First Avenue restaurant hasn’t had gas in eight weeks (UPDATED)

Frank’s Trattoria on First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Frank’s Trattoria on First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

UPDATE at 3 p.m.: According to the manager, the gas was turned on at 1 p.m. today and pizza is once again available.

By Sabina Mollot

At a pizzeria and restaurant across from Peter Cooper Village, a gas shutdown is responsible for taking the business’s bread and butter for the past eight weeks.

That’s when the gas was shut off at Frank’s Trattoria by Con Ed, and since then the First Avenue business has been able to cook some of its dishes after bringing in four electric stoves, although pizza still can’t be prepared there. A manager, Marcello Vasquez, told Town & Village pizza accounted for close to half of Frank’s business. As for the other meal options, the restaurant’s lost business there too because it takes longer to cook with the electric stoves and customers aren’t always willing to wait, Vazquez explained.

He added that the problem started when a building on the corner of East 21st Street had a gas leak on December 18, leaving the restaurant, between East 21st and 22nd Streets, with inadequate gas to cook with. The owners called Con Ed who said the leak was coming from Frank’s and said the restaurant needed a new meter. The gas was then shut off.

But Vazquez now believes it was a mistake to call Con Ed instead of first calling a plumber. The restaurant did later have a plumber come and replace the pipes. The employee said on Friday he was since told that the gas could come back on Monday or Tuesday. “But,” he added, “we already have seven weeks. This is crazy.”

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Letters to the editor, Apr. 28

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Constant dribbling driving me crazy

Re: “Blackstone looking at ways to reduce noise,” T&V, Mar. 17

You were concerned enough to recently publish an article regarding the noise nuisances at Stuyvesant Town.  I am hoping you can stay on top of this.
It is outrageous to me that two full court basketball courts exist, from 9 a.m. to dusk (Playground 11), daily, directly below my building, 285 Avenue C, and several other buildings around the courts.

I am hoping you will continue to publish articles, op-ed pieces, etc., confer with our Tenants Association, and everything else possible to get them to severely cut the hours of operation, e.g. weekdays and weekends noon to 6 p.m.,  to eliminate one full court basketball court and add a second volley ball court, enforce a specific closing time by security, only allow one guest per resident, and enforce signs indicating no undue shouting, screaming, and cursing, which carries up to everyone’s windows.

I have spoken with at least 20 people in my building and others who feel the same as I do, that this is a clear noise nuisance, and violates the rules and regulations of our lease re: quiet enjoyment/noise.  To cater to a maximum of 25 kids and teens who use Playground 11 at any given time, compared to 30,000 residents, and eight 12-story buildings around the courts is simply absurd, inconsiderate, and off the charts.

Every weekday after work and all weekend, we are forced to listen to constant dribbling basketballs, shouting, screaming, cursing, clapping, etc., that under our lease, falls under “unreasonable disturbances…which are excessive and sustained for a long period.” If possible, I would have the basketball courts completely removed, and let them use the public courts which exist throughout our area.

We do not live on a college campus, school setting, country club, sports club, etc., and deserve as much peace and quiet throughout the day as logically possible.

Stuart Levinson, ST

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New GM promises improved service and more accessibility

Rick Hayduk (right), the new general manager of ST/PCV, speaks with tenants at a meet-and-greet event on Saturday. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

Rick Hayduk (right), the new general manager of ST/PCV, speaks with tenants at a meet-and-greet event on Saturday. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The new general manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper, Rick Hayduk, has promised tenants that Blackstone is focused on improving services and communication and in particular, said the hiring of four new plumbers should end the two to three week wait times tenants have been experiencing for repairs.

Hayduk made the comments on Saturday at a meet and greet event that was held at the tents at Stuyvesant Town’s Playground 11.

Around 150 people, mainly seniors and other longterm tenants, attended the event, as did a couple of elected officials, State Senator Brad Hoylman and Council Member Dan Garodnick.

Rick Hayduk speaks at Saturday’s event.

Rick Hayduk speaks at Saturday’s event.

While at a podium in front of a Stuy Town logo-covered step-and-repeat, Hayduk discussed various tenant concerns, including the recent spike in plumbing repair delays. “Our standard is two to three days and that’s what you should expect,” he said.
Hayduk also said that a hotline for tenants that Blackstone had set up after the company bought the property has been transferred to his office.

“Go through normal channels, but if (a request) needs to escalate, we’re here for that,” Hayduk said. The number is (212) 655-9870.

He also encouraged tenants to slip him notes, gesturing to his pocket while saying that several neighbors had already done so.

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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 24

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

‘New system’ for plumbing service stinks!

Re: Story, “Garodnick: Stuy Town plumbing service has gone down the toilet,” T&V, Dec. 17

The reduction of our plumbing service is just the latest, most blatant example of what CompassRock (CWCapital) has been getting away with during the past few years in order to enrich themselves further. I say it is the most blatant because so many residents feel the effects as soon as there is a problem which is typically several times a year, while other service cuts including in pest control and security may be less obvious but nevertheless still noticed by many.

I currently have a problem with my bathroom sink being completely clogged, and therefore unusable. When I called management services to arrange an appointment I was very disturbed when they told me the earliest appointment they could arrange for me was in three weeks! When I replied that this is something that used to be resolved in a few days, they responded that they now have a new system. They wouldn’t explain their “new system,” but it obviously meant saving more money by cutting our services even more. I did call the Blackstone hotline at (221) 655-9870 to report it and was told that they have been flooded with similar complaints.

I guess it’s not enough that CW is receiving over a half billion dollar windfall from the upcoming sale but obviously they feel they need to squeeze out a few thousand dollars more at the expense of their tenants.

At least when the sale is completed we can likely expect CompassRock to depart, and I’m sure I express the sentiment of many tenants when I say to them “Goodbye, and good riddance!”

Ed Lee, ST

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Garodnick: Stuy Town plumbing service has gone down the toilet

Councilmember Dan Garodnick (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Councilmember Dan Garodnick (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

For months now, residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village who’ve had plumbing problems have been made to wait longer than they’ve ever had to previously for someone to fix the problem.

Susan Steinberg, president of the Tenants Association, said the issue has been going on since last summer and she has brought up the issue to CWCapital as well as new owner Blackstone. Wait times for plumbers had risen to 10 days, and then recently spiked again to over two weeks or three weeks, Steinberg said.

Last Friday, Council Member Dan Garodnick sent a letter about the plumbing pileups to Jonathan Gray, Blackstone’s global head of real estate, noting that in some cases, residents have gotten so frustrated with the lack of service they’ve sought emergency repairs from the HPD.

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 21

Shout out for another small business

Re: Letter, “A standout pharmacy,” T&V, Feb. 7

I, too, would like to join in identifying a neighborhood store that has been in business for several years at 206 First Avenue.

New York City Pharmacy is a family-run neighborhood pharmacy, and I am lucky to have found Ali Yasin, the chief pharmacist, and his sons who work alongside him.

They are all friendly, pleasant and very helpful, and they treat everyone the same, whether you’re a new customer or a customer of many years. Ali, a patient man, is never too busy to answer my questions or concerns I might have and always responds with a caring demeanor and a smile. And there is Andrew, who has store duties in addition to making deliveries, and a helpful young lady who works as a cashier. The store carries many useful items and some items that are regularly on sale or at a discount. It’s always a pleasure to stop by the pharmacy, even just to say hello to Ali and the others.

Evelyn Morris, ST
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Monday update on Waterside Plaza on ongoing Con Ed repairs and voting place change from Waterside Tenants Association

Dear Neighbors and Fellow Tenants,

I have just heard from Council Member Dan Garodnick that voting for Waterside residents has been moved to Asser Levy Recreation Center.  Voting hours will be the same as at Waterside.  Asser Levy is located at 23rd Street and Asser Levy Place.  You can reach it by walking over the 25th Street footbridge  and then heading down Asser Levy place to the recreation center on the left hand side of the street.  You can also walk along the river to 23rd Street, then make a right and proceed to Asser Levy Place.  Voting has been moved because we do not know with certainty if there will be power at Waterside on Monday.  If you have any questions about voting, please call Dan Garodnick’s office on Monday at 212-818-0580.

Late Sunday afternoon, Waterside Management sent an email to residents telling us that power would not be restored on Sunday because to do so could endanger the lives of the workers and/or cause an explosion.  While this situation has been an ordeal for all of us, I know that we all want the energizing of the buildings to proceed in a safe manner.

Many have sought a more detailed understanding of the problem.  This is what I know.  There are three main types of components involved in the re-energizing process.  The first and second, the feeder lines and the transformers, are owned and controlled by Con Ed, even though they are located on Waterside’s property.  The third is the switch, which is owned by Waterside.  These three component are located in each building.  All of this equipment was subjected to a 5′ storm surgeon the A Level and suffered salt damage that was far worse than first thought. It is my understanding that Saturday Con Ed worked all day on the feeder lines and the transformers.  On Sunday, when they conducted their tests, they determined it was not safe to proceed with powering up Waterside’s switches.

It is my understanding that Waterside has had a team of electrical contractors and electricians working throughout the week.  Sunday afternoon, after learning the results of  Con Edison’s tests, Waterside hired 26 additional electricians to assist with the remediation.

Re the 30 building and the generator, the generator has been on premises since early Sunday morning and has been fueled with diesel– which was not easy for Waterside to accomplish given the fuel shortages throughout the tri-state area. This generator replaces the work done by the 30 building transformer which was damaged beyond repair in the storm.  Additional wiring, set up and testing must be completed before the generator can be brought on stream, but my understanding is that it will beoperational in the next day or two, again subject to it being safe to do so.

As Annle Levy noted in her call/email, this is a very complex remediation with many variables. Not everything can be known in advance; some steps must be done in sequence and some problems cannot be uncovered until a series of steps are first executed.

Waterside Management will keep you informed as to progress during the day tomorrow, as will the WTA. Please do not return to Waterside until you have been told the power is on in your building and it is safe to return. Current conditions at Waterside are harsh– there is no power, no water, no heat, and no ability to flush the toilets.

For those who were not able to evacuate, food, water and blankets are being delivered to the door. Water is available in the staging area of the lobby of the 30 building during the day in limited quantities for other residents who were not able to evacuate, but are able to go up and down the stairs. If it is too heavy, there are sometimes volunteers to carry it up.

I know this has been an ordeal for all of us. My husband and I have been fortunate to be apartment guests of a dear friend, but I have returned each day to check in on neighbors and my pets.  I am as eager as all of you are to be back in my home with the basics of power, water and heat.

I continue to ask for your patience, cooperation and  understanding as Con Ed and Waterside work to resolve our power outage in a safe manner.

Thank you,

Janet Handal

President, WTA

Latest ST/PCV hurricane alert from CWCapital/CompassRock

CW Capital/CompassRock has just sent out the following resident alert via email:

IN PREPARATION OF THE IMPENDING HURRICANE, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING UPDATES AND REMINDERS:  

MANAGEMENT IS TAKING ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO MAINTAIN VITAL PROPERTY SERVICES. WE HAVE SECURED EMERGENCY GENERATORS FOR THE WATER PUMPS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN DOMESTIC WATER IN CASE POWER GOES OUT.   

CON EDISON ADVISED US THAT MAIN STEAM VAULTS IN OUR AREA HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN. THIS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF HOT WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS SHUTDOWN WILL NOT AFFECT COLD WATER AT THIS TIME.  DO NOT VENTURE OUT UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.  

 

THE MANAGEMENT OFFICE LOBBY IS CLOSED – 

– FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 911

– FOR RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CALL PUBLIC SAFETY AT 212-598-5233 OR PRESS OPTION 2 

– MANAGEMENT WILL BE RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE REQUESTS ONLY, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE  

 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO REFER TO THE OEM WEBSITE REGARDING CITYWIDE ALERTS AND UPDATES: 

http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml  

  
AS THE STORM PROGRESSES AND WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION TO REPORT, WE WILL UPDATE OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA: 

https://www.facebook.com/PCVST 

https://twitter.com/PCVSTLiving.  

 

YOUR COOPERATION DURING THIS STORM IS APPRECIATED.