Thanks, ST/PCV management and neighbors
I would like to say “Thank You” to the staff of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village for their visible and diligent work during our cleanup process. I would also like to thank CompassRock for providing lunch for their most deserving employees.
I would like to send individual “thank yous” to: the Ireland family, who rang my bell shortly after the lights went out, on 10/29/12 and lent me a flashlight; the deGhellinck family, who visited the following morning and provided updates of our city, neighborhood and transit situations; to the MTA for their “no-fare” policy on Wednesday, when I traveled north for food, cash and batteries; to the taxpayers of The City of New York for holding doors and offering seats; to the Stuy Town employee who checked in on me, later that same day; to the Brothers’ family for offering to run errands for me; to the invisible volunteer corps that walked 14 flights, daily, to deliver updates from CompassRock; to Johnnie’s Pizza for opening on Thursday; to Verizon for lending a land-line on Friday; to FEMA for leaving a loaf of rye bread, and four army-style meals at my door; to Access-A-Ride for taking me to Queens on Saturday.
A very, very special “Thank you!” to the Carpio family, who cleared their only bathroom of their now four-year-old sextuplets long enough for me to take a shower and wash my hair! Another special “thank you” goes to an unnamed neighbor, who lives on the 9th floor of 285 Ave C, for carrying my groceries up the stairs that night.
We would all like to thank Otis for getting one elevator running on Sunday and the letter carriers who also delivered a week’s mail.
I boiled enough water to bathe, before going to the dentist on Monday and would like to thank all concerned citizens for getting out to vote on Thursday.
My heat and hot water, were restored just before our first snow on Wednesday.
I borrowed DJ Mozer’s phone on Thursday and the Queens Midtown Tunnel reopened on Friday. On Saturday, I shopped for fruit and vegetables in Queens, as our farmers’ market would be well missed on Sunday.
On Monday, I learned that DJ Mozer had passed away.
On Tuesday, I got some laundry done; on Wednesday Con Ed turned off our gas. Tenants on Avenue C were advised not to make plans to cook on Thanksgiving.
I would like to thank Alexander Graham Bell for inventing the ability to reach out and touch someone (as of this writing I still don’t have a dial-tone) and Ralph Nader, now 78, for warning us not to use plastic decades ago.
I would like to thank everyone with whom I have crossed path these past two weeks for reminding me why I live, and will never leave, New York City.
Lastly, I would like to thank Mother Nature for reminding us, once again, that she is a strong woman – one that should be respected and not abused.
I am delighted to learn that the ice skating rink opened, and being without Con Ed’s gas connection I look forward to the re-opening of Oval Cafe!
Margaret Anne “Peg” Donohue, ST
Thanks to TA, management, ST/PCV staff
To the Editor:
Hurricane Sandy clearly knocked us all for a loop. But in so many ways we in the PCV/ST area were very lucky — our homes didn’t burn down; our homes didn’t flood off their foundations. So many people and groups deserve praise for their hard work, clear thinking, and preparation. First, Stuyvesant Town, CompassRock, and the Tenants Association worked together to provide information to tenants, meals to those who were literally stranded in their apartments, and an extensive volunteer effort. I was incredibly impressed with the work done by these groups in making every effort to provide tenants with information and provide assistance. The Stuy Town maintenance and security staff were everywhere and helping out. Thank you.
City agencies, particularly police, fire, sanitation, transportation and environmental protection were instantly on the street. I don’t think I’ve ever heard as many sirens as I did during our blackout, so I know the NYPD, FDNY and their paramedics and EMTs were working long and busy hours.
I passed ambulances from around the country at Bellevue ready to help with their evacuation. There were scores of utility vehicles at Union Square to assist Con Ed. They and Con Ed deserve a big thank you for getting (most of) us back on the grid in a relatively short time.
What else? The local bodegas and mom and pop stores were open without electricity, but with water, batteries and snacks. Food carts and food trucks were up and running by Thursday. Our local Associated had its full staff on the Sunday and Monday before the storm, dealing with extensive lines of customers who were preparing. And Associated was back up and running as soon as the electricity was on — again dealing with incredible crowds and putting groceries on the shelves as soon as they were delivered.
The Board of Elections managed to set up polling places (at least here) and deal responsibly with long lines of voters.
All in all, I think we did a great job.
But, not everyone was prepared. Quik Park should have been far more persistent in telling folks to take their cars out of the Avenue C garages. And it would have been nice if they’d communicated whatever their policy was going to be for garage bills due November 1. (As of today, November 8, I have received no bill; will they lock up my car?)
But the true bad neighbor is Time Warner. After providing service for a whole hour after the electricity came back on, they (as of Nov. 7) have provided zero service. No TV, no internet, no phone. And, no information about anything but “storm damage.” While Time Warner is up and running in other parts of Manhattan, locally we have zip — this is in the midst of continued Sandy updates, the election, and now a nor’easter. Time Warner has provided itself a definitely bad neighbor.
I am grateful for the fine work done by the PCV/ST staff and our many “neighbors” who helped out in many ways. And kudos to CompassRock for handling this storm in such a professional way. Lets hope none of us has to do this again.
Jane Roeder, ST
Thanks, Sean Sullivan
It has been a long time coming, but we finally have a property manager who cares about the community.
Sean Sullivan is the most tenant involved property manager that we have had in a long while. It is hard to see on a day-to-day basis what is really thrown his way, but Mr. Sullivan has the tenant’s best interest at heart.
In a recent run-in with him on the street, he said how he lost his car in the floods on the property during Hurricane Sandy. He had stayed here through it all to make sure that he tended to the residents’ needs.
There were quite a few security, maintenance and management employees that stayed for days to make sure that this community was safe. They showed their loyalty to us at a time when we were in great need. Yes, there has been major damage to our property and some residents are still feeling the effects, but Mr. Sullivan and his team have been hard at work seven days a week to make sure we get back to normal.
I would like to give thanks at this holiday season to the security, maintenance and management staff for all they have done to make sure our families are safe and comfortable.
Jennifer Kops, PCV
What Con Ed should have done about Sandy
To: Consolidated Edison,
A. What you should have done BEFORE “Sandy”
Believed that global warming (Climate Change) Does exist and that the seas, under normal weather conditions, are already higher than twenty years ago.
Knowing this, all Con. Ed. equipment near the East River should have been moved further inland or to higher ground or put on cement/steel stilts so water levels in unusual circumstances (Sandy) would not have blown out equipment.
Had a complete inventory of replacement parts for every piece of equipment you use immediately available.
B. What you should have done during “Sandy’s” aftermath.
Deliver an LED flashlight to every dark household. (PCV/ST tenants association and CompassRock Real Estate managed to deliver a flyer to each dark household and there were a multitude of volunteers available to make deliveries.)
By the third day have free food (hot) and drink (cold) trucks in the affected areas with runners available to get the food to the elderly who couldn’t walk the stairs (and could no longer eat the spoiled food in their refrigerators).
C. What you should do after “Sandy.”
Remove your entire “risk management” department — especially the “head honcho.”
Immediately give every affected household $500 to cover loss of food from refrigerator/freezer. Those who lost more can itemize on individual case basis.
Take any money spent on settling lawsuits and all of the above from the bonuses of your shortsighted executives and not from the backs of customers who already suffered enough from your negligence and incompetence.
Dorothy Blumner, PCV