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555TEN | Interview with Adam & Mike (Throw Me A Bone)

Every resident of 555TEN—human, canine, and feline alike—can expect top-notch service and amenities in their new home. Pampered pets and their busy owners will quickly come to rely on the services of Throw Me a Bone (TMAB), the pet-care firm that’s providing on-site daycare, playtime, and vet appointments. We caught up with TMAB’s founders, Adam and Mike, to find out what sets their company apart, and how 555TEN’s furry residents will benefit from their attention to detail and love for animals.

What special services does 555TEN offer pets and their busy humans?
Pet-friendly apartments in Manhattan aren’t easy to come by, and few offer the kind of bespoke animal-care services that the 555TEN rentals do. Our goal at Throw Me A Bone (TMAB) is to make sure that top-flight service for four-legged residents rivals the offerings for their human companions.

What does Throw Me A Bone offer?
TMAB is a boutique, full-service pet-care company that offers daycare, walking and grooming services, and playtime for New York City’s beloved dogs and cats. TMAB staff will even pick up and drop off a pet, in accordance with the individual schedules of 555TEN residents.

How did Throw Me A Bone get started?
Back in 2007, Mike’s wife was searching for a good dog daycare option, only to find that local providers’ waiting lists ran as long as two months. Sensing an unmet need, we launched Throw Me A Bone to serve busy New York professionals and the pets they love.

How much has Throw Me A Bone expanded since then?
Nearly a decade later, the staff is made up of more than 30 pet-care specialists, and we’re teaming up with Extell to provide personalized service to the lucky pets of 555TEN. Those pets are in for a treat, and we couldn’t be happier.

How does your background help shape the culture of TMAB?
Having worked together in finance, we have a finely honed customer service ethic. We return calls and emails right away, no matter what, and we both take client feedback very seriously. Happy, healthy pets and satisfied pet owners are our top priorities.

What’s the highlight of the 555TEN pet-care experience?
We’re especially excited about the pet-specific amenities at 555TEN, including a dedicated outdoor play area with leaping mounds for dogs and views of the Hudson for their owners, a grooming station complete with a pet-sized tub, and clinic space for the vet. At any given time, 10-15 dogs might be found playing together—an ideal situation for urban dogs who crave social time.

What sorts of outdoor amenities can 555TEN residents with pets enjoy?
Just like the fitness options for the human residents of these Midtown rentals, 555TEN’s pet amenities are complemented by proximity to many neighborhood resources. Within easy walking distance, the Pier 84 dog run, right by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, provides exercise and play with other local dogs on a nice day, as well as scenic views of the Hudson River.

What impact do size, breed, and temperament have on a group pet-care situation?
We take care of many kinds of dogs; they get grouped by size, breed, and age; and temperament is key. We pay special attention to selecting the appropriate group for each dog.

Interview with Thomas Olesen (NFC Amenity)

If you’re feeling intimidated about starting out the new year with a serious workout routine, it’s only because you haven’t met Thomas Olesen. The energetic Copenhagen native in charge of 555TEN’s fitness offerings understands what keeps people away from the gym, and he’s made it his mission to remove those barriers. We had the chance to sit down with Thomas during a rare quiet moment to find out how 555TEN residents can benefit from their new fitness center and programmed wellness classes.

Q & A:

What types of fitness amenities can 555TEN residents expect?
555TEN has multiple fitness offerings, including a main gym with state-of-the-art equipment and spectacular views, a separate functional training space, a class studio, and a saltwater lap pool.

What is your role in the fitness program at 555TEN, and what is your primary goal for residents?
In addition to overseeing a fitness facility that’s efficient, easy to navigate, and fun to be in, the key is including everyone. My goal is to make beginners feel every bit as comfortable in the gym as seasoned athletes.

What first brought you to the field of fitness, and what special insights do you have?
When I was a child in Denmark, my grandmother insisted that I take ballroom dancing lessons, and though I was reluctant, the experience gave me the insight that exercise is social. For most people, being part of a group or having a workout buddy is the most important factor in determining whether they stick to a regimen.

What makes the fitness program at 555TEN special? What sets it apart?
The fitness offerings at 555TEN are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and to keep them motivated, with personal training services, one-on-one nutrition coaching, and classes that range from yoga to CrossFit, strength training, and cardio.

What advice do you have for beginning exercisers?
I have very practical advice for beginners: start at a steady pace and don’t rush it. The thrill of lifting heavy weights can sometimes get new exercisers in trouble, so I stress the importance of mastering good form, using appropriate weights, and heeding the advice of trainers, who will be available to help residents get acclimated to new workouts safely—and ensure they both enjoy themselves and see results.

What do you look for when hiring staff for fitness centers in luxury buildings like 555TEN?
When hiring fitness professionals, I look specifically for a solid customer service background and a warm, engaging personality, on top of the requisite certification and expertise in exercise and nutrition. The result is a team of enthusiastic trainers who can create a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere and double as workout buddies while keeping residents on track with their fitness goals.

What are your recommendations for 555TEN residents who enjoy exercising outdoors?
As a relatively new New Yorker who moved to the city in January 2016, I don’t take the city’s amazing resources for granted. My favorite workouts include long runs along the Hudson, playing tennis, and simply walking around New York and people-watching.

What is the most important thing for 555TEN residents to remember about fitness?
I believe in the power of motivation, and my general enthusiasm for fitness extends to everyday life and people’s personal workouts. When I happen to see someone running along the river, I’ll shout “good job!” because I know they’re working hard, and every runner can use an unsolicited high-five once in a while. It’s important to keep a positive attitude. The more you work out and the more you participate, the better your life will be.

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