Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rats / Garbage / Mice / Garbage 143 West 69 Street + 2020 Broadway / ABC Properties

Hello neighbors,

Everyone has noticed and everyone has complained about the growing garbage lining our street and in front of the building at 143 West 69 Street.

Many people, myself included, have had to dodge both rats and mice when trying to walk either into the building or out of the building (and sometimes even without the garbage bags -- because of the residue these bags leave behind).


Between 2020 Broadway and 143 West 69 Street our buildings bring in approximately $250,000 every month. That is ONE QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS every month as rent into the coffers of ABC Properties.

And $3,000,000.00 and THREE MILLION DOLLARS every year.

I think we should live without rats and without mice and without the exposure to the endless amounts of toxins, health hazards, fire hazards, inappropriate repairs, and a mile long list of issues all of us have to deal with as individual renters of these apartments.

Since we are collectively paying THREE MILLION DOLLARS every year, we then are paying the super, the porter along with a host of other expenses related to the operation of these buildings.

Effectively that means we OWN this building. Perhaps not legally, but if we STOPPED PAYING RENT, ABC would listen to our reasonable requests.

UNTIL YOU DECIDE TO STOP PAYING the THREE MILLION DOLLARS (or more) every year to live with rats and mice >>


When you see garbage blocking the front door of the building at 143 West 69 Street (residents from 2020 Broadway use this street every day as well to go to the park, post office, etc) ASK the porter, or the super, or whoever you see to REMOVE IT FROM THE STEPS OF THE BUILDING.

I did that this morning.

You can do it too.

This is OUR building.

You have a say in what happens in our home.


Say something.

Do something.

Or stop complaining.

Yours truly.

Kirby Sommers, President
Cornfeld Tenants Association
143 West 69 Street
New York, NY 10023

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold: If You Live in an ABC building >> You Have Mold

Ten Things You Should Know about Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

104-106 Bedford Street co-op owners complain about ABC's mis-management of funds

104-106 Bedford Street, managed by ABC Properties (Ralph Davis)

From the time we created this website for the Cornfeld Tenants' Association we have been receiving emails, phone calls and inquiries from other residents in rentals or co-op managed properties complaining about ABC Properties and their owners / management team.

The owners of the apartments at 104-106 Bedford Street desperately want to CHANGE management to "an honest manager" for the property. They claim money has been mis-spent, misappropriated and that "they are full of corruption."


NOTE: IF ANYONE READING THIS ALSO LIVES IN AN ABC owned or run property and you are not receiving adequate help/management/ or have severe issues like we have with the rat infestation and garbage problems >> POST UR ADDRESS in the comment section or EMAIL us cornfeldtenants (at)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Noi Due and Noi Due Carne continuing to block fire escapes!

Taken on August 17, 2017 (Arrows point to fire escape which is constantly blocked by Noi Due's door to their illegal shed; and all the things they put under it.

Also he is putting empty tin containers into the other storage bin. There are RATS, mice, roaches -- so these containers very well may be contaminated BEFORE food goes into it.

Rat Infestation / Rent Reduction Request / 143 West 69 Street and 2020 Broadway / Restaurants

Dead rat in front of 143 West 69 Street

Dear Arthur, Alex:

Your residential tenants at the buildings known as 143 West 69 Street and 2020 Broadway respectively request for you to set up rules for the restaurants you have rented space to and who occupy the ground or basement space in both buildings.

We have sent you numerous photos of improperly placed trash, rats, oil, soiled streets, open food crates, condensation in the alleyway, fire hazards, blockage of fire escapes, along with a myriad of other problems (health and safety hazards) created by the carelessness of owners of the restaurants.

These same men, by the way, go home to their 5,000 square foot mini-mansions after day's end leaving behind a series of health hazards for the tenants who occupy the 100 apartments in both buildings.

When residents of either 143 West 69 Street or 2020 Broadway walk out of the buildings we call home we are greeted by garbage, debris, packed streets with random people, smoke filled streets (with random people), multiple trucks (and their fumes); and just last week there was a dead pigeon and a dead rat (photo attached).

It is your responsibility to create a safe and clean environment for your tenants. It has not been safe, and a far cry from clean.

At this point in time ALL residents should receive a reduction in rent as there has been a reduction in services.

This reduction in rent should be retroactive for the duration of the time you added both Noi Due and Barcibo; and should continue in effect until the time you resolve the rat infestation and serious health hazards we are exposed to on a daily basis.

A 50% rent reduction to all tenants in both buildings is what we are requesting until you resolve these on-going issues.

We are happy to meet with you and hope to find a resolution to this onslaught of rats.

All residential tenants deserve a safe and decent home.

Yours truly,

Kirby Sommers, President
Cornfeld Tenants Association
143 West 69 Street
New York, NY 10023

P.S. Golan Chetrit’s (Noi Due) letter, via his attorney, Michael Morici, dated August 14, 2017 is a clear SLAPP attempt to intimidate us into silence. SLAPPS are illegal in New York City and a direct violation of New York Civil Rights Section 70-a.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What to know about Rats: 143 West 69 Street / 2020 Broadway New York NY 10023

One of the dead rats in the alleyway where the restaurants receive their food deliveries

Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.
The CDC lists seven diseases that rats and mice in North America transmit directly such as Plague and Rat-bite fever and 11 they transmit indirectly. That list includes Lyme Disease, Relapsing Fever, West Nile Virus and others, some of which can be fatal.
Rodents spread diseases through droppings and urine. In addition, they have fleas on their skin. They have thousands of bacteria. They urinate as they walk. The droppings spread disease and contamination. It makes people sick.
Landlords and restaurant owners are supposed to take every precautionary step against the elimination of such a dangerous health hazard to all tenants.

Clean It Up! No More Rat Infestation, Please! Noi Due, Noi Due Carne, Westside Restaurant, Barcibo Mediterraneo

Private residence of Golan Chetrit (owner Noi Due and Noi Due Carne) at 63 Random Farms Circle, Chappaqua, NY 10514

While residents of 143 West 69th Street and its sister building 2020 Broadway continue to fight against the rodent infestation, overwhelming garbage piles, and potentially life threatening fire hazards created by the owners of Noi Due (143 West 69 Street) and Noi Due Carne (141 West 69 Street), the owner Golan Chetrit resides in a beautiful five bedroom home (photo above).

Public information (screen shot above) shows the home was purchased for $1,125,000.00 on January 28, 2014.

The Cornfeld Tenants Association has sent letters on behalf of our approximately 100 apartment dwellers in both buildings requesting our landlord(s) Arthur Cornfeld and his son, Alex Cornfeld (ABC Properties) set some rules to all the restaurants regarding to abate these hazardous conditions.

Pile of trash left by Noi Due in front of 143 West 69 Street (rats, rats, rats)

2 rats scurrying out from under the garbage bags Noi Due piles up in front of the entrance to 143 West 69 Street

Photo shows alleyway and fire escape blocked by Noi Due shed (notice door). Additionally other unsanitary conditions by placing table cloths, napkins, waitstaff uniforms on ground which is littered with rat droppings

Photo of dead rat found in front of 143 West 69 Street

Noi Due trash placed in front of 143 West 69 Street entrance (although they deny this)

Noi Due open trash left in front of 143 West 69 Street

Under New York law our landlord is responsible for keeping the premises clean and free of vermin and other hazardous conditions.

Failure to do this constitutes a Breach of the Warranty of Habitability.

We have requested a rent abatement for the duration of the time ABC Properties has rented space to both Noi Due and Barcibo (now there is a new one calling itself Barcibo Mediterraneo at 2020 Broadway).

While both buildings have been bombarded with restaurants we, as residential tenants, demand from our landlord they control the on-going hazardous conditions created by the commercial tenants they have rented to.

While the owners of these restaurants leave every night and go home to their large 5,000 square foot homes, we are left behind to deal with the overflowing garbage and rat infestation. No more, no more, no more. 


Cornfeld Tenants Association

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Noi Dui Carne Grand Opening Tonight: Is it safe for the residents of 143 West 69 Street?

Plates for the grand opening of Noi Due Carne in rear, flanked by rat traps

One of several rat traps behind Noi Due and steps from the open plates for the grand opening of Noi Due Carne, tonight, Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wiring into Noi Due restaurant (potential fire hazard?)

Two more air conditioning units wired into Noi Dui from building (another fire hazard?)

Noi Due is about to open their second restaurant, Noi Due Carne, this evening Sunday July 16, 2017.

While their plates sit in an open crate near several rat traps the residents of both 143 West 69 Street and its sister building, 2020 Broadway remain concerned about various fire hazards.

On-going communication with their attorney to ensure the owners don't put residents or their patrons in harm's way hasn't yielded the desired results. In order to show the attorney the problems we are facing, we have had to begin to send photos to prove our case.

"If there were a fire today, no one in the back would get out," a resident who lives in one of the rear apartments told Kirby Sommers, President of the Cornfeld Tenants Association.

While Noi Due attempted to maintain their "Grand Opening Date" a secret, it was leaked.

But that is not all that leaked. 

Leaking condensation onto the ground floor level are air conditioners installed to cool off the patrons of the kosher restaurant.

"It's not safe. These things emit carbon monoxide and that's dangerous," another concerned tenant offered then added: "And then there is the matter of all of the cross wires and services from one building to another. Let's hope this isn't the next East Village disaster."

More pipes attaching to and from 143 West 69 Street to 2020 Broadway for the restaurants' use.

One of Noi Due's sheds blocking the fire escape. Shows some of the pipes installed from one building to the other.

Noi Due owner(s) Golan Chetrit in the rear with the sheds. That is how the tablecloths, the napkins, the servers uniforms are handled. Put on the ground on top of rat droppings!