Suggestions for dealing with neighbor noise
I read with interest the reported comments about noise issues (“Residents sound off about noise,” T&V, Oct. 22). I offer three observations coupled with comments.
1. Neighbor noise. Meet your neighbors; slip a note under their door welcoming them and introducing yourself when you see the trail of packing materials indicative of the arrival of a potential friend. First impressions have always been the most powerful, and this is a positive “hi.”
Then if/when there is a noise issue drop a note the day after the karaoke party/clog dance on bare floors/wild animal baying at the moon incident. Only after that contact the ST/PCV office. Trying to solve strictly local concerns with a Public Safety response is guaranteed to generate a “to hell with them” response.
2. The 80/20 floor coverage. I applaud this formula, and personally leap from rug to rug like a mad Frogger player in an effort to keep my neighbors happy. Since it is a condition of the lease I would like to see a Grand Poobah who does inspect and verify this on an annual basis.
3. Ambient noise. My biggest gripe is with the day to day outside noise, generated by the overpowered 4x4s on the sidewalks, the five full weeks of construction involved in the ice rink, the all-day racket of the paper shredding truck, the leaf blowers on the weekend, movie and concert nights on the green.
I’d be happy if management did less for me and let this be a quiet place.
James Davis, ST
Is city obligated to support air rights transfer?
The following was left as a comment on the Town & Village Blog by user “Iggy Reilly” in response to the story, “Air rights transfer could pave way for more affordable housing.”
I was reviewing the term sheet between the City of New York (NYC) and Blackstone (Purchaser) which is located on Dan Garodnick’s website. I have a concern with the air rights transfer. The term sheet compels the City of New York, not the mayor or Dan G. but the entire City of New York, to support the transfer of air rights. To me this reads that the mayor, the City Council, the controller, city planning and the entire municipality known as the City of New York must support the transfer. What happens if one City Council member, a community district or the borough president fail to support Blackstone and the transfer is denied? It seems to me that the City of New York would be in breach of its obligations within the contract and Blackstone could seek remedy, including the cancellation of the contract.
I understand that this is only a term sheet and not the contract but, having signed a few term sheets in my lifetime, I have come to rely upon the “reasonable efforts” verbiage as default language in clauses similar to this. This leads me to assume that someone explicitly inserted “support” rather than “reasonable efforts” into the term sheet. If the language stays the same in the contract and the City of New York fails to “support” Blackstone’s endeavors (unknown and can be whatever they wish), it may provide Blackstone the chance to cancel the contract in its entirety.
Dan: You are a lawyer and should have caught this issue on first read. Sort it out before contracts are signed.
For readers unaware of the clause in question, here it is:
“In consideration of the Purchaser’s commitment to preserve affordable housing units at the Property, NYC agrees to support Purchaser’s efforts to transfer unused development rights from the Property to appropriate receiving area(s) subject to all legally required reviews. Such transfer will be subject to standard procedures utilized in similar development rights transfers.” NYC is defined as the City of New York. And note, each party with a “vote” in the review process is part of the City of New York (now you can infer why Scott Stringer sent his follow-up letter to Blackstone).
Last thought: Does the mayor’s executive capacity even allow him to sign such a contract on behalf of the City of New York? (It does obligate the City Council to act in a specific manner, doesn’t it? and there is a separation of powers, right?)
Re: Letter, “But first a word from our elected officials” by Joe Lisanti, T&V, Oct. 29
Thank you, Joe Lisanti.
I also had no interest in hearing the bloviating politicians at the Baruch meeting. I just wanted to hear what the Blackstone rep had to say.
Next time cut off the mikes at five minutes.
Joan Carmody, PCV