the beaux arts property is actually two different buildings - 307 and 310 (across the street from one another). i've lived here for 3 years and am finally leaving - thank goodness. i will fully admit that laziness was the reason for me staying here as long as i did. i'm like most folks - i hate moving and even though i disliked living here, i reluctantly renewed my lease b/c it was close to my office and i was too lazy to pack. now to why i don't like, to the point of despising, living here:
1. brodsky management could care less about you and will screw you every minute they can. my lease was up for renewal and i saw that newer, renovated units were going for less and getting a month off deal. i inquired whether i could have a comparable deal and was basically told "tough luck"... even though i was a perfect tenant (paid my rent on time every month and was quiet and considerate). they offered a measly $50 deduction, though comparable rents were $200 below. oh... and the office rep teena mau is nasty, unprofessional and needs to learn some manners (my 5 year niece knows more about etiquette than her). the other office rep maria left recently. while i rarely dealt with her, according to the older tenants, she was dreadful and a party was actually thrown b/c of her departure. yikes... this is who brodsky org leaves for tenants to deal with.
2. poor maintenance - bugs, paint, mold and elevators. i know residents from both buildings and the roach problem here is rampant. the hallways are dirty with old carpet and peeling paint. the elevators are constantly having problems and management is very slow to fix the issues due to costs. the old carpets have mold, as does the laundry room and the "gym". the latter is a pitiful, small, non ventilated room with old equipment (which is why membership is so cheap). oh... and with my floor and others, the constant smell of weed.
3. luxury my butt. yes, beaux arts is a doorman building and the art deco decor in the lobbies are nice... but go to the actual floors and units... and it's crap and unclean. i've seen better building interiors in walk-ups. no a/c in the units. if you want a/c, you have to buy it and have it installed professionally. kitchenettes (with mini fridges and no counter space) in the studios and junior 1s are rather pathetic and insufficient.
my 2-cents: with all the deals that are available, go to a nicer, better maintained and cleaner building. while every building management will try and screw you over, this is the worst i've dealt with in my 15 years of living in manhattan (which translates into 7 different property managers). the unprofessional to unfair/unethical practices are despicable.