Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pigeons + Respiratory Disease

 
 

Pigeon-Related Diseases

Pigeon droppings that are not cleaned up can lead to modest health risks, including one of the following human diseases:

For years I have had a severe cough at night. I didn't realize, until now, that it was caused by the pigeons that sit on my bedroom window ledge and air-conditioner every day. I filed a complaint this morning with 3-1-1 online form which can be found here:

https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2219/pigeon-droppings-or-odor-complaint

ABC Properties knows they have a pigeon infestation at 143 West 69 Street and 2020 Broadway (and possibly even other buildings) - however, they have not done anything to protect the tenants.

It is the landlord's responsibility to maintain a Habitable environment and to keep the pigeons away.

I am contacting a Bird Removal and Decontamination Specialist to disinfect my bedroom/bathroom areas and am going to deduct the cost from my rent. I am also replacing my badly damaged bedroom air-condition (from pigeon droppings, etc) and am also deducting this from my rent,

YOU CAN TOO.

If you are experiencing a cough or respiratory problems or see pigeons sitting on your bedroom window, you should contact 3-1-1 either via phone or online and file a complaint.

ABC Properties needs to maintain these buildings and our apartments in a decent clean manner that does not expose us to health hazards.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Tenant Letter: Rats, Non-functioning A/C, Contact Info, What to do


 
Dear Neighbors,
During the past 4-6 weeks there have been several incidents reported of rats in apartments. In two cases both people were woken up with rats on their bodies. One incident was in Building 143 in Apt #3G (right over Noi Due) and the second incident was Apt #4C.
Several other tenants in both buildings #2020 and #143 have seen either mice or rats.
PART I: ALL APARTMENTS NEED TO BE EXTERMINATED ON A REGULAR BASIS.
Some of you have pets and don’t want the poison. However, you can have the poison bullets placed *behind* your stoves and *behind* the radiators.
Additionally, you should have the exterminator (or the super, his assistant or someone you hire) also place steel wool and cover any and all openings. All of our HVAC units may have 1 or 2 openings that need to be covered. I had a visit from ABC Management’s ‘Metro Pest Control’ yesterday and insisted they do BOTH the poison bullets and the steel wool (which I had to purchase from Loew’s before they arrived in my apartment).
 
PART II: HVAC
The HVAC unit (which is really the very large 15,000 lbs monster that sits on the roof of #143 and which has virtually destroyed our roof and created on-going leaks (condensation) into almost all of our apartments is broken for the 3rd time this summer.
 

 

AS A TENANT YOU HAVE RIGHTS TO A HABITABLE APARTMENT >> you can purchase a window unit and deduct this from the rent. It is called “Repair and Deduct”. I have been using this method personally for repairs that have been repeatedly ignored by my landlord.
As long as you write to the landlord requesting relief and the landlord does not provide same (it is also good to send a letter via Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested), you may initiate a REPAIR AND DEDUCT remedy so that you can fix the issue yourself and keep the apartment in “habitable” condition.
Nothing works better than to contact 3-1-1 (The City of New York’s Housing and Preservation office) who then contacts our landlord, ABC Properties, and who then (because they don’t want a fine) repairs/maintains/responds to the issue at hand.
Here is the url and I urge you to file a complaint:
This goes for all other issues, mice, roaches, flies, bees, leaks, peeling paint, water damage, broken incinerator, faulty elevator, broken front door, etc.
REPORT REPORT REPORT
 
III. CONTACT INFORMATION
As you all know Max, our super, has been ill for almost one year. His son, Brian, has valiantly taken on his responsibilities. 

TO REQUEST HELP it helps to contact Max or Brian directly:

Brian’s phone # 917-285-4711

Max’s phone # 646-510-6665

ABC Properties office # 212-246-2801
I have personally found by speaking with many of you and from personal experience that contacting Jozef Zagreda does not result in either a response or a repair.
Therefore I urge you to contact the super(s) of our buildings (repeatedly) who will then contact management on your behalf. 

**CONTACTING IMMAC REALTY ( CAMMI MARLIN) IS A WASTE OF TIME** This is a commission-based broker and not part of management.
Please feel free to share, forward this email and information to your neighbors who are also experiencing many of our on-going issues.
Should you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact me.
 

Sincerely,
Kirby Sommers

President

Cornfeld Tenants Association

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

143 West 69 Street #1C New York | Renter Beware

Before you rent this one bedroom apartment, read this blog.

143 West 69 Street #1C, studio for rent, renter beware, rat infested building, plumbing leaks, ceiling collapses, nonresponsive landlord, immac realty

143 West 69 Street #5E | Read this blog | Renter Beware !!

Before you rent this studio apartment, read this blog.

143 West 69 Street #4D, studio for rent, renter beware, rat infested building, plumbing leaks, ceiling collapses, nonresponsive landlord, immac realty

Monday, May 21, 2018

Open Letter to Golan Chetrit, Proprietor, Noi Due Café and Noi Due Carne

 March 31, 2015 protest in front of Noi Due Café because of rat infestation
 
 
After we placed the giant 20ft inflatable rat in front of your restaurant on March 31, 2015 the tenants of 143 West 69 Street and our sister building 2020 Broadway (which share the alley where you accept your food deliveries) sincerely believed you would get the message:
 
STORE YOUR FOOD PROPERLY AND STOP CREATING A RAT INFESTATION !!
 
You paid us lip service. That is all you did. For two weeks you handled your food properly and then you quickly slipped back to your old habits.
Rats and mice carry bacteria, viruses, fleas and can transmit diseases to humans and other animals through biting, droppings, lice, mites and ticks. Some of the diseases are salmonella, hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever and the plague.

Three and a half years after you personally told me that you were going to have someone in your restaurant to receive your food deliveries in the mornings – you have yet to do so.

In this past week four women in four different apartments right above your restaurant have rats in their apartments. One woman woke up with a rat on her neck. From the time you opened your first restaurant in 2009 our buildings have been besieged by rodents.
Noi Due food receiving area in the alley between 143 West 69th Street and 2020 Broadway
 
You are responsible for creating a rodent and a garbage problem and you owe it to the residential tenants who live in these buildings as well as to your unsuspecting clientele to maintain your restaurants vermin free.
You are responsible for receiving and storing your food in a way that does not place either the tenants, their pets, or your customers health at risk.
WE ARE TIRED OF TRYING TO FORCE YOU TO RUN CLEAN RESTAURANTS.
WE ARE TIRED OF THE MICE. THE RATS. THE GARBAGE SITTING IN FRONT OF #143 AND IN THIS OPEN LETTER WE ARE ASKING YOU ONCE AGAIN TO BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY.

 
The Department of Health and Human Services has been contacted and we will not stop with this letter. We will contact every city agency, every news outlet, every single resource at our disposal to get you to comply with safety procedures and to properly run your restaurants.
If you do not take proactive steps to stop the rats from invading our homes, we will have a Rat Rally every week in front of your restaurants until you understand the seriousness of this situation and take proactive steps to solve the problem.
YOU SHOULD SHUT DOWN YOUR RESTAURANTS UNTIL YOU ELIMINATE ALL RODENT INFESTATION AND CLEAN BOTH THE ALLEY AND THE RESTAURANTS IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT DISINFECTS THE AREAS.
If you continue to ignore our pleas we will start a BOYCOTT of your restaurant until the authorities shut you down.
It is to your advantage as well as to the people who work for you and your patrons to take this matter very seriously and address it once and for all.
We the tenants who have to share our space with you are fed up and we will not take it anymore!
 
Kirby Sommers, President
Cornfeld Tenants Association
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, May 11, 2018

"I Survived the Rats" Tote Bags Now Available

Our "I survived the Rats" tote bags are now available!

To order please send an email to cornfeldtenants (at) gmail (dot) com and let us know if you want 143 West 69 Street or 2020 Broadway.

Each bag is $25.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Rat on Tenant's Neck


Neighbors,
 

A tenant at 143 West 69 Street on the third floor woke up to a rat on her neck a couple of days ago.
 

A rat. Not a mouse.
 

Although a pest control company was called into the apartment, ABC Properties, failed, once again to ensure the rats do not enter any of the other apartments. No other apartment received any treatment.
 

PLEASE KNOW: RATS ARE FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN MICE. They are disease and parasite ridden.
 

If you see a rat in your apartment DO NOT corner it or it will attack you.
 

One of our maintenance men was also bitten by a rat.
 

WHAT TO DO.
 

1.       Request immediate PEST CONTROL from ABC Properties (or pay for one yourself) to keep the rats away.

2.       Plug up any entrances where a rat can come in.

3.       Rats like to hide in between floor boards. All our wooden floor boards are being spread open >> take photos and contact 3-1-1 to get these repaired.
 

COMPLAIN TO CITY AGENCIES:
 



or contact 3-1-1
 
If you have seen a rat in the common areas of the building where you live or in your apartment, please let us know.
 

Sincerely,
Kirby Sommers, President

Cornfeld Tenants Association

143 West 69 Street

New York, NY 10023