Friday, December 02, 2016

No notice, repairs before 9 a.m.

Management may not have broken any rules but when you are going to do noisy repairs before 9 a.m. let people in the building know.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fire, Building 6

November 17, 2016 I was at a meeting this afternoon about the proposed carrying charge increase and I asked about the fire.  Mr. Zsebedics said the cause had not yet been determined.

This letter to the editor was published in the November 3, 2016 edition of the Riverdale Press.

I have been a resident of the Amalgamated Houses for thirty years.  I
read Ed Yaker's letter to the editor in the October 20, 2016 edition.
The beginning of the next to the last sentence states "I prefer trans-
parency to secrecy,"  His letter only dealt with procedures he felt
should be followed in contacting the manager and not with the issues
that have made some Park Reservoir residents very displeased with the
Amalgamated management.  I would like to know more about the discontents.
If Park Reservoir chooses to hire a different management company the
costs of the Amalgamated management will have to be reconsidered.  We
probably won't need an assistant manager and would have to dismiss
employees who staff the management office, security and service
departments.
Another unnecessary bit of secrecy concerns the fire that occurred
in Building 6, on September 26, 2016.  We have been given no
information on the fire.  On October 20, scaffolding and protective
curtains were hung on the Saxon Ave. side of the building.  It is
time we were told the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.
Sincerely,
Lora Frisch


Note:  These are casual observations, there may be other ongoing work that I have not seen.
November 7, 2016 saw men working on Saxon Ave. side.
October 31, observed men working, November 1, saw no one on outside of building.
Men working, red cable plugged in





































October 27, 2016 - raining but the red cable is plugged in, indicating work is going on inside.

 
View from Van Cortlandt Park S, Inner Courtyard



Saxon Avenue

Fire, again, September 26, 2016


Two days after the fire

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Amalgamated Houses wants another multi-million dollar loan

November 15,2016 The management and board of directors are again want to take out a multimillion dollar mortgage and increase carrying charges to pay for it.

July 22, 2013 The 30 million dollar loan, 20 million of which will be used to repair balconies, windows, the Gale Place garage.  The other ten million will be used to pay off debt.  Previous debt was at a higher interest rate than this loan.  The lender is the National Cooperative Bank.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Park Reservoir says good by to Amalgamated Houses Management

This article from Habitat Magazine July 22, 2016 deals with this: Park Reservoir and the issue of transparency

The agreement with Amalgamated should be terminated at once.  Winter is coming, why should Amalgamated employees clear snow, maintain the heat and deal with the added clean up of muddy boots tracking through the hallways.  Now is the time for Park Reservoir to leave.

If Park Reservoir chooses to hire a different management company the
costs of the Amalgamated management will have to be reconsidered.  We
probably won't need an assistant manager and would have to dismiss
employees who staff the management office, security and service
departments. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rain pouring from G line balcony

Closer View

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Waiting for a special event at the senior center

Buses for special events don't arrive on time and then there still is a wait for stragglers.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Stress Test is Becoming Obsolete

The stress test is becoming obsolete.  Here is an article about it The Death of Stress Test and the Rise of the Coronary CT Angiogram

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