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haha nice picture of the entrance
1st ave at 7am---9pm a bit more 'hectic'
awful location right on 1st
Years. I remember in the 90's they had the scariest super... Already have another place lined up so I will be moving this year. Just heard from a neighbor that one of the "crew" said next month they'll put in new laundry machines and actually repair the broken cement and tile floor. The neighbor said the place is sort of cleaned now, at least better than they've ever seen it but I haven't looked down there recently -- too many loaded-up fly strips and dirt-filled rooms with G-d knows what in them.
Elsa, how long have you lived in the building? When is your next lease renewal?
As more comments come in from my neighbors I will add them here. The one previous is from a family with elders and babies in their apartment and they are probably moving now because of the rent going up. It's a coop so EDEL FAMILY (that's Ron) can jack it up to his heart's delight for most of the renters.
They clean up before open house, even lock up the elevator so u cant take out trash or do laundry down there u are out of luck. these landlord rotten they make trouble 4 u no matter what and nothing ever there fault is always your fault They are CHEEP not want to spend anything and the rents go up huge cos they can its a coop with one owner
The building is one of the coops that went bankrupt and got snapped up in the early 90's by Edelstein (5 Gems, Duncraggen and a host of other business names). It's no longer a true co-op, meaning Edelstein owns almost every unit so he calls all the shots. You get none of the amenities or good maintenance (or screened neighbors) of a coop, also none of the protections of rent stabilization.
So be prepared for poor and limited-English building staff (unlicensed), and for surprising rent increases at the whim of Edelstein. As it is, the building is priced at the very top of the market except for a few units which are in relatively worse condition. 4F is one.
The building has over 140 outstanding violations, go to the Department of Buildings and you'll see the list. That information is also online on other sales/rental websites. There's a big long history of serious violations going back years. Examples include leaks, bulging walls and ceilings, cracked toilets, mice-waterbugs-blowflies-rats and other vermin, and the latest is new tenants letting their dogs crap in the hallways. No heat or hot water is a weekly event. Water isn't the best quality either, and sometimes no water at all. Elevator is not reliable, there were a number of Fire Department visits this past winter to get trapped people out.
That's the short list. If repairs get done at all, they're usually done so badly it's worse than before. The office staff lies like a rug too. Renter beware.
And still no Certificate of Occupancy.
don't move here. not even enough hot water for a bath... and insane electric bills
Sounds as if you're paying for electric heat. Ask the super whether the boiler in the cellar is for more than hot water.
I see now it is posted. There must be some glitches as many other tenants tried to post without success. What I wanted to say is that the building is not finished and all the tenants are facing many problems( water leaks, window that do not seal well, cold etc...) however the biggest problem is the electricity bill. It ranges from 300 USD(studio) to 900USD(2 bedrooms) and it has not been explained well why this happens. We do assume we are charged for something we are not using or our meters run in an unusual way. Do not move until this issue of the electricity has been solved as you would end up paying so much for not even using your apartment.. The rest is fine and it is a very nice building.
Why my comments and those of many others living in this building are not posted? this is not a transparent service.
always check the management company of any building you rent in.
A bit of a generalization. There are HDFCs in prime UWS location that is probably the case but there are plenty of HDFCs in Brooklyn, the Bronx and upper Manhattan that are not.
HDFC's are generally for people with low salaries who have family money to pay down payment or all cash.
My HDFC is looking for a new management company. Can you recommend one? Your building sounds like it is well managed. Best, Anon
How awesome that you are now board president! Congratulations to you and to your building!
This seems to be the twilight of StreetEasy, with everyone so discouraged by the new management. And the discussions have been so, so acrimonious lately. So I'm tickled pink to find you posting a happy thought now. It's very good to hear.
We live in odd times, and the HDFC program is now pretty much the only way a lot of us can have a stable perch in this great city. So it's a beautiful thing when it works, and here you are and I am to remind other people of that. I hope more people will be able to make their dreams come true the way we have done.
Just a note: when I started this thread, finding an HDFC apt to buy was my dream. Now, 20 months later, that dream has come true. I love my apartment, my building, my neighborhood. I can't believe my good fortune, and I am thrilled that HDFC buildings exist. >>
Congratulations, Uptown! I too love my unit, building, neighborhoods and neighbors. I also love being my Board president after just one year. ;)
I can recommend the management company for our HDFC. Finger Management in Yonkers.
Hi!I can recommend Fractal Property Management. We are a very reliable and friendly company and just started out so we still have the sense of close relation btw management and tenants/owners. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
You are wise to avoid referrals from HDFC advocacy groups. There's little about managing that's unique to those buildings. Just find a regular company that works your size and type of building.
thanks. I might actually like to find mgmt not through hdfc, yet a company that is familiar with it. A good co-op managing company that has familiarity with or also takes HDFC's would be the best. I wish I had phrased the title of this thread differently now.
You might want to ask advice here http://www.nychdfc.org/
What's the asking price?
hmmmm, Streeteasy, did you look into this?
Our building is a single family. There is no open house and there are no apartments here. Ad is false and whoever put it in should be removed form Streeteasy.
This is different from the building on Madison Avenue?
Does anyone have feedback on living at the Ashley at 400 West 63rd for a family? Thanks.
congrats on your move
Sonny joined SE a month after you ... 7 years ago ... referred 1 client?
Just a note for those of you who are newer StreetEasy users: Sunny was one of the first posters on this chat board, and consistently gave such helpful & informed mortgage advice that I referred a client to him. That client was a happy camper, praising Sunny's attention to detail (and, of course, rates). If you're in the market for a mortgage product, put him on your list.
deanc - glad to share why I moved and where rates have been. Please feel free to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrong, crash will be Oct of 2024. Good news though, by 2026, massive fed/central bank intervention (yes , even bigger then now) to stave off global collapse will drive 30 year fixed rate to 1%. Money will be handed out freely on every street corner
Appliance Care will take care of it.
Is there a way to estimate how much it will cost to renote an apartment? If the appliances are not in working order, who pays for the removal?
Was this listed by a broker?
The annual increase in rent at this apartment is 12% or so, at least for me and my neighbors. Look at the rent history listed on this site for an idea. If you want to move here and stay more than a year, be prepared for the possibility of a steep hike in what you pay.
Were you in a ground floor apartment?
I lived here for 1 year. I did not renew bec of bugs and rodent issues. This building has rats and is not taken care of. The inside and outside is dirty and not kept up at all.
Williamsberry sounds like a fictional location in New York City.
Seriously, who is buying these units? You are 20 feet away from the bridge/train. It's very VERY loud. Hope they invested in some high end windows.
Not to mention a large portion of the units face the bridge and have absolutely no view or light whatsoever.
There's also a parking lot behind the building which I'm sure will be built on in the near future.
Thanks for the warning CookLook.
What is with these kitchen renovations with no counter space between the sink and the cooking surface? This leaves no space to prep or stage food next to the stove and is dangerous. Just a drop of water in hot oil can spatter it all over, causing serious burns. I can hardly believe it is legal.
The sad part is that in most of these renovations there is a dishwasher on the other side of the sink that could easily have been placed between the sink and stove providing counter space and a buffer zone for inadvertent splashes.
When I see this in a listed property, I immediately factor in a $25K reduction in price to cover the cost, time and inconvenience of correcting the problem.
How much do you pay in rent?
We had lived in the building happily for a long time including bringing children into the world in this place. The kids learned to walk in the courtyard which has been the source of endless enjoyment for our family. New ownership has decided that playing is no longer allowed in the courtyard. The courtyard was a place where all families and pets used to go to enjoy this unique element of the building. We all fear what this means for other unwelcome changes. I would stay away if you have children or pets.
Gas Lines are replaced and Gas is now ON AND Functional. Unit 8 has gas restored and brand new hardwood floors. Unit is ready for new tenant. entire building now has brand new gas lines installed.
alanhart, you sure make it sound easy. So do you replace the gas pipes every 5 years, or ten years or ...
Or you can proactively stay on top of repairs and capital replacements before there's a leak. Do you think 100-year-old Silk Stocking District buildings shut down cooking gas, heat and hot water for 3-5 months?
Plus there are those mobile boilers that (I assume) can run off fuel tanks.
I own a couple of buildings that have had this issue. The nat gas pipes are over 70 years old in the majority of NYC buildings. They all go through a repiping at some point. When gas is smelled by the tenants, Con Ed comes and puts a red tag on the building. Landlords must then do a pressure test on the pipes to see if they are sound (these pressure tests almost always fail).
The issue is the entire process takes months even if the landlord is 100% on top of things. Finding a contractor who is skilled (and available) and then signing a contact takes time (it's not like every landlord has a guy with these skills sitting around on retainer), getting the permits from DOB, actually doing to work and getting access to all of the units, having Con Ed come and inspect (takes way longer than it should and is out of the landlord's control), sign offs from DOB (again takes longer than it should and is completely out of the landlords control), gaining access again and again from each tenant for the multiple inspections/sign offs etc etc. One tenant doesn't give access and Con Ed or DOB won't come back for a few weeks to reinspect etc etc.
Unfortunately it just takes a long time to do this work. I've seen it done in 3 months but 5 months is probably more common.
They think he's Kenny g.
http://streeteasy.com/talk/discussion/39421 How is it that KennyZ started two threads but is listed as having zero posts?
Aaron 2 is correct. I had a contractor (knew him for many years) inspect the apartment and he gave me 3 lists: absolutely needed to be done for habitability, should be done eventually, and nice to do to improve the value of the apartment. He gave me estimates based on this. We had an electrician check on that part of the work and the contractor was absolutely correct. The price of the apartment was appropriate considering the estimates.
It means the unit is in the condition you see it in, working or not, complete or not, with no assertion or guarantee of usability or legality. You should go through it with an electrician, plumber, and other professional to determine whether you will be required to make changes, or how much the aesthetic changes you want to make will cost. Bid accordingly. Note that some 'as is' conditions may result in banks being unwilling to lend as they cannot document that a unit meets their suitability requirements (incomplete kitchen or bathrooms, for example).
The apartment I bought was an estate sale and sold "as is." EVERYTHING needed re-doing, including bringing wiring up to code and asbestos abatement on kitchen floor. My lawyer said the only requirement was that the executor leave the place "broom clean."
What neighborhood is this in?
Seems to be in line with the fact that the NY Times RE section doesn't even barely care about sales under $10 million.
$5000 plus per month for new construction one bedrooms. Some of the Equity Residential places especially. And they've shrunk too!
A condo I'm looking at is being sold "as-is". What does this mean in practice?
What if wiring does not work? Wall outlets, switches and ceiling fixtures?
What about plumbing? Leaky pipe in the wall?
What if AC and heat don't work?
What about appliances?