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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change. Sorry.

Friday, March 7, 2014

About those apartment renovations....

Interesting thread on noise and apartment renovations in this forum....  Of course, there's the typical "this is New York, so get used to noise or move" response from some of the commentators. 

http://www.city-data.com/forum/new-york-city/1779068-construction-noise-demo-renovation-apartment-above.html

This is even more interesting, because the tenant confirmed that there was also an asbestos problem with the renovation. The hoops the tenant had to go through will make you depressed.

http://www.tenant.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8616&sid=29cb5691789e4762e030706cab965aba

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time for the TA to take the gloves off. All indications point to a CW sale of the property this year (increased capital spend, resolution to Roberts, an enticement in current renewal packages of $500 to tenants that re-sign within 30 days, etc).

These quality life issues can be the basis for lawsuits. The TA should file a lawsuit for very possible offense.

Note: a tactic sometimes employed by contractors, at building which are up for sale, is to post a mechanics lien to the property. Since most buyers want clear title, these contractors are typically paid prior to sale.

It's time for the TA to muddy up the water. Sue for everything (no matter what the chance of success). It's not like the ownership here as been playing fairly these last few years (decade).

But why wouldn't the TA follow such advice? Are they still hoping the home-coming king will ask them to the prom?

Anonymous said...


From the first link from STR. The NY Bar lawyer is a better lawyer than any I've seen around here.

"I've begun withholding rent and I expect this will end up in court. I've already talked to a lawyer (NY Bar Assoc. offers free 1/2 hr meeting w/ a lawyer on Mondays!) and he says I should write a letter and seek a 25% reduction in rent."

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/new-york-city/1779068-construction-noise-demo-renovation-apartment-above.html#ixzz2vIfNPs7Y

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>But why wouldn't the TA follow such advice? Are they still hoping the home-coming king will ask them to the prom?<<

Hope springs eternal it seems.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the rent checks have not been cashed yet.

Anonymous said...



I'm sure CW is playing the TA like a fiddle. Sad really. They're never going to take the bid from TA.

Moving onto who the new owners will be: can only get worse.

Anonymous said...

It's time to stop agonizing and start organizing!