Monday, March 30, 2015

Attacked by Super, Max, in Alleyway!



Domingo Fernandez (known as "Max") super of 2020 Broadway + 143 West 69th Street
as he lunged at me, grabbed my arm, and pushed me back -- while I was video-taping 
the conditions of the alleyway on March 30, 2015

After the alarming incident with Max I continued on to follow the food that had been dropped in the rear of the alley. Here are 2 videos showing how I was then harassed by Mati, the chef of Noi Due, with one of his workers.




Mati, chef of Noi Due who is also Golan Chitrit's brother (proprietor of Noi Due), is very confrontational. You can hear him say: "Don't go. Don't go," as he pulls his camera out to film me taking videos of their open food crates in the alley.

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Pipes in Alley: Gas Pipes connecting 2020 Broadway to 143 West 69 Street for Restaurant Use





Owner of Barcibo Enoteca Had It's Village Restaurant Shut Down by the Health Department: Perfect for Vermin

By Andrea Swalec | October 31, 2011 3:15pm - Source DNA
MANHATTAN — The Bleecker Street restaurant and wine bar Bar'rique was shut down by the Health Department Friday after failing a health inspection.
The Health Department found evidence of mice and conditions that were perfect for attracting vermin, according to the city's website.
Inspectors also found that the 263 Bleecker St. restaurant's kitchen kept hot foods at insufficiently high temperatures and cold foods at insufficiently low temperatures.
Bar'rique did not immediately respond to inquiries about its plans.
The restaurant racked up 84 violation points in a Thursday inspection. It then received 21 violation points the next day. The Health Department found flies, evidence of mice, improper sanitation of equipment and inadequate "personal cleanliness" by staff members, the city's website said.




Health inspectors shut down the Bleecker Street restaurant and wine bar Bar'rique on Oct. 28, 2011.
Health inspectors shut down the Bleecker Street restaurant and wine bar Bar'rique on Oct. 28, 2011.

DNAinfo/Andrea Swalec
Under the restaurant grading system the city introduced in July 2010, establishments with 28 or more violation points receive a C grade. The Health Department immediately closes restaurants with "conditions that may be hazardous to public health," according to its website.
Bar'rique is "a global restaurant that focuses on sustainable farms, organic and biodynamic wines," according to its page on OpenTable.com. Its owner, Lawrence Bondulich, also owns the Upper West Side wine bar Barcibo Enoteca and restaurant Bin 71.
Bondulich's father, Al Bondulich, was the chef and owner of the former West 9th Street restaurant Bondini's, according to Open Table.
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NOTE: Nothing about their habits has changed. Barcibo Enoteca is one of the three restaurants that has created a rat infestation at 2020 Broadway and the neighboring building 143 West 69 Street.

Barcibo Enoteca's "illegal" kitchen (Permit for kitchen area was obtained a couple of years after they were allowed to open. Landlord facilitated this. Illegal wiring, illegal gas pipes, no DOB permit)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

More Illegal Sheds in Alleyway: 143 West 69 Street + 2020 Broadway

4th, and possibly a 5th shed in alleyway (through door) in basement where
rat infestation has affected both 2020 Broadway + 143 West 69th Street.

After discovering three illegal sheds in the alleyway -- belonging to West Side Restaurant and Noi Due, we thought we wouldn't find any more of them.

While sorting through photographs taken of the shared alleyway - which our landlord, Arthur Cornfeld, has turned into a shared food receiving area for the 3 restaurants, I saw this one tucked away behind a door. 

See first arrow pointing to blue shed. And second arrow is pointing to food pallets that lay on top of rat droppings. No one knows how long any of the food stays on the ground and accessible to the rats, mice, roaches, water bugs, flies, etc. One resident claims it could be as long as 4 or more hours.

Two of the sheds (this one included) belong to West Side Restaurant @2020 Broadway. The other two belong to Noi Due @143 West 69th Street.

Initially we thought one of the sheds belonged to Barcibo Enoteca @2020 Broadway. This is not the case. They do not have a shed. They just get their things dropped off in the alleyway. The same spot where this large rat found his or her destiny.



West Side Restaurant Shed (in alley) near oil (no license by DOB + illegal)

Opposite View of West Side Restaurant shed (where they keep the food boxes for garbage. NOTE: None of the restaurants have their own garbage hauler. They use the New York Sanitation Department illegally and the owner has made this possible by having the garbage of three restaurants mixed in with the residential garbage of the 2 buildings.

These 2 sheds in the back of the alleyway belong to Noi Due. Both are illegal.

Open food crates arrive and are left on the ground where they have created a rat infestation

Noi Due owner (left) and chef (right) standing in between their 2 illegal sheds in the alleyway.

Unattended open crates of food in alleyway in between the 2 Noi Due sheds.

One of many deliveries into the alley. This was for Noi Due. On bottom is fish.

More food left on dirty concrete floor in open alleyway for Noi Due.

Noi Due food crates on concrete floor.

More Noi Due food sitting outside in the rat infested alleyway.
The pineapple was picked up off the filthy ground and taken inside.

All the food sits a couple of feet away from these large rat traps.
One is photographed here.




Alley Door Finally Locked! Although we Still Have A Rat Farm !!


This door has been open for DECADES.

It is the door that leads to the shared alleyway for the three restaurants: Noi Due, West Side Restaurant + Barcibo Enoteca.

It is the area that our landlord Arthur Cornfeld turned into a RAT FARM.

It is where the Rat Infestation started for both 2020 Broadway and for 143 West 69 Street (as well as our entire block).

Although we KNOW our LANDLORD DID NOT finally have this door LOCKED for our safety -- but rather to keep us from taking any more photos of the RATS, OPEN FOOD CRATES, MASSIVE PILES OF GARBAGE, ILLEGAL SHEDS + MULTIPLE FIRE HAZARDS -- we are still happy to know that at the very least -- some of us won't be getting burglarized.

We still have the rats, though.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Arthur Cornfeld aka ABC Properties: Work Without A Permit

2020 Broadway (a landmark building): Arthur Cornfeld illegally built 2 duplexes on top of the roof. 
No permit was obtained  from either the Landmark + Preservation Committee
or the Department of Buildings (DOB)

In the aftermath of the deadly explosion that leveled three buildings in the East Village on Thursday, March 26th -- it should be seared into our minds that any work done in any of the buildings we (tenants) live in require PERMITS.

Stairs built up through roof by ABC Properties aka Arthur Cornfeld w/o a permit.

The Cornfelds "renovate" or create entirely new apartments (such as this 3 bedroom duplex) in all their buildings with NO permit.

Their disdain for the people who occupy their buildings is bewildering at best. These people, the Cornfelds, with their partner Alan Fisher, and Arthur's son, Alex Cornfeld, have recklessly broken the law so often that is has become second nature to them.

What happened in the East Village just days ago cast a bright light on the problem which we all know exists in the buildings we call home where unlicensed workers make repairs or renovations constantly.

Landlord abuse of this sort can no longer be tolerated by any of us. It is clear our lives do not matter to the Cornfelds/Fishers -- which makes it imperative that we become involved in keeping a watchful eye and contacting the authorities when we see them take another chance with our lives.

FOR INFORMATION ON WHEN A PERMIT IS REQUIRED for just kitchen and bathroom work, please see here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/tool_kits_renovating_kitchens.pdf

3rd bedroom on the water-logged roof of 2020 Broadway

Landmark and Preservation Commission see here:




Another Cornfeld / Fisher Project: 87-10 51st Avenue Queens

Another Arthur Cornfeld + Alan Fisher "project"


PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS—The Landmarks Preservation Commission has unanimously approved the Chester Court Historic District (PDF!) in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The district includes 18 Tudor Revival-style homes built in 1911-12. The cul-de-sac's homes are amongst the earliest Tudor Revival style row houses in the borough, if not the city. The enclave is the 113th New York City Historic District. [CurbedWire inbox; previously]
ELMHURST—Two months after opening its sales office, 60 percent of the redeveloped apartments collectively known as The Continental Park in the co-op building at 87-10 51st Avenue near Broadway have sold. Of the 79 redeveloped units, 61 were immediately available for sale. All of the project's studios, one-, and three-bedroom apartments have sold, leaving available only two-bedrooms, which are priced from $347,500. The building is being redeveloped by Myles Horn, ABC Properties and Fisher Associates. 

SOURCE: Curbed
**Note: Buyer beware.** Serious Violations / Department of Buildings: 147 Complaints, 117 Violations

VIOLATION FOR FAILURE TO CERTIFY CORRECTION OF CLASS 1 VIOLATION EXISTS ON THIS PROPERTY - DOB CIVIL PENALTIES DUE

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Number
AddressDate
Entered
CategoryInspection
Date
DispositionStatus
460779487-10 51 AVENUE12/23/20143112/22/2014A8RES
OCCUPANCY CONTRARY
460070387-10 51 AVENUE09/25/20148303/17/2015L2RES
459922987-10 51 AVENUE09/09/20144F10/17/2014L2RES
SCAFFOLD DOES NOT MEET BUILDING SAFETY CODE STANDARDS
459824787-10 51 AVENUE08/28/20148608/28/2014I1RES
CUSTOMER HAD PARTIAL STOP WORK ORDER, SHE WAS ENTITLED TO WORK, TOLD WORK ORDER WAS REMOVED, HOWEVER SHE STILL RECEIVED A VIOLATION NUMBER 420941119
459134787-10 51 AVENUE06/18/20144507/02/2014C2CLS
ILLEGAL BUILDING CONVERSION. THEY ARE MAKING A ONE BEDROOM INTO A 2 BEDROOM.
458893887-10 51 AVENUE05/23/20143005/25/2014I2RES
There is building construction being done that is causing the building to shake and vibrate.
458893787-10 51 AVENUE05/23/20148308/25/2014L2RES
Knocking throught the floors without a permit. Unknown job application number.
455840687-10 51 AVENUE09/05/20136301/13/2014I2RES
3 ELEVATOR OOS CHRONIC PROBLEM; SENIOR/DISABLED TENANTS AFFECTED
454993087-10 51 AVENUE05/30/20136307/31/2013A1RES
1 OF 3 ELEVS O/O/S FOR 7 STORY BLDG. CUST UNAWARE IF INSP CERT ARE DISPLAYED. THE ELEV WAS PUT O/O/S 2 DAYS AGO,BUT ALL 3 ELEVS HAVE CHRONIC PROB OF BREAKING DOWN, ALL 3 NEED TO BE INSPECTED.
454863487-10 51 AVENUE05/15/20136308/13/2013A1RES
CHRONIC PROBLEM WITH 3 ELEVATORS; 1 ELEVATOR CLOSED DUE TO TENANT ACCIDENTS; 2ND ELEVATOR DOORS CLOSE SLOWLY; 3RD ELEVATOR JUMPS & SHAKES WHILE INSIDE
453923987-10 51 AVENUE01/26/20136302/05/2013A1RES
THE ELEVATOR F IS OUT OF SERVICE FOR 4 MONTHS
453422287-10 51 AVENUE11/24/20126302/05/2013H1RES
2 ELEVATOR OOS
451745587-10 51 AVENUE06/02/20126206/04/2012I2RES
AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING YOU MAKE A RIGHT AND THE ELEVATORIS LOCATED ON THE LEFT. THERE'S OIL COMING FROM THE CEILING OF THE ELEVATOR
45173238710 51 AVENUE05/31/20126306/04/2012H1RES
ELEVATOR OUT EVERY DAY AROUND RUSH HOUR
451450587-10 51 AVENUE05/04/20126306/04/2012H1RES
ALL ELEVATORS NOT WORKING SINCE TODAY. RE-OOCURING ISSUECHRONIC CONDITION SINCE 2-3 YRS
45133078710 51 AVENUE04/22/20128504/16/2014I2RES
CALLER STS DRAINAGE PIPE FOR BALCONY FOR APT 3Y IS DEFECTIVE AND NOT WORKING. CALLER STS RAIN WATER HAS NO WHERE TO DRAIN AND IS FILLING UP BALCONY AND DRAINS INTO NEIGHBORING APARTMENTS
451065887-10 51 AVENUE03/23/20126303/28/2012A1RES
CALLER IS REPORTING THE 2 ELEVATORS IN THE BUILDING THATARE NOT WORKING -ONE DEFECTIVE ELEVATOR IS TO THE LEFT AND THE OTHERIS LOCATED TO THE RIGHT AS ENTER BUILDING
451052487-10 51 AVENUE03/22/20126303/28/2012A1RES
CALLER STATES THAT ALL 3 ELEVATORS ARE OUT OF SERVICE
450996887-10 51 AVENUE03/17/20126303/28/2012A1RES
ALL 3 ELEVATOR ARE OUT OF ORDER
450950487-10 51 AVENUE03/12/20126303/28/2012A1RES
2 ELEVATORS ARE NOT WORKING IN A 7 FLOORS STORY BUILDING

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fire Safety Hazards: 143 West 69 Street + 2020 Broadway Caused by our Landlord

The following are some photos taken to show the fire safety dangers created by our landlord, Arthur Cornfeld, by allowing the three (3) restaurants to rent additional "illegal" space from him in the open alleyway.

Noi Due's 1 of 2 sheds is built too close to the fire escape.

The wires for the Noi Due shed and restaurant block the fire escape
for the rear of the 143 West 69 Street building.

Another look at the fire escape when the door is shut on the illegal shed.

One of many oil drums in the alley. Wall behind it is seared. Better look at wall is photo below.

The wall over the oil barrel has had a fire. You can see in on the right side of the photo.
Wall of 2020 Broadway damaged by fire.

More flammable grease on oil barrels.

Barrels of Kitchen Grease

No clue as to what this is, except that it looks dangerous

When this area is blocked by the Noi Due chef, owner and workers
it creates a fire hazard for everyone.



Video showing how the rear becomes congested when Noi Due's people are 
working in alley. Complete catastrophe awaiting as no one would be able
 to get away in the event of a fire.


Highly flammable oil drums in the alleyway between 2020 Broadway and
143 West 69 Street

Once the landlord and the restaurants noticed we had photos and videos of the alleyway...the very next day this hazardous looking refuse was sitting out for pick up. Second photo is a close up.



These are all, individually, very disturbing. Collectively, it is a crime. Our landlord has rented space to not one, but three restaurants with the potential of destroying our homes, our lives, and those of our neighbors.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kitchen Nightmare: Rats and Roaches in Kitchen and Basement of Restaurant



This is a scene from Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, but it could very well have been at one of three restaurants who receive their food in the rat infested alleyway between 2020 Broadway and 143 West 69 Street.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thank you Arthur Cornfeld for our Rat Infestation: Best Rat Landlord Award

Thank you, Arthur Cornfeld, for allowing the three restaurants you've allowed on the property (West 69th Street) to accept their food in the alleyway. Where the open crates lay for hours and where rats are the first to feast on them.


You have given your residents a good reason to call in sick to work and I am sure they appreciate getting a day or two or three off work.

The rats in the alleyway crawling over the food for Noi Due, Barcibo Enoteca and West Side Restaurant carry a grab bag of pathogens including E. coli and salmonella. Some even carry Seoul hantavirus, a disease that can cause hemorrhagic fever and kidney failure. What a guy!

One of your tenants got so sick he had to call an ambulance because of severe gastro pains. He wasn't even able to walk to the corner and get a cab. Perhaps you should pay for his hospital bill.

And one of your handymen was biten by a rat just recently. Guess all the food in the alleyway wasn't enough for that big rat. What a great boss you are. The job perks are so enticing.

Many of your tenants have developed flu like symptoms -- we just didn't know we were allergic to rats. But now we do. As for myself I have developed a chronic allergy, but hey, you've helped the folks who make Kleenex a lot more money! And am sure you will go after them for your portion of the profits.


Once news got out to your restaurant owners, well, they put out traps, hoping none of their patrons got word of the rather amazing rat infestation. Here's the thing though: unless the food is gone, rats are just going to come back. Except for this guy, he's gone. Deader than dead, me thinks.


But, even with one down, and several thousand to go, so don't worry! You will still have won the Best Rat Landlord Award because open food crates, like the following belonging to Noi Due Cafe (143 West 69 Street).

Unattended open crates of food in alleyway in between the 2 Noi Due sheds.

One of many deliveries into the alley. This again for Noi Due. On bottom is fish.

More food left on dirty concrete floor in open alleyway for Noi Due.

Noi Due food crates on concrete floor.

More Noi Due food sitting outside in the rat infested alleyway.
The pineapple was picked up off the filthy ground and taken inside. Who ate this?

All the food sits a couple of feet away from these large rat traps.
One is photographed here.

I am sure the rats are included in the rent we pay. Thanks again!




Monday, March 23, 2015

Noi Due + Their Continued Disregard for the Rat Infestation they have caused, see 2 videos

Food pallets for three restaurants are still being delivered to the shared alleyway of both 2020 Broadway and 143 West 69th Street. These open food pallets belong to Noi Due (143 West 69 Street) -- who has created a serious rat infestation for all residents.


Noi Due employee refusing to speak with us regarding the improper way their food is handled or the rat infestation they have created. (See Part II video below).


Sniffling in Your Apartment? You May Be Allergic to Rats

Is the rat infestation at 2020 Broadway + 143 West 69 Street causing an allergic reaction?

Rodents are not directly known for being poisonous, but having rodents in a home can indirectly be responsible for a number of heath ailments, says Dorfman. (Photo courtesy of Pest Now, Sterling, Va.)
Rodents are not directly known for being poisonous, but having rodents in a home can indirectly be responsible for a number of heath ailments, says Dorfman. (Photo courtesy of Pest Now, Sterling, Va.)
Many apartment dwellers have been shocked to discover that rodents have infiltrated their buildings and their apartments. As is the case with 143 West 69 Street and its sister building 2020 Broadway. Arthur Cornfeld (landlord) has created a rat infestation by allowing the three restaurants: Noi Due, Barcibo Enoteca and West Side Restaurant to receive their food in the shared open alleyway for both buildings. Having rodents in a place where you live is not only disturbing, disgusting and unsafe, but it can also prove to be very expensive for your health. 
Rodents are actually a class of mammals that include mice, rats and squirrels. Normally, they can be found everywhere on the planet, with Antarctica being the only exception.

Should you worry if you have rodents in your home?

Rodents are not directly known for being poisonous, but having rodents in a home can indirectly be responsible for a number of heath ailments, especially to individuals that are prone to rat allergies. Just like being allergic to cats and dogs, you can also be allergic to rats, mice or guinea pigs. 
Rodent droppings and urine contain a special type of protein that may cause serious allergic reactions to some people. 
This allergy-causing protein is not just limited to rodents dropping, but it can also be found on rodent hair. Apart from rodent droppings allergies, the rodents also serve as a carrier for a number of infectious diseases such as hantavirus, which can be fatal.

Types of allergens that are responsible for rat allergies

Rat allergens fall into one of the following three categories:
•Dead skin cells (dander)
•Saliva
•Urine
What makes things worse is the overly active nature of rodents. For instance, while grooming, they spread their saliva on their fur, thus making their fur and hair allergens in the process. Secondly, they have the tendency of picking up urine with their feet and then spreading their urine to other parts of your home. Even if you are walking in an area that is rat infested, your are bringing these allergens into your home via your shoes.
Some of these allergens are dry and flaky; therefore, they can easily become airborne and can travel through your air ducts and settle on your home furnishings or bedroom mattress. These air borne allergens are one of the most common causes of allergies from rodents.

Symptoms of rat allergies

Although you can often find signs that your home has been invaded by rodents, if you do not notice them, you may determine their presence through various symptoms. One way you may notice that you are dealing with a rodent problem in your home is if you are experiencing strange rashes on your body and you do not know what the cause is, or if you are experiencing allergy symptoms when you know that it is not the season when you normally experience allergies. 
Rat allergies symptoms may appear immediately if you are prone to rodent droppings allergies. The symptoms include stuffy nose, itchy eyes, itching, coughing, skin rashes, difficulty in breathing and other respiratory problems. 
If you are noticing yourself experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and you are not sure of their cause, you may want to contact our landlord Arthur Cornfeld, aka ABC Properties, aka 2020 Broadway LLC, aka Broadway 69 Associates, LLC and ask them to have the restaurants remove the food source which has created a rat infestation in both buildings.
Cornfeld can be reached at 212.246.2801.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Barcibo Enoteca 2020 Broadway: Trapped Rat


After much effort on the part of the Cornfeld Tenants Association, Barcibo Enoteca @2020 Broadway (and the other 2 restaurants: Noi Due and WestSide Restaurant/diner @143 West 69th Street) began to get serious about putting down rat traps. 




This trapped and dead rat was filmed at 12 noon on Saturday, March 21, 2015. 

I just spoke to an exterminator who told me the 2 buildings are RAT INFESTED. He said the landlord, Arthur Cornfeld aka ABC Properties, only pays for the premises to be exterminated 1x per month and that it is not enough when there is a rat infestation.

Exterminator said FOOD HAS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE ALLEY WAY because it will continue to attract rats. He also suggested that it would help if they were allowed to come to the premises more frequently. It was alarming to discover that this exterminator knew the two buildings have had major health and hazardous concerns for a long time re: the rat infestation.

The traps in the alleyway were recently put there after the Cornfeld Tenants' Association contacted several news organizations.




The NY Post, Daily News, Channel 7 Eyewitness news, and about half a dozen other reporters/news outlets became aware of our rat fest and wanted the story! 




By the time the reporters arrived, however, Cornfeld must have given the restaurants a heads up because for the past week all the food has been quickly disappearing into their respective restaurants.

The newspapers and the TV reporters told us to give them a call "when it gets dirty" back there again. Isn't a dead rat dirty enough?