Monday, January 16, 2012
Our hopes that the building transfer may improve our conditions have been dashed. Since Birchwood Properties LLC, owned by Robert Spitalnick took over the building in the summer of 2011 we've observed further decline in building maintenance and basic services. The walls are crumbling. The building is filthy. The water pressure (both hot and cold) is rarely sufficient to take a shower or wash the dishes. This is a chronic problem that the management has failed to address. The heat level is erratic. Recently the landlord installed several high-tech security cameras on the ground floor even though the front door of the building is broken (it does not lock). Some tenants driven to despair by freezing in their apartments resorted to writing directly on the walls. While this strategy is problematic the landlord's neglect of this property is the greatest crime committed against the building and its tenants at this time.
Individual repairs are not being performed without legal pressure and even then performed to a lowest standard possible. Welcome to a slum!
Posted by 114 East 1st Street Tenants Board at 12:13 PM