Spike seen in primary residence challenges (UPDATED)

Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association, discuss why they’re against the garage.

Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association, pictured at a meeting on the planned sanitation garage (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Golub notices, or notices of lease nonrenewal over primary residence challenges, had, for a couple of years, become synonymous with the Tishman Speyer era of Stuyvesant Town.

It was only when tenants won the “Roberts v. Tishman Speyer” lawsuit, which determined that apartments had been illegally deregulated, that the wave of primary residence challenges finally ceased.

Therefore, Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association, was surprised to hear of seven golub notices being sent to residents in the past couple of weeks.

On Monday, the Tenants Association sent an email alert to neighbors to mention that there had been an uptick in challenges and asked tenants to contact the TA if they believed they’ve received one in error.

Tenants were warned they may be challenged for reasons such as having another address or out-of-state car or voter registrations, tax payments or utility bills. Keycards could also be used to track whether tenants are in their homes for the minimum amount of days (183) to have the units be considered their primary residences.

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Letters to the Editor, July 30

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Fiending for our founding fathers (on stage)

Critics, reviewers and just plain folk have been trying to understand the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright, actor and rapper, etc.

Go with the flow, ‘cause he is here to stay. Li-Manuel Miranda is not a one-night wonder. He’s the real deal. “In the Heights” was a smash on Broadway. “Hamilton” which is at the Richard Rogers theater, is breaking all ticket selling records, 28 million dollars sold before reviews.

I’m from a small group that believes smaller is better and rushed down to the Public Theater to see “Hamilton” when it played there. Entering, Lin-Manuel Miranda gave me a wink and a smile. Who does that anymore? This ole lady will be carrying that story to her grave.

Listening to the lyrics online, “An Evening of Poetry with the White House,” I felt like Miranda was in my living room. My husband said I have become a fanatic. To his surprise, he heard me rapping out different versions praising Mark Thompson and Clara Reiss at a recent Community Board Six annual meeting. Yet to be performed is my version celebrating the life of Samuel J. Tilden. Yeah, I’m hooked!

After you go see the play about America’s youngest founding father, talk to me. If you can stop humming, snapping your fingers and creating your own stories long enough to remember me, the lyrics are contagious. “Hamilton” with its diverse cast is setting the Great White Way on fire! A special thanks to Gerson Borrero, commentator at NY 1 for giving a positive shout out to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his play, “Hamilton.”

Shelley Deal Winfield, EMP

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Shelter to soon be for employable men

The 30th Street shelter at Bellevue’s “Old Psych” building (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The 30th Street shelter at Bellevue’s “Old Psych” building (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Neighbors of the 30th Street men’s shelter, who for years have complained about homeless men aggressively panhandling, using the corner pay phones as toilets and just generally being nuisances, may soon see some relief.

The Department of Homeless Services, which runs the shelter that’s located at Bellevue Hospital, is planning to turn it into a shelter for men who are employed or considered employable and seeking job training.

Ken Ryan, the property manager of 350 East 30th Street, a mixed rental and condo building across the street from the shelter, said he was told this at a recent private meeting he had with DHS Deputy Commissioner of Adult Services Jody Rudin.

“That’s promising,” Ryan told Town & Village. “I am all for a homeless men’s shelter where men have jobs, or are being trained for jobs and live in the shelter. I am not for bums who get a bed and food and do nothing but harass the people in the neighborhood.”

Town & Village reached out to the DHS and press secretary Nicole Cueto confirmed the plan, which the department hopes to implement by the end of the calendar year. The shift in services won’t change the amount of men the shelter currently serves — around 850 — and while the unemployable residents would be sent elsewhere, the intake center and assessment processes would remain in place.

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