Letters to the editor, Mar. 19

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

This one’s a job for PCV/ST Public Safety

Re: “Feeling helpless over neighbor’s noise,” T&V letter, Feb. 26

Mr. Weiner writes, “I didn’t call up security because I heard from other people they don’t do much or were told not to.” Since he has lived here for over 20 years, he should have known to seek help from our wonderful Public Safety department. These hard-working men and women are doing their best to keep everyone happy, not an easy task. We should support them and respect their efforts by trusting that they will do everything that can to keep this place safe and peaceful. They are responsible for enforcing management’s rules for maintaining a high quality of life here in our community, including management’s noise policy.

If your neighbors are not as considerate as they should be, don’t hesitate to call upon Public Safety to come to the rescue. They are here to protect us, not only from thieves, muggers and thugs, but also from each other. They have and they will. Call them.

John Cappelletti, ST

What tenants can realistically expect

I’ve read many letters in T&V articulating how readers’ lives in PCV-ST are being interrupted by noise from younger tenants who reside in their buildings. I’ve experienced wildness myself with my upstairs neighbors jumping up and down so intensely that, absent an explanation, I could only conclude that their objective was to break their floor through onto mine.

But the fact of the matter is that they pay twice what I pay for the same apartment so I didn’t bother with calling security. It seems to me that the only thing that rent stabilized tenants prior to Speyer have going for them is if they qualify for DRIE or can hold on to get SCRIE. Under those circumstances one gets a great apartment at a great price, but will have to endure uncivil behavior. In other words, one gets nothing for nothing.

As far as the other rent law negotiation points are concerned, ones that our city and state officials have before them, I’d say that we have to be flexible with vacancy decontrol. We don’t have the luxury to worry about future generations when few of us have other options.

Billy Sternberg, ST

GPBA: Thank you, Nicole Paikoff

On behalf of the board of directors and the more than 2,000 members of the Gramercy Park Block Association, we wish to commend Nicole Paikoff for her dedicated service to our Gramercy Park community as chair of the CB6 BASA Committee.

We are grateful for our relationship with the BASA Committee, which under Paikoff’s leadership, has developed into a productive dialogue of mutual respect, resulting in balancing the needs of local businesses and neighborhoods.

Nicole Paikoff’s leadership of BASA has been a critical component of this excellent relationship. Upon her retirement, we wish to express our deepest appreciation for all of her hard work and dedicated service to our community.

Warm regards,

Arlene Harrison, President
The Gramercy Park Block Association
Sean Brady, Chairman
Gramercy Park Block Association Quality of Life Committee

Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison, GPBA Quality of Life Committee Chair Sean Brady, with CB6 BASA Committee members (pictured L-R) Florence Friedman, Daniel Devine, Ellen Imbimbo, Chair Nicole Paikoff,  new Chair Keith Powers, Frank Scala, Public Member Josh Handshaft and Paige Judge

Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison, GPBA Quality of Life Committee Chair Sean Brady, with CB6 BASA Committee members (pictured L-R) Florence Friedman, Daniel Devine, Ellen Imbimbo, Chair Nicole Paikoff, new Chair Keith Powers, Frank Scala, Public Member Josh Handshaft and Paige Judge

7 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Mar. 19

  1. I have had many complaints about noisy neighbors, but I don’t think I should have to have Security come into my apartment just to hear the level of noise. They can stop by the building/my floor and here it, but Security didn’t go by my suggestion. So when you say that Security is doing everything they can to keep tenants safe, it’s hard for me to believe. I don’t call Security any longer.

  2. Mr. Sternberg, Thanks for your letter of surrender. It’s heartening to know that you’re willing to sacrifice yourself to the whims of the market rate tenants living above you. However, the rest of the residents of Stuyvesant Town should be well advised that their landlord is required to provide a habitable residence under the law, one where they can enjoy the quiet enjoyment of their apartments. Look up “NYC Warranty of Habitability” on the internet for information. BTW, I don’t think that it’s realistic to look to SCRIE or DRIE to sustain a lifestyle in New York unless you have substantial savings to cover your expenses. Those programs have an annual income limit that was recently raised to $50,000, but of that, realistically $20K goes to rent, plus you need to pay taxes and cover the rest of your expenses…. hardly a luxury lifestyle with the price of living these days.

  3. Billy Sterberg, seems to be misinformed both about the quality of apartments here and the idea that because one pays a lower rent, one should just have to “deal with” the noise. First of all the people paying the higher rents have beautifully renovated apartments with dishwasher, granite counters, hardwood floors, renovated kitchens and bathrooms. The apartments also have A/C’s already installed that tenants do not have to pay for. People paying the lower rents are living in unrenovated apartments (NOT “the same apartment” as his) with no dishwasher, the original kitchens from 1949 and while the bathrooms are not original, the last time they were updated was shortly after Woodward and Bernstein exposed the Watergate break in. If there is an air conditioner in one of these apartments, it was bought by the tenant and the tenant was responsible for the cost of rewiring and installation, plus the “inspection fee” the landlord charges. So, I guess you do get what you pay for.

    The idea that people paying lower rents for run down apartments should just deal with the noise because they are “lucky” to have an apartment here at all is the stupidest justification for the disgusting behavior of the spoiled, self centered brats living in the newer apartments.

    Nobody should have to accept blaring music at 2 in the morning or pounding footsteps from above while trying to get a baby to sleep. Nobody should have to accept garbage in the halls, dog poop in the elevator or human urine in the stairwells – regardless of how much or how little in rent they pay. Billy sounds like one of the elitist, entitled brats himself.

  4. Mr. Sternberg, you are exactly the kind of long-term tenant management loves: wimpy, scared, self-hating and defeatist. You are willing to put up with all kinds of sh*t because you pay a lower rent than your “market rate” neighbors. Why don’t you just wear a button that says “Hit Me, Please Because I Deserve It.” I’ve never heard such driveling crap in all my life!

  5. I totally agree with boomchackalacka, Maureen B., and Vickie. Mr. Sternberg you are EXACTLY the long term tenant that management loves here. ” wimpy, scared, self-hating and defeatist. ” Spot on. I have called and will continue to call PS ALL the time for confirmed noise complaints. When they come, they will always tell you, that’s their job and for you continue to call. I will also file on line with 311 any noise complaints as well.

  6. Billy Sternberg, please tell me you are being sarcastic, rhetorical or something like that. Otherwise, I have to believe that you either work for Management or have been drinking some Kool Aid supplied to you by Management!

    If you are being serious, then all I can say is that you are very mistaken and even warped in your thinking and really selling yourself and all tenants (RS and MR) short. The vast majority of tenants who live here want to enjoy their apartments peacefully and without aggravation and angst from inconsiderate, moronic, anti-social twerps. Any tenant who is being disturbed by inconsiderate, noisy neighbors is entitled to complain and call Security and it makes no difference what your rent is! In fact, I believe that your thinking (if you are really serious) smacks at a sort of endorsement of discrimination which is not allowed by law.

    If you really have a problem with noisy neighbors, please call Security. They are well-trained professionals and know how to take care of these problems. Make sure you get the name of the responding officer and note the time, date, etc.

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