellness. They include a 70’ indoor lap pool with steam and sauna and expansive fitness center with private training studio. Entertaining is also at the forefront of the building with amenities like a billiards and game lounge, a catering kitchen, and a private dining room. A 12-seat screening room with built-in stepped seating is the perfect venue for live events of all types. See all listings here.

88 and 90 Lexington Avenue
10 available listings from $3.05M

90 lexington theater (Credit: Colin Miller)
90 Lexington Gramercy apartments Exterior
Game Room
This interesting NoMad development blends a classic pre-war building with a modern post-war building and somehow, it just works. The building is topped with a landscaped roof deck, and residents are able to enjoy 10,000 square feet of underground amenities that include a fitness center, a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, a steam room, and a playroom. A private cinema features an HD flat screen equipped with surround sound and several rows of plush armchairs that look seriously comfortable. See all listings here.

591 Third Avenue
No Availabilities

the lindley lounge and screening (All photos via The Marketing Directors)
Rooftop terrace
Fitness center
The Lindley, a new 20-story full-service condominium in Murray Hill, doesn't offer a movie theater but it does provide its residents with "sensible living" amenities like a common lounge ideal for watching popular movies and TV shows. Features like furnishings by notable home decor store Design Within Reach, a wide-screen TV, sitting area, and a table for snacking make it the ultimate viewing setting. See all listings here.

10 Riverside Boulevard, 400 West 61st Street, and 639 West 59th Street
9 available listings for sale from $2.9 million
23 listings for rent from $5,396/month

Waterline Square Screening room via Evan Joseph
Waterline Square
Waterline Square rentals
Each of the three soaring towers in Waterline Square, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, has its own suite of amenities that includes lounge and media room. But all three buildings are connected by The Waterline Club, which has more than 100,000 square feet of amenities, including a a spacious screening room with large-screen televisions and plenty of comfortable seating to watch favorite shows and movies. See all listings here.

manhattan view at mima outdoor theater Outdoor Screening Room (All photos via Related Companies)
Lap pool
Dog play room & spa
Standing 670 feet above Hudson Yards and Times Square, the Manhattan View at MiMa is truly impressive, even without its comprehensive amenity package. Residents enjoy LEED Gold Certified living, a basketball court, a golf simulator, a Mac bar equipped with iMac computers, a karaoke room, a heated indoor lap pool, and 14,000 square feet of outdoor terraces with BBQ grills. An indoor/outdoor movie theater excellently accommodates binge-watching in the winter and sunset movie screenings in the summer. See all listings here.

8 Spruce Street
Availabilities Here

8-Spruce-Street-1 All images of New York by Gehry via Forest City Realty Trust
In this soaring downtown tower, Pritzker Prize laureate Frank Gehry paid as much attention to the interiors and amenities as the building's exciting facade. The screening room has custom-designed amphitheater seating designed by Gehry and can be reserved for special events like movie nights or Oscar parties. The building's 22,000 square feet of amenity space also includes a skylit pool with sun deck, a grilling terrace and adjoining game room, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a library, and a drawing room with piano. See all listings here.

606-West-57th-Street-1 All images of The Max via TF Cornerstone
New York's Far West Side has seen some impressive architecture over the past few years, and The Max's amenities are as attractive as its facade. The building offers a co-working space, expansive fitness center, and indoor and outdoor lounges to cultivate a sense of community among residents. Not only does the screening room have access to cable stations, but residents can stream content through Apple devices. See all listings here.

250 Ashland Place
8 available listings from $3,350/month
Reduced security deposit

250-Ashland-Place-1 All images of The Ashland via Gotham Organization
In winter, this beautiful Brooklyn building has an indoor screening room and lounge to watch movies and TV shows in warmth and style. In summer, the rooftop movie screen is set among stunning views of Downtown Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. And all year round, residents enjoy the fitness area, the lounge and billiards room, and easy access to Gotham Market, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Museum, and incredible transportation options. See all listings here.

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