RCR Management Manages New Acquisitions

RCR Management is property manager for the four new buildings acquired by Lea Eisenberg C/O C. Rosenblatt Trusts LLC. The two in Manhattan are 225 Central Park North as described in the Real Deal at http://therealdeal.com/2015/01/28/central-park-north-rental-building-trades-for-33m/ and  652 West 189th Street. The two in Queens are 45-41 39th Place and 41-15 50th Ave, both in Sunnyside as described in the Real Deal at http://therealdeal.com/2016/09/06/rcr-buys-two-sunnyside-rentals-for-49m/  updating the portfolio of buildings in Manhattan and Queens held by the family as follows:
Manhattan
35 Union Square West
120 West 79th Street
101 West 85th Street
100 West 86th Street
102 West 86th Street
166 West 86th Street
155 Riverside Drive
275 Central Park West
205 West 88th Street
610 Amsterdam Avenue
55 West 92nd Street
27 West 96th Street
760 Amsterdam Avenue
280 Riverside Drive
290 Riverside Drive
305 Riverside Drive
900 West End Avenue
412 West 110th Street
225 Central Park North
425 Riverside Drive
515 West 122nd Street
521 West 122nd Street
652 West 189th Street
Queens
1014 Neilson Street, Far Rockaway
209-30 43 Avenue, Bayside
211-01 42 Avenue, Bayside
42-11 Corporal Kennedy Street, Bayside
42-41 Corporal Kennedy Street, Bayside
210-01 43 Avenue, Bayside
210-02 42 Avenue, Bayside
84-50 Austin Street, Kew Gardens
221-35 90 Avenue
89-39 221st Place, Queens Village
42-34 212 Street
210-02 43 Avenue
45-41 39th Place, Sunnyside
41-15 50th Ave, Sunnyside

Block and Lot numbers, alternative building addresses along with the New Jersey properties may be found on the Properties Profile page.

As of November 1, 2016, there are 138 complaints and 43 open violations at  652 West 189th Street on the HPD website.

Open violations:

Open Violations – ALL DATES
There are 43 Violations. Arranged by category:  A class: 11   B class: 23    C class: 9   I class: 0
 
Apt
Story
Reported Date,
nov ISSUED
Date
Hzrd Class  Order no    Violation ID,
NOV ID
Violation Description Status
Status Date
Certify By Date
Actual Cert. Date
5D
5
2016/10/19 2016/10/21 C 790 11442881 5541332 § 27-2043.1 hmc install the missing or repair/replace the defective window guard(s) in accordance with the specifications of the new york city health code section 24 rcny chapter 12. wg to install = 1; wg to replace = 0; wg to repair = 0; located at apt 5d, 5th story, 1st apartment from east at south NOV SENT 2016/10/21 2016/11/23
5D
5
2016/10/19 2016/10/21 B 501 11442882 5541331 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair the broken or defective balance at lower sash window in the 4th room from north at east located at apt 5d, 5th story, 1st apartment from east at south NOV SENT 2016/10/21 2016/12/09
5D
5
2016/10/19 2016/10/21 B 501 11442883 5541331 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair the broken or defective balance at lower sash window in the kitchen located at apt 5d, 5th story, 1st apartment from east at south NOV SENT 2016/10/21 2016/12/09

Fire Escape
2016/09/12 2016/09/14 B 539 11389271 5513521 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code and dept. rules and regulations. remove the encumbrance obstructing egress from fire escapes air conditioner installed on 4th story balcony at front east stack at fire escape NOV CERT 2016/10/07 2016/11/02
2016/10/07
6N
6
2016/06/08 2016/06/14 B 502 11272523 5450765 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective wood floor in the 1st room from north located at apt 6n, 6th story, 3rd apartment from east at south NOV SENT 2016/06/14 2016/08/02
6M
6
2015/12/06 2015/12/08 B 550 11026657 5320641 § 27-2005 hmc:trace and repair the source and abate the nuisance consisting of mold … at ceiling(2 square feet) in the bathroom located at apt 6m, 6th story, 3rd apartment from east at south , section at west POSTP GRANT 2016/01/12 2016/01/26
6M
6
2015/12/06 2015/12/08 A 502 11026680 5320642 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective ceramic tile wall at north in the bathroom located at apt 6m, 6th story, 3rd apartment from east at south NOV SENT 2015/12/08 2016/03/26
6M
6
2015/12/06 2015/12/08 A 508 11026691 5320642 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color ceiling in the bathroom located at apt 6m, 6th story, 3rd apartment from west at north NOV SENT 2015/12/08 2016/03/26
6M
6
2015/12/06 2015/12/08 A 508 11026708 5320642 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color ceilings trim work, and all moulding in the 4th room from north located at apt 6m, 6th story, 3rd apartment from east at south NOV SENT 2015/12/08 2016/03/26
5M
5
2015/11/21 2015/11/27 B 550 11015444 5314066 § 27-2005 hmc:trace and repair the source and abate the nuisance consisting of mold … at the ceiling and wall approx. 9 sq ft at bathroom entrance in the private hallway located at apt 5m, 5th story, 3rd apartment from east at south , section at west CIV10 MAILED 2016/02/01 2016/01/15
2015/12/21
5M
5
2015/11/21 2015/11/27 A 556 11015446 5314065 § 27-2013 adm code paint with light colored paint to the satisfaction of this department the ceiling and walls in the closet in the 3rd room from east at south located at apt 5m, 5th story, 3rd apartment from east at south , section at west CIV10 MAILED 2016/02/01 2016/03/15
2015/12/21
5M
5
2015/11/21 2015/11/27 A 556 11015460 5314065 § 27-2013 adm code paint with light colored paint to the satisfaction of this department the ceiling and walls at bathroom entrance in the private hallway located at apt 5m, 5th story, 3rd apartment from east at south , section at west CIV10 MAILED 2016/02/01 2016/03/15
2015/12/21
5M
5
2015/11/21 2015/11/27 A 529 11015468 5314065 § 27-2005 adm code refit the window lower sash in the 3rd room from east at south located at apt 5m, 5th story, 3rd apartment from east at south , section at west CIV10 MAILED 2016/02/01 2016/03/15
2015/12/21
5D
5
2015/10/17 2015/10/19 B 504 10960282 5279639 § 27-2005 adm code provide escutcheon plate at riser in the kitchen located at apt 5d, 5th story, 1st apartment from east at south CIV10 MAILED 2015/12/17 2015/12/07
2015/11/11
5D
5
2015/10/17 2015/10/19 B 568 10960285 5279636 § 27-2018 admin. code: abate the nuisance consisting of roaches in the entire apartment located at apt 5d, 5th story, 1st apartment from east at south CIV10 MAILED 2015/12/17 2015/12/07
2015/11/11
5M
5
2015/09/22 2015/09/24 B 550 10873526 5208093 § 27-2005 hmc:trace and repair the source and abate the nuisance consisting of mold … approx 15 square feet at the west wall in the bathroom located at apt 5m, 5th story, 4th apartment from east at south , section at west NOV SENT 2015/09/24 2015/11/12
5M
5
2015/09/22 2015/09/24 B 508 10873551 5208093 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color east closet interior walls and ceiling in the 4th room from north at west located at apt 5m, 5th story, 4th apartment from east at south , section at west NOV SENT 2015/09/24 2015/11/12
6M
6
2012/10/17 2012/10/22 C 508 9613889 4506569 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color ceiling in the 4th room from north located at apt 6m, 6th story, 4th apartment from east at south , section at west 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2012/11/02
5M
5
2012/10/13 2012/10/15 C 790 9608865 4502790 § 27-2043.1 hmc install the missing or repair/replace the defective window guard(s) in accordance with the specifications of the new york city health code section 24 rcny chapter 12. 1wg to install = 4; wg to replace = 0; wg to repair = 2; in the entire apartment located at apt 5m, 5th story, 3rd apartment from east at south NOT COMPLIED 2015/02/20 2012/11/10
2012/11/27
1N
1
2012/08/06 2012/08/09 A 556 9531843 4464833 § 27-2013 adm code paint with light colored paint to the satisfaction of this department all peeling paint surfaces in the 1st room from north, the 3rd room from north located at apt 1n, 1st story, 6th apartment from east at south 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2012/11/26
6H
6
2012/06/02 2012/06/04 B 502 9457883 4424171 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective ceramic tiles at floor in the bathroom located at apt 6h, 6th story, 5th apartment from west at north 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2012/07/23
6H
6
2012/06/02 2012/06/04 B 579 9457886 4424171 § 27-2026 adm code repair the leaky and/or defective faucets at bathtub in the bathroom located at apt 6h, 6th story, 5th apartment from west at north 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2012/07/23
6H
6
2012/06/02 2012/06/04 B 569 9457888 4424171 § 27-2018 admin. code: abate the nuisance consisting of mice in the entire apartment located at apt 6h, 6th story, 5th apartment from west at north 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2012/07/23
6M
6
2011/09/27 2011/10/03 B 521 9132139 4266658 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code fire egress defective. remove obstructing bars or unlawful gates from window to fire escape or provide approved type gate …. in the kitchen located at apt 6m, 6th story, 7th apartment from east at south , section at west 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2011/11/21
1N
1
2011/06/08 2011/06/27 C 616 8996376 4199660 § 27-2056.6 adm code – correct the lead-based paint hazard – presumed lead paint that is peeling or on a deteriorated subsurface using work practices set forth in 28 rcny §11-06(b)(2) 1st door from north at east wall in the 1st room from north located at apt 1n, 1st story, 3rd apartment from east at south 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2011/07/28
1N
1
2011/06/08 2011/06/27 C 616 8996377 4199660 § 27-2056.6 adm code – correct the lead-based paint hazard – presumed lead paint that is peeling or on a deteriorated subsurface using work practices set forth in 28 rcny §11-06(b)(2) 1st riser from north at east wall in the bathroom located at apt 1n, 1st story, 3rd apartment from east at south 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2011/07/28
5I
5
2011/06/08 2011/06/15 C 616 8981970 4192314 § 27-2056.6 adm code – correct the lead-based paint hazard – presumed lead paint that is peeling or on a deteriorated subsurface using work practices set forth in 28 rcny §11-06(b)(2) west wall in the 3rd room from north at east located at apt 5i, 5th story, 4th apartment from west at north DEFECT LETTER 2015/02/13 2011/07/16
6M
6
2010/11/06 2010/11/08 B 521 8681900 4051346 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code fire egress defective. remove obstructing bars or unlawful gates from window to fire escape or provide approved type gate in the kitchen located at apt 6m, 6th story, 7th apartment from east at south 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2010/12/27
5I
5
2010/10/23 2010/10/29 C 617 8669177 4045363 § 27-2056.6 adm code – correct the lead-based paint hazard – paint that tested positive for lead content and that is peeling or on a deteriorated subsurface – using work practices set forth in 28 rcny §11-06(b)(2) west wall in the foyer located at apt 5i, 5th story, 4th apartment from west at north DEFECT LETTER 2015/02/13 2010/11/29
5I
5
2010/10/23 2010/10/29 C 617 8669178 4045363 § 27-2056.6 adm code – correct the lead-based paint hazard – paint that tested positive for lead content and that is peeling or on a deteriorated subsurface – using work practices set forth in 28 rcny §11-06(b)(2) south wall in the 3rd room from north located at apt 5i, 5th story, 4th apartment from west at north DEFECT LETTER 2015/02/13 2010/11/29
2010/11/19
6M
6
2010/10/24 2010/10/28 B 521 8667258 4044466 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code fire egress defective. remove obstructing bars or unlawful gates from window to fire escape or provide approved type gate .. in the kitchen located at apt 6m, 6th story, 7th apartment from east at south 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2010/12/16
6H
6
2010/02/22 2010/03/01 A 502 8301296 3878529 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective ceramic tiles at floor in the bathroom located at apt 6h, 6th story, 5th apartment from west at north 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2010/06/18
6H
6
2010/02/22 2010/03/01 A 501 8301325 3878529 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair the broken or defective intercom system at front of building and in the entire apartment located at apt 6h, 6th story, 5th apartment from west at north 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2010/06/18
6M
6
2010/01/29 2010/02/02 B 521 8261944 3860122 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code fire egress defective. remove obstructing bars or unlawful gates from window to fire escape or provide approved type gate …. in the entire apartment located at apt 6m, 6th story, 2nd apartment from east at south 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2010/03/23
2010/03/02
1D
1
2009/11/20 2009/11/24 B 508 8160004 3813712 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color the ceiling and west wall in the 1st room from east at south located at apt 1d, 1st story, 1st apartment from east at south NOT COMPLIED 2015/02/20 2010/01/12
2010/06/18
1D
1
2009/11/20 2009/11/24 B 508 8160024 3813712 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color the ceiling and east wall in the 1st room from north at east located at apt 1d, 1st story, 1st apartment from east at south NOT COMPLIED 2015/02/20 2010/01/12
2010/06/18
1D
1
2009/11/20 2009/11/24 B 508 8160035 3813712 § 27-2005 adm code repair the broken or defective plastered surfaces and paint in a uniform color the ceiling and walls in the foyer located at apt 1d, 1st story, 1st apartment from east at south NOT COMPLIED 2015/02/20 2010/01/12
2010/06/18
6H
6
2009/03/29 2009/04/07 A 501 7806584 3611095 § 27-2005 adm code properly repair the broken or defective bell-buzzer in the entrance located at apt 6h, 6th story, 5th apartment from west at north 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 2009/07/25
4I
1990/11/26 1991/03/26 C 526 * 3278725 733834 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code remove the illegal fastening double cylinder key operated lock entrance 4 sty 4 from west at north apt 4i. located at apt 4i 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 1991/04/17
4I
1990/11/26 1991/03/26 B 530 3278726 733833 § 27-2005, 2007 adm code arrange and make self-closing the doors entrance 4 sty 4 from west at north apt 4i. located at apt 4i 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 1991/05/20
4I
1990/11/26 1991/03/26 A 556 3278727 733832 § 27-2013 adm code paint with light colored paint to the satisfaction of this department east at foyer 4 sty 4 from west at north apt 4i. located at apt 4i 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 1991/07/19
4I
1990/11/26 1991/03/26 B 702 3278728 733833 § 27-2045 adm code repair or replace the smoke detector missign 4 sty 4 from west at north apt 4i wilson. located at apt 4i 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 1991/05/20
4I
1990/11/26 1991/03/26 B 579 3278729 733833 § 27-2026 adm code repair the leaky and/or defective faucets bathtub 4 sty 4 from west at north apt 4i bathroom. located at apt 4i 1 NO ACCESS 2015/02/20 1991/05/20

Complaints:

Complaint Date Complaint# SR# Apt# Complaint Condition Condtion Detail Location
10/29/2016 8160296 1-1-1323501222 6M APARTMENTONLY NO HEAT ENTRANCE
10/26/2016 8147814 1-1-1322259322 BLDG SIGNAGE MISSING ES SERV POSTING BUILDING-WIDE
10/19/2016 8126818 1-1-1319298582 BLDG GBG/RCYCLNG STG MISS CANS/LID BUILDING-WIDE
10/18/2016 8126455 1-1-1319080272 3E BLL/BZZR/INTRCM BRKN OR MISSING OTHER
10/18/2016 8126455 1-1-1319080272 3E DOOR BRKN / MISSING ENTRANCE
10/18/2016 8125898 1-1-1318838582 BLDG SIGNAGE MISSING ES SERV POSTING BUILDING-WIDE
10/18/2016 8125898 1-1-1318838582 BLDG GBG/RCYCLNG STG MISS CANS/LID BUILDING-WIDE
10/18/2016 8125761 1-1-1318782392 BLDG GBG/RCYCLNG STG ACCUMULATION PUBLIC HALL
10/17/2016 8125542 1-1-1318661972 BLDG GBG/RCYCLNG STG ACCUMULATION COMPACTOR CLOSE
10/17/2016 8125542 1-1-1318661972 BLDG DOOR NEED KEY EXIT BLDG ENTRANCE
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D DOOR FRAME FRAME BROKEN ENTRANCE
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D WINDOW FRAME LOOSE/DEFECTIVE BEDROOM
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D DOOR BRKN / MISSING ENTRANCE
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D BATHTUB FAUCET BATHROOM
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D WINDOW FRAME LOOSE/DEFECTIVE KITCHEN
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D BLL/BZZR/INTRCM BRKN OR MISSING ENTRANCE
10/17/2016 8125466 1-1-1318632542 5D DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS ENTRANCE
09/10/2016 8090466 1-1-1303358562 5J BASIN/SINK FAUCET-BROKEN KITCHEN
09/10/2016 8090305 1-1-1303255282 5J LIGHTING FIXT MISS/HANG BATHROOM
09/10/2016 8090305 1-1-1303255282 5J WALLS BULGING BATHROOM
08/30/2016 8081548 1-1-1298872832 6H FLOOR TILE BRKN/MISS BATHROOM
08/30/2016 8081548 1-1-1298872832 6H PESTS MICE ENTIRE APT
08/25/2016 8078732 1-1-1297024592 5D DOOR BRKN / MISSING BLDG ENTRANCE
08/25/2016 8078732 1-1-1297024592 5D DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS LOBBY
08/25/2016 8078729 1-1-1297024452 5D GBG/RCYCLNG STG MISS CANS/LID BUILDING-WIDE
08/25/2016 8078729 1-1-1297024452 5D FIREESCAPE DROP LAD BRKN BUILDING-WIDE
08/25/2016 8078726 1-1-1297018292 5D BLL/BZZR/INTRCM BRKN OR MISSING ENTRANCE
08/25/2016 8078724 1-1-1297018202 5D PESTS ROACHES ENTIRE APT
08/25/2016 8078720 1-1-1297023392 5D WINDOW FRAME WINDOW STUCK BEDROOM
08/25/2016 8078720 1-1-1297023392 5D BATHTUB FAUCET BATHROOM
08/25/2016 8078715 1-1-1297018062 5D DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS ENTRANCE
08/23/2016 8077130 1-1-1296170722 5D JANITOR/SUPER NO JANITOR SITE BUILDING-WIDE
08/23/2016 8077129 1-1-1296171962 5D BLL/BZZR/INTRCM BRKN OR MISSING ENTRANCE
08/23/2016 8077129 1-1-1296171962 5D PESTS ROACHES ENTIRE APT
08/23/2016 8077129 1-1-1296171962 5D DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS ENTRANCE
08/23/2016 8077129 1-1-1296171962 5D REFRIGERATOR BROKE DOOR SEAL KITCHEN
08/23/2016 8077127 1-1-1296170602 5D JANITOR/SUPER NO JANITOR SITE BUILDING-WIDE
08/23/2016 8077124 1-1-1296170522 5D PESTS ROACHES ENTIRE APT
08/23/2016 8077123 1-1-1296171622 5D WINDOW FRAME LOOSE/DEFECTIVE OTHER
08/23/2016 8077123 1-1-1296171622 5D BATHTUB FAUCET COMMUNITY BTHRM
08/23/2016 8077122 1-1-1296170462 5D DOOR BRKN / MISSING BLDG ENTRANCE
08/23/2016 8077122 1-1-1296170462 5D GBG/RCYCLNG STG ACCUMULATION BASEMENT
08/23/2016 8077122 1-1-1296170462 5D MAINTENANCE DIRTY/UNSANITRY ELEVATOR
08/23/2016 8077122 1-1-1296170462 5D WINDOW/FRAME PEELING PAINT PUBLIC HALL
08/23/2016 8077117 1-1-1296165312 5D BATHTUB BROKE/MISSING BATHROOM
08/23/2016 8077115 1-1-1296167682 BLDG GBG/RCYCLNG STG MISS CANS/LID BUILDING-WIDE
06/26/2016 8028545 1-1-1270310452 5D BATHTUB BROKE/MISSING BATHROOM
06/07/2016 8013098 1-1-1261461312 6H PESTS MICE ENTIRE APT
06/07/2016 8013098 1-1-1261461312 6H WALLS BULGING KITCHEN
06/07/2016 8013098 1-1-1261461312 6H BASIN/SINK LEAKY PIPE KITCHEN
06/03/2016 8010328 6N CEILING PLASTER PEELING PRIVATE HALL
06/03/2016 8010328 6N BASIN/SINK MISSING KITCHEN
06/03/2016 8010328 6N DOOR BRKN / MISSING ENTRANCE
06/03/2016 8010328 6N WALLS PEELING ENTIRE APT
06/03/2016 8010328 6N BATHTUB BROKE/MISSING BATHROOM
06/03/2016 8010328 6N FLOOR BRKN/DEFECTIVE ENTIRE APT
06/03/2016 8010328 6N WINDOW FRAME WINDOW STUCK ENTIRE APT
06/03/2016 8010328 6N CABINETS DEFECTIVE KITCHEN
04/04/2016 7951170 1-1-1233566562 5A PESTS BED BUGS ENTIRE APT
03/08/2016 7918256 1-1-1222144702 4J ELEC/GAS-RANGE OVEN DOOR KITCHEN
03/07/2016 7918151 1-1-1222106512 4J ELEC/GAS-RANGE PILOT LIGHT INO KITCHEN
02/24/2016 7899863 1-1-1217265012 5M WALLS PAINT DIRTY BEDROOM
02/24/2016 7899863 1-1-1217265012 5M MOLD N/A BEDROOM
02/24/2016 7899863 1-1-1217265012 5M MOLD N/A PRIVATE HALL
02/24/2016 7899863 1-1-1217265012 5M MOLD N/A BATHROOM
02/24/2016 7899863 1-1-1217265012 5M WALLS PEELING PRIVATE HALL
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F RADIATOR CRACKED/MISSING BEDROOM
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F FLOOR BRKN/DEFECTIVE KITCHEN
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F WALLS BULGING KITCHEN
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F BASIN/SINK FAUCET-BROKEN BATHROOM
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F PESTS ROACHES ENTIRE APT
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F FLOOR BRKN/DEFECTIVE BEDROOM
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F TOILET NO WATER BATHROOM
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F BATHTUB BROKE/MISSING BATHROOM
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F DOOR BRKN / MISSING ENTRANCE
02/12/2016 7868739 1-1-1212448402 3F RADIATOR CRACKED/MISSING LIVING ROOM
02/03/2016 7851021 5M WINDOW FRAME WINDOW STUCK LIVING ROOM
02/03/2016 7851021 5M WALLS PEELING OTHER
02/03/2016 7851021 5M MOLD N/A ENTIRE APT
02/03/2016 7851021 5M WALLS PAINT DIRTY BEDROOM
02/03/2016 7851021 5M WNGRDBRKN/MSNG NO CHILD < 11 ENTIRE APT
02/03/2016 7851021 5M MOLD N/A PRIVATE HALL
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F FLOOR SAGGING/SLOPING KITCHEN
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS ENTRANCE
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F PESTS ROACHES ENTIRE APT
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F BASIN/SINK FAUCET-BROKEN BATHROOM
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F FLOOR BRKN/DEFECTIVE BEDROOM
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F RADIATOR BRKN OR MISSING BEDROOM
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F RADIATOR BRKN OR MISSING LIVING ROOM
02/02/2016 7849594 1-1-1208278092 3F WALLS TILE BRKN/MISS KITCHEN
01/16/2016 7811255 1-1-1200455322 6G ENTIREBUILDING NO HEAT ENTIRE APT
01/09/2016 7793959 1-1-1197791682 2M CEILING CRACKED PRIVATE HALL
01/09/2016 7793959 1-1-1197791682 2M HEAVYFLOW AT WALL/CEIL BATHROOM
01/08/2016 7792043 1-1-1197291682 6M APARTMENTONLY NO HEAT ENTIRE APT
01/08/2016 7792013 1-1-1197317052 6D ENTIREBUILDING NO HEAT/HOT WTR BUILDING-WIDE
01/03/2016 7775711 1-1-1195048322 6M APARTMENTONLY NO HEAT ENTIRE APT
12/17/2015 7751872 1-1-1189482282 5H FLOOR BRKN/DEFECTIVE KITCHEN
12/17/2015 7751872 1-1-1189482282 5H FLOOR HOLE NOWLK AREA KITCHEN
12/08/2015 7741837 1-1-1186133392 5H FLOOR SAGGING/SLOPING KITCHEN
12/04/2015 7735807 1-1-1184482412 5E WATER-SUPPLY COLD-WATER KITCHEN
12/04/2015 7735807 1-1-1184482412 5E WATER-SUPPLY COLD-WATER BATHROOM
12/04/2015 7735800 1-1-1184486722 6M APARTMENTONLY NO HEAT ENTIRE APT
12/04/2015 7735800 1-1-1184486722 6M WALLS BULGING BATHROOM
12/04/2015 7735800 1-1-1184486722 6M MOLD N/A BATHROOM
12/01/2015 7731535 1-1-1183592792 5D BLL/BZZR/INTRCM BRKN OR MISSING BLDG ENTRANCE
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11/30/2015 7728196 1-1-1182848072 5H FLOOR TILE BRKN/MISS KITCHEN
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11/05/2015 7687929 1-1-1173359972 3E WALLS BULGING LIVING ROOM
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11/04/2015 7687281 1-1-1173072312 5D DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS ENTRANCE
11/02/2015 7685595 1-1-1172292862 5D PESTS ROACHES ENTIRE APT
11/02/2015 7685593 1-1-1172297672 5D DOOR LOCK BRKN/MISS ENTRANCE

 

 

Gale Brewer Presents Case Against airBNB to Bill de Blasio

We heart Gale Brewer. Everybody knows that.

As presented on the Manhattan Borough President’s website on June 6, 2014, Gale Brewer championed the rights and safety of ethical residential tenants and described the perils of illegal short-term rentals in a letter written to Bill de Blasio relative to the airBNB lobby proposal:

Hon. Bill de Blasio
Mayor
City Hall
New York, New York 10007

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

I write to express my concern about the ever-growing presence and efforts of the illegal hotel industry. This multi-million dollar business flouts our state and city laws and regulations and creates fire and safety hazards in thousands of residential buildings. I am asking that you oppose the illegal hotel industry’s legislation to gut the protections of New York City residents and the industry’s efforts to collect taxes on illegal activity.

As you are well aware, over the past few years, alongside tenants, advocates, my fellow electeds and City agencies, I have fought this industry in the courts as well as through legislation and enforcement efforts. I understand that members of this industry, specifically Airbnb – now valued at $10 billion – have relaunched their efforts to roll back the protective statutes. Specifically, it seeks to repeal the 2010 legislation which clarified the definition of “permanent residence”. Bills have already been introduced in Albany (A07848/S05039, A5637/S5637, and S5433) seeking to legalize the now illegal use of apartments, including affordable, rent-regulated apartments for commercial hotel use.

In the face of the State Attorney General’s intense investigation and subpoena of their records, Airbnb has recently revealed another strategy: to begin collecting hotel taxes on the transient use of residential apartments. They claim that this revenue will be sufficient to fund the Administration’s plans for the creation of new affordable housing.

The Administration must not jettison the tenant protections embodied in the current laws and regulations or accept payment on illegal activity that violates tenants’ rights. They represent not only important health and safety protections, but the recognition that residential living is qualitatively different from hotel living. In our city of apartment-dwellers “one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor,” and we share our lobbies, hallways and elevators with our neighbors. Hotel occupancy, where public areas of a building are in fact “public” and populated by transient strangers, is a very different way of living. New Yorkers who have chosen, and by their leases contracted, to live in residential buildings have the right to quiet enjoyment of that condition, and the protection of the laws that define such housing.

In addition to the dangers and nuisances posed by Airbnb’s business model, the illegal hotel industry keeps substantial numbers of affordable housing units off the market. Many tenants, seeking additional income, avail themselves of Airbnb’s services and put themselves at risk of eviction.

I look forward to hearing from your office soon.

Sincerely,

Gale A. Brewer

Brockholst Burglaries Spur Rent Strike and Article 7A Discussions

Reliable sources from tenants living at the Brockholst, 101 West 85th Street, are fed up with the apparently deficient and negligent security and safety measures in place at the building. Although RCR Management personnel at the office at 155 Riverside Drive has been apprised of the fire safety, health and security issues, there has been only cursory responses.

Currently, tenant mail packages are being stolen and a mirror attached to the wall in the lobby of the building was stolen as evidenced by the management’s video security recordings clearly showing the perpetrator in flagrante delicto on May 4, 2014 at 4:18 a.m. Yet, after 2 weeks, no police reports were filed and tenants were not notified of these incidents. If not legally required to do so, one would think that, from a moral and ethical point of view, some action would be taken or notice given. While tenured tenants are not surprised given that the fire in 2012 was a result of electrical wiring problems in apartment 6-12 where the wiring was never inspected in over 40 years, the well-documented agency complaints describing the blocking of fire exits in the basement, multiple heat and hot water complaints, children with high blood levels of lead, etc., it is noteworthy that the market rate tenants are now also antagonized.

And so it would appear that the so-called video monitoring security system is in place for RCR Management – Ari Paul, Brian Tarzik, Richard Eisenberg, and others – solely in order to snoop upon the tenants and has nothing to do with the tenants’ security or safety which apparently occupies no position of priority for the owners or management.

The tenants took it upon themselves to notify each other via their own advanced networking technology, as Ari Paul has forbidden any bulletin postings by tenants anywhere in the building. Apparently, he does not want tenants to communicate amongst themselves. Too bad. Actually, they do communicate quite well, and often.

Discussions have begun, exploring the potential for a full building rent strike until the security issues are resolved. An Article 7A proceeding in New York City Civil Court – Housing Part is also possible.

The following is copied from the NY Courts website:

Article 7A Proceedings

Article 7A of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL) allows at least 1/3 of the tenants in the building, or the New York State Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to ask the court to appoint an administrator to run the building in place of the owner, when there exists for at least 5 days any of the conditions listed in the RPAPL. For further information, you may refer to RPAPL sec. 770(1).

70. Grounds for the proceeding

1. One-third or more of the tenants occupying a dwelling located in the city of New York or the commissioner of the department of the city of New York charged with enforcement of the housing maintenance code of such city, or in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester may maintain a special proceeding as provided in this article, upon the ground that there exists in such dwellings or in any part thereof a lack of heat or of running water or of light or of electricity or of adequate sewage disposal facilities, or any other condition dangerous to life, health or safety, which has existed for five days, or an infestation by rodents, or any combination of such conditions; or course of conduct by the owner or his agents of harassment, illegal eviction, continued deprivation of services or other acts dangerous to life, health or safety.

2. If the proceeding is instituted by the commissioner of the department of the city of New York charged with enforcement of the housing maintenance code of such city, one-third or more of the tenants may, at any time thereafter during the pendency of the proceeding or after final judgment pursuant to section seven hundred seventy-six or seven hundred seventy-seven of this article, petition for substitution of themselves in place and stead of such commissioner of such department. Such substitution shall be ordered by the court unless good reason to the contrary shall be shown.

Submit 311 Complaints Online

Apartment complaints including heat/hot water, bed bugs, rodents, sewer backup, mold, water in basement, lead paint, electrical and other problems may be entered online via the City of New York 311 website.

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After your information is reported, you will receive an email with a service request number, date and time submitted, and a link for the service request details. The service request link contains the request number, creation date, request type, details, incident address, borough, status, last update, and next update due.

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Building-wide and individual apartment complaints may be entered.

Please note that heat and hot water complaints can also be addressed by requesting an independent boiler inspection.

Tenants have a right to request such an independent review, particularly in cases where the owner self-certifies or when inspections are conducted by plumbing contractors who regularly perform plumbing-related work on the property and, as such, are basically contractors loyal to the wishes of the owner.

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Pinnacle RICO Settlement Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

Published: October 1, 2013 in the New York Times

Court Upholds a Settlement Affecting 20,000 City Renters
By MIREYA NAVARRO

A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement affecting more than 20,000 rent-regulated tenants in New York City, clearing the way for them to seek individual compensation from their landlord for rent overcharges and other complaints.

In its decision on Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the 2011 settlement of the tenants’ class-action lawsuit against the Pinnacle Group, a large New York landlord, was “fair, reasonable and adequate.”

Under the Pinnacle settlement, the court concluded, all class members benefited from new procedures and “best practices” that the company agreed to follow in carrying out rent increases and evictions. The company also agreed to have a court-appointed administrator hear the tenants’ individual complaints of illegal rents and harassment and determine compensation.

The amount could reach more than $10 million, depending on how many tenants make claims, said Richard F. Levy of Jenner & Block L.L.P. who negotiated the settlement on behalf of the tenants and who said he was “exhilarated” by the court decision.

“These people have been waiting for a long time,” he said.

The tenants’ suit against Pinnacle, filed in 2007, made novel use of a law typically associated with the Mafia and other organized crime groups, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO. The tenants accused the company of engaging in a conspiracy to fraudulently increase rents in more than 400 buildings that it owned in the city. The appeals court called the tenants’ original racketeering case “a daring and unconventional effort” that achieved important benefits for the tenants under the settlement “against significant odds.”

Crooked Man

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house,
His crooked cronies he would meet, not that far from crooked creek.

RCR Management: Squatters, Teen Vandals at Bayside Manor

As published in the Queens Courier, October 4, 2012:

Squatters, teen vandals trespassing in Queens development
By Melissa Chan

A quiet Bayside development has become the target of illegal trespassing after building management refused to put locks on basement doors that welcome homeless squatters and a band of teenage vandals, residents say.

“It’s the craziest thing. I’ve been in this community for 53 years. I don’t think I’ve ever had to deal with something like this,” said Bayside Manors resident Jack Oshier, 67. “We don’t have problems like this in Bayside.”

According to Oshier, two basements in the apartment complex — located at 42-10 212th Street and 42-40 212th Street — have been facing major security issues since February, when residents learned their lower level laundry rooms had become guest houses for sleeping homeless people and a recurring group of at least 10 teenagers looking for a place to hang out and drink.

The nightly visitors, Oshier said, do not even have to break in, since they freely enter and exit through the unlocked basement doors left ajar every hour of the day.

The basements are not connected to the residential sections of the building, but residents say they are still scared to venture down at night in fear of running into an intruder.

“I don’t go at night once it gets dark, and I do all my laundry early in the morning,” said resident Debbie Sindicic. “But that’s when I find all the remnants of the night before.”

Sindicic, who has found small, empty plastic baggies lying around the basement floors, said she suspects the crashers are smoking marijuana.

Oshier said he sees the same homeless man leaving the 42-40 212th Street basement every morning and has picked up empty beer cans strewn around the basement rooms in the other building. Residents have also allegedly spotted the teens engaging in sexual activity at times, he said.

Still, officials at WPH Apartments Inc., which manages the buildings, have not lifted a finger to fix the problem, Oshier said.

“This situation has turned almost criminal,” he said. “Suppose someone gets hurt? What if someone follows a tenant into the laundry room? The majority of residents here have an animosity toward the situation because management here has a very casual attitude about what is happening.”

Management did not return calls for comment, but in a February 24 letter sent to Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, managing agent Ohad Badani promised to lock basement doors each night at 8 p.m. and to instruct staff members to inspect the laundry rooms for loiterers periodically throughout the day.

“Furthermore, in the coming months, we intend to install new building entrance doors. Once the installation of the entrance doors is completed, we will look into installing the same locks on the laundry room doors,” Badani wrote.

But more than half a year later, residents and Braunstein’s office say none of those changes have been implemented.

“It creates a dangerous element around the building,” said David Fischer, Braunstein’s chief of staff. “This is a situation where the building doesn’t seem to care about the safety of its residents.”

The 111th Precinct is “currently attempting to work with property managers to enforce trespass laws,” according to Community Affairs Officer Bill Conway. But unless building administration signs off on a trespass affidavit, police cannot make arrests, he said.

“We want it fixed,” Oshier said. “It just doesn’t make sense. What is the big deal about putting the proper security lock on a door?”

How To Organize a Tenants Association

Some of the tenants of the buildings listed on the Property Profiles page (linked on the tab, above) have already organized. However, if you have not started your tenants association yet, the following (reprinted from the Tenants & Neighbors web site) may be of assistance to you. Eventually, all tenants of these buildings will have the opportunity to join a building-wide alliance.

Step One: Examine your building carefully – get a feel for it
• How many units are there?
• How many tenants in the building?
• What kind of tenants are they
(rent controlled, rent stabilized, Section 8, etc.)
• Are repairs being neglected?
• Does the building lack heat, hot water or other basic services?
• Is there are a problem with building staff?
• Are there security issues in the building?

Step Two: Involve Your Neighbors
Start talking to your neighbors, both people you know and those you see in the elevator or hallways. You may find it difficult at first, but don’t be afraid or embarrassed. Chances are that people share your concerns. The worst that can happen is that they will not be interested. If you are really serious about organizing a tenant association, you will have to talk to people you don’t know at some point, so you might as well start now.

Tell your neighbors that you want to discuss whether the building can benefit from a tenant association. Ask them if they are interested in attending a meeting and ask them to start thinking about common needs and problems. Exchange names and telephone numbers and let them know when you will contact them about the meeting. (Keep a list so that you don’t leave anyone out.) Call the meeting within one or two weeks following these conversations so that interest doesn’t wane.

Now that you have a core group of people (4-5 is a good start) who have expressed an interest in talking about organizing your building, you are ready for a preliminary meeting to discuss forming a tenant association.

Step Three: The Preliminary Meeting
This meeting can be held in your apartment. Offer some refreshments if you can – coffee, tea and cookies are fine. Don’t start “business” right away. Let people have the opportunity to talk to each other first.
When you’re ready, introduce yourself and ask others to tell a little about themselves: how long they have lived in the building, what their interests are, and why they came to the meeting. You may be the only person to have spoken to everyone, so it’s important to share information. Give an overview of what you noted about the building. Encourage everyone to speak, but at this stage discourage people from discussing priorities.

Key Questions To Raise
• Why organize a tenant association?
• Are there common needs/problems in the building?
• What would be the purpose of a tenant association?
• What does each person want the tenant association to accomplish?

Keep in mind that this meeting is only a beginning. You may all decide that the time is not ripe for a tenant association. If, though, things seem to be moving along well, discuss calling a second, planning meeting. Ask each person to bring one additional person to the planning meeting, ideally to be held the following week. (Try not to wait more than two weeks for the next meeting.) Ask if someone else would like to host the meeting.

Step Four-A: The Planning Meeting
Basically, the process at this meeting will resemble the first, but because new people will be there, it is important to encourage their participation and ideas. Ask the new people to identify what is important to them in the building, and as a group rank issues in order of importance. Make a written list. Include any issues raised during the first meeting. Keep in mind that though this group is setting priorities it is still a small group, and these priorities are only tentative.

With this larger group of people you have the makings of a steering committee for the tenant association, though you still don’t have a tenant association yet. Begin thinking about calling a full meeting of all the tenants in your building.

Step Four-B: The Planning Meeting
How Will The Meeting Be Advertised?
Generally, a flier – a one-page announcement – is the best way to publicize the meeting. Someone on the steering committee may have an artistic skill and can design the flier. A computer can make creating fliers easier but you can do it by hand. If you’re really having trouble, you can ask a Tenants & Neighbors organizer for assistance.
In designing the flier, make sure that the DATE, TIME and PLACE of the meeting jump out at the reader. Try not to make the flier too wordy – people should know what the meeting is about by just glancing at the flier. Use simple phrases, such as:
‘Tenant Alert: Meeting to discuss forming a Tenant Association
Or
Come and Meet Your Neighbors!’
It’s a good idea to include the name and telephone number of a steering committee member in case your neighbors want more information.
Make enough fliers for everyone in the building. Ask someone in the group if they are able to duplicate the flier at their job. If this isn’t possible, look for a local printer who could reproduce the flier for free. (You can reward the business by putting its name on the flier: “Printing services donated by Joe’s copy joint”) Or look for a community center or neighborhood agency that could print the fliers.

Step Four-C: The Planning Meeting
How Will The Fliers Be Distributed?

Depending on the number of people on the steering committee, you can:
Ask members to post fliers in the hallways on their floor and leave one under the door of each apartment.
If all the floors are not represented on the steering committee ask members to do extra floors.
Once again, you have the right to distribute and post fliers in your building. However, in some buildings the management rips down the fliers or tells the tenants that such postings are not allowed. If the building staff is tearing down your fliers you just have to keep putting them up. The best way to do this is to carry a few extra fliers with you and some tape, so that when you see that a flier has been removed, it will be easy for you to replace it with a new fresh one.
If the building management is giving you a real problem with this let your Tenants & Neighbors organizer know.
In addition to distributing and posting the flier, the best way to get people to attend your meeting is to speak to them personally. You can organize a door-knocking excursion to remind tenants of the meeting and urge them to attend. Don’t forget to remind your neighbors of the meeting when you run into them, inside or outside the building.

Step Five: The Full Tenant Association Meeting
The full building meeting is the real start of a tenant association.
At your first full meeting, a planning committee with a slate of officers (president, vice president, secretary & treasurer) should be elected to lead the association for six months to a year.

Tenant associations normally hold elections annually, and some impose term limits for officers. (Tenants & Neighbors can provide by-laws and help in planning your elections.) Once officers are elected, those attending the meeting should outline possible activates and projects for the association, including later meetings. The number of tenant association meetings should be determined by the by-laws. Some tenant associations’ meet monthly, though it is better to meet about four times a year unless there is an emergency.

In addition to officers, you might want to recruit volunteers for other tenant association activities i.e. floor captains to spread the word about future meetings, door knockers to recruit more members or an artist to design posters and leaflets. Try to get as many people involved as possible.

I would also add that collecting email addresses for updates, news, meeting reminders, and fund raising can be very helpful.

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Thinking of Living in Dumont Terrace Apartments?

Below are a few reviews excerpts from tenants of Dumont Terrace Apartments from ApartmentRatings.com, providing some evidence of a reliably consistent mismanagement style:

DATE & OPINION
RECOMMEND
RATING
02/02/2010 A year of HELL NO 2.0
I was a former tenant and never want to relive that experience. There is not enough parking spaces for ALL the people who live there. There is a rule in that town that you can not park infront of the … more
08/04/2009 poor maintenance NO 2.0
these apartments were lovely and well maintained up until about 18 months ago. now the grass is cut maybe once every 3 weeks and this is in the height of summer. as i write this the grass in front of … more
04/13/2009 terrible NO 1.0
the neigbors are down right unfriendly and noisy. The apartments get a bare minimum fix up when you move in and soon after the cracks in the slapped on paint begin to appear and you realize you overpaid the realtor … more
03/15/2009 Too much noise from kids and barking dogs! NO 3.0
I have been a tenant for 20 years. I have endured screaming kids under my windows and the barking dog in the ground floor apartment as well as yapping dogs in this court. No upgrades are made for current tenant (ie … more
08/20/2007 So far so good YES 3.0
I moved in here a few weeks ago and I found and read all these reviews after I signed the lease…I got real nervous. But everything has been great! The kitchen, windows, and vanity in the bathroom is all new. … more
08/14/2007 I enjoyed every minute of this place except…. YES 3.0
06/12/2007 The worst place to live in NJ NO 1.0
04/12/2007 Shocked!!! NO 1.0
01/17/2007 Steer Clear of Rental Agent!!!!!!!! NO 2.0
07/24/2006 Speaking from Experience NO 1.0
07/23/2006 BEWARE NO 1.0
03/14/2005 avoid at all costs NO 2.0
11/11/2004 Go for better if you can… NO 2.0
08/30/2004 OVERALL AWFUL NO 1.0
04/09/2003 better than a cardboard box? maybe NO 3.0

Original link: http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/NJ-Dumont-Dumont-Terrace-Apartments.html#ixzz0m4XbszQb

Capo Ari Paul Orders Tenant Garden Destruction

In an April 15, 2008 article entitled THEY PAVED PARADISE: FLOWER FUROR ON W. SIDE, Chris Erikson of the New York Post reports that Regina Metropolitan Company’s managing agent, Ari Paul of RCR Management Services, ordered the destruction of a thriving 300 square foot plot at 27 W. 96th St. that a rent stabilized tenant couple had tended for 15 years, despite the pleas of block residents and the building’s tenants who signed petitions and sent faxes pleading with the owner to spare the garden.

Before the destruction

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Apparently, his henchmen ripped up/trashed close to 200 plants worth thousands of dollars – including rare varieties that were starting to bud, which devastated tenants in the building. His letter claimed that he was removing the garden to keep the building “free of health and safety issues.”

Many in the building noted that the garden had never created a problem and called the botanical blitzkrieg a hostile act toward rent-stabilized and rent-controlled tenants.

Jeff (pictured here and captioned “From Bloom to Gloom”) and Louise Kindley, a writer and a social worker who started the garden 15 years ago, had filled it with foxgloves, delphiniums and other blooms from upstate.

After the destruction

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Ari Paul did not return telephone calls to the New York Post for comment. Now that’s a surprise.