Lyle Pinder and Rachel Hoskins took their first tentative salsa steps not far from their apartment on the windswept, once-industrial riverbank of Long Island City, Queens.
But they were not exploring the gritty neighborhood, where they recently joined what was once a trickle of urban pioneers. They just took the elevator from their apartment to the plush gym-and-pool complex in their building, one of the row of glass towers that has gone up along the waterfront, for a free class included in their rent.
The pair — who, like many of their neighbors, are in their 20s and new to New York — became roommates via Craigslist and still use their Ohio and Maryland cellphone numbers. Trying to get the hang of the basic step at the dance class, they switched partners, dancing with the neighbors they had just met, Rémie and Oliver Christ and Tessa Orlyk. (Ms. Orlyk’s partner, Benjamin Hill, excused himself halfway through. “I’ve got a quiche in the oven,” he explained.)
Later, they could play billiards in the lounge, try out the “Lord of the Rings” pinball machine or watch “Nightmare on Elm Street” at Movie Night in the screening room or head to a party — all of it organized by Matthew Kohn, a kind of cruise director for the building, with the lofty title lifestyle manager.
When Home Is More Like a Cruise Ship
Enjoy it while it lasts, kids. So the focus is on rentals, eh?