The Brooklyn waterfront is a washout, according to roiled residents of a new residential mega project there.
Several residents of Two Blue Slip — a 421-unit slice of Brookfield Properties & Park Tower Group’s Greenpoint Landing development at Commercial Street, on the East River, which is transforming an industrial eyesore into a 22-acre, multi-building master-planned neighborhood — are up in arms over alleged shoddy construction, constant leaks and dysfunctional management.
“I am concerned for my safety,” said Two Blue Slip resident Christian Desrosiers, 33, who was renting a $3,590 L-shaped studio on the 36th floor of the 39-story building, which opened last year. “After [the Champlain Towers South collapse in] Florida, yeah, I’m not gonna give these guys the benefit of the doubt.”
Desrosiers is new to luxury living, adding this is the most he’s ever agreed to pay in rent. Working from home and “spending 110% of [his] time” in his apartment meant that he wanted to “splurge,” he said. Units currently listed at the tower range from $3,642 for a studio to $14,390 for a two-bedroom.
But since the start of his lease, on May 28, his apartment has suffered from four leaks that poured from his ceilings, down his walls and into his floors, videos shared with The Post show.
It ruined valuable possessions like designer clothes and a pair of his girlfriend’s Hermès shoes.
Desrosiers, who coughed through an interview with The Post while in the building, suffers from asthma and added that the constant leaks caused mold to grow in his home.
“I saw the leak when I was touring the unit originally — the wallpaper was warped from the water but the leasing agent said it was a minor thing that would be fixed before I moved in,” Desrosiers said. ”I showed up on the first day of my lease with my stuff to move in and they say, ‘You can’t move into your unit. There is a leak and we don’t know how to solve it.’ ”
It was nearly a month before he could move in.
During that time, Desrosiers, who works from home, said he was placed in a temporary apartment where he lived out of boxes. After moving back into the apartment he originally rented, three more leaks occurred. At that point, Desrosiers said his relationship with management dissolved and became unworkable.
During that time Desrosiers stopped paying rent, and asked that his unit be comped until it became habitable. He was only able to occupy the unit in July and part of August. Brookfield responded by offering to break his lease on the condition that he remove social media posts (he posted videos of the leaks on YouTube) and sign an NDA.
Warning: The video below contains strong language
Desrosiers said he was then forced to hire an attorney for the first time in his life.
“My client isn’t trying to make a profit here,” said Desrosiers’ attorney Jeffrey McAdams, when asked if they are considering suing for damages. “He just wants to be treated decently, humanely, fairly. They are trying to blame him for things they are responsible for, which is typical.”
Brookfield eventually relented and offered an additional free month to Desrosiers (due to pandemic-era incentives, three free months were built into his lease) — but only after The Post reached out to Brookfield with his accusations. McAdams would not comment on the terms of the agreement.
However, emails between McAdams and Brookfield’s attorney Todd Nahins shared with The Post prior to the final agreement reveal that Desrosiers was offered a smaller unit in the building, listed for $3,262, with lower ceilings that don’t accommodate his belongings. The agreement shared with The Post includes a stipulation that he will owe $6,000 on the same unit if he stays past Oct. 31.
While barred from commenting on the signed agreement, Desrosiers said that his new apartment had non-functional outlets and internet, which was provided gratis by Brookfield, when he arrived. The cherry on top, Desrosiers said, was that the movers Brookfield hired quit in the middle of the day, forcing him to take off work to finish the job. But faced with no other option but to drop everything and hunt for last minute housing, Desrosiers said he reluctantly agreed to Brookfield’s offer, which he sees that as an effort to shoo a “problem tenant” out rather than an attempt to make things right.
But he said that at this point he is eager to go by the Oct. 31 deadline, because of the exhausting David vs. Goliath dynamic of the negotiations.
Brookfield is also happy to see him go. They admit to the leaks but adamantly deny that they gave Desrosiers the run around.
“One apartment experienced a small leak upon very heavy rain and, months later, an unrelated but more substantial leak due to an upstairs neighbor leaving a faucet running,” a representative for Brookfield said in a statement. “The experience of our tenants is our top priority, and, in addition to addressing the issue immediately, we have provided the impacted tenant with a series of accommodations based on extenuating circumstances, including hotel stays, free rent in a new apartment, and free amenities. While leaks do happen from time to time due to proximate residents leaving faucets running, the original issue thankfully affected only one apartment.”
At press time there were no Department of Building complaints regarding leaks in the building.
However, at least three other residents who contacted The Post, and who all asked to remain anonymous for fear of chilling their relationship with their landlord, said that they have also witnessed issues at Two Blue Slip.
“In the winter, I was terrified,” one of those residents, who is eager to exit the building, said. “When the wind would blow across the water, I swear to God, the windows would literally shiver. Sometimes you get no hot water at all. And you know what their answer is? ‘Well, it’s a large building and the tenants have used all the water up.’ I have lived in some of the best buildings in NYC. You’re telling me that your building is different than everyone else’s? It’s new construction. It should be better.”
On three separate occasions, the same tenant told The Post that they witnessed residents experiencing issues with their apartments “flipping out in the lobby.”
But Two Blue Slip isn’t the only luxury building accused of creating a water world for its residents. This spring, the super-rich owners of condos in 432 Park Ave., one of the most expensive buildings in the world, told the New York Times about leaks that were plaguing the supertall’s units.
“I was convinced it would be the best building in New York,” 432 Park resident Sarina Abramovich, told the Times. “They’re still billing it as God’s gift to the world, and it’s not.”
Brokers said that new construction buildings are particularly vulnerable to leaks and that residents of new buildings — no matter how expensive — have to expect “growing pains.”
“Something almost always happens, even in the best buildings,” said Lindsay Barton Barrett, a broker with Douglas Elliman. ”You are the first person to test out everything. Even with developers with the best reputations, there are no slam dunks.”
It’s a lesson Desrosiers just learned first hand.
“Personally, I just want a place to live and work that doesn’t flood — and more generally I would like to put this in the public record so that next schmuck they try to bully doesn’t feel like they are a crazy person,” he said. “It was a lot of effort to find and hire a lawyer … and handle negotiations. If the situation hadn’t been so extreme, if it hadn’t happened four times in such a short time frame, I might have just let them walk all over me.”
Additional reporting contributed by Conor Skelding.