Another gas leak that didn’t smell
Re: “Resident concerned over gas leak in apt,” T&V, Mar. 28
I had a gas leak in my apartment several years ago. And you could not smell it in the kitchen.
I noticed the smell of gas in the hallway on my floor, and more of it just inside the apartment door. So I checked in the kitchen; the jets were all off, and there was no smell of gas. So I wrongly concluded it had come from some other apartment.
A couple of days later a group of neighbors rang my bell and said I must have a gas leak. They had smelt it in the hallway and it seemed strongest near the door of my apartment. We called Stuy Town security and the man who came verified my claim that there was no smell of gas in the kitchen. The neighbors were not satisfied. Two more security officers came and they agreed there was an odor of gas in the hallway and near my apartment door, but not in the kitchen. Finally they brought in a device that dings in the presence of gas and the device went berserk.
The leak was in the connection between the gas pipe and the tube that leads to the range.
Why could it not be detected by a person’s unaided nose in the kitchen? I think the answer is that, because there is no window in the hallway, the building has an exhaust system that draws air out of the hallway and replaces it with air drawn out of the apartments by suctioning it from under the apartment doors.
Air, including gas, in the kitchen is therefore pulled to the apartment door. Since all the gas cannot get out through the small space under the door, it builds up at that place, and you can smell it there.
Don Murray, ST
Greenmarket should be for residents only
To the Editor:
Re: “Don’t kick nonresidents out of greenmarket.” T&V letter, Apr. 4
I doubt that the writer of this letter, Name Withheld, ST, lives in Stuyvesant Town. Why would residents want outsiders to enter our community (I wish it were gated) and use our amenities? Do residents want to wait to play basketball or ping pong or volleyball until the outsiders have finished their fun? Do residents want to sunbathe on the concrete while outsiders sunbathe on the grass? Do residents want to wait to do their laundry until the outsiders have done theirs? Do residents want to dodge the dog poop of outsiders in addition to the dog poop of inconsiderate residents? I don’t think so.
Only the US government looks out for outsiders instead of looking out for its own citizens. It spends our tax dollars building schools in third world countries while our children are packed into overcrowded classrooms and taught by underpaid teachers. It feeds the hungry and cares for the sick in other countries while our citizens are searching garbage bins for food or lining up at soup kitchens, bathing and brushing their teeth in gas station restrooms, and crowding hospital emergency rooms because they cannot afford food, a home or health care. But that’s another matter.
Name Withheld, ST has one interesting idea though, to “ensure that at least 10 percent of the customers of the farmers market reside outside of ST/PCV itself.” I like this because in order to accomplish this we would need to hire addition security to check the ID of every visitor (and their dogs) to our community. This would create jobs, something our politicians can’t seem to do, except overseas. To pay for these jobs we would have to charge entrance fees to nonresidents to play basketball, sunbathe, or to sit on our benches and read a newspaper. All residents would also need IDs to verify they live here.
Congratulations, Name Withheld, ST! You’ve created a gated community!
We have a great community, thanks to the unpaid volunteers of the Tenants Association who give their time and energy for our benefit. But it would be much greater if it were gated. It takes a villager to make a village, not an outsider who will behave here as if it were just another public area, a place perhaps to poop. And then leave.
John Cappelletti, ST
TA not opposed to the greenmarket
To the Editor:
The ST/PCV Tenants Association was stunned to learn via a letter to the editor from Name Withheld (T&V, April 4, 2013) that it “is again fighting the farmers market, this time demanding the equivalent of a ‘gated community’.” Where did the courageous Name Withheld get “again” from?
We have never taken a position against the greenmarket. Rather, when commercial activity became intrusive two years ago with the daily appearance of vending trucks on the Oval, the Tenants Association asked Council Member Dan Garodnick to inquire of the New York Department of City Planning as to the appropriateness of such activity in an area not zoned for it. The anonymous letter writer obviously misread the response of Amanda Burden, the department’s chair. In her letter to Garodnick, Ms. Burden indicated that the trucks were clearly in violation but that the law allows limited commercial activities that are designed to serve as an “accessory use” for residents and their guests only.
Of City Planning’s interpretation of zoning rules on a property like the Oval, she wrote: “Green Markets that operate as an open commercial use would… be prohibited.” In other words, the greenmarket is not to serve as a neighborhood resource.
The TA simply supports the consistent application of the law and the notion that Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper open spaces and playgrounds are for the use of rent-paying residents and their guests.
Susan Steinberg, Chair, ST/PCV Tenants Association