No closet door left unopened
My apartment was recently inspected by CompassRock. Their notification letter was commanding but having no option and nothing to hide anyway, I waited for the day to arrive.
The inspector entered politely, accompanied by a security guard, and immediately informed me that he would also be “looking at” the closets.
Taken aback yet somehow not surprised in this environment of mistrust, I followed him from room to room and he opened the doors himself. The security guard remained inside the front door.
The inspection lasted just a few minutes but, sadly, the negative effects on me have lingered. I approached the inspection in good faith, under the impression they were looking for illegal subdivision of rooms or major structural problems or similar. I consider it a violation of privacy and an insult to my integrity for a total stranger to inspect closets which, as well as utilitarian items, hold personal items.
The community newsletter, which arrived after the inspection, writes of ensuring apartments are in compliance with applicable laws, lease terms and community rules, looking for unsafe conditions, unregistered dogs and compliance with the 80 percent carpet rule. It had never occurred to me that closets fell into this category.
With nearly 25 years of tenancy, I have come to love where I live. For the most part, I welcome the physical and demographic changes, which have taken place. Sadly, my experience with the inspection has left me feeling like some kind of criminal, and has further fostered the culture of unease that successive managements seem to enjoy encouraging. Indeed, a neighbor whose apartment was inspected in their absence with their agreement (but who did not share my feelings), advised me against speaking out for fear of reprisal.
Furthermore, I have now discovered that not all apartment inspections included closets – and not all were conducted by more than one representative.
Eileen Aarons, ST
Rent hikes and intrusive bikes
Let me compliment you on the fabulous editorial you wrote about CW Capital. (“Rent hikes are a bad business move,” T&V, May 23) You really were the Voice of the People and became so eloquently, passionately and pragmatically.
I also completely support Susan Steinberg’s letter of outrage to the editor, asking, “Where is our mayor?” (“Rent hikes will destroy community,” T&V, May 23) I might also ask where are our Council members and potential mayoral candidates who have joined our “European” mayor and approved all of the recent Department of Transportation moves that have made our city streets into a hazard for pedestrians and drivers, especially the disabled.
Having bike lanes at curbs and limited parking in the middle of avenues where drivers, bikers and pedestrians all are vulnerable, and now having bike share to take away even more parking spaces to further eliminate on street parking only serve to punish and squeeze the middle class tighter. Most especially, this configuration punishes the disabled. What good is it to have a handicapped license if there is no place to park for blocks and blocks?
The mayor may appear to care about health when he has a campaign about soda size. The truth is he doesn’t want to see fat or disabled people or frankly the middle class. His vision is of an elite upper class, walking or biking in a European milieu with flowers in their arms surrounded by their stretch limousines, waiting to pick them up when they tire or mingle too much with lower classes.
Well, the City Council does nothing to disabuse him of that vision since they have supported every irrational, expensive invasion by the DOT and made no provisions for the disabled.
The only chance we will have is our vote!
Dr. Bel-Michele De Mille, ST
Peter Stuyvesant Post Office memories
Re: “Area residents protest planned closure of post office,” T&V, Apr. 25
Dear Town & Village,
My fondest memory of Peter Stuyvesant Post Office is that in the early 1970s, it had three mail slots: “Zip code 10009,” “Rest of Manhattan” and “Rest of the world.” That says it all. Pity they’re going to close it.
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