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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've been apartment hunting in NYC and am a bit smitten with a renovated apartment building down near Wall St. It is the 2 Gold St. building. Anyone know anything about it? It has great amenities and is brand new and is VERY convenient to my work. Anything to look out for before deciding to live down near Wall St.? Would you be concerned about the terrorist threat down there?
post #2 of 14
I lived down there for a year or so. The biggest difference between there any anywhere else in Manhattan is that past 7pm the place is DEAD. I'm talking no stores open, no one walking the streets. This could be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. I wouldn't worry about terrorist attacks either, however there is still a moderate level of crime during the night. Another BIG plus is your proximity to Century 21. You'd get first dibs on all the discount suits.
post #3 of 14
A fair number of my co-workers live in renovated office buildings downtown (71 Broadway is a favorite). Heard a lot of good things about these apartments, for one thing the rent is much lower than a comparable space would rent for in Midtown. The services are slowly moving into the area but you shouldn't expect stores to be open 24 hours like they are uptown. I'm pretty sure that a building like 2 Gold St. has a concierge, though, so ordering from FreshDirect or sending out your dry cleaning should be easy. Some people definitely enjoy the quietness of the area in the evenings (especially on the weekend), but for other people the Financial District seems kind of sterile and detached from the rest of the city. It doesn't have that 24-7 feel that other parts of Manhattan do. Personally, I like living uptown (UWS) even though I work in the Financial District. I like to have some physical distance between myself and the office on the rare days off. Also, assuming your firm/company provides car service home to its employees, the evening commute shouldn't be that bad even if you're not within walking distance of home.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'll actually be working for the Government down on Court Street in Brooklyn (but don't want to live in Brooklyn, as my wife will be working in Manhattan). Sounds like living down near Wall St. is a good choice.
post #5 of 14
I think I lived in the same building (an NYU dorm) as Mike C. referenced in another thread. The building was beautiful, proximity to the river and such was nice in a way, but there was no neighborhood at all. Living in lower Manhattan was awful. It was just depressing: dirty and dead with closed stores and restaurants on evenings and weekends. Look a little more north. And if I were you, I'd consider Brooklyn Heights. One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of NYC.
post #6 of 14
Oh yea, and when it's hot and humid in the summer, you'd be surprised how far the smell from the fish market can travel.
post #7 of 14
Though it's closed now.
post #8 of 14
JN3, if you're working for the gov't and can afford to live in Manhattan, you must be doing something right. Seriously, though, you should at least take a look at Brooklyn Heights (although these days that area is more expensive than much of Manhattan). Really beautiful, historic buildings. It's often described as what the UES was like before the massive zoning changes and large-scale development. And the view of Lower Manhattan can't be beat.
post #9 of 14
From this description, it sounds like a nice, reasonably priced building in an up-and-coming neighborhood.  I can't speak to what it's like to live in Manhattan, but I can speak to what it's like to be a judicial clerk.  You are likely not to have much free time or much money.  I would prioritize convenience over a chic zip code.
post #10 of 14
I agree with the assessments on Brooklyn. For the price of an one-bedroom apt., you could rent a 2-bedroom apt in Park Slope historical district on a tree-lined streets, with all the original details like crown moldings, parquet floors. Bistros, cafes and stores all within walking distance, not to mention Prospect Park and the farmers market at the Grand Army Plaza. Many consider Prospect Park as Frederick Olmstead's best work, better than the more famous Central Park. Of course, anyone on this board who encourges you to live in Brooklyn may have a vested interest in not having you in downtown Manhattan. You'd be a formidable force at C21 to compete with us to pick up bargains. However, if you've already made up your mind on Downtown Manhattan, you should consider 99 John Street. My friend just rented an one-bedroom there, much better value than 2 Gold Street. For the same price, you'll get an extra room you could use as a huge walk-in closet and home office plus 11-foot high ceiling. 2 Gold St. is a spanking new building, so they charge a premium for it. Here're one-bedroom sample floor plans at 2 Gold Street: One-bedroom floor plan at 99 John:
post #11 of 14
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I agree with the assessments on Brooklyn.  For the price of an one-bedroom apt., you could rent a 2-bedroom apt in ...
Forget that. Don't you mean, for the price of a dumpy 150 sq ft studio in Manhattan, you can rent a nice one bedroom in Brooklyn. Fight the power.
post #12 of 14
Depends on the location in brooklyn. i wouldn't exactly describe brooklyn heights, park slope or williamsburg as teeming with bargains these days.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
This has been helpful. The 99 John Street is a good building, but the large one bedroom layout you gave is more expensive than the other one bedrooms -- significantly so. It actually isn't much better value than 2 Gold after considering that the 2 Gold gym is so good that we won't have to join a club, and considering that heat, water, and hot water are included in the rent. I looked in Brooklyn and found a couple of great places for around $2100. I looked in Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. I didn't want to be in Park Slope because it would add significantly to my wife's commute time. I also have lived in a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood for four years, and we sort of wanted to get away from that. So, we put a premium on living in a doorman building as opposed to a brownstone (and since I'm only planning on being in NYC for one year, the fact that moving in and out of an elevator building with a freight elevator held a lot of value to me). Being that I'm going to be busy on weekdays, having a great coffee shop or diner, etc. right around the corner wasn't a huge draw. It's more like a bonus. I decided a while ago that my first priority was for my building to make my life easier -- lots of laundry in building, easy to move into, close to both my work locations (Court Street in Brooklyn and near City Hall in Manhattan; I split time between the two), gym in building, etc. -- so that my REAL free time (i.e. weekends) could be almost totally free of wasted time (i.e. waiting for machines to open up at a local laundromat). That way I can go explore and hang out in other NYC neighborhoods (including Brooklyn Heights) where I have lots of friends and family. Since I'll be working near Brooklyn Heights, if I want my wife to meet me after work or something, she can hop on the train and meet me. I actually looked at about four renovated buildings in the Wall St. area and felt like 2 Gold offered a very good value without any gimmicks. I'm going to sign a lease there next week, I think. Brooklyn's nice neighborhoods these days are getting very pricey, BTW. You do get more square feet for the money, of course. But not much.
post #14 of 14
Any neighborhood that you choose will become "your own."  I live in the UES and love it (in the low 60's).  However, everyone I meet thinks there 'hood is the best.  Enjoy Wall Street (but find a new avatar - I've had this one for over 3 years now).
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