2012-11-30 / Letters

No Generators For Some

Dear Editor,

Much happened to New York during the hurricane almost four weeks ago.

Many people are without homes to live in: many are still without lights, heat and hot water. It will be a long time before the A train will be serving Mott Avenue again. Businesses up and down Mott Avenue were closed, food was almost impossible to obtain.

After five or six days trucks started rolling in from other states carrying supplies, food, hot meals, water. Along with these food trucks generators started arriving from states to help stores and apartment buildings power-up especially for heat in buildings.

During the snowstorm three days after Sandy, it was 30 degrees in my apartment!! My shampoo froze; I could see my breath in the air. I stayed in my apartment as my family lives too far for me to realistically commute to work every day. I live at 2308 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. Several of us happened to notice one or two apartment buildings had hooked up generators for heat to tenants. Several of us called Diversified Equities, LLC (whom we pay our huge rent to!) if we could possibly have a generator hooked up so we could have some heat in the apartments. We were told ‘no way, that’s what shelters are for’!!!! We could not believe the indifference of the management group to all of us who pay high rent. It wasn’t enough that the apartments were cold and dark, the hallways were dark, so were the stairwells as the emergency lighting did not work. It wasn’t enough that we all had to carry food up flights of stairs, and cart our trash down the same way. It wasn’t enough there was no garbage pick-up; nor mail delivery. It is the total indifference to all the good, paying tenants of the building. To be told that’s what shelters are for? What would it have cost to hook up a large generator so we could all be warmer? What would it cost Diversified if we all collectively didn’t pay our rent for a month? For the large amount of rent we all pay what do we get? An elevator that works when it wants to, heat and hot water that also work on their own schedule. We receive no other services from Diversified. There are cell phone towers on the roof from Verizon, for which Diversified pockets a nice sum of money. There were senior and handicapped people in the building who could not move elsewhere; combined with the robberies in the area, people were not willing to move out temporarily. Plus the shelters are not very safe on any given day. Despite what Bloomberg says. For tenants not aware, this is whom we pay our hard earned money to every month.



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