Shivering tenants getting cold shoulder
In last week’s “Letters to the editor,” there was a letter describing and highlighting the lack of heat in so many of the Peter Cooper/Stuyvesant apartments.
I write this in my cold den with the heater blasting away. We all agree that we have had unusually cold weather. In that spirit, why is it that CW continues to keep heat out of our apartments during the day? With this inclement weather, many elderly and even young families with babies are homebound. This is something that should be considered.
My friends and I have called 311 and the two Project Managers, whose numbers have been given to the service department and us. There is never a reply from the CW executives, even though our telephone numbers are included in the message on their tapes. 311 has responded, but it does not seem to matter. When calling the service department, we are told, “I will make out a work order.” It seems their pad of work orders must have had to be reprinted since so many of them have been made out, but it never seems to make a difference.
I have been living in Peter Cooper for over 65 years. Sure, I have had situations regarding heat during those times, but this year takes the cake. Something must be done and should be done to require heat in our apartments.
Name withheld, PCV
Sneak inspectaions in Stuy Town?
This letter was originally posted as a comment on the STPCV Tenants Association page.
I just wanted to alert everyone to the newest indignity: sneak inspections!
We had scheduled a service call for today. The plumber showed up at the appointed time and snaked out our bathtub drain, as requested. But on his way out of the apartment, instead of leaving, he opened each bedroom door as he passed by (both doors were closed) and looked inside. My daughter happened to be in her room, and she was frightened when the workman pushed open her door without knocking. He asked her if she had an air conditioner in there.
By this time, my husband noticed that the workman had a clipboard and was taking note of things in the apartment. He asked my husband if we had a dishwasher, what kind of countertop we had, etc. When my husband objected to the questions, the worker apologized but said that management was forcing him to do it. He showed my husband sheets of paper from other apartments he had “inspected” so far that day.
I feel this is extremely creepy and an invasion of privacy. We alerted the Tenants Association and Dan Garodnick’s office. Has this happened to anyone else?
Name Withheld, ST
Leprechaun laundry just in time for St Paddy’s
The refurbished, reconfigured laundry room finally opened on Feb. 18 in 420 East 23rd St. The good news: a new ventilation window lets in air from the hallway. Also, the washers are raised so the carts nearly fit under the doors.
The bad news: There are still only five washers; other buildings have six. Couldn’t someone have figured out how to fit in another one? Washer #1 was not functioning. Another washer stopped midcycle, holding the laundry hostage. One washer leaked.
The dryers: CWCapital continues to force us to pay for drying time we may not want (is there an MCI for that? Just joking). Why does Andrew MacArthur think we need to spend $1.50 every time? Why can’t we pay in increments? The new lint filters may be easier to clean (if people bother to do so), but those for the lower dryers are only inches off the floor. One dryer was already being repaired.
Why only four carts? Clearly, CW has no idea how much laundry has to be removed from machines because people don’t bother to retrieve it in a timely manner.
What’s with the large, unlit nook? Why can’t that space be utilized?
A waste bin for disposing of trash, softener sheets or dryer lint didn’t appear until the next day. It’s smaller and narrower.
The new porter’s toilet is very nice.
There’s a new machine for putting money on the laundry cards. I hope it dispenses receipts because the last one didn’t.
But saving the worst for last: the folding table, or should I say, postage-stamp peninsula (one short side abuts the wall). It measures 2’ x 3’. It might work for leprechauns, if leprechauns could reach it. It’s too small to fold on, and you have to hope that you don’t knock your clean laundry onto the floor. You won’t be able to put your folded laundry into a separate cart because there aren’t enough carts (and some people take them up to their apartments). At one time we had two folding tables.
Name withheld, PCV