Why Mee is not for me
With the Mee Noodles having been closed due to the demolition of its 13th Street building years ago, while in Kips Bay a week ago I went to that Mee Noodles for takeout. It was my first time there. I ordered spicy chicken with peanuts. They handed me a brown bag without stapling a menu on to the bag. The check didn’t have their restaurant’s name or my order, just the price, $9.75 plus tax.
When I got home and opened the brown bag I felt ripped off. The dish was all celery with some peanuts and a few pieces of chicken.
So I walked in to the new Mee Noodles, assuming they were the same company. According to an Internet search there are five Mee Noodles in Manhattan. The woman behind the counter said that the 13th Street Mee is unrelated to Kips Bay. So I called Kips Bay and asked for the manager.
The woman who answered the phone asked who I was. I gave them my name. She asked what I wanted. I said that they had wronged me. If I had ordered it at the restaurant I could have sent it back. But I can’t when handed a brown bag. The woman screamed: “We can’t write all of the ingredients in our dishes on the menu.”
I replied: “But celery was the predominant ingredient. This wasn’t a chicken dish. It was a celery dish.” She hung up on me.
So I write because I grew up in a small business. Sternberg’s never treated our customers’ complaints as indifferently as this woman did me. Yet with so many of us keen to defend small business, if I went to McDonald’s and politely said that the fries I got were soggy, I would get fresh fries. We’ve passed a tipping point: Big box stores are willing, ready and able to provide customer satisfactions that many small businesses can’t afford to anymore.
More important, can two Mee Noodles, using the same logo and color scheme, not be related? The spicy chicken with peanuts is $9.95 at 13th Street, a sliver more than the $9.75 at Kips Bay. But until the 13th Street menu says whether it includes celery, I’ll be wary of both.
Billy Sternberg, ST
Dear T&V, thanks for the holiday toy drive
Dear Sabina Mollot,
Once again you and your supporters have helped to make this holiday season a happy one for our children and families!
Know that your help and ongoing commitment to our program is invaluable and is a real testament to what communities can do when people work together.
On behalf of our parents, children and staff, I wish you, your subscribers and friends all the best in the New Year. Thank you so much.
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Beth Israel Medical Center
Students ruling Stuy Town is old news
Re: Letter, “What are the policies re: student apartments?” T&V, Jan. 9
I was surprised that after no less than eight years of having students living in Stuy Town, that there are tenants still surprised by the lack of security response due to noise by students.
It’s simple; if you pay $3,500 and up per month then you have rights. If you pay less than $3,500 or if you have a family you have no rights. Period! The game plan has not changed: Families out! Rent stabilized tenants out!
Management will never sell property to TA. Tenants need to wake up and smell the coffee.
Name withheld, ST
Students rent apartments on their own, too
The following letter was originally published on the Town & Village Blog (town-village.com) in response to a letter by Charles Sturcken published in Town & Village on Jan. 9, “What are the policies re: student apartments?”
I posted these comments recently at the Tenants Association Facebook page; hope they answer your question. And yes, as confirmed by Dan Garodnick, as per my question at the TA FB page some time ago, NYU leased apartments are legal here under the current NYS RS law.
“This has been said before but it bears repeating. The Leasing Office will take any student from any college as long as their parents guarantee the lease. So it’s not just NYU. Also, as reported in Charles Bagli’s “Other People’s Money”, page 218, TS directly leased 25 apartments for graduate students and facility and 80 apartments for undergraduate students to NYU. Whether these contracts are still valid with current management I’m not sure, but I’ll bet that they still are active.
“The reason I posted my comment is that there are a lot of longterm tenants here who mistakenly believe that all of the students here are in official NYU apartments. The vast majority of students here have their leases guaranteed and funded by their parents; they are not in the NYU-leased apartments.
Just look into the now shaded windows of the Leasing Office on any given day or check out the tour groups who view the model apartments located outside the Leasing Office at playground 7. Ever wonder why the grounds are meticulously maintained at that playground?”