In a First, Privileged Condo Owners at One Manhattan Square will have ‘Infrared Sauna’ Amenity

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 at 5:05 am by

Anything to one-up the competition, Extell Development Corp. is embracing a new spa fad to attract buyers to its monolithic One Manhattan Square.

The so-called “vertical village” will offer infrared saunas as part of the bonkers slate of amenities available to condo buyers. It’s a fad endorsed by celebrities that apparently counts Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Anniston, and Chelsea Handler as devotees, among others. And in the pissing contest that is New York real estate, the firm is quick to claim that 252 South Street is the first such development to offer the trendy treatment.

Senior vice president of development Raizy Haas hopes the infrared saunas will “elevate the overall experience” for owners. “You have every conceivable amenity in the project,” Haas told The Real Deal last week.

What, pray tell, is an infrared sauna?

According to Wikipedia:

Infrared therapy uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room. Because of this, infrared therapy is not considered a sauna by Finnish sauna societies. Although infrared therapy has been advertised to provide a wide range of health benefits, such as detoxification, there are no scientific evidence backing these claims.

The infrared sauna joins a number of other crazy extracurriculars onsite, such as a 75-foot swimming pool, basketball courts, billiard room, two-lane bowling alley, squash court, and golf simulator.

And what sort of comparable amenities do those living in Extell’s “poor door” building next door receive? Basically nothing in comparison – laundry room, fitness center, and outdoor terrace. So there you have it.

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