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secondjungle

Resident 2014 - 2019

6/2/2019

i lived at the vogue for many years prior to vanbarton's acquisition in 2018. the prior management was reasonable, it was not the best as it was very much ran like a small mom and pop operation. still, they did manage to provide the tenants with a reasonable place to live. after the acquisition the new landlords tried to paint a nice image of themselves, they brought in a few upgrades and repairs, held events in the lobby, and did hire better doormen, but as the construction progressed the conditions quickly degraded. only one elevator is operational at all times and construction noise starts around 8am, on some days extremely loud. construction continues to occur on some weekends. the dust situation in many of the apartments is unbearable with many tenants complaining but the building continues to deny it's a problem even when the accumulation is clearly visible in the vacant apartments. many balconies are closed off and inaccessible. despite the degraded conditions in the building, vanbarton and greystar have refused to compensate any of the tenants for the conditions. they provided us with new pricing for our apartments, about 33% more than what we currently pay, in line with what brand new manhattan buildings are charging which have more space, better views, and better finishes. i am fairly certain the strategy is to force out the tenants that cannot afford and milk the existing tenants that can afford but don't want to move. after viewing one of the new apartments myself, i have a hard time believing that they will be able to fill all the vacancies for what they are asking, especially when atlas (a newer building) across the street would give you a 35th floor apartment for much less than what they would ask for one of their top (25th) floor apartments which are still not high enough to provide you with an unobstructed view, which atlas does provide. the current situation is a mass exodus of tenants. with a lack of elevators, ongoing construction, and building staff neglecting to pay any attention, there is not enough capacity to support the amount of move outs. i am sure once the construction is over it would be a nicer place to live. but unfortunately, even though they chose this new ridiculous name "the hollingsworth"... it's still the vogue just with about $20k worth of renovations done per apartment. the same floor plan remains and the new property managers are nowhere near as reasonable as the prior management. from my experience with them it's clear that profit is way too high of a priority. as is always the priority in business, but when you lose total focus of your customers or simply don't care about them, you wind up with reviews like this one on the internet. and i'm sure many more will come over the next several years echoing what i have just said.

Review 23 out of 58

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