In an effort to cut back on water use, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection has snapped up some 500 schools, 600 comfort stations, 10 housing projects and 87 parks — a grand total of 1,700 municipal-owned properties. But endless use of the city’s biggest aquatic luxury, the rooftop pool, can be had in exchange for a hefty price tag.
A four-bedroom apartment at 5 Franklin Place, a luxury condominium development crowned with a rooftop pool in Tribeca, will set a buyer back at least $7.5 million. A two-bedroom rental at the Stratford, at 1385 York Avenue at 73rd Street in Yorkville, goes for just under $6,000 per month. And a pad at the Trump Soho at 246 Spring Street can set a buyer back as much as $50 million — the current asking price for the hotel/condo building’s 10,045-square-foot presidential penthouse.
For the commitment-phobic or those with slightly shallower pockets, the Dream Downtown hotel at 355 West 16th Street in the Meatpacking District charges $175 per day to use the pool Monday through Thursday. A cabana on the weekend, meanwhile, will set a visitor back at least $2,500. [NYT] — Julie Strickland