305 Guinness aka Lofts 305, one of the troubled nondos that have devolved from condos in Greenpoint since the market tanked, gets a new slam from a correspondent to Miss Heather of NY Shitty: an alleged tenant tells Miss Heather that “His/her apartment is still unfinished,” “The tap water is white or brown– this varies by apartment,” “His/her oven does not work properly due to lack of sufficient insulation/cabinetry,” and, best of all, the landlord “has made it known that anyone involved in forming a ‘tenants’ group’ will be evicted.”
Miss Heather’s been on the case of this place before, and got into a contretemps over it with blogger Zohray, who was considering 305 for her family and thought it seemed okay — until, after her negotiations collapsed, she began hearing that not only were the unfinished apartments she’d been looking at still unfinished: “the new owners who were signing the leases DON’T OWN THE BUILDING YET.”
The leasing agent for the place has been Israel Horowitz’s Citi-Spaces, which some people have found untrustworthy. It was reportedly stiffing its own agents this summer. They’re still in business, but the marshall seized Citi-Spaces’ East Village office in July. (You can buy at least one unit at 305 now from aptsandlofts.com.)
Zohray heard better things about 305 thereafter — but in November a CUNY journalist found a tenant who said that “promised amenities like a virtual doorman, rooftop patio, and top of the line washer and dryer are non-existent.”
The selloff of distressed units in Greenpoint might make the neighborhood look like an attractive opportunity, but even in a bum market buyers apparently still need to beware.