Hey, guess what? According to the Pistilli Development Group, Astoria is a utopia where garbage doesn't stink and you'll never step in dog crap:
Here's an old article from the Queens Gazette about the complex:
Riverview Apartments To Open
Here are some select comments from the message board, Astorians.com:
I saw 1 bedroom penthouse with 2 walk-in closets...big enough to be a small... bedroom... but because there are no windows, you can't really use it as such... perhaps an office. Whoever did the design put way too much emphasis on closet space and the living room area....I don't know why since there is a shared storage space in every floor. We say a layout of a two bedroom where the smaller of the two bedroom is probably not big enough to fit a twin bed...the same apartment has a huge living room...all they had to do was move the wall between the living room and the smaller bedroom to make the decent size bedroom...oh well. I do like the layout of some of the duplex loft. Oh and that loft with a bedroom that has a column in the middle of it...what an eyesore...the loft itself is ok...but passing on that bedroom as a bedroom is a stretch....I don't know maybe you can make it a kids bedroom and add a smaller loft space inside of it.
can i just say I haven't stopped laughing for the last 10 mins looking at those floor plans and reading that write up about astoria....
oh Pistilli... good luck!
..."the salami is always fresh...". ROFL.
The neighborhood description is absolutely ridiculous!!
I need to say again, they really did a disastrous job on that building!
i doubt they hired a PR person. This all sounds like classic pistilli.
i have friends that have seen some of the units and say that in some of the kitchens you can't even open the fridge and stove at the same time due to space contraints.
its just sad that this is the state of new developments in astoria.
This whole thing is a shame. The website is an embarrassment. It's a great location and was a terrific building with a lot of opportunities. The finishes are terrible. You can literrally punch a whole through the exterior with your fist and then peel off the stryofoam and fake stucco. (I am not recommending it ) I don't think the building is as ugly as some people do but it took crazy long and has cheap finishes. That would make me nervous to buy. And their inside sales force and now this website... It's all just very weird to me. All the new condos in LIC use either Corcoran or Elliman. Feelings about brokers aside, the use of a professional agency with a reputation for luxury units does matter. I'm sure there are a lot of people who find this more than a little odd - and walk away from the property. I! t's not like they're the Trumps. Who has heard of Pistilli outside of Astoria? I hope for the sake of the neighborhood that every unit sells and that nice people come into the neighborhood who enjoy the location and add some life to the immediate area. But the odds are not good. It may take as long to fill as it did to finish. And that means it will be 2010 before people live there! The Sterns building seems to have all the same issues.
People are laughing at you, Mr. Developer.
Photo from the Queens Gazette