Friday, November 10, 2017

November - December 2017

November 3, 2017 gas and electrical repairs on the corner of Sedgwick and Gouverneur, on the P.S. 95 side of the street.

Excellent article on nonconsensual physician shadowing

Public Citizen says it's time to ban olmesartan

Thursday, October 19, 2017

August - October 2017

October 18, closeup of tree on Bldg 11.  I have since learned that there are three buildings with trees growing on them with root systems extending through the sites.  Years of neglect and now there is no simple, inexpensive way to handle things.

September 16, 2017 foliage thriving.
August 30, 2017 foliage doing well
August 19, 2017 foliage on Building 11 is flourishing

Sealed at the end of the day

Saxon Ave. August 5, 2017

Here is a photo of the steel cladding on Tower 2, and the layer beneath.  The cladding is ugly.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July, 2017

Memorial to Olivia and Micha Gee

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pedro Cabezas

National Suicide Prevention Number:  800 273 8255
Pedro Cabezas taught Vinyasa Yoga at the Van Cortlandt Village Senior Center.  He committed suicide.  A memorial service was held for him on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 3 pm, the usual time of his class.
His sister brought this poster.
He was a wonderful, gifted teacher.  He could help others, alas he could not help himself.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

No notice, repairs before 9 a.m.

December 3, 2017 no progress made
June 3, 2017 no progress made
May 17, 2017 no progress made.
April 14, 2017 repairs contd.

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.
Dec 2, 2016

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Water shutoff in the Towers cancelled, this was the notice

If you didn't enter the elevators in Tower 1 the afternoon of May 2, 2017 you would not have known the water shutoff was cancelled.  The co-op spent money to install a reverse 911 system, why wasn't it used?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fire, Building 6

Windows have been replaced

A quote from the Highlights of Meeting of the Board of Directors, December 21, 2016
Manager's Report - ....Mr. Zsebedics noted that eight fire-damaged and water damaged 
apartments in Building 6 have been restored.  Repairs on the apartment where the fire
originated will begin on December 27.  Mr. Zsebedics stressed that the fire did not originate in the wiring of Building 6....
February 27, 2017 plywood missing from top window, blue cover missing from fire escape window.  February 28, plywood back in window.

My comment - today is January 31, 2017, the plywood and blue polyester sheet on the top floor
is still in place.  Still no explanation of how the fire started.
February 3, 2017 - inner courtyard and Van Cortlandt Park South side still have plywood on top floor
Scroll down for pictures.
Scaffolding down

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
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.
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.

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

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Paylease Amalgamated Housing's new partner

If you can name which Amalgamated building this is, your processing fee is waived (I'm joking).
On doorknob March 1, 2017 evening
How to avoid paying an employee a living wage while maintaining the comfortable lifestyles of the Paylease principals in California.
The motto of Amalgamated is "For Service Not for Profit".  What is Paylease, a privately held San Diego Company getting paid for processing Amalgamated payments?

Tuesday, February 07, 2017


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