Resident • 2009 - 2010
This building was absolutely terrible in 2009. Everything the leasing agent said was a lie and nothing was finished until this year. Seriously, it was really bad. With that being said, I could rant about my awful living experience those first few months but instead, I'll simply move out if they don't offer a rent reduction for "time served".
There are still many problems with the building - some which will never be solved. First of all, it's not finished. You can see that when you come to the building. (Imagine what it was like a year ago...) It is in the middle of nowhere so you'll find yourself taking a lot of cabs, purely out of frustration. You'll also find yourself feeling less motivated to do pretty much everything you came to the city to do because of the trek required to find public transportation (if you don't like waiting for sardine tight traffic packed buses, of course). The "shuttle service" in the morning is unreliable, at best. The management might not even exist for all I know. They asked us to fill out a survey, finally allowing me to vent my frustration, but I received no feedback. The apartments are extremely over priced for the size (given the location) but the view is nice. I would almost describe it as tranquil at times if it wasn't for the genius architectural design which allows you to share your every thought and odor with your neighbors. The gym is solid but might be too small for the size of the building, if it ever fills up. You could just join a real gym for the $750, if there was one nearby. The pool is also nice but uncomfortable once the 3 lanes are full. The rooftop just sucks. Catching a ray of sunlight requires proper timing and it is uncomfortable and windy all of the time. People rarely go up there, maybe because it's so exclusive. Members only!
My conclusion: It's a very nice place to live once you learn to accept it's faults. You have to be either extremely patient or have money to burn to deal with the additional travel time/expense and fees they throw at you for things that are normally known as common courtesy. BUT if you like to keep to yourself while feeling intimately close to all of your neighbours and like to pay Manhattan prices for a cozy place off the grid, this could be the perfect place for you.
Sidenote: The 4th of July fireworks were amazing but unfortunately for everyone moving in this year, they'll be on the East River in 2011. Oops.