Incredible place to live! Great personnel and awesome amenities. Love having Equinox attached. Would not want to live anywhere else.
50 Murray Street, New York, NY, 10007
We have had an absolutely HORRIBLE experience with this building (would give negative stars if I could). As other reviews have stated, do not fall for the bells and whistles in the lobby, because it is an orchestrated facade. We were personally kept without heat FOR OVER A MONTH. The building dismissed our initial concerns for weeks as we lay freezing in our rooms. Then came weeks and weeks of workers in our apartment, essentially invading our privacy, to no avail as the heat was not restored after countless hours of interrupted peace. The building manager ignored our entirely reasonable requests for recompense. Folks at Clipper Equity seemed completely unconcerned with the well-being of their tenants and seemed to only care about no having to grant us any rental credit. In addition, the elevators are horrible and often leave you trapped inside for lengthy periods of time. Management has been too lazy to adequately fix this and instead focuses on the superficial exhibitions of extravagance in the lobby. Next, there is the issue of noise complaints. If you enjoy playing any music - at all - audibly, then be prepared to abandon that habit. The walls are paper thin! Furthermore, the rooftop is not nearly what it is advertised to be. You get kicked out relatively early in the evening, are not allowed to drink any alcohol on it, and it is constantly overcrowded. The valet is also terrible. Do not use their laundry / dry cleaning services unless you are ready to lose clothes. The valet also loses packages, so for anything you have shipped to the building, be prepared for it to get lost. Also, if you have any kids, be prepared to explain to them what New York Dolls is, located across the street (for reference, it is a strip club, so be prepared for young boys and girls to be exposed to extreme objectification of women at an early age). Most bedrooms also have no windows / natural light, which is a lot worse than you might think. It completely throws off your REM cycles and causes many bad nights of sleeping. If this isn't enough, the doorman doesn't even work the door 24 hours a day! If you work late, don't expect the door to be held. Finally, have to say it is one of the most externally ugly buildings in Downtown Manhattan. And there are no balconies. Independence Plaza buildings (80 N Moore St for example) are a much better alternative if you are looking for a place to live in TriBeCa. Cheaper, friendlier, has balconies, awesome doormen who never lose packages, views of the water. Basically everything 50 Murray is not.
Pros: location. It's right on top of Chambers subway stop for A/C/E/2/3. Honestly you can't get anything better than that. All doormen were super nice and helpful. Valet onsite for packages and dry clean. Rooftop. Connected to 53 Park pl building, which was super convenient as well if you have friends or family living in that building.
Cons: location. Because it's right outside subway stop, foot traffic is VERY heavy. Plus PATH station is not far, plus the 911 memorial. We have a dog and walking him before 7pm during the week is always a nightmare. On top of that, one block up is BMCC, adding to the population around here. We lived here for two years, then existing management sold the building to a new management company in 2015. Everything went downhill. First of all, after living here for two years, the new management decided to increase our rent by ~$800 per month, which was outrageous even by New York standard. Secondly, it took them close to 3 months AFTER we moved out to give back our security deposit. Thirdly, the property manager was the most irresponsive person I've ever dealt with. So maybe they remodeled all the apartments, but do your research before you commit. The location is not "heart of TriBeCa". It's on the south and east border of Tribeca, if you google the neighborhood, this building will show up in boundaries of both "TriBeCa" and "FiDi". That didn't stop the management for charging true Tribeca price, but you can get similar amenities at a much neighborhood-y and ideal location if you want to pay the premium.
1955 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10029
Wow...what a disappointing apartment. This is regarding my late March visit to this apartment as a prospective tenant. Hey Management, if you are gonna charge Manhattan apartment prices in Spanish Harlem, at least provide a top of the line apartment. This is not the case here. Between the sub-par apartments, the area, and the overtly hostile leasing agent, I would NEVER give a dime to this apartment. Oh and on the walk down First Avenue from the 6 train, I passed a candle vigil on the ground for a recent death in the neighborhood. This was one block north of the apartment on First Avenue. Having lived 6 years in Bushwick, I know a candle memorial...either someone was killed by a car accident or a homicide. Be aware...this is NOT an UES apartment. Head south 15 or so blocks to reach safer areas. Viewing the Apartment: After calling the office number for 2 weeks with no phone call return-left two voicemails... I decided to walk in during business hours. Since the building does not post prices online, you have no idea coming in what the price point will be. Oh by the way, the prices when I visited were $2750-3800. Once I arrive, the front desk person calls the leasing office. She puts the phone on speakerphone and the woman goes on to deny that I called her and said 'What is your price range?'. I tell her that it is flexible and what do your apartments start at? She then says, "Well how much money do you make and I will tell you what you can afford?' WHAT???? WTF???? Have some class! If you are too lazy to leave your office, do not ask me on a speakerphone personal details!!! I asks point blank if I can see what is available and she says yes. Does she come down??? No. She sends the maintenance man with his white terrier dog. He was kind enough. The apartment space was medium sized. Nothing special. It was under renovations..see pics. The building looked right at another part of the building..U-shaped. No real view. The building is not tall. NOTHING...I mean nothing, could sell me an Aspen apartment after this terrible experience of customer service. Combine this with the rough area that it is located.....NO WAY. PASS. Don't waste your time...pass on this one. Oh fyi...applications are handled in house ...even worse.
Total protection. Tiny price. From $5 monthly. #1 rated renters insurance.