The Four Seasons Private Residences at 30 Park Place is one of the swankiest condo residences downtown. The 82nd-floor, 4,538-square-foot apartment that has claimed to be the highest terraced penthouse in all of Manhattan was originally listed at $30 million. In September, a four-bedroom on the 56th floor sold for $6.65 million, and a three-bedroom on the 51st floor sold for $5.45 million, according to city records. But the international buyers and finance bros who live in these apartments don’t like being told what to do — especially, say, Mask up, please! Cover your nose, too — and, judging by a recent memo, they have been taking it out on the staff.
On September 7, the management sent an email to all residents, warning them that their access privileges to the 38th-floor gym would be temporarily revoked if they failed to abide by new COVID safety protocols. “We have had a couple of instances in the past week where patrons have had to be reminded by our team of the rules (especially the Masks and Screening) and the response has been less than kind,” the email, obtained by Curbed, reads. “I would like to ask everyone to please be respectful to our team members, and to each other.”
The email also reminded residents that, due to a five-person-occupancy limit, personal trainers and guests are not allowed in the gym. “The team is there for your health and safety and are responsible for helping to ensure that we are in full compliance with the current guidelines,” it continues. “We ask that you please follow them for the benefit of everyone in the Community. Individuals who continue to disregard the rules may have their access privileges temporarily removed.”
On Thursday — a few hours after 100 protesters clustered on the corner of Broadway and Park Place to demand a blanket eviction moratorium — three residents of 30 Park Place confirmed to Curbed that they had received the email. All said that most occupants have been observing mask rules, but one told us on condition of anonymity that there are still some who outright refuse or wear them slung under their chins and generally seem to have no “regard for anyone but themselves.”
“I hadn’t seen anything since they sent the email,” the resident said. “Then today, I was walking in behind another guy who wasn’t wearing one, and the doorman basically begged him to put one on, and he flicked him away dismissively.” Curbed saw dozens of people enter and exit the building over the course of about three hours on Thursday, and all of them were masked except for one, who walked directly into a waiting Town Car.