Letters to the editor, Jan. 9

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Heat improvements in STPCV

I recently read a letter about the heat, or lack of heat, in PCVST.

Here’s my take. I’m a resident of the complex for 28 years. Over the years, I’ve had different devices that have told me the temperature in my apartment.

Up until there were sensors put in some apartments, the temperature in my apartment would hover around 80-83 degrees in the winter. That was with windows open.

I’m on the 10th of an 11-floor building, so I accepted that my apartment would be hotter than those below. But I always wondered, if my apartment was 80 degrees, was there really someone in my line on the first or second floor who was cold?

In previous winters, it was sometimes hard to dress appropriately for the outside temperature when it was tropical in my apartment. It was hard to put a sweater on when I was sweating!

I would sleep with windows open and sometimes with the air conditioner on in the dead of winter.

The issue of overheating did get better when sensors were put in apartments. There were still times when my apartment would be hot and times when it would again reach 80 degrees. There were times when I’ve called Resident Services to tell them of the overheating and I’d hear back saying that there was a problem with a sensor in my line and the temperature in my apartment would soon drop.

Everyone wants their home the perfect temperature for them. But as I’ve wondered, is there really someone on the second floor who’s freezing? I also have to wonder, don’t these people see all the windows open in the complex?

In this time of being green and being woke, isn’t it better to put a sweater on if you’re cold?

This is the first winter in 28 years that my apartment temperature has stayed in the low 70s. Personally I’m happy, but I’m sure there’s someone on the first or second floor who’s freezing!

Christopher Simonetti


The ‘crab’ that’s not really crab

To the editor,

I wish to alert my fellow residents to some deceptive advertising taking place at Paris Baguette on First Avenue.

The shop has a popular product called a “Crab Coleslaw Sandwich.” I made the mistake of purchasing this sandwich recently. It did not taste like crab.

The next day, I asked a staff person, “Is that crab really crab?” She said, “No, it’s imitation crab.”

Customers should know that this shop is selling fake crab labeled as crab. This is not only deceitful, but it is a violation of the New York City Consumer Protection Law, which prohibits this kind of mislabeling. It is a violation of NYC Administrative Code § 20-700, which prohibits any deceptive trade practice in the sale of anything to consumers.

I am urging Blackstone, Stuyvesant Town and the STPCV Tenants Association to look into this matter and ask the shop to remove the item from the shelves or label it “Imitation Crabmeat Coleslaw Sandwich.”

Yours sincerely,

Name withheld


The changing nature of medicine

Some twenty years ago, I asked my dentist what he thought about recent reports that the mercury in amalgam fillings could be toxic to patients. He visibly bristled and informed me in a stern voice that dentists had been using amalgams for over one hundred years and experience and science had proven that they were safe. He would, he said, continue using them. I understood that if I disagreed, I could find another dentist. I found another dentist.

Fast forward to Nov. 13, 2019. I’m in an immaculate white cubicle in Columbia University’s Dental School waiting for my student dentist to gather the tools he needs to install a gold crown on one of my molars. As I look around the cubicle I notice a colorful poster on one wall just above four trash receptacles. One receptacle is for used gloves, another for soiled swabs, another for used floss. The fourth is the only one with a lid on it. I lean in to read the caption which hovers under a picture of a bloody tooth with a large amalgam filling in it. The caption cautions the student to wear gloves and a mask when disposing of amalgams in that trash bin. Did yesterday’s quackery become today’s orthodoxy? (Actually the argument continues to this day.)

Now I must correct myself for misquoting Senator Brad Hoylman in my last letter. I mistakenly recorded that he said that his personal doctor was his authority for pushing through legislation mandating forced mass-vaccination. Here is an excerpt from the article containing his actual words after he was challenged by a protester that politicians shouldn’t dictate how parents provide healthcare to their children. “Hoylman shot back, ‘You’re right, doctors should, and they have.’”

Still, the authority for this law is plainly doctors, or I should say, the medical/pharmaceutical complex. Today, hyper-vaxxers do their victory dance through the halls of our state legislature and across every media outlet I encounter. Their contempt for “those people who are still out there” is casually displayed.

As this will be my final letter on this issue, I will say goodbye with a quote from Dr. Benjamin Rush, a co-signer of the Declaration of Independence who was much admired during his life for his intelligence, integrity, meticulous science and compassionate treatment of his patients:

“Temperate, sincere and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them.”

Fran Alongi
Stuyvesant Town

18 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Jan. 9

  1. My apartment is as cold as a meat locker and I have to use space heaters. I wish I had the luxury of being able to open windows in the winter. The pipes and radiators are always cold. We may get a puff off heat now and again, but it is brief and infrequent.

    On another issue, when are our ILLEGALLY removed directories going to be restored? Who in City government is being paid to turn a blind eye to this outraged.

  2. I’m a bit confused about the irregular heat levels. As far as I can observe, each apartment “line” is serviced by a common steam pipe that snakes its way through a radiator and then upward to the next apartment. It was my impression that the so called “sensor” system was simply to get an average temperature between several apartments in the same line, and have the heat adjusted accordingly.

    What I’m trying to point out, it that it’s a common heat pipe, and it seems to me that an apartment at the bottom should get the same amount of heat as one at the top.

    Of course, each apartment line is regulated separately, so you could be hot and your next door neighbor could be cold, as far as I understand the system.

    • Simple. Heat rises. Think “hot air balloon”. Upper floors are too hot, lower too cold, in the middle – more or less OK.

      In the old days, Met just cranked it up until the lower floors were warm, everyone else cracked their windows to varying degrees.

      • Except this isn’t always the case. We lived on the 14th floor of one bldg and we’re always overheated. So when we moved to another bldg, we opted for the main floor. This apt is much hotter. The pipes are sometimes well over 200 degrees. And the people above us in our line are all colder. Heat rises, yes. But often doesn’t go through to the apartments above.

  3. Name Withheld, why should/would Blackstone and the Pseudo TA investigate “imitation crab”? They don’t address much more important, actual resident issues (multiple ones). Maybe you should consider reporting Paris Baguette to President Trump, since de Blasio doesn’t care, either…..

    • You got that right! What is the TA and our useless political “advocates” doing about Management’s illegal removing of our directories? This has caused a major PITA for a lot of people. Imitation crab may give you a pain in the gut, but it’s your choice to buy it. We had no choice when this disaster of a “management” decided to remove all the directories and names from intercoms.

      • It always made me a bit uneasy that someone could look up where I lived by going through the electronic directory. 128, 228, 328 . . . 3E, 4E, 5E. I’m glad that’s gone. And from inside the doorways, my name and apartment number were right on the wall. I was proud when I moved in; but times change and maintaining privacy is more important than it once was. Especially when it comes to where I live.

        • I have no problem with your personal desire for privacy, and I believe the option to remove yourself from the intercom and lobby directory should be afforded to all tenants. What I have a problem with is the immediate removal of all names from the intercoms and lobby directories, and you need to opt-in if you want it back on the intercom.

          This was nothing more than a money saving scheme by management that backfired with how many people are pissed off by the way it was handled, and to play it off as a privacy concern is such garbage. They should have sent out notification that anyone that would like their names removed from the intercom and directory can notify management by 12/31/19 (one time offer for all), and those names would all be removed. With the transient nature of this property, they just didn’t want to pay to keep updating those things.

        • So you’re afraid that someone who is already at your physical address could find out your apartment number?

        • If an important piece of mail or a package addressed to you, but missing the apartment number, was left in the lobby, wouldn’t you want the postman or a fellow resident to be able to look up your apartment number so they could alert you or bring it to you?

          If you need to hide, maybe you should be in the Federal Witness Protection Program.

  4. I’m on a top floor and, believe me, my apartment is cold almost every day. I get a little heat in the morning until 7AM or so and then, after that, nothing or next to nothing. I shouldn’t have to “put on a sweater” to be comfortable in my apartment. The sensors don’t work but I guess it saves them money.

  5. Scorpion — Blackstone employees all receive a 10% discount at Paris Baguette. The Tenants Association has been working hard to eliminate the Farmers Market and was not successful in keeping The Associated in the community. Everybody has a stake in preventing deceptive advertising of crab salad in our community. We need to keep things affordable. Thank you.

  6. No, Ms. Weisboard, “everybody” does NOT “have a stake in preventing false advertising of crab salad….” This is no longer a true “community,” nothing in Manhattan is “affordable” at present (unless one is very wealthy), and the TA–which you seem to be a proud part of–is impotent, and a virtual auxiliary arm of Blackstone. With reference to the latter, maybe card-carrying TA members should also get that 10% discount…. Furthermore, Blackstone itself engages in false advertising/flouting the law. You seem to care more about Blackstone employees than other residents.

  7. Scorpio: Thank you. We all need to have the same discount as Blackstone’s Team. This is an affordable community, with a large portion of apartments set to the side for working families Paris Baguette needs to stop illegally selling “fake crab” as if it is “real crab” at high prices. That’s all I’m saying. The Tenants Association needs to step in to make sure that these commercial establishments are in compliance with the law. Thank you.

    • The Tenants Association are the last people we can depend on to do anything. I don’t know why the organization even exists at this point.

  8. I get almost no heat daily. Afternoons are extremely cold and uncomfortable. Layers of clothing are necessary, and my oven must go on mornings. I recently purchased drapes for both living room and bedroom aiming to keep drafts out. Winters over the past several years are long and unpleasant. This is a problem with a solution that management fails to address.

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