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Old 08-12-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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Do you guys know anything about the following manhattan rental buildings? Thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


50 Murray
10 Barclay
Chelsea Centro
Madison Belvedere
Archive at 666 Greenwich
Caroline in Chelsea
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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All are pretty nice buildings (and pricey but I'm sure you know that). I've personally checked out Madison Belvedere and the Caroline when I was on my hunt.

The Caroline is really nice, but I think it faces 23rd street and can be pretty noisy. The Madison Belvedere is on a very nice block and has a great view of a pretty quaint church. I highly recommend Madison Belvedere.

The Archive, I believe, is a newer building (converted recently) but I haven't actually checked it out. Each building has a different personality and is located in a different neighborhood so it depends on if you want Chelsea (upper chelsea), tribeca, west village or flatiron.

Edit: www.nybits.com (http://www.nybits.com - broken link) has great info on all of these with pricing info also. I would set up some appointments with their leasing offices. Also, streeteasy.com has some good info as well.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:21 PM
 
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mad07,

thanks for the reply. if you don't mind me asking, what made you decide against living in carolne or madison belvedere? what area do you live in now?
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:24 PM
 
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The first two are in the financial district.
If you have dogs, worry about 10 Barclay. They allow them, but they make you carry your dog through the lobby, they cannot physically touch the floor. It's very white gloves and high class, Chevy Chase lives there. The staff aren't great there, a lot of them are young kids who don't work very hard.
50 Murray has a lot of young families with kids. They have a cool little basketball court on top. But 10 Barclay is nicer as far as the building goes and it costs a lot more. Friendly to dogs. All the doorman staff are older and with it and smart.

This is all from my boyfriend who is a dog walker and walks several dogs in each building. He said that he would prefer to live in 50 Murray.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:27 AM
 
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Living in the FiDi is fine if you work there...but after working hours it's a ghost town.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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torque - I didn't like that the Caroline faced 23rd street. Plus, I wanted to live a bit more downtown towards union square/soho/etc.

The Madison belvedere was really great but I didn't particularly like the layout of the studio and I thought it was too small. At the time, that was one of the only residences available so I passed. I ended up on W. 18th street.

Agree with Viralmd about fidi - really quiet after hours.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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I have been in the Belvedere many times. Frankly, I thought it was a bit overpriced for what it offered and the location is very central but not particularly interesting. The church is nice. If you young and single you might also look at a little further east at the Biltmore or Windsor Court (29th & 31st and 3rd Ave). These are large buildings and very young, but have the benefit of an on-sight rental office (at Windsor court) == no broker fee.

The pace of FiDi has picked up in recent years. It is certainly not the east village, but with new bars, restaurants, expansion of the east river esplanade and a new Whole Foods relatively nearby so I would not write it off. However, I work down here but live in the village so I can't comment on the merits of living here.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:33 AM
 
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isn't murray hill mainly for people straight out of college? i'm in my late 20's, so i'm not sure if that area is a good fit for me.

each building seems to have pros and cons. i think 10 barclay is the most upscale building, but it's not in the best location. caroline's location wasn't ideal either but not bad. on a side note, i saw some gorgeous girls when i visted the caroline =)
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:20 PM
 
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Lots of different people live in Murray Hill. And in Grammercy, and the UES and the Village..and everywhere in NYC. It's not accurate to think that only recent college grads in their first positions live in Murray Hill. Because my firm is nearby many senior management (NOT fresh out of college) live in the area.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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Viralmd,

For some reason everyone i've talked to diss murray hill as a place for recent college grads who live with several roommates in the "boxy ugly apartment buildings." The buildings they mentioned were places like rivergate, murray hill manor, etc.
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