From Arris Loft's Phantom Menace -
Specifically, there is some back-and-forth on whether or not hookers patrol the blocks near Arris, which is just a stiletto throw away from the 59th Street Bridge.
A post by an Arris loft owner (#31):
"I bought at Arris and people are right - it was a huge mistake. The train noise is definitely noticeable. They blow the horns every time they enter the tunnel. It is driving me crazy. I'm up every morning at 4am. My unit was a mess when I did my inspection and it still is now. No progress has been made since move in. Very shoddy construction - cracked tiles, uneven countertops, gaps in floorboards, faucets missing seals, etc., etc. Construction workers are in and out of my unit to fix things, but but although some jewelry is not missing nothing seems to get fixed. I've taken quite a few days off from work to deals with this. Walls are paper thin. I feel like if I lean too much against it I will fall into my neighbors unit. I hear everything my neighbor says and he seems to be into rock music which I am not. The hallway walls are a psychedelic orange color which was not disclosed by the broker. It looks like someone threw up or a kids playroom in the hallway.
I would put my unit on the market, but I would probably lose my shirt. First all the construction delays pushed my closing back until the middle of the subprime meltdown. The appraiser at first bank I was going to use appraised the unit below what I paid for it. Fortunately I was also dealing with another bank whose appraiser came up with my purchase price, or I would have lost my deposit. I've got a jumbo loan so my int rate shot up 2 points from what I was planning since I did not have a lock. That's really squeezing me hard. I'm living hand to mouth now. The maintenance reduction for the lack of amenities helps, but it will be tight once the full amount kicks in.
The area is lonely. I was warned before i bought, but i ignored the advice. Its probably safe, but at nights I'm constantly looking over my shoulder and anticipating someone jumping out from the shadows. I miss having my Manhattan friends pop in. Despite all the nearby subways no one wants to come to Queens. There no place to shop or pick something up on the way home. I thought Fresh Direct would bridge the gap, but I was mistaken about how much impulse buys I make.
Guess I'm stuck here for the short term. Stay far away! Consider yourself warned. Undoubtedly some will consider this an exaggeration, but if you live here come knock on my door and I'll show you myself. I'm not afraid to admit I made a mistake here. Just hoping to ride it our sell and move to a more established local. To the Arris lovers out there I have not shared your experience, but the people have been nice overall. No amount of amenities makes up for the pit in my stomach when I come home at night."
By Arris owner at September 13, 2007 1:23 PM
Followed up by #66:
A comment from the sidelines...
L.I.C. was a haven for prostitutes, addicts, dealers, etc. for many, many years.
There are definitely still remnants of darker days in the neighborhood, but their presence has sharply declined over the past few years. You can still find prostitutes in the areas around south of The Queensboro Bridge such as Queens Plaza South & Vernon Blvd, Crescent Street & 43rd Avenue, Purves Street, Gantry State Park, and from time to time around the Arris Lofts. I know a few people who work at the 108th Precinct, and they tell me that these tend to be "hotspots" in the neighborhood.
I live in a very charming pre-war walkup in the neighborhood. I write this as a way of demonstrating that I have no bias, good or bad, to Arris, Citylights, Ten 63, or any other of the new developments in the neighborhood. Your buildings are often a point of discussion among my neighbors. They're concerned where all this development will take the neighborhood and more specifically, what type of person will move in as a result.
Most of my neighbors think of most recent transplants as spoiled, petty brats who are eager to flaunt their status with blatant namedropping in regards to where they live. Furthermore, they appear so desperate to protect their frail egos that they readily attack anything not associated with their camp with the kind of juvenile language and tactics I haven't seen since grade school.
It's very depressing to read over your comments. You've basically confirmed what most of the local residents who actually care about their neighborhood already know.
I had hoped for a far better element to move into L.I.C. As gritty as it can be sometimes, it deserves better.
By bricks & bones at September 14, 2007 4:54 PM