Letters to the Editor, Dec. 13

Now’s a good time for new laundry machines

The following is an open letter to Sean Sullivan, general manager of Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town, about laundry machines. 

Dear Mr. Sullivan,

We are writing you to urge that management install high quality commercial grade equipment when replacing laundry room washers and dryers that were damaged as a result of the recent flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

As you are no doubt aware, it has been well documented that the equipment installed in the laundry rooms by Tishman Speyer has been the subject of regular complaints by tenants; machines have been prone to breakdowns that regularly put them out of service, which results in great inconvenience to residents.

In fact, the laundry room equipment and its failures have been among the leading quality of life complaints in the community.

We believe that using high quality commercial grade washers and dryers will reduce complaints and breakdowns to the benefit of residents and management.

Further, the replacement of equipment in a small number of buildings will allow management the opportunity over a period of time to evaluate the performance of the commercial grade equipment against the current under-performing equipment before the inevitable replacement cycle begins for those older machines.

The Tenants Association appreciates your serious consideration of this recommendation.


Susan Steinberg,Chair
John H. Marsh III, President
ST-PCV Tenants Association

Why did some Watersiders stay behind?

Re: Article, “Watersiders didn’t have to wait long for help due to volunteer effort,” T&V, Nov. 22

Your article on Waterside was very informative. I would like to thank Mr. Peter Davis and his management team including maintenance and security, Mrs. Janet Handal and the WTA, our elected officials in particular Dan Garodnick, Brian Kavanagh, Carolyn Maloney and Tom Duane.

What bothered me most is the total irresponsibility of those (a rough estimate is between 15-20 percent) who opted to stay behind and wait things out. Waterside is in Zone A and it was mandatory that residents vacate the place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 28.  During the meeting with the WTA and Mr. Garodnick, he himself said that it would have been better if everybody followed the mandatory evacuation notice.

We were just lucky that for those who helped the residents following hurricane Sandy that there were no injuries to the workers and to the volunteers. I overheard one of my neighbors who opted to stay that she never follows rules and a neighbor near me just said that she just does not want to leave (she is healthy etc). I personally think that if you are sick, infirm or elderly, it is even more important that you vacate since when there is no electricity, therefore no elevator service, it is very difficult to move people and things around. Most of us have friends and relatives who would be glad to help us in those times. No man is an island.

Probably in the future or near future when we who are living in Zone A (mandatory evacuation) will not vacate the place, management should give the residents 1-2 hours after the time of mandatory evacuation notice that they should not expect help in any way except emergency cases if they decide to stay around in Zone A. If they are hardheaded not to follow rules, there is no reason for them to live in a Zone A site. Move towards the center and higher up in Manhattan Island.

Name withheld, WP

Sign of the (old) times

To the Editor:

I was entering Stuy Town at the corner of 14th Street and Avenue A and saw a sign, which I usually walk past without reading. But today I read the sign:

“Stuyvesant Town

A Private Residential Community

Radio Patrolled 24 Hours a day

Bicycle Riding, Dogs and other animals are Prohibited in Stuyvesant Town

Trespassers are subject to arrest and prosecution.”

Thinking I was entering an historical site or a museum, I walked into Stuy Town and found an empty bench in front of the children’s playground. I sat facing the fountain and the farmer’s market area where there used to be signs saying “NO DOG AREA” but which have been removed. Within five minutes a man walking his dog let her pee on the pavement and moved on.

Soon a golf cart appeared and splashed the pee and left a trail of pee as it departed. Some people saw the pee on the pavement and avoided stepping in it. Others didn’t, such as the woman focused totally on texting, a child running to the playground, and others busily talking on their cell.

Only those who paid attention to where they were walking avoided getting pee on their shoes and tracking it into their homes.

I usually watch where I’m walking and as a result have seen dog poop on the walkway left by inconsiderate dog owners; usually, however, I’ve only seen the “schmear” left by the “considerate” dog owners who “pick up” after their animals, but not thoroughly. The lesson here is to watch where you walk, remembering there are many inconsiderate people in Stuy Town who deserve a lump of coal or, better yet, stool in their stocking.

But you also must watch out for bicyclists, skateboarders, scooters and roller skaters who might not see you as they are busy talking and texting on their cells. So as the holiday season approaches and everyone is filled with that merry spirit or spirits, you might recall the lyrics of that song that warns you: “You better watch out” because “Santa Claus is coming to Stuy Town.”  And I believe, although I haven’t seen this, his reindeer, which fall into the category of “other animals prohibited in Stuy Town,” poop and pee just like our residents’ dogs, i.e., anywhere they want. Ho ho ho.

John Cappelletti, ST

4 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Dec. 13

  1. As an environmentalist, I disagree with the request to replace washers and dryers, as that would be terribly and harmfully wasteful of very large amounts of material. Speedy and reliable repair would be far better.

    • Get lost! We need real washing machines that actually get clothes clean and don’t deposit hair, slime and dreck on the bottom of the doors! Some of us are sick of having to take our laundry to local laundromats to get them really washed. There is no advantage to the environment or anything else as a result of these inferior, overpriced E-Coli incubators that constantly break down because they are garbage to begin with. They do repair these machines, but they break down just as fast as they can be repaired because they are useless. They were installed by an incompetent landlord that would do anything, but anything, to make a quick buck. If you do your wash in these machines, you have to use several of them as they are low capacity and only use a cupful of water and a teaspoon of detergent, but a lot of electricity. Large machines with plenty of water would take care of a whole weeks’ wash as is evidenced by the large machines at 14th St Wash and Clean. These toy machines in our laundry rooms waste more water, electricity and time because you have to use 6 of them to do what one decent machine would do.

  2. Apart from towels and sheets, which I send out, I do most of my laundry by hand because I cannot bring myself to use those filthy, gross and inefficient MacGray things. Sadly, I probably use thousands of gallons more of hot water (and a lot of detergent) than the MacGray things use, but I have to get my clothes clean. I would love it if we had real washers. The dryers aren’t too bad except for the fact that crap from the lint filter blows into the machines and sticks to the damp clothes. That’s because most people don’t clean the filter after they have used the dryer and the crud gets stuck in the space where the lint filter fits (some of the filters don’t even fit!) and is impossible to clean out. The numb-brained Tishman Speyer really did us and the environment a great disservice by buying such schlock.

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