Mrs Np and I viewed some flats in there a while ago and on the face of it very nice. Good finish etc.. but there was just something of the halls of residence about the place. The public spaces seemed a bit sketchy... and the flat which seemed to have all of the widows covered in tin foil suggested either an unhealthy interest in a'hem gardening or a fear that the CIA was watching...... was indicative of something.The Bar apartments have declined in the three years I have lived there, so much so that I cannot wait to move out. Maybe its because I'm getting older (and miserable at the age of 26) but the noise levels from the gay scene and Times Sq are getting unbearable. Not so much music - though it is a factor sometimes - more the constant shouting, screaming and arguments of drunken dickheads virtually every night. Probably not a patch on the Bigg Market mind thank god. Couple this with morons who treat the place like a litter bin with half eaten pizzas and packets of chips dumped around the entrance or worse in the ground floor carpet.
We live on the front facing Times Square and one of the apartments opposite and above us must be rented out at weekends, which is prohibited by the management company. It seems to attract stag and hen gangs who seem to think opening their windows, blasting out music and screaming down to mates outside is normal behaviour in the middle of the night.
Add in that a brothel was found to be operating somewhere in the building and it just adds to a general feeling of decline of what used to be a quiet development despite being in the city. It never used to be like this so maybe landlords have reduced their rents to get the apartments rented out to anyone who will fill them.
A friend [if that makes sense] owns a flat there that she rents out and tells of a letter from the management company to the effect that so many flats had been repo-ed that they were not getting enough income to cover the cleaning in the halls etc, but that she still had to pay the mgt charges [or else].
It's part of a bigger problem with lots of the new builds - Baltic is the same. Sold off plan, buy to let. Owners go skint [or are desparate] and they rent to anyone anytime.
Close to me is the Rialto - built with some 3 bedded top quality appts - family type. Now it's pretty much full of students. Imagine buying your 280k penthouse, only to have students playing cricket in the corridors.
Much less of a problem with the older blocks; Love Lane, Milk Market etc.