Still at Home for the Holidays

Like many Americans, Jacob Underwood, a 39-year-old who works in finance, will be staying put for the holidays because of the pandemic. “I usually travel somewhere exotic,” he said. “It’s very sad.”

But his residential building, One Manhattan Square, an 80-story glass tower on the Lower Manhattan waterfront, is coming to the rescue with some holiday cheer.

“This holiday season we thought it was important to still offer programming as much and as safely as we can,” said Rebeca Park, lifestyle director of Extell Development Company, which owns the building. “There may be more residents staying home at One Manhattan Square than traveling.”

On Dec. 17, the lobby will be reimagined as a party space. The Gallants, a jazz band whose musicians have toured Europe and Asia, will serenade guests with live music. There will be a hot-chocolate bar overflowing with mini marshmallows, crushed Oreos, whipped cream, and whiskey Irish cream for the adults. A real-life Santa will hand out gift bags that contain a holiday cookie decorating kit and candies.

Staff members will be there to make sure everyone has fun while masked and staying six-feet apart.

“I am very excited about the upcoming performance. I mean who gets to see a live jazz band during the pandemic?” Mr. Underwood said. “These events have really cheered me up and kept me staying positive.”

With the C.D.C. urging Americans not to travel over the holidays, more New Yorkers will likely spend the season in their apartments. Their buildings, especially the luxury ones, are trying to make the best of the situation, providing fun experiences and gifts for tenants stuck at home.

Sahred From Source link Real Estate

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