Arris Lofts

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27-28 Thompson Avenue, New York City, NY

Arris Lofts

Arris Lofts seen from the street
Building Information
Developer The Andalex Group
Architect Costas Kondylis & Partners
Number of Units 237
Number of Floors 8
Year Built 1920
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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Long Island, 27-28 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Less Than a Block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1-5/R7-3
Title of Land Condominium



Devastation as a result of the Long Island Hurricane

Arris Lofts was previously the Met Life printing lab. It was converted into a condominium building in 2006. The conversion involved adding two additional stories and creating 237 lofts. [1]

Many lawsuits were issued when the original residents took occupancy. Since the shift in management, complaints have dramatically decreased, and the building is gaining a new reputation in the real estate market. Details are outlined in the Construction Section of this page.

The climate in Long Island has humid summers and cold rainy winters. Breezes whip off of the Atlantic Ocean, which will sometimes trigger the occasional thunderstorm. The area is slightly vulnerable to hurricanes ranging from category 1 - 3. The Long Island Express hit in 1938 and caused 29 deaths in the Dune Road area, 21 at the east end of Long Island and 50 at the shore line areas. The winds were up to 150 miles per hour causing waves that were 25 - 35 feet.


Oheka Castle in Long Island

Arris Lofts is located in Long Island, New York. The area has a reputation for its arts community. There are many waterfront parks, art galleries, ant institutes, and studio space.

Within walking distance of Arris Lofts is The Burger Gragage restaurant, Nespresso coffee, Alea Foods Inc groceries, Court Square Park, and Catalpa Ymca Nursery.[2]

There are three subway stations right in front of the building, and the 58th Queensboro Bridge is just around the corner. It is also close to the Long Island Rail Road. This seems to make it a convenient location for all types of people.

Popular destinations in Long Island include the beaches, Long Island Wine Country, the Hamptons, Montauk, Bethoage State Park Golf Courses, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Nassau County Museum of Art, Shelter Island, Oheka Castle and Old Westbury Gardens.[3]


Arris Lofts was originally a warehouse building that was renovated in 2006. [4]

The new development was advertised as 'Luxury' suites selling at $3 million. When completed, the new residents were very disappointed with the conditions and eventually took legal action.

Many of the requests for repairs had been ignored, and the common charge funds were being used to pay for the construction materials and for guards to keep track.[5] The result of this lead to problems with investors getting loans because the banks would look carefully at the management statements and see that the building has a poor finance record. [6]

The complaints and concerns between 2007 - 2008 included:

  • Plumbing Issues: boiling hot water in the toilets; hot water issues
  • Street maintenance: questionable characters in the neighborhood
  • Sound Proofing issues: sound transmission through the vents
  • Finish Quality: doors scratched and not hinged properly; dented appliances; uneven bath tiles; no paint on walls; hardwood floors coming unglued
  • Unsafe Conditions: rust and grime in the ceilings; window lever's broken; common areas still under construction

As a result, the residents were seeking $20 million in damages. The only reported effort to fix the problems was a new water pump, but it apparently didn't solve anything. More than half of the owners sued the developer for negligence and professional malpractice, including breaches of warranty and the misappropriation of building funds to pay for construction materials.

Douglas Elliman has since taken over the original management. Since then few issues have been reported.

Layout and Features

Since the lawsuits and complaints in 2008, Arris Lofts has seemed to clean up its reputation. There have been no recent reports of residents with any problems, though many of them still wish to get out of their contract. Yet, in the recent market many buyers have been looking into Arris Lofts.

Features in the suites include 14 foot ceilings, high end appliances, hardwood flooring, over sized windows, and walk in closets. [7]

The lobby presents a centered fireplace, and windows overlooking the landscaped courtyard with a pond.

Floor Plans

Many unique floor plans are available. The building has an unusual shape, so it was a challenge for designers to create functional suites.


Fitness Center
Recreation Room

Arris Lofts offers many amenities, including:

  • Live-in Super[8]
  • Concierge and doorman
  • Central laundry room
  • Common courtyard and garden
  • Common roof deck and terrace
  • Fitness center and pool
  • Garage
  • Laundry service
  • Package room
  • Playroom
  • Private storage
  • Recreation room
  • Valet parking
  • Video security [9]
  • Stripper Pole [10]


Arris Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

  • Pet friendly [11]
  • Rentals are allowed


This building has no report of being 'green' building, and based on the window conditions and many of the reports, it is safe to say this building could be dramatically improved with a few updates.

Sustainable Long Island is a non-profit organization that works towards promoting environmental health, economic development, and social equity.

They offer simple solutions for individuals who want to help world wide problems. Some of which are:

  • Feeding the world, by helping to organize farmers markets and providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Stopping global warming, by biking to work or using public transit
  • Increase energy efficiency, by shutting down household objects such as microwaves, coffee pots, and DVD players[12]


Long Island Rail Way
  • The Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter railroad system carrying about 282,400 people every day
  • The Long Island Rail Road is the only rail road still operating under its original name
  • Levittown, the 'first suburbia' in the United States, was built on long island in 1947
  • The only working water mill and wind mill in the United States is located in Long Island
  • Richard Nixon's dog, Checkers, is buried at Long Island's Bide-a-Wee Pet Cemetery
  • The largest industrial park is on Long Island[13]


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