Cornfeld Tenants Association (CTA) works to improve housing conditions for residents in properties owned by Arthur Cornfeld and Alan Fisher in New York City (aka ABC Properties, ABC Realty, and many other LLCs). Our concerns are both in terms of tenants’ rights and our right for security and equity. Goal? To ensure our voices are heard and to stop our landlord from further endangering our safety and our lives.
*Wrought Iron door connecting 2020 Broadway + 143 W 69 St leading to receiving area for restaurants
*Rat Infestation at 2020 Bway + 143 West 69 Street (Notice from New York..
*Food Delivery: Changes
*Cleaning of West 69 Street where garbage piles up in front of 143 W 69 St
*Fire Hazards for all buildings >> update
2020 Broadway: Store formerly known as Tani
The store formerly known as Tani where residents and friends joined hands in our Change.org campaign to keep Tsu Yue Wang from finalizing their lease with ABC properties seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Although the space was kept unoccupied for one month following our petition to ABC Properties, on Saturday May 16th our landlord allowed their new tenant to take over the space. (See photo of Tani taken on 5/16/2015). (1)
On Monday, an Asian crew claiming not to speak any english began demolition work on the space. See photo taken on 5/17/2015. (2)
Wrought Iron Door Connecting 2020 Broadway + 143 W 69 Street leading to receiving area for restaurants
As can be seen from a photograph taken May 1, 2015 the door has gotten *alot* of attention. (3) This door, which has been left unlocked and open for decades, was finally locked by our landlord ABC Properties.
Additionally, a second door (see photo taken May 17, 2015) (4) was recently installed.
A mesh covering on the bottom of the door has been added, along with a new piece of mesh on the side of the door to keep the rats from running into the garbage which continues to be left on the side of West 69th Street. (See photos dated Mary, 2015) (5/6)
Although many of you have told me: “The Cornfelds only put those measures in place to keep you from taking any more photos and videos of the goings-on in the alley” – it is a victory for us.
WE WANTED SAFETY.
As far as many of us are concerned, it doesn’t matter how we got from point A to point Z. We got there. And now the rear of these 2 buildings is a lot safer.
SO HOORAY FOR US!!
RAT INFESTATION + food Delivery Changes
Noi Due, the restaurant located in the basement of 143 W 69 Street has begun to accept most of their food, according to Golan (the owner), who has demonstrated a desire to be attentive and responsive to tenant issues.
Golan told me personally, as well as discussing the issue with Sue, that there are “no more deliveries left to sit unattended in the alley.”
Deliveries, he claims, are made only when the restaurant is open from 11am to 11pm -- when an employee can meet with the delivery person and accept the food straight into the restaurant.
Additionally, Noi Due has made every attempt at trying to mitigate the rat infestation (and noise) by 1) giving keys to some of the deliverymen who need to deliver food before 11am. And 2) by having deliveries not arrive too early so as not to awaken those of you who are trying to sleep in the rear of both buildings.
ANOTHER HOORAY FOR US!!
FURTHER ON RAT INFESTATION
On May 17, 2015 the Cornfeld Tenants’ Association received the following email from New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
**This is an auto-generated system message. Please do not reply to this message.**
Service Request #:C1-1-1079741229 Date Submitted: 03/17/15 3:02:02 PM Request Type: Food Establishment Details: Rodents/Insects/Garbage
Your Service Request was closed.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has sent official written notification to the Owner/Landlord warning them of potential violations and instructing them to correct the situation. If the situation persists 21 days after your initial complaint, please make a new complaint."
While 2020 Broadway and 143 West 69 Street are not “out of the woods” with regard to the rat infestation, we are certainly on the way.
***REMAINING VIGILANT AND DISCUSSING OUR CONCERNS OPENLY WITH EACH OTHER WILL CONTINUE TO HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOALS***
CLEANING OF SIDE STREET IN FRONT OF 143 W 69 St WHERE GARBAGE PILES UP
For the first time, the side street is getting hosed down. See photo taken recently. This was noticed by several of you on our infamous “Rat Rally” day. Although it does NOT happen every time the garbage is hauled away – IT IS A START. See photo taken May 1, 2015 (7)
FIRE HAZARDS FOR ALL BUILDINGS
I want to thank all of the people who contacted me after the last email to you regarding GAS LEAKS.
In a previous email to you, we suggested you dial 3-1-1 if you smell gas. This information is incorrect.
YOU MUST DIAL 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
We are still waiting on the fire chief and fire battalian chief to make a stop at all buildings that are part of the Cornfeld Tenants’ Association. Those of you who want to be notified WILL BE NOTIFIED prior to a visit. (We have your names, however, if you wish to be added to this *notification list – please advise).
Updates on our news is regularly posted to our website:
Since I have paid for almost everything, if you wish to make a small contribution, there is a “Subscribe” button on the website. Any amount is greatly appreciated and goes toward our flyers, printing, and other events, such as the recent Change.org petition (which was not free).
I am so happy that we have come together. United as one. Neighbors helping neighbors. We have come a long way.
Together we can conitnue to make a difference in our buildings and in our homes.