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Perk Up!

New York Post, July 2013

By Max Gross

Welcome to the battle of the NYC rental amenities!

Of the new apartment developments that are coming to market (or have hit in the last year), there are four in particular we’ve got our eye on: They feature a stacked set of amenities — everything from oldies-but-goodies like pools, dog spas and golf simulators, to new hip frills like gourmet-food markets and boxing nights. Let’s go to the weigh-in!

Strata 550 W. 54th St.

This place packs a punch — and we mean that literally. Among the long list of amenities at the 32-story tower — 162 rental units on the top 11 floors — are boxing nights, where renters can watch bouts curated by none other than Gleason’s Gym at the Mercedes Club, the building’s amenity space. “I’m going to try to do them more and more,” says Bruce Silverglade, the owner of Gleason’s, which hosted the first fight last weekend. “For now, we’re probably doing one every two months.” And if you’d like to get into the ring yourself, the Mercedes Club, on the fifth floor of the Enrique Norten-designed building, offers boxing classes to members four times a week. Residents at Strata get a free membership at Mercedes Club, which boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a juice bar, yoga studio, basketball court and spa rooms with on-staff massage therapists. The apartments that come with these amenities — starting from $3,700 per month and going up to $12,600 — were originally designed as condos and range from 613 square feet to 1,698 square feet. “Out of the 162 units, 32 have terraces,” adds Nancy Packes of Nancy Packes Signature Marketing Services, which is marketing the building.