[Photos by Will Femia.]
In space, no one can hear you scream. The same can be said about the Far West Side, where the new rental building Ohm is carving out its niche by offering tenants a nightlife-like experience that includes lobby rock concerts, multicolored light shows and safe storage for the drugs that enable those things to be enjoyable. The 34-story building also has lounges, a glass-enclosed gym and a game room to make any geek weep. What's with the amenity overdrive? Given Ohm's isolated Eleventh Avenue location—to be improved upon eventually by (in order) High Line II, the 7 train extension and Hudson Yards—Douglaston Development knew it had to ramp up the entertainment experience to attract tenants willing to shell out $3,600 per month for a 2BR. Did it work? Judge for yourself, as the Ohm gang was nice enough to let us into the building to survey the scene, including a 1BR model apartment on the 21st floor. The 288-unit building was designed by Hotel Gansevoort architect Stephen B. Jacobs, and the interior design is by his wife, Andi Pepper. While we didn't see any Jersey Shore cast members fist-pumping on the premises during our tour, we're not ruling out such an outcome in the future.