Rooftop Shenanigans

Hey Neighbors,

You might have noticed a few messages placed under the doors in every apartment. One was about clearing the bikes from the garage and bike stand so they could expand storage. We were told that this was because people had left bikes there as they moved in and out of the apartment, and the management want to clear the area of all bikes that don’t have an owner. I don’t know about you, but people out there want bikes, and bike parts. Leaving behind a bike would just be silly.

The second note was about clearing our grills off the roof. The little grill village that appeared at the start of summer up there was kind of awesome, and yes – it does look messy, but part of the attraction of the roof is the ability to grill. Which directly relates to my next point – the note that asked us not to visit the roof after dusk.

After the 4th July craziness, there were a number of stupid parties on the roof. I really hope that the people hosting these parties read this, because seriously – your parties were stupid. There’s no reason at all for you to invite 300 people to a common area of your building only to have residents overhead complaints such as “I have to pee!!! I’m going to pee on the roof!”. Seriously. Just because the management of the Viridian doesn’t care enough to tell the doorman to report visitors (or seems to have a horrible time remembering how crazy things can get each summer) doesn’t mean that you can be irresponsible with your guests. Nobody likes to find smashed beercans in elevators or left by the pool. Nobody.

Which is ostensibly why residents were told that guests cannot go on the roof, and there is no access after dusk. Because the management don’t know how to deal with things getting out of hand in a normal, pleasant manner, and people treat the building like a large college campus, they have no choice but to fight back with stupid schoolteacher tactics. We at viridian gripes place the blame squarely with the management, but those who know better can avoid ruining it for everyone else by not having stupid parties on the roof.

So now that we have our grills in our empty laundry rooms or outside our front doors, what can we do?

1) We can still grill.

It’s not like management has decided to ban guests from the apartment whatsoever. If you want to have a few friends over and have a quiet party on the roof, do it. Just don’t be a dick about it and bring a boombox or rope off an area for yourself. It’s common turf, people

2) We can still visit the roof after dusk

The doors aren’t locked. The only way they can shake the giblets out of the irresponsible residents is to threaten everyone

3) We can still have parties

Your apartment is a pretty nice place to entertain guests. Why not have a martini and listen to the new Sinatra indoors?

Oh, and by the way – thanks to the couch-surfers and ball-stealers, the games room is off limits unless you check in and out. I for one think it’s a great idea – dedicated space when I need it? Check. Guarantee that the pool table will have all the necessary equipment? Check. Wanting to go in there only to find people watching movies as if it’s their own living room? No thanks.

Your thoughts?

Apologies to all who have emailed and had their gripes gone unanswered. Things have been busy in the world of gripes HQ, but we’re now back on track to try our best and be the voice for residents of 110 Green Street.

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Rooftop Shenanigans

  1. Anonymous

    Re: Rooftop Party Shenanigans

    This is what happens when you live in a rental building with a young, post-collegiate crowd who drink too much beer and trying continue their college days.

    You rarely see this behavior in a co-op, condo with more mature people…wine drinkers, too…. 😛

    I hope Management enforces fining people who bring outsiders up on the roof. You know people will flout at this new rule and it’s usually the idiots,

    • Anonymous

      In regards to bike storage – I am actually glad they are doing this. I strongly disagree with your claim that no one leaves behind bikes. Take a stroll around the city and you will find plenty of abandoned beater bikes. If you take a look at the bike rack periodically, you will notice many of those bikes haven’t moved in years. Maybe those people still live here, and they just never use their bikes. I don’t know. But its not like they are just going to throw everyone’s bikes away – if you have a bike there, you have plenty of time to simply move it for a few days while they do the clearing, then bring it back down. If after its all clear they decide to rent that space out as more parking and now we no longer have bike storage, well thats another issue. Although, the few times I have tried to put a bike down there there hasn’t been any room anyway.

      I agree with the stupid rooftop parties. If you want to invite all your friends over, keep them all in your apartment, at least you are only pissing off your immediate neighbors. If you are having some people on the roof, keep it responsible and make sure your guests go into YOUR apartment to piss. Anyone who thinks its acceptable to invite everyone they know to a common area of our building needs to work on their common courtesy skills.

      I’d be curious as to what people’s biggest issues in the building are – is there any way to set up a bit of a poll or something?

  2. Anonymous

    They asked us to clean out our bikes–what 10 days ago–and nothing has even been done. So I have 3 bikes in my apartment–for 2 weeks–with no word on when I can bring them down again….

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think they are actually renovating the bike rack area. About 10 bikes are back in the rack area. They probably used it as a ruse to get rid of discarded bikes.

  3. Anonymous

    Actually, you CAN’T still grill. Rooftop grilling is forbidden by the NYC fire regulations.

    Nice try, though.

    • Anonymous

      From what I’ve read, grilling on rooftops or balconies are only allowed if the grill is kept a minimum of 7′ (maybe more) from the side of the building. I doubt most people heed that rule as our balconies are only about 5′ from the building.

  4. Anonymous

    For past and present tenants who are experiencing or have experienced problems with the building, Management Office…etc, contact the Landlord, Jeffrey Kaplan/Meadow Partners, LLC. If enough people contact him and complain, maybe their will be changes. They hired a PR firm but the problems persist. Mr. Kaplan might not want bad publicity about his building’s problems, Management ineptness, electricity gouging, uncollectible security deposits…etc as it may deter possible tenants.

    http://meadowpartners.com/our-team/principles/
    55 E 59th Street # 1700
    New York, NY 10022
    Phone: (212) 317-5944

    If that doesn’t get you anywhere, contact one of the local news programs who have consumer advocacy reporters who will act on your behalf.

    CBS/Channel 2 News – Asa Aarons
    NBC/Channel 4 News – Roseanne Colletti
    Fox 5/Channel 5 News – Arnold Diaz
    ABC/Channel 7 News – Nina Pineda
    PIX 11/Channel 11 News – Howard Thompson

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