Category Archives: Building News

Hurricane Precautions

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, please take the following precautions:

  1. Get batteries, flashlights, transitor radios, water, batteries, food TODAY. If you have elderly neighbors who may have a hard time getting out please check to see that they have theses supplies too.
  2. Fill your tub with water. If the electricity goes out you will not have water – you will need water not only to drink but also, to flush your toilet.
  3. If flooding occurs, we will have to shut down the elevator. You may want to take precautions to minimize your trips up and down the stairs. Again, if you live on higher floors please check in on your neighbors who may have difficulty with the stairs. A power outage will also shut down the elevators.

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Trick or Treat Sign-ups

We will hold our annual building trick or treating this year on Halloween day, 10/31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  I know our littlest residents look forward to this day all year, so it would be great if many of you can participate.

If you would like to sign-up to receive trick or treaters, please either drop me an email ( or sign up at the lobby (the sign-up sheet will be at the lobby tonight). More >

Annual Meeting Wednesday 10/16

The Annual Shareholder’s Meeting will take place Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30 pm at the Friend’s Meeting House at 15 Rutherford Place.

We Will Be Serving Food and Wine From Piccolo Cafe so please come early, meet new neighbors and catch up with old friends.

Shareholders wishing to run for the board may submit a statement of intent by the end of business day, Friday, September 27, 2013. Include a description of your background and why you would like to serve. You can read the statements that have been submitted on the candidate’s page. The board term is a one year commitment and requires attendance at the monthly meetings. Statements should be emailed to the Managing Agent, or faxed to 212-736-1445. As always, if you are unable to attend please be sure to give your proxy ballot to another shareholder. More >

Elevator Modernization

We are pleased to inform you that we have contracted Century Elevator to perform modernization of both elevators. The project will commence on or about January 7, 2013 and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Unfortunately, for the duration of the project we will have use of only one elevator at a time. One elevator will have to be used to provide vertical transportation for residents, removal of garbage, and any other type of use needed on a daily basis. If you are expecting to perform any renovations in your apartment after January 2013, we suggest they be put on hold until the elevator modernization is completed. Due to the availability of only one elevator, there will most certainly be More >

Annual Shareholder’s Meeting

The Annual Shareholder’s Meeting will take place Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 pm at the Friend’s Meeting House on Rutherford Place. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct the election of new board members and review the audited financial statement. The meeting also provides an opportunity for open discussion and questions for the co-op’s current board members, controller and managing agent. For many who are new to the building this may be your first opportunity to meet some of your neighbors and learn how the co-op works so we hope you’ll be able to attend.

Shareholders wishing to run for the board may submit a statement of intent with a description of your background and why you would like to serve. The board term is a one year commitment and requires attendance at the monthly meetings. Statements should be emailed to the Managing Agent, Ellen Kornfeld. As always, if you are unable to attend please be sure to give your proxy ballot to another shareholder.

The annual meeting, board elections, and the workings of a co-op can be a little mysterious and intimidating. For this reason we’ve created a document that will tell you everything you need to know. It can be download here.

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We are in need of volunteers who can do proofreading, writing for the newsletter, Wordpress website maintenance and development, green initiatives, design, event planning, and anything else you can think of that would benefit the co-op.

Volunteering is a great way to meet some neighbors, learn about the co-op, and get good karma. Contact:

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Fitness Room is Open

The new gym has been completed! It is in the basement in the room that used to house the bike room (which is now across the hall). There will be a nominal fee of $150 per household, per year. Access is available for shareholders and their families.  You can download the necessary forms here or pick them up from the lobby desk. All forms will need to be signed and returned (along with your check) before you are given access to the facility.

The facility will be open 24 hours a day.  We have a security camera by the entryway (but not in the facility itself) in case you were concerned.  There are two elliptical trainers, a treadmill and a recumbent bicycle, as well as a universal weight set, cable weight machine, pull-up bar, free weights, a dumbbell bench (that also converts to a sit-up bench), medicine balls, stretch cords and core balls.  The room is also equipped with a flat screen TV, spring water and wifi access.

A few of you have expressed concerns about air quality in the basement, and I want to let you know that we tested the air a few weeks ago and were told it’s fine.

I want to personally thank everyone who helped complete this project in breakneck speed.  Ellen Kornfeld was phenomenal — dealing with each and every vendor and staying on them to get everything done right away.  She even gave me a personal tour of a gym in another building she manages so we could get some ideas–all while nursing an injured leg.  Ed, along with Tony, Miguel and Dermot worked many hours gratis to prepare the room, including wiring the electricity, smoothing walls and ceilings and painting.  Each board member also contributed in the planning and design, selection of items, and preparation of documents.  In other words, a great team effort by all.

I hope you enjoy it.  I’ll see you at the gym!

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New Doorman

The Board is pleased to announce that we have hired Ubiel Penafort as our newest doorman.  Ubiel was most recently a host and doorman at the Hotel Edison, where he honed the skills that made him an excellent candidate.  He has been with us on a trial basis for the last several weeks and the board decided this week to extend him a permanent offer.  We are delighted to have Ubiel in our building. More >

Is email just a passing fad?

We’ve come to the conclusion that it’s going to be around for a while so we’re jumping on this bandwagon. If you are reading this in your email, you’re on our list. If you’re reading this on our website and you’d like to be added to the list, click on “mailing list” above in the menu bar. We’d like to begin to notify you of building news via email, whenever there is an update on the website.

Rest assured you will not get email from us everyday. If there’s no news, there will be no email. Of course you can easily opt out if you have a sentimental attachment to the paper-under-the-door mode of communication.* But give this a try – it might save a tree or two. It will definitely cut down the amount of time our staff spends making copies and slipping them under 190+ doors.

You can email me with comments or suggestions, opt out or let us know if you’d like us to update your email address. Change is good.
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Installation of New Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors

Building Staff will require access to your apartment to install a new carbon monoxide/smoke detector. You will be required to sign, acknowledging that the detector(s) was/were installed, either during the installation or afterwards if you are not present during the installation. If you recently installed your own unit, the Staff will need to record the date on the back of the device for our records. Access to your apartment will be required so if you cannot be home, please make sure keys are left with the Superintendent or other Staff member. Thank you for your cooperation.