Letters to the Editor, Feb. 12

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Bare floors create worse noise in converted apts.

Kudos to “Whatever happened to the carpet rule?”! (letter, T&V, Feb. 5)

I would like to add that when apartments are sub-divided and the dining area and another three feet becomes the new living room area and when there are several people in that area (as is often the case), the noise volume is exponentially increased because of the small enclosed space and the echo created when there is no carpeting.

It is sad and unfair that we (I am a lifelong tenant) are unable to enjoy peaceful days or nights in our apartments anymore. I am surrounded both next door and above, with new tenants who either stomp all of the time, drag furniture across the bedroom floor (between midnight and 3 a.m.) and/or who frequently have noisy company, in the “mini living area” during the day and late at night.  And I won’t even mention the constant loud slamming of the apartment doors!

In fairness, I have called security several times and they did speak to the offending tenants and remind them that they are supposed to have carpeting as well as that the noise level was unacceptable. One time, when the stomping and noise level did not abate, security retuned again and spoke with them. They also assured me that they would file the requisite reports.

Although I am a lifelong tenant, I have had several apartment inspections, which I was told were normal protocol – to verify that we did not put up an illegal wall, which we had not.

How are these other apartments not having the same inspection, including for carpeting?

Perhaps the solution is for management to inspect new tenant apartments for compliance and install commercial carpet remnants (cheap enough) when a violation of the carpeting rule is discovered. Since many tenants are transient, they are not motivated to comply with the rules, if there is no penalty imposed.

Name withheld, ST

Thanks, T&V and readers for holiday toys

What a wonderful response to this year’s toy drive!

On behalf of the children at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, I want to thank you and all your contributors for making this year’s project such a success.
The generosity of your subscribers, friends, and neighbors was overwhelming; over 450 gifts were donated, and we are so grateful.

On behalf of our parents. children and staff, I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year. Again, many thanks.


Bonnie Robbins, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Children and Family Services
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Editor’s note: The staff of Town & Village would also like to thank our readers for their generosity as well as our partners on this endeavor, CompassRock and the programming/marketing employees at ST/PCV, management at Waterside Plaza and the M&T Bank on First Avenue.

Very special interests

Politicians should cater to special interests. And, these special interests should be restricted to the electorate, the good of the country and the world.

Not the lobbyists who give monies on behalf of the super wealthy and corporate interests.

And, politicians should stop telling falsehoods and giving evasive response when asked questions.

Get money out of the political arena and return our democratic republic to the people.

David Chowes, PCV

Message to a kind stranger

Since I am disabled and use a scooter to get around, when I got stuck in the slush on 19th Street and First Avenue on Monday, February 2, a kind stranger helped me out by pushing my scooter. Because of him I got home safely and I am very grateful.

Pat Molle, ST

In one Airbnb, out the other

Re: “Airbnb grilled at packed Council hearing,” T&V, Jan. 22, and “Student rental biz doesn’t belong in Stuy Town,” letter, Jan. 29

I was amused that residents are so upset by students subletting and Airbnb. Residents need to wake up and smell the coffee. Management does not care as long as they get their market rate $$$.

Name withheld, ST

One thought on “Letters to the Editor, Feb. 12

  1. What I find just as diminishing of the quality of life here is the lack of heat. For some strange reason, we only get heat in the kitchen and bathroom, no matter how cold it is. We have to use space heaters to live comfortably in our bedrooms and living rooms. Complaints to management go unanswered. Several of my neighbors have filed complaints with HPD, but I suspect that management finds it more cost-effective to pay the City’s fines than it does to send up adequate heat.

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