New York Post
July 17, 2019
Having a wow-worthy place to host was a main reason John Rapisardi chose to move into the American Copper Buildings, where the rooftop pool is part of a members-only club called The Sentry. “I’d much rather have a meeting with a client on the 42nd floor, facing the East River, with a nice pool and food and drink service, rather than pretty much anywhere else,” says Rapisardi, 26, who works in real estate for a global consulting firm. “I saw it as a big value add.”
Since it’s part of a club, the pool at the American Copper Buildings is one of the few that’s available to people who don’t live there. That’s not to say it’s readily accessible. Non-residents have to pay at least $3,000 for a “gold” membership. The cheapest of the three membership tiers, “silver,” is $1,600, which comes with six guest passes for the season, and is only available to tenants, like Rapisardi, who rents a south-facing studio on the 28th floor of the 761-unit rental. The priciest, “copper,” costs double that and offers unlimited guest passes as well as a 20 percent discount on events. Some may balk at the price, but Koster says they’ve sold “a few hundred” memberships, and about 85 percent of members are also tenants.
According to Koster, the decision to make it a members-only club was easy. “We have 1,500 people living here,” he says. “We wouldn’t be able to accommodate even a quarter of them on any given day.” The maximum capacity of the rooftop lounge, which is roughly 6,200 square feet, is 225.