The Great Elevator Debacle of 2012

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Residents of the A building in the Viridian haven’t had access to an elevator for somewhere near the past 2 weeks. As a result, the lobby is packed with strollers, leftover moving boxes and whatever residents aren’t able/willing to bring up flights of stairs.

As of yesterday evening, the doorman’s desk looked like a very large store-room/kindergarten.

Though we’ve posted about the elevator issues before, it should be noted that this time around, it’s the other side of the building that’s elevator-impaired.

Comments from someone who recently took up residence in the building:

I moved in on Sept 1st and we had to carry all of our stuff up the stairs. While I enjoyed meeting some of you and your kind commiseration, it is really unacceptable for the elevator to be out for 2 weeks at a time when people are moving. I had read this blog and knew that management was going to be a pain in the ass, but the laundry list of issues with the apartment is really farcical. What’s the deal with no toilet paper holders and half of a shower door? Our apartment was supposed to be cleaned and instead we found old food in the fridge and paint on the ground. My bedroom door handle was completely broken. The list goes on and on. Has the Better Business Bureau been contacted about management? This blog is a start but has anyone discussed forming an official tenant’s association to combat this awfully run company? I’m all for action so let me know if there’s anything I can do.

The following reply was also given:

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve seen the elevator repairmen (from Nouveau Elevator Repair and Economy Elevator) come to building at least 3 times so they are trying to fix the problem and I don’t it’s the management’s fault on this issue.

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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20 responses to “The Great Elevator Debacle of 2012

  1. Anonymous

    Having recently escaped the Viridian, my heart goes out to all who remain. And if you just moved in… my sincere condolences. Having the elevator not working for your move is a great indoctrination into nightmare your life will be.

  2. Anonymous

    It is the managements fault. They have the gall to increase rent every year (almost 10%) with a 1 year at a time lease option (though who the hell in their right mind would want to stay longer than 2 years in this dump) and yet the elevator is still broken every other week. However, this is by far the longest it’s been broken. Usually, it’s about a day or 2 max. This is ridiculous. I don’t even want to get into the bs my roommates and I encountered when we first moved into our apartment. Let’s just say we got royally screwed and nothing was done to compensate us. The management here doesn’t give a rats ass about the tenants and their complainants.

    The only thing saving this building is the rooftop and its views. Though that’s changing as well ever since the doorman let every person from the street into our building and onto our roof. There was at least 2-300 people on the roof and these animals proceeded to throw bottles onto the street and someone got hurt. Police were called and kicked everyone off the roof. Next thing you know there’s notices posted all over the building requesting we remove grills, tables, chairs, all personal stuff or it would be tossed. Any “party” on the roof management needed to be given 48hrs advanced notice and no one could be on the roof passed dawn. This was not the tenants fault. This was the doorman who literally let everyone from the streets into the building, yet the tenants suffer the consequences. This place is a joke.

  3. Anonymous

    Waaaaaah!!!! The roof!!!! Waaaaah!!!

    Actually, it is the fault of the people living in the building who felt the need to invite the whole of Greenpoint and Williamsburg over for a party, despite the fact that the lease clearly provides that only residents of the building may be on the roof. The doormen are not empowered to shut that down, which is fine with you when you are trying to get your friends up there.

    And, FYI, the grills had to be removed because rooftop grilling is expressly prohibited by NYC’s fire regulations.

    Nice try, though.

  4. Anonymous

    Just to add to what the previous poster said…

    I’m sorry, but, as a resident of this building, I don’t want to have to see your shitty broken-down furniture and crap on the roof. When all that stuff was up there, the roof looked like the basement of a frat house. I didn’t hang out in frat houses when I was in college–I sure as hell don’t want something similar in a communal space of a building in which I am single-handedly paying $3000/month to live.

    Additionally, all of that crap on the roof is a huge liability issue. It’s not a coincidence that everything you see up there is bolted down.

    • Anonymous

      Try having 2 apts next to you that each have 3 recent college grads. The all girl one talk loudly in the hallway regardless of the time. They had a recent housewarming party and whenever the door opened for a guest, “OMG! HI!” Shouting and talking loud from 10:30pm to 2am…

      The all guy one play their stereo even at 3:30am in the morning. WTF?! How clueless can one be?

      I can’t wait for my lease to be over so that I can move into hopefully a condo. Almost all the 2 bedroom apts are being converted in 3 bedrooms so you get this noisy group of “kids” who are continuing their dorm living ways.

      • Anonymous

        I had all of that and more, which is why I moved out. This building was a living hell–not because of the elevator, but, rather, because of all of the spoiled overgrown children that surrounded me.

      • Anonymous

        go fuck your dogs

  5. Anonymous

    has anyone asked/demanded a break on rent due to the fact that the elevator, on the “a” side of greenpoint, was out for almost a month during august/september? i know people aren’t paying at all but has there been any deals cut yet?

  6. Anonymous

    It would be great if the majority of A-siders deduct $500 from their monthly rent for the inconvenience caused by the broken elevator. You should all do it in mass and in a coordinated effort.

    Best of luck!

  7. Anonymous

    Deducting the $500 is a good idea. How should it be organized? Is there anyone else interested in this idea?

  8. Anonymous

    I don’t there are a lot of people reading this board (just look at how many ppl voted in the poll…..7?) Also, I doubt anyone will take the lead in this. Maybe someone can leave a note under everyone’s door on the A-side to deduct $500 from their upcoming rent payment? Just a suggestion…

  9. rick

    What a huge groups of spoiled babies on here. WAAAAA WAAAA WAAAA. you think walking up 5 flights of stairs you are expending energy worth 500 dollars? Fuck that, you guys all sound like the most spoiled group of assholes. Call daddy, he’ll fix it. I lived in the brick building (125) across the street, I had no working elevator (out for 5 months) or A/C in 100 degree weather. I moved beds and sofas and and everything else one at a time up the stairs. Maybe I should start a website to bitch about it. You have a pool, a doorman, central air, hardwood floors, exercise equipment. My rent was 1800 and all we got was a fridge, a stove, and a sink. The issue is you people. The world isn’t going to shed a tear for your 14 days without your luxurious magical elevator.

  10. Anonymous

    You won’t get any argument from me that the people in this building are spoiled twits. But to address your other points, my Viridian air conditioning was out in 100 degree weather, too. And I paid a lot more than $1800 a month. Re: the other “amenities,” the exercise equipment is broken, the doormen do absolutely nothing (other than cause our rent to be higher), and I refuse to use the pool, because, at one point, management let some outside “teach your baby to swim!” class use the pool, and I walked by to see about 10 babies in diapers swimming in the pool. So, out of your list, we’re left with the hardwood floors. Hardwood floors, broken crap, and spoiled twisty neighbors. It’s a dream!

  11. Anonymous

    That should have been “twitty.”

  12. Anonymous

    Who let this outsider, Rick, onto this board? Rick you live across the street at 125 Green Street because you CAN’T AFFORD to live in the Viridian and never will! ‘Fess up idiot.

    • Anonymous

      Or, maybe Rick pays his own rent and doesn’t rely on Mommy and Daddy to do it for him.

      • Anonymous

        Guess what? I grew up poor and I pay my own rent and have over 1/2 million dollars in investments. I don’t have anyone to fall back on so you and Rick should shut your mouths…..

  13. Honestly, I used to be able to hear the parties my inconsiderate neighbors 5 doors down, ACROSS the hall used to throw until 4am on their huge b-side 6th floor patio as clear as day because they were so loud. (The patios that faced Green St). I can only assume how ear shatteringly loud that must have been for the residents of 125. I think Rick (or whatever the hell his real name is) has every right to post and bitch here.

    Lets be real. There are a lot of ignorant little fucks who live in the viridian. Not because they are rich. Just the opposite. They live up this way because they cant afford to live in the nicer better managed buildings, with better upkeep. Or afford a condo, for that matter. So these trashy frat types, or reality TV rejects move in, start to believe the hype that they actually live in a LUXURY penthouse (instead of a bankrupt husk) which only exacerbates the bad behavior. I seriously doubt these are truly trust fund kids…

    We secured our lease before the building was “finished”. Out in a year. Learned our lesson. I’m not surprised to see how far things have devolved.

  14. Anonymous

    Rick, with what you pay, you can’t expect to have elevator, pool, doorman, AC, etc.. it’s just not realistic. You’re comparing apple to orange….

  15. 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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