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Over the Top: Extreme Amenities Conquer Manhattan, And Beyond


Amenities
The playroom at Hunters Point South. (Photo: courtesy Related Companies)

In years past—olden times and post-college times—it was a coup to land an apartment in a building with a laundry room in the basement. Hauling dirty clothes and towels across the street never gets fun (especially if that street is, say, Second Avenue and a subway tunnel is in the works). Perhaps you had an elevator. Hauling groceries up six flights never gets easier, nor does your strength increase or your weight decrease due to this forced exercise. (Fortunately it’s possible your refrigerator wasn’t full-size.)

Perhaps you graduated to an elevator, then a doorman and a gym. Today, however, these elements are more likely to be considered necessities than amenities. Comfort and pleasure are expected, and increasingly built in. And while anyone who has ever had a private washing machine and dryer can assure you their quality of life was vastly improved, it’s simply not enough anymore. The city’s newest residential buildings—many still in the works—are offering oh so much more.

Read complete story at Observer.comOver the Top: Extreme Amenities Conquer Manhattan, And Beyond


Wine From Infinity and Beyond: Hungary, Georgia, Turkey and China are on the up

Move over Croatia and Slovakia, we’re ready for something even newer. 2016 is the year of new wine producers hitting the restaurant scene. 

“Boundaries are being broken,” Andre Compeyre, wine and beverage director of Midtown’s Regency Bar & Grill told the Observer. “In the past,” he said, “you’d find up and coming regions and countries(on the wine list) under the section ‘others.’ ” Traditionally a section that varied wildly depending on the coup de coeur of the person who created it. Today, new producers are front and center.

Read complete story on Observer.comWine From Infinity and Beyond