Luxury Living at 350 E. 52nd Street is back with Season Two!

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Back by popular demand, we are disgusted to present season two of
The East 52nd Street Reality Show ~ Luxury Living in Midtown.

[Scene: East 52nd Street is quiet and calm early on Saturday morning.  Resident Cast Members (RCM’s) assemble on the sidewalk just outside the lobby gazing up at the side of the building. Snippets of conversation echo above background chatter]

RCM-1 “Remember when we moved in and the building had an awning?”

RCM-2 “What the hell?”

RCM-3 “OMG!!. . .  where do you live? Oh, I live in the Domino’s Building. I can’t believe this is happening”

RCM-1 “Believe it.  Do you think they paid him? They probably paid him. I’m surprised there’s not a billboard on the roof. Oh, I forgot there’s no room on the roof. It jam packed with cell towers.  Income from the cell towers isn’t enough?  Nothing’s enough.”

[Camera zooms in to close up of the awning that once was. . . .]

awning

RCM -3 “Does it light up at night? Did someone say Domino’s paid Bill Koeppel to hang that sign there?”

RCM – 5 “Which do you think is worse, the sign or the hideous exhaust fan that saturates the lobby and the sidewalk with the smell of pizza?”

2015-04-06 15.04.52

RCM -2 “I really think the worst is the blue plastic, urine soaked, pizza dough delivery trays that get peed on by every passing dog . . . . pee and pizza – what a combination – especially on a hot summer’s day! ”

dominos building (1)

RCM’s head up first avenue to the Madison Diner to catch up on the last years worth of Koeppel lawsuits, the class action suit, building vermin, and all the  most current and egregious happenings in The Domino’s Building.

Stay tuned for regularly scheduled up-coming episodes of the East 52nd Street Reality Show!

Public Service Announcement

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Important Notice!

We take a break from our scheduled program to offer a public service announcement for all potential Resident Cast Members:

For anyone considering renting an apartment at 350 East 52nd Street, please note the following:

The landlord, William Koeppel is renting rent stabilized units at market rate prices but will have you sign a rider to protect himself from being sued.  There is a current class action lawsuit against William Koeppel for charging market rents while claiming the J-51 tax abatement for rent stabilized units.

Once your lease is up, you can expect a rent increase in excess of $3,000!

Yes, you read that correctly.   Residents with a $4,200 lease for 2 bedroom apartment in the building recently received a lease renewal for  $7,281.00.

That’s a 73% increase!!

(I don’t know about you, but if I were ever in a position to pay over $7,000.00 a month in rent, I would not want to see roaches all over the laundry room, I would expect the building to have a real number sign at the entrance, doormen without criminal records, UPS delivery, visitor announcements, garbage removal, a fresh paint job, maybe a gym . . .  I’m just saying . . .)

    

Other recent actual renewal leases for studio apartments:

1 bedroom: rented at $3,000 with a promise of no increase until 2014, first year actual renewal lease arrived for $5,400.

Studios:

$2,100 current rent; renewal offered for $3,056.55

$5,000 current rent; renewal offered for $7,750

$2,850  current rent; renewal offered for  $3,751.60

$1,900  current rent; renewal offered for  $3,116.81

$2,025   current rent; renewal offered for  $2,418

$2,100   current rent; renewal offered for  $2,500

There is an Application For A Rent Reduction Based On Decreased Building-wide Services  against William Koeppel for a gross reduction in services which include but are not limited to, the following: (edited from actual complaint – read entire complaint here)

Unattended Lobby: the Association has documented times and dates for failure to provide a full-time doorman.

Unauthorized Access: guests are granted access without buzzing and on one occasion a female tenant came home to her ex –boyfriend who was sitting on her couch. Not only was access granted but the spare key was given to the guest – TWICE!

Employee Screening
: failed to conduct background checks on any of the employees working at the Building (resulting in criminals working here who were arrested while on duty) Workers have verified that they are not screened and are being paid “off the books” and have access and control of the Building.

Garbage: We have always received daily pickup and now at best the garbage is picked up once a week. Merely piling the garbage up on the side of the building to be picked up at your leisure in unacceptable and is clearly a bona fide decrease in Services.

Bed Bugs: The Association has evidence that Assured Environments Pest Control screened for bedbugs in Apt. 7C, which came back positive for bedbug skins.  According to the Building’s former manager, and other reliable sources, two other apartments, including 2D, currently occupied by Tom Martini, have also had bedbugs.  To add insult to injury you have the nerve and audacity to tell me and others, when questioned about the bedbug situation, that you “didn’t owe anybody proof” that the situation had been adequately addressed.  You then told me “don’t let the bedbugs bite”. Not only is this false but you are REQUIRED BY LAW TO NOTIFY THE TENANTS
 
Mice: The Association has proof, namely the former building manager (see Tom Martini, as well as several current and former Tenant’s, regarding the serious rodent problem at the Building. Two (2) tenants have recently broken their lease and there are numerous other complaints of mice throughout individual apartments as well as the common areas of the Building.

Roaches: There have been numerous complaints of roaches and other Vermin, caused by the Garbage (see #2 above). See photo attached as Exhibit B

Maggotts: As evidenced by this video the garbage is a health hazard when it sits long enough to grow maggots http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eisWJLIT_K0

Fed Ex and UPS Deliveries: Our “Luxury Building” no longer receives UPS deliveries (as their union will not cross the picket line)

Doorman Service: In addition to the lack of security provided by the Doormen (see #1 above) the Association has also experienced a drastic decrease in typical doorman service we expect as a “luxury building”. They include, but are not limited to the following:
i.      Helping with packages and groceries
ii.      Holding the door open
iii.      Unattended front desk
iv.      Doormen on phone & busy texting
v.      Daily, doormen mis-mark deliveries & give to the wrong tenants
vi.      Missing Packages

Awning: The awning serves to protect tenants from the elements and its removal is a decrease in Building Services

Harassment: On November 30, 2011 you (William Koeppel) attempted to illegally evict the recently fired manager of the Building,  (Apt. 2D), twice.  The 17th precinct realized that he cannot be removed except through court action.  On November 30, 2011 you LIED to Brooklyn detectives working on President Obama’s detail, that there was a squatter posing a threat in the Building, despite the fact that earlier that same day the local precinct had already advised you that court action was your only means of recourse.

During the second attempt to have Tom arrested, a tenant was approached by Brian Rexroat, an executive with “Modern Staffing” (the replacement firm you retained that had employed Tom Martini), and said to tenant “you look like a dick sucker”.  (One of many harassment incidents)

Security Deposit Confiscation: Former tenants have made it clear that you (William Koeppel) regularly keep security deposits after tenants leave (over-stating damage to the apartment or giving no reason what so ever).

Failure to Pay Interest on Security Deposit:  I am sure that you (William Koeppel) are aware that Tenant’ssecurity deposit is subject to the terms of General Obligations Law §  7-103, Accordingly, please also allow this letter to act as formal request for you to provide each and every Tenant with a breakdown of interest earned from the date in which their respective Lease was signed through the end of the 2011 calendar year, along with a check for any interest earned on their security.

Chain Lock: Landlords of multiple dwellings in New York City must also install a chain-door guard on the entrance door to each apartment so as to permit partial opening of the door. (Multiple Dwelling Law Sec. 51-a, 51-c; NYC Admin. Code Sec. D26-20.05)  This is even more important in light of the security risk causes by the lack of Services.

Cell Masts/Towers/Base Units: You (WIlliam Koeppel) have entered into agreements with cell phone providers that lease space for 28 cell masts as the Building.
 
Heat: You (William Koeppel)  have failed to provide heat in accordance with Multiple Dwelling Law § 79; Mul tiple Residence Law § 173; NYC Admin. Code § 27-2029,

Broker Fees: You (William Koeppel) have been illegally requiring Tenants to pay a broker fee to your wife (Jean Koeppel), despite the fact that she is NEVER involved with any of the lease negotiations nor has she assisted in obtaining the apartment. As you are aware, the broker must assist the Tenant in finding and obtaining an apartment before a commission may be charged.  In addition, under the Rent Stabilization Code, a broker’s commission may be considered “rent” in excess of legal rent when there is too close of a business or financial connection between the broker and the landlord. 9 NYCRR § 2525.1.

and if that isn’t enough to make you think twice about residing at 350 East 52nd Street, here is the list of complaints presented to the 17th precinct at a community board meeting addressing additional incidents:

Multiple unauthorized entrants

Unattended lobby (too many times to count)

Apartment keys given out without authorization
on many occasions

Multiple Sleeping Doormen

Physical altercations in lobby endangering tenants
& resulting in arrests

Disconnected phone line from lobby to resident apartments, granting
no access in an emergency (or to announce a guest!)

Doormen using weapons

Convicted criminals running the building

No chain locks as required by law

Vandalism – rugs slashed, gate removed

Theft of tenant security deposits

Illegal broker fees collected

Un-addressed bedbug, rodent and
maggot incidents

Hazardous storage of garbage

Dangerous looking men allowed
access to building premises in the
middle of the night to haul garbage

No UPS delivery or other union services

Opened tenant packages

Missing tenant packages

Doormen urinating in waste paper basket

Extreme foul language in front of and TO tenants

Staffing Agency Owner, Jim Rexroat, is dangerous, threatening & sports multiple criminal records including theft, writing worthless checks, exposure of sexual organ, indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious behavior and failing to remit taxes!  

[Note that Jim Rexroat owns the SECURITY company that places the temporary staff at 350 East 52nd Street.]

*

If you are considering a move to 350, please take a good look around this site so that you don’t find yourself in an unexpected bad situation.  Please know that although you may find our reality show humorous, the incidents are all real and often dangerous.

Billy’s Bills

Tags

, , , , , , ,

William Koeppel  sued AGAIN!!  $88,817.69

Bill Koepell doesn’t like bills.  So rather than pay them he waits to be sued. Recently sued again, Koeppel alleged that the legal fees charged back in 2009 are unreasonable, duplicitive and that plaintiff has over billed him!

[Resident Cast Members (RCM’s) can’t help but to double over in hysterics as they discuss their illegal and outrageously high rents & compared them to the stabilized rates the apartments warrant under NY law]

There is a long list of people William Koeppel has failed to pay but today’s episode focuses on William’s latest lawsuit.

[Rehearsal: RCM’s review notes from way back in time –  a time when 350 East 52nd Street was a respectable residence.  A time when William Koeppel was suing his own mother for control of her building; the time when he insinuated that his  mother killed her husband and Bill Koeppel tried to convince the courts to exhume his own father’s body; the time William Koeppel told the press he was raised in a dog cage]

Back when William Koeppel was fighting his family to get every penny he thought was possible from his deceased father’s estate, he hired an attorney with whom he signed a letter of engagement, agreeing upon fees charged by the attorney.  The letter was crystal clear – you can read it here: Exhibit A-Retainer Letter

Naturally, the law firm  had to sue William to collect the fee William had agreed upon. You can read the summons and complaint about that here: DLA v BK Summons and Complaint . For additional reading about this case, see Billy’s Briefcase .

We understand that is a lot of reading and probably more time than you want to spend on anything concerning William Koeppel, therefore, today’s episode will offer a recap of Bill’s latest scandal.

[Scene: (Narrated by RCM-1)  RCM-2  sits outside of 350 East 52nd Street with striking staff holding a pile of paperwork from Bill’s latest lawsuit. Striking workers shake their heads in disbelief ]

[RCM-1] Despite DLA Piper’s good faith attempts to recover the outstanding billed amounts, Mr. Koeppel and Whitehouse have failed to honor and comply with their obligations under their agreement with DLA Piper, and have failed to pay the outstanding $88,817.69 due and owing to DLA Piper.

[RCM-2] Check this out, guys – WK is being sued for not paying another bill!  He owes so many people money at this point, we can’t even get non-union service people to come to 350. Word has it that even the painter quit because WK wouldn’t pay him.  Anyway he’s now trying to stiff one of his past lawyers to the tune of $88,817.69.

[RCM-1] The court document states:

The record demonstrates that the legal fees earned under the 2006 retainer were fair and reasonable given the complexity of the matter, the firms’ legal experience and long association with William, the considerable time expended on the matter and the very favorable result obtained (see Rules of Professional Conduct [22 NYCRR 1200.0] rule 1.5, formerly Code of Professional Responsibility DR 2-106 [22 NYCRR 1200.11(b)]).
Moreover, the 2006 retainer was openly negotiated, addressed William’s liquidity
problems, and was independently reviewed by his outside counsel.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER

OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

[Striking workers and RCM’s clap & jump for joy. Wooo hooo’s could be heard as far away as 51st street]

RCM Episode Review Notes:

Daily News Sept. 8, 1998
The New York millionaire who once said that his mother locked him in a dog cage is biting back.
Real estate heir William Koeppel sued his mother, Roberta, over the family’s estimated $48 million fortune last year in Manhattan Surrogate Court, challenging her handling of properties that he’s due to inherit from his father, Robert. Now he also wants his father’s body exhumed, sources say.
Koeppel, 39, a former fund-raiser for Mayor Giuliani, wouldn’t talk about it. But a cousin, Steven, says some family members “found the death and the circumstances surrounding the death highly unusual.”
Robert Koeppel, who built a property empire in New York and Florida, apparently was felled by a heart attack in 1996 at age 84.
But there was no autopsy and the family finds it curious that, hours after discovering her husband’s body in their $5 million Fifth Ave. apartment, Roberta Koeppel had his office safes delivered to her and drilled open.
Roberta, 61, said in court papers that the safes held stock certificates. Her attorney, Edward Walsh, said she simply “did precisely what an executor is required to do: find out what the decedent owned.”
Walsh adds that “I am quite confident Mr. Koeppel died of natural causes. He was not in the best of health. You don’t have autopsies in situations like this.”
William Koeppel is said to fear that his father met with foul play. He also has told friends that he suspects the safes his mother opened held a priceless watch collection and corporate documents that could help his case against her.
Sources say William and other family shareholders are now trying to wrest away control of three New York City buildings that Roberta manages. The question is who should run those buildings and who will get the houses, the yacht and a $3,000 set of golf clubs.
William – who pleaded guilty in 1996 to pressuring tenants and brokers to contribute to the Giuliani campaign is said lately to be urging the IRS to investigate Roberta and the Koeppel estate.
“We’ve received no notice of any kind from the IRS,” Walsh says.
William would not say whether he’s trying to get the IRS to audit his mother, but in a deposition he admitted to having warned his father that the elder Koeppel was “sowing the seeds of destruction with all his tax evasion.”
He also said in a deposition that his parents fought constantly and that his father once told him: “I have a tightrope to walk. She is out of control and crazy.”
Cousin Steven claims “there was a lot of hate” in the Koeppels’ 40-year marriage.
But according to Roberta, it was William who hastened the patriarch’s death.
“I don’t think he took a knife or gun to him, but his actions were just as lethal,” Roberta, said in court papers. She also said that William “badgered” his dad relentlessly for property ownership and that he once even knocked the arthritic old man to the floor.
William insists he did no such thing. “I always loved and respected my father,” he told us. “We were the best of friends and business partners.”
Which is more than he’ll say about his mother, who he said kept him kenneled and sedated as a child. Roberta has responded that her son is “pathetic” and a “lost soul” but denied any child abuse. In fact, she has accused him of grabbing and twisting her arm, dousing her clothes with a flammable liquid and planting an eavesdropping device in her bedroom. In 1995, she won an order of protection against him.
William, who admits that his gun collection includes an Uzi, has disputed all those charges. But he did try to have his mother arrested in 1996 for attempting to remove items from a Palm Beach condo they’re fighting over.
The matter is due for trial in December.

Ready, Set . . . Jump!!

Tags

, , ,

If you’ve tuned in to the 350 East 52nd Street Reality Show just one time, you’re probably aware that building owner, William Koeppel has used a number of unconventional methods to rid the building of tenants so that he can turn over the rent stabilized apartments and collect higher market rate rents. (If you’re new to this show and find yourself thinking, that seems illegal, well, it is. see lawsuit).

On this weeks episode, we introduce you to William Koeppel’s latest effort to eliminate his pesky tenants.

[Scene:  15th floor.  Long hallway leads to out door sun deck shared by Resident Cast Members (RCM’s). One of few remaining vestiges of “luxury building”.]

Ready to enjoy a bit of sunshine and company, RCM – J steps off the elevator on the 15th floor when he is alarmed by the new addition to the entrance of the sun roof.

Emergency exit to where?  If there was an actual emergency, RCM’s wonder, what is the plan here?

Once through the emergency exit, be ready to jump.  Here is what you’ll find on the other side of the emergency door:

For rehearsal purposes only, we offer an older photo of the sun deck.  One kind RCM purchased a pool for all tenants to enjoy. Upon discovery of tenant enjoyment, William promptly instructed temporary staff to confiscate and destroy the pool.  RCM’s will not have to worry about the pool obstructing emergency exit.

Because there is no actual exit on the 15th floor sun deck, RCM’s will jump to safety.  Here would be the landing point, 15 floors below:

Warning:  Please do not try this at home.

Turtle Bay tenants, alleging illegal deregulation, granted class action status

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Landlord charged market rate while receiving J-51 tax credit, group says

August 07, 2012 03:30PM 
By David Jones

A New York State Supreme Court judge on Monday granted class action status to a suit by tenants who claim that their landlord illegally deregulated 72 apartments in a luxury Turtle Bay rental.

Nine tenants at the 137-unit Whitehouse, at 350 East 52nd Street, alleged that landlord William Koeppel charged tenants market rate rents for 20 years, even though he received J-51 tax breaks from the city. The court in in the landmark 2009 Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village case ruled that landlords could not deregulate units while receiving those benefits.

Class action status means that the final ruling would apply not only to existing tenants, but also to those who have moved out of the building and future tenants, too. “The named plaintiffs and the putative class members share a common goal — namely, ensuring that the landlord charges tenants of the apartment building no more than the maximum legal rent,” Judge Ajay Singh wrote in his opinion. “…That they be afforded the protections of the [Rent Stabilization Law and Rent Control Law] and that they receive compensation for past overcharges.”

Tenants at the 11,000-plus-unit Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village complex won a landmark ruling requiring landlords to give back hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds to tenants afterthey charged market rent to tenants when the landlord received J-51 benefits. That ruling required landlords to reduce existing rent and to refund rent to previous tenants. Since then, allegations have been made against landlords across the city, including at London Terrace Gardens, in Chelsea.

“Landlords are not uniformly changing all apartments back to rent stabilization,” Matthew Brinkerhoff, co-counsel for the tenants, toldThe Real Deal. “Landlords are either resisting or trying to interpret the ruling from a couple of years ago to try to minimize the amount of overcharge.”

However, Koeppel downplayed the impact of the decision, tellingThe Real Deal that the judge’s ruling was merely a procedural decision that would help make the case easier to manage. “It’s just that the judge is looking for judicial efficiency,“ he said. “The case is meritless.”

He said the building is fully rented, and that the units, which include studios and one-bedrooms, are rapidly turning over, and generating starting rents of between $3,500 to $4,000 a month.

The building has been the subject of protest by tenants and employees, including a 2011 strike by doormen and porters over a dispute with Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

East 52nd Street Garbage Dump

Tags

, , , , ,

Nearly 9 months ago William Koeppel removed the awning from the front of East 52nd Street for the sole purpose of making the striking workers uncomfortable. Almost immediately several compassionate Resident Cast Members (RCM’s) purchased a tent for the striking employees, which foiled William Koeppel’s mal-intentioned plan (see here).  Of course WK did not consider the residents of his building or, have concern for their discomfort.

One of the nice things about renting in a building with a awning is that residents are able to hail a cab in the snow or pouring rain without getting soaked, or, unload their belongings from the car without concern of ruining their laptops or drenching their babies.  In the summer, when all air conditioners are running, the awning protects RCM’s from the constant dripping of water from the units. This is one reason people agree to pay extra for “luxury apartments”. Here at 350 East 52nd Street, we just pay extra for no apparent reason.     

Every single day since the beginning of June there has been a puddle directly outside the front door. It is nearly impossible to plan an exit / entrance to the building without getting at least one large drop of air conditioner juice on one’s head.  week after week, this can become fairly annoying. We think it may be WK’s attempt to drive RCM’s out of the building using his own version of Chinese water torture.   

Here’s our resident puddle.  No matter how hot and sunny, it ceases to dry as the stream of water is continuous.

Our awning has been stored for nearly 9 months in the alley between 340 and 350 East 52nd Street along with the rest of the trash.   All RCM’s on the west side of our building get to enjoy this view daily:

Complaint letters to Duell Management Co. continue to go unanswered. RCM’s are left to wonder why Duell Management continues to represent William Koeppel’s buildings.  Might there be something we don’t know about the relationship with Koppel & Duell?  Stay tuned as we poke around in an attempt to uncover the answer . . .

Neighborhood Art

Tags

, , , ,

Some people despise graffiti & outdoor wall art. But sometimes it’s quite beautiful and many times it communicates an important message to it’s viewers.  Resident Cast Member’s of the 350 East 52nd Street Reality Show discovered this impressive art work on 1st Avenue this morning. 

This is a public service announcement.

###

Vacation Over

Tags

, , , , , ,

It appears that the vacation is over for resident cast members of the East 52nd Street Reality Show. The psychopath has returned from Palm Beach and as impossible as it may be to believe, he seems to be sicker than ever. William Koeppel displays his most despicable behavior to date in this weeks episode.

This show contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing
and is intended for mature audiences only.  

Viewer discretion advised.

*

  • [Scene: the striking workers of 350 East 52nd Street remain loyal to the residents by continuing the strike after more than one year. The mood is somber.  Sammy, one of our most beloved strikers, has just returned from burying his brother earlier in the week.  Sammy’s brother lost his battle to a long and painful illness at the age of just 62 years old. The grief was palpable and Sammy is comforted by his extended family at 350.]
  • [Take 1]
Enter William Koeppel.
William Koeppel waddles up the sidewalk bearing his disturbingly fake smile, wearing his signature sun glasses & clutching his attache, of course.  He walks right up to Sammy and proceeds to vomit the following:
 * 
“Unemployment is almost up – You better get a job soon or you’re going to wind up dead like your brother”.  He promptly waddled into the building for refuge.
*
  • 3 days later. Same scene – only this time Sammy is accompanied by his little boy, Sammy Jr., age 9.
  • [Take 2]
Enter William Koeppel.
William Koeppel waddles up the sidewalk bearing his disturbingly fake smile, wearing his signature sun glasses & clutching his attache, of course.  He walks right up to Sammy and proceeds to vomit the following:
 *
“Unemployment is almost up – You better get a job soon or you’re going to wind up dead like your brother”.

  

*

Again! Twice in 3 days!

*

William promptly attempts to waddle into the building for refuge but can’t waddle quite fast enough this time.
Sammy steps in front of the uncivilized lowbrow and tells him what an ass he is & never to speak like that in front of his son again.  RCM’s, strikers and other witnesses are amazed at how Sammy is able to hold back from squashing the vulgarian right into the sidewalk and then kick him down the sewer where he belongs.
William is scared.  Very scared. He weasels his way inside the building and demands the Modern Staffing temp workers call the police because Sammy is harassing him. The police are called.  
  • [scene: Lobby-  giant lightbulb hovers over William Koeppel as the words to a thought appear – text inside lightbulb reads: Oh shit! Sammy wasn’t harassing me,  I  was harassing Sammy! I better scram before the NYPD arrives”]
With the fastest waddle we’ve seen to date, William Koeppel makes his way down East 52nd Street and disappears on Second Avenue.  
The police arrive and are visibly pissed off by Koeppel wasting their time once again.
###

summer staff

Tags

, , , , ,

Earl, the former daytime doorman will continue to play the part of building manager. Jesus,  Daniel, FrederickBrandon, Ron Steve will be starring as the 3:00 – 11:00 doorman.

Daniel’s brother Julien will replace Daniel as the weekend porter –  but until Darien (jailed) gets back from jail (Darien will not be coming back anytime soon)  Julien, a mystery man Steve new mystery man will fill in as porter.

Raymond, another porter has taken some time off from the show to recover from a car accident he had several weeks ago on his way to pick up the UPS packages for 350 East 52nd Street. Update: Raymond has returned.

Chris, the original weekend porter, has also been filling in as doorman recently with hopes of remaining full time. Chris got the job.  Mystery man gets porter position. The mystery weekend porter, whose name we never knew, got fired. We now have new, new mystery weekend porter who we will introduce as soon as someone introduces him to the residents.  Modern Staffing demoted Chris from full time day doorman back to weekend only porter while Carlos is hired to be the 7:00 – 3:00 weekday doorman and Curtis will work the weekend day shift. Shaheen will work weekday nights.  When asked why Chris hasn’t been her for several weeks, the common answer is “I dunno”.  It appears as though Chris is no longer. . . Chris. Will we have a weekend porter? Stay tuned!

Finally, the night shift;  Joey Shaheen will be the weekend guy and JacobRanfiDaquan, Mohamad, we have no idea who will work  weeknights at the moment. *Update*  New week night guy – Ravi.  You are now up to speed.

Rumor has it that Modern Staffing slug, Brian Rexroat, has been spotted in midtown. You’ve been warned.

Coming up William Koeppel’s most despicable behavior to date.  Be sure to stay tuned.

Staff Update

Tags

, , ,

Earl, the former daytime doorman will continue to play the part of building manager. Jesus,  Daniel, Frederick, Brandon, Ron will be starring as the 3:00 – 11:00 doorman.

Daniel’s brother Julien will replace Daniel as the weekend porter –  but until Darien (jailed) gets back from jail (Darien will not be coming back anytime soon)  Julien, a mystery man will fill in as porter.

Raymond, another porter has taken some time off from the show to recover from a car accident he had several weeks ago on his way to pick up the UPS packages for 350 East 52nd Street. Update: Raymond has returned.

Chris, the original weekend porter, has also been filling in as doorman recently with hopes of remaining full time. Chris got the job.  Mystery man gets porter position. The mystery weekend porter, whose name we never knew, got fired. We now have new mystery weekend porter who we will introduce as soon as someone introduces him to the residents.  Modern Staffing demoted Chris from full time day doorman back to weekend only porter while Carlos is hired to be the 7:00 – 3:00 weekday doorman and Curtis will work the weekend day shift.

Finally, the night shift;  Joey Shaheen will be the weekend guy and JacobRanfi, Daquan, Mohamad works weeknights at the moment.

Our striking doormen remain outside to the dismay of residents and area neighbors.  Union 32bj has reignited it’s commitment by organizing rallies on Tuesdays and Thursdays, inviting union members from surrounding buildings to join in the noise making. We honor our doormen for having the strength and dedication to persevere. They do this not for their own good, but for their commitment to the union, as they understand that the intent of the replacement staffing company is to use 350 East 52nd Street as their entry into taking over all union buildings in the city.  You are invited to be a part of our reality show by stopping by and offering our men words of encouragement, or help in any way you can.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.”
 – H. Jackson Brown 

Elevator Outrage

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

April 30th 7:30pm – One of two elevators inoperable.

April 30th 9:30pm – Two of two elevators inoperable.

May 1st.  It’s now 9:30 am and not only are both elevators still not working, there is no sign of an elevator maintenance company on East 52nd Street. After all, why should landlord William Koeppel care, as he enjoys himself in Palm Beach, no doubt laughing his ass off at the enormous rents he is collecting for his ‘Luxury Rental Building’ on East 52nd Street.

There are at least 6 elderly people in the building that in no way could make it up or down the stairs in the event of an emergency.  We have physically challenged people, people with injuries, heart conditions, babies and pregnant women.  One resident cast member was forced to carry her 13 year old, 70lb dog up 12 flights of stairs after waiting 2 hours in the lobby for the elevator repair people to arrive. They never did.

Resident cast members are fuming  and there have been numerous complaints to 311 this morning.

Just like with past incidents of strangers being given unauthorized access to our apartments, when residents complained with no relief, we ask ourselves, “Are we waiting for an actual rape or murder before our rights are recognized?”

Today as we shlep up and down many flights of stairs with our pets and children in tow in an attempt to get to work, we pray that there will be no emergency situations that will endanger the people left alone in their apartments who would be unable to escape or help themselves.  Are we anticipating a fatality? No.  Is it possible? Of course.  We’ll just wait & see.

Company!

Tags

, , ,

While the resident cast prepares to catch you up on recent events at 350 East 52nd Street, the good people from Union 32BJ have agreed to do several episodes each week.  Here are some scenes from this weeks union visit:

And boy, do the peeps from 32BJ know how to make some noise!  Last week they came to visit twice and each time brought more friends.  They even invited folks from other unions who were delighted to be seen as extras in the East 52nd Street Reality Show. Even more newbies are expected this week.  Stay tuned.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Every once in a while our silly Resident Cast Members like to interrupt our grueling schedule with some recreation.  Here is this weeks challenge.  Study the picture below (taken at 10:12 pm on April 5th).

The first person to respond with the correct answer will be eligible to win a brand new dead bolt lock in brass, chrome or nickel finish!

*See details, contest rules & regulations below.

*

The Ultimate in a Full Service Building!

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Here at East 52nd Street all of the cast & crew have been given the opportunity to pay exorbitant rents in exchange for services that truly go above and beyond other doorman buildings in midtown.   For instance, the doorman will graciously give your key to anyone, just for the asking. Where else can one get that kind of service? Only at 350!

[scene: Early on Saturday morning, March 31st, Resident Cast Member X (RCM-X) sits with his coffee and his thoughts in the privacy of his own living room at 350 East 52nd Street. To the shock and surprise of RCM-X, the door to his apartment opens and in walks a complete stranger. Scene begins with RCM-X flying off couch in surprise as steaming hot coffee spills onto couch, carpet and self]

RCM-X:  OMG! Jesus Christ!  Who are you??? What are you doing in my apartment?

Stranger: I don’t know.

RCM-X: Get the [bleep!] out of my home!

            Now!

Stranger scurries back into hallway.  After calming heart palpitations and icing burns on body, RCM-X storms down to lobby where he finds new weekend doorman who appears to be about 17 years old.  RCM-X asks the child “manning” the lobby how the [bleep!] someone had the key to RCM – X’s [bleeping] apartment and what the [bleep] was going on.  The door-child was pretty close to a complete loss for words and then offered the following explanation:  They asked me for the keys to apartment 12-X.

RCM-X: So you just gave them my keys?

Door-Child: Yes.

RCM-X:  What he [bleep] is wrong with you? 

About this time RCM-L returns from morning walk with dog and enters lobby of 350.

RCM-X says to RCM-L, “This guy just gave my keys to a complete stranger who just walked into my apartment!  What should I do?”

RCM-L: “Someone just walked in on you in your apartment?  Did you call the police? I would call the police”.

RCM-X turns to door-child and demands he find the stranger –  “NOW!” and stranger is summoned to lobby for questioning.  Door-child begins shaking and tells self how sorry he is. He becomes wrought with fear over the possibility of losing his job after only 3 weekends on duty. Both resident cast members take a few seconds to contemplate the moment. Suddenly, the intruding stranger emerges from elevator bank and rounds the corner into the lobby to answer to RCM-X.

RCM-X: How did you get the keys to my apartment? Who are you?

Stranger: I asked the doorman for them. I hope I didn’t get him in trouble – this was a mistake.

RCM-X: Who are you???

Stranger: Charlene.

RCM-X: Why did you have the keys to my apartment?  Do you live here? Do you know anyone who lives in this building? Have you ever been to this building before? Do you know the doorman? How did you even get in the building?

Charlene explains to the irate RCM that she did not live in the building, had never been to the building before, did not know the door-child, had come to clean an apartment on the 2nd floor and there had been a mistake at the “office”, as they had instructed her to go to apartment 12-X rather than 2-X.    

RCM-X asked Charlene the name of her cleaning company to which Charlene replied, “Well it’s really just me and my husband. We advertise our cleaning services on Craigslist and someone from this building called. When my husband got the call, he must have wrote [sic] down the wrong apartment number”.

RCM-X: So you don’t know the person who called you, you have never been to 350 East 52nd Street before, you ran an ad on Craigslist and the doorman just handed you my keys?

Charlene: Yes, I hope I didn’t get him in trouble.

To be continued. . . 

WARNING& DISCLAIMER:
Modern Staffing employees, who are only required to write their first and last name on a post it and have no proper training, do not warrant their ability to provide the tenants with a safe and secure environment, commiserate with the advertised “Luxury Living” standard. Tenants shall look solely to Modern Staffing and William Koeppel who shall remain liable for the personal safety as well as any and all incidental, consequential or special damages arising out of their failure to provide “Luxury Living” standards tenants were promised.

Note from the Sponsor: We have advised both Modern Staffing and William Koeppell on several occasions of the vast array of problems (see past episodes-especially ARREST) and they have steadfastly refused to conduct basic background checks, train the new staff, or responds to any of our complaints.

The Night Shift

Tags

, , , , ,

[We precede this episode with a reminder to our viewers of what many may seem obvious but, we have no way of knowing if William Koeppel, Jim Rexroat, or any ’employees’ of the Modern Staffing & Security company watch our show. What we do  know is that they are unaware of the following and as a courtesy, we offer this information for William, Jim & Co., so that they too may enjoy the show!]

The Primary Objectives of a Doorman:

  • The Doorman primary objective is to do gate and door security in the venue he works with.
  • The Doorman primary objective is to assist people by supporting them in various ways depending on the venue he works with.
  • The Doorman primary objective is to receive and do appropriate actions regarding complaints in the venue he works with.

__

The Doorman’s knowledge requirements

  • The Doorman must be capable of handling variety of serious responsibilities.
  • The Doorman must pass comprehensive background checks conducted by their employer.
  • The Doorman must have a clean criminal or police record.
  • The Doorman must have positive, friendly attitude that is capable of interacting well with the residents and guests.
  • The Doorman must have some maintenance experience for they may occasionally provide assistance to the staff of the venue.
  • The Doorman must devote their time and focus in securing the vicinity of the venue by inspecting people who wants to enter the venues premises.
  • The Doorman must have the ability to respond to any emergency situations.
  • The Doorman must be able to answer some basic questions about the vicinity or neighborhood and also wear a complete uniform.
  • The Doorman must stand on his feet for a very long period of time
  • The Doorman must be pleasing and patient enough while opening the doors repetitively and is capable of working outside whether in a cold, rainy or hot weather.    source

[Scene:  Resident Cast Members (RCM) assemble in the lobby as doorman sleeps peacefully.
Doorman: curled up, fetal position behind lobby desk]

RCM L  remains visibly upset that her granddaughter strolled past sleeping doorman two episodes ago. She wonders how many others stroll by between the hours of 11:00 pm and  7:00 am.
*
RCM J increases her apprehension by informing the cast that on
Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 10:34 pm when he arrived home, there was nobody at the door – or, anywhere at all.
*
RCM J-2 attempts to one-up RCM J by announcing that when he arrived home 1:40 am on March 29th,  the doorman was fast asleep.
*
In an apparent attempt to trump RCM J-2,  RCM J sends a surprise announcement to the cast via a text message: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 6:15 AM: Suprise-suprise-Doorman sleeping again.  
*
[The cast chuckles in unison]
*
[commercial break]
*

________

[New character introduction]
This is our night doorman in a waking state.
*
Inline image 2
*
and should you be lucky enough to see him awake, ask what the “G” on his hat stands for.
*
[RCM continue discussion in lobby comparing recent stories of the lack of security at 350 East 52nd Street. Camera pans around lobby- the following conversations featured]
*
“On Saturday, March 31st the porter’s girlfriend was the only one manning the lobby – seriously – she even opened the door for me”.
*
“Someone left a cd for me at the front desk yesterday &  when I opened the cd case, it was empty.  It appears we may be better off when the doormen are asleep”.
*

“Last night I had a friend come by.  She got to the lobby at 1:50 am and the night doorman sent her up unannounced. He didn’t know how to look up my information even though she gave him my apartment number.  Even my friend found this to be unusual for a doorman”.
“Happens ALL the time to me.  What’s the point of paying extra in rent for a doorman when they can’t police the door, nor do they even open the door for you half the time!”
*

[At this point one RCM becomes irate to discover the doorman opens the door for another RCM – even if it is only half the time!  RCM storms off set]
*

One RCM made the following sign available for all to use freely:

 ♦
More exciting episodes coming up! Stay tuned for Saturday Morning Shock!
followed by RCM’s are heard at 17th Precinct Community Council Meeting and
Mouse In The House!

Advertising in the Hood

Tags

, , , , ,

This full page ad is showing up in the NYC local papers all around town. 

[Resident Cast Members wonder if this will dramatically improve show ratings .   The word ‘Emmy’ has been overheard several times in the lobby recently]

Book ’em Dano

Tags

, , , , ,

In mid February we offered you a preview of the newest ‘staff’ members –  just to assure you that you were on the right channel.  We no longer know what channel we are on.

[roll clip of last month’s episode; insert changes:

With all of the recent changes, and without proper introduction, you would be likely to become as confused as the resident cast members are as they regularly see new ‘extras’ manning (or not) the front desk.

First we are delighted to inform you that the snarling “building manager”  JJ, has been fired. He will no longer be a part of our show and cast members are thrilled to be able to walk through the lobby and not hear JJ swearing at, or firing someone, in the middle of the lobby.  His last day was Friday, February 10th.

Earl, the former daytime doorman will play the part of building manager.  Daniel,(fired) the former weekend porter will be the daytime doorman.  Daniel’s brother Julien (fired) will replace Daniel as the weekend porter –  but until Darien (jailed) gets back from his vacation, Julien will fill in for Darien from 3:00 – 11:00. Except not every day – as in yesterday, when in Darien / Julien’s shift was covered by the windexing stranger. Raymond, another porter has taken some time off from the show to recover from a car accident he had several weeks ago on his way to pick up the UPS packages for 350 East 52nd Street. He visited last weekend but declined to be shown on camera because he is in a neck brace as a result of injuries he suffered from the accident. [Raymond has returned]  Chris, the weekend porter, has also been filling in as doorman recently. Resident cast members are unclear as to whether he is auditioning for the part on a regular basis, or just filling in for someone unknown, in which case, the weekend porter is a mystery.  Finally, the night shift;  Joey (fired) will still be the weekend guy and Ranfi (fired) works weeknights at the moment. Earl’s relative Quincy is a new porter. Word has it that the new night doorman, Daquan, who has replaced Ranfi, is also a relative of Earls. (this has not been confirmed as the entire fact checking department quit.] *

* Due to massive confusion by cast and production team, we leave you to make up the characters for future episodes yourself.

[scene:  March 23, 2012 – a beautiful spring Friday morning at approximately 8:00 am.  Darien mans the front desk as resident cast members stride through lobby on their way to work and look forward to a warm and sunny weekend ahead. At this point we let our viewers in on the fact that Joey, the weekend night doorman has been fired the night before.  Resident cast  members remain unaware of the shake-up and stroll merrily on their way.  At the same time, Daniel (3:00 – 11:00 doorman) receives a phone call at his home from Earl, the previous doorman, now building manager.  ]  [split screen: Daniel answers phone at home]

Daniel: Hello

Earl: This isn’t working out. Don’t come into work anymore.

Daniel: What are you talking about??  Why??  You’re firing me for no reason? Why?

Earl: I don’t have to give you a reason. . . 

(note: conversation as reported by Daniel)

Daniel wakes brother Julien (weekend doorman) and explains what has just happened.  Julien accompanies Daniel on the journey into the city to speak to Earl face to face about the firing.  At aproximately 9:30 am Daniel enters lobby at 350 East 52nd Street and asks for Earl.  Darien, who is Earl’s cousin, is aware that Daniel has been let go, responds by informing Daniel that Earl has not yet arrived and that Daniel must leave the building because he does not work here any more.  Daniel reminds Darien that he’s not the boss of him and then all hell breaks loose. Darien is overheard saying he’s ‘OG”, grabs a weapon from behind the desk and starts swinging!  Striking doormen witness incident and have been filming since Daniel entered the lobby.  We have chosen not to include the video in this episode in order to maintain the PG rating of our show. Daniel managed to escape from the lobby after suffering 3 blows from the club like weapon and only one lobby light bulb was broken in the melee. Within minutes police arrive. Lots of police! They filled the lobby and more stood watch from the side walk outside.
The cops:

  

Resident cast members later fnd out “OG” stands for Original Gangster . . .?   This is not good news.

By 10:30 Darien (7:00 – 3:00 doorman) & Daniel (3:00 – 11:00 doorman) were arrested & taken out in handcuffs. Earl had still not arrived for work and resident cast members are left to wonder who is minding the store!

The weapon:

[scene: 17th precinct.  After confiscating all personal objects including shoe laces (!), mug shots & fingerprints are taken and Darien and Daniel are placed in separate jail cells facing each other.  They wait.]

According to the police, Darien has quite a rap sheet. Coupled with his attack on Daniel, the police were not about to release him.  Being Friday, it appears as though Darien may have to spend the weekend behind bars before he can see a judge.  He is being charged with a felony according to police.  Daniel was released with a court date to appear before a judge to tell his story and advised to go to the hospital to make sure his injuries were not too severe. Shook up & jobless, Daniel emerged from the police station thankful that he had many witnesses and video to back his words for the judge.  As it turns out, while Daniel sat in his jail cell, Earl was firing Julien.  According to Julien, when asked why he was being fired, Earl replied, “You’re his brother, aren’t you?”  

Julien had to deliver the news to Daniel upon his release.

The arrest:

The injury:

Many resident cast members called building owner, William Koeppel to complain about ex-cons having access to their apartments and running the building. William Koeppel responded by telling them that he would let them out of their lease and they could move out.

[To Be Continued]

Why we have doormen

Tags

, ,

[Scene: Thursday March 22. Resident Cast Member (RCM) enters lobby. Daniel manning front desk]

4:00 pm
RCM: Hi, Daniel. My granddaughter is coming to visit but won’t be arriving until very late tonight. Will you be sure to let Daquan (night time doorman) know that she has keys but he needs to buzz me before she comes up so that I wake up and have time to unlock the door and greet her?

Daniel: Sure, no problem.

midnight:
RCM: Hi, Daquan. Did Daniel tell you that my granddaughter is coming to visit but won’t be arriving until very late tonight and to be sure to buzz me? She has keys but please be sure to buzz me before she comes up so that I wake up and have time to unlock the door and greet her, OK?

Daquan: “Yes, Daniel told me and I will buzz you when she gets here.”

2:00 am
RCM hears a knock at her door. It’s her granddaughter.

RCM: “Oh, I asked the doorman to buzz me when you arrived!”

Granddaughter:  “Oh, he was sound asleep.”

RCM calls lobby and wakes Daquan.  “I asked you to call me when my granddaughter came. She told me you were sound asleep and she walked right by you!”

Daquan: “No! I wasn’t sleeping.  I saw her.”

The end.

Quiet & Calm . . .

Tags

, , ,

[Scene: East 52nd Street is quiet and calm early on Saturday morning.  Cast members arrive one by one to enjoy some conversation and coffee together as they wait for Con Edison to arrive. Con Edison had plans on digging up the street and sidewalk in order to install gas lines which would run into the apartment house.  WK has been urging Con Ed to do this work for some time now & has told people he was going to send extra security just in case the striking cast members tried to interfere.]

Modern Staffing security didn’t show up on Saturday as WK promised – but resident cast members already knew that #1.,  WK wouldn’t actually spend the money to pay for them and #2.,   he is essentially incapable of telling the truth.   But cast members and our striking doormen arrived at the set between 6:00 & 7:00 to make sure cars were not towed and to inform the Con Ed workers about the strike.

WK rose early too on Saturday.  He called the lobby & staff  at least  20 times before 7:30 am –  wanting to know every detail of today’s East 52nd Street Reality Show episode.

A car had been parked outside – legally – but blocking access for Con Ed and BK was fuming.  He actually called the NYPD.  Around 7:45 am  the police showed up, visibly agitated from the petty request, and asked for the owner of the car which was blocking access for Con Ed.   The owner willingly moved the car because all of the striking cast members were there to stand in the access spot.  Before leaving the scene, the cops said to the super,  “tell your boss we’re not his personal assistants.”  
*
After the cops left, the Con Ed guys who had arrived with their huge earth-mover truck & witnessed the show segment,  told our guys that they were not going to cause them any grief or cross the picket line and then packed up the earth-mover & went home!
* 
The end.
*
*

Staff

Tags

, ,

[scene: Unknown “extra” is windexing the top of the wooden lobby desk as cast members enter 350 East 52nd Street lobby.   Who is this man who has just let us walk right by and smiled?  And why is he windexing the desk?]

As we gear up for our big weekend Con Edison special episode, we offer you a preview of the newest ‘staff’ members –  just to assure you that you are on the right channel.  With all of the recent changes, without proper introduction, you would be likely to become as confused as the resident cast members are as they regularly see new ‘extras’ manning (or not) the front desk.

First we are delighted to inform you that the snarling “building manager”  JJ, has been fired. He will no longer be a part of our show and cast members are thrilled to be able to walk through the lobby and not hear JJ swearing at, or firing someone, in the middle of the lobby.  His last day was Friday, February 10th.

Earl, the former daytime doorman will play the part of building manager.  Daniel, the former weekend porter will be the daytime doorman.  Daniel’s brother Julien will replace Daniel as the weekend porter –  but until Darien  gets back from his vacation, Julien will fill in for Darien from 3:00 – 11:00. Except not everyday – as in yesterday, when in Darien / Julien’s shift was covered by the windexing stranger. Raymond, another porter has taken some time off from the show to recover from a car accident he had several weeks ago on his way to pick up the UPS packages for 350 East 52nd Street.  He visited last weekend but declined to be shown on camera because he is in a neck brace as a result of injuries he suffered from the accident.  Chris, the weekend porter, has also been filling in as doorman recently. Resident cast members are unclear as to whether he is auditioning for the part on a regular basis, or just filling in for someone unknown, in which case, the weekend porter is a mystery.  Finally, the night shift;  Joey will still be the weekend guy and Ranfi works weeknights at the moment.

[“Breaking News”  scrolls across bottom of screen.  
We interrupt this program for a special announcement.  The following news has just been reported from a resident cast member:  {1:00 am}
“Just wanted everyone to know, whoever the doorman is right now, the night guy who is incredibly rude, left our front door wide open and when I came in to yell he was passed out at the from desk. I walked right by him and I definitely wasn’t the only one.”]

Back to our regularly scheduled program . . .

William Koeppel has been in town this week which has been quite unpleasant for our striking workers.  He continues his child-like behaviors hurling insults at our staff each time he comes to the building.  WK continues to lie with his usual frequency and had told some good ones this week.  He told Sammy that the strike was over because he had “bought them out” (??????)   and even better, he told people that “Kirk’s law suit was thrown out”  as well.  Although it’s a class action suit with 10 plaintiffs & will benefit all of the tenants paying market rents in our rent stabilized building, WK insists it is “Kirk’s law suit.” The cast wonders how much time he invests in dreaming up these lies and, if he thinks anyone actually believes a word that comes out of his mouth.

WK has been after Con Edison for some time now to hook up the pipes to the new gas heating system but they refuse to cross the picket line.  Rumor has it that this is the weekend BK is demanding Con Ed install the pipes.  Con Edison has blocked off the street in the front of 350 E. 52nd Street with many bright orange cones, prohibiting street parking.  This is normally legal parking space from Friday eve at 7:00 through the weekend.  There is one lone car that is parked in the prohibited area and Con Ed said it would be towed by 6:30 am if it remained.  Being that no advisory signs were placed on the block by Con Edison, we wonder if it would be legal for them to tow it.  Striking doormen have promised to arrive by 6:00 am to protect our street and sidewalk from being dug up and, the car! There is a rumor that Modern Staffing will send ‘security personnel’ to deal with our striking doormen.   Stay tuned!

Karma

Tags

,

Well that was fast . . .  

It’s been just about a month and a half since JJ, the new ‘Building Manager,’ falsely accused our nice replacement doorman Jesus, of stealing.  On Friday, February 10th, JJ was fired, allegedly for stealing! (Along with some other allegations we are still in the process of confirming).  

It’s been a consistent stream of upheaval at 350 East 52nd Street since the doorman strike commenced in June, heightened by the constant firing of the replacement staff workers – except for this one.  This may even warrant a celebration by building residents! 

[ cast is called to assemble for review of script for celebratory special episode. Air date TBA – Stay tuned for details on this revelatory episode which will include updates you won’t want to miss!]

Dining With The Donald

Tags

, , ,

After a nice reprieve for the striking workers and the tenants, William Koeppel showed up at the building on Tuesday, February 7th apparently just to torment Pierre. He consistently harasses Pierre and asks him how it’s going in the shelter, if he ever loses his spot in the shelter, and on and on about Pierre’s life in the shelter.  Pierre does not, and has never lived in a shelter.

On Wednesday, Koeppel dis-graced us with his presence for the second time this week.  As soon as he stepped out onto the sidewalk  from the garage next door, he yelled “I had dinner with my good friend Donald Trump on Friday!  He told me I’m doing God’s work!”  When no one reacted in any way, he repeated himself – even louder the second time. 

Next he asked where Pierre was.  No one responded.  He then proceeded monologuing about buying the guys out, that the strike is over because he bought the guys out and they could even call Frank, the union rep to verify his story, blah blah, blah . . .

Webster’s Definition of the word TRUTH

1
a archaic : fidelityconstancyb : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2
(1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality

Reduced Rents for All !!!!!

[Cast members unable to attend last night’s meeting, please see script attached]

A formal complaint was submitted to William Koeppel on December 22nd to which he had 10 days to respond.  The Notice of Decreased Building-Wide Services details some of the issues such as security, garbage, employee screening, awning removal, vermin, UPS, ect… that residents have been complaining about for many months now.  William Koeppel failed to remedy any of the issues and did not respond to the notice.  The 350 East 52nd Street Tenants Association will now file appropriate action with the DHCR to enforce its rights.  ( Building Wide Rent Reduction DHCR Complaint-addendum )

The penalty to WK for reduction in services will most likely be a reduction in rents paid by tenants who sign the action form.  This is not a court proceeding, rather a decision made by the DHCR after an evaluation of the complaint and therefore the possibility of tenant inclusion on the housing court “blacklist” does not apply.  Please be sure to notify Kirk Swanson (kjswnson@verizon.net) if you have not signed the document and would like to be included in the action.* The typical penalty to the landlord is a 1 year rent roll-back, but ultimately decided by the DHCR.   

Our Notice will be filed within one week so please be sure to sign asap!

*In order to benefit from the rent roll-back, you must sign the form.

If you have additional complaints which are not listed on the Notice of Decreased Building-Wide Services, you may very easily file individual complaints by clicking on this link.

If you have specific questions regarding the DHCR action, please e-mail Joseph Cohen (josephcohenesq@gmail.com).

Earned Interest

If you have not already received it, a 1099 form from Duell Management should be arriving in your mail shortly.  This documents the interest you have due on your security deposit being held by William Koeppel.  You have a legal right to this money either in the form of a check or applied to your rent.  Discussion was had regarding the fact that WK has confiscated multiple security deposits for no apparent reason and that having a check cut and sent to you would be advisable even if the dollar amount is small.  It is your money – why risk losing it?  If you do not have your 1099 form yet, you may want to call Duell Management and inquire.

Class Action Suit

Separate from the DHCR Notice, the building has filed a class action suit against William Koeppel for illegally charging market rate rents for rent stabilized apartments.  All tenants in “market rate apartments”  were reminded until the law suit is resolved, WK is not allowed to communicate to tenants regarding subject of the suit – This means, leases, rent hikes & of course the suit itself.  Market rate tenants are reminded NOT TO SIGN ANYTHING sent to you regarding your lease. If your lease is due to expire, you are legally protected and should continue to pay your current rent until the courts say otherwise.  You will have the right to renew at the rate the court determines and cannot be evicted even though your lease is not current.

The Association’s case has been assigned to a judge.   The time frame for all court proceedings are unknown but will announced as they become available.

Misc. Updates

The DA is reviewing Tom’s illegal eviction and harassment complaint (see episode Guns, Drugs & Lies )

350 East 52nd Street has officially been included in the NY Bedbug Registry Report –  Yay???

Stay tuned for the 2012 East 52nd Street Reality Show Season Premier scheduled to air in early February!

Heat in January? But it’s only in the teens outside!

Tags

, , , ,

We apologize for the delay in resuming our regularly scheduled season opening program, but due to lack of heat in the building at 350 East 52nd Street, conditions are too unbearable.  We will leave you with just a few of the many communications from resident cast members (RCM) in the last several days:

RCM 1: “What is up with the heat?  I just got back in town today and my apartment is freezing!   It is traditionally too hot!  Did BK find another way to cut corners?  My dog had an icicle coming off her nose!”

RCM 2: “I called the lobby asking about the lack of heat, the radiators are close to cold. The answer was, “I have no idea.” from the NASA scientist working the desk. I suggested he contact Steve. I smell rent reduction.”

RCM 3: “My apartment is always cold.  We have been complaining about it for years.  We were told that it is now set to be on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes.  In reality, it is on for 15-20 minutes and off for at least an hour.  In the middle of the night, regardless of the outside temperature, the heat comes on once
at the most.”

RCM 4: “The heat has been off for hours.”

RCM 5: “I also filed a complaint online.  It’s so cold in my apartment and has been like this all winter.”

RCM 6: “I hear it coming up now-first time in hours”

RCM 7: “In my apartment with my coat on”

RCM 8: “I have just filed a 311 complaint.  Slept with three blankets last night and I am wearing two sweaters in my apartment today.”

————

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be thawed out soon – Stay tuned!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 254 other followers