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Rodent Academy!
April 17, 2014, 6:00 pm

Community Board #1 will hold a Rodent Academy, with representatives from the Department of Health regarding out of control rodent activity in our community and what can be done about it.

Diane Lapson, President of IPNTA and member of CB1, walked the area with Department of Health and Community Board representatives and discovered a vacant lot where rats are multiplying and feeding.

The Quality of Life Committee of Community Board 1 is sponsoring the discussion.

Quality of Life Committee – 6:00 PM
Location: Independence Plaza North 310 Greenwich Street, 2nd Floor Community Room

Committee Meeting – 6:00-6:15PM
Lower Manhattan Construction update by NYC DOT Representative.

Rodent Academy – 6:15-8:00PM
Guest Speaker Caroline Bragdon, MPH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Voucher Issues

Letter from Borough President Gail Brewer to HPD and the Mayor regarding the downsizing of voucher tenants.
Download the letter (pdf)

This letter followed the Feb 24th meeting held at IPN.

IPNTA Newsletter, October 2013 - download PDF newsletter

October 3rd Deadline for the Victims Compensation Fund has passed.

However, the World Trade Center Health Program is still available -- this is separate from the VCF.

See our web page, World Trade Center Health Programs, for a list of links and applications.

Our thanks to 911 Environmental Action and WTC Health Outreach, who provided very helpful information at our meeting on Sept 19th.

Congressman Nadler Speaks out for Our Voucher Tenants

After meeting with IPN residents in August, Congressman Nadler got to work, along with our other elected officials, to protect our voucher tenants.

The following press release refers to the congressional letter he sent out on September 4th.

CONGRESSMAN JERROLD NADLER 10th Congressional District of New York Nadler Leads Letter on Section 8 Housing Cuts in New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) was joined by nine of his colleagues in the New York Congressional delegation in a letter to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development expressing concerns about recent changes to its Section 8 Housing Voucher Program.

“While I understand that sequestration drastically limits the budget of the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), the policy changes that HPD has made to its Section 8 Housing Voucher Program hurt those New Yorkers who need the most help,” said Nadler. “In this letter, my colleagues and I urge HPD ‘to re-examine these changes and consider alternatives that minimize the impact on our most vulnerable families and ensure there are no evictions of people currently receiving Section 8 vouchers.’ We look forward to HPD’s response, and I will continue to help lead the fight against the deep and unprecedented reductions in funding as a result of sequestration – which I have long opposed.”

In addition to Congressman Nadler, the following members of Congress signed the letter: Reps. Yvette Clarke, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, José Serrano, and Nydia Velázquez.

Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents New York’s 10th Congressional District, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Twitter: @RepJerryNadler

Update on Pier 26 Concerts - July and beginning of August 2013

Dear Tenants:

On June 26, 27 and 28th there were three concerts on Pier 26, and many tenants were upset by the extremely loud noise and especially bass reverberation sounds that flooded the airwaves. Independence Plaza was not the only residential community affected. There were 13 pages of people who called in to 311 complaining about the loud noise. In contrast, the concert that took place last week only had 7 calls into 311. However, tenants are concerned about the ongoing concerts.

About 9 residents came to the Quality of Life Committee at the Community Board last Thursday evening to discuss and register their complaints, suggestions, etc. Present were the representatives from the Heritage of Pride events and The Hudson River Park Trust organization, who booked the concerts. I did not overly encourage tenants to attend, knowing the limited space and because of the extreme heat. I felt a good representation was all we needed. Thanks to those of you who came and represented the tenants of Independence Plaza. Much appreciated.

I had a meeting with Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust at her request. It appears that they are very genuine in their desire to mitigate the situation. They are going to experiment with sound and bass, starting tonight with FUN, a group that is performing two concerts this month. The speakers, she explained, when HRPT were responsible for them, were installed facing down and they are going to make sure that the sound is not any higher than the legal decibel level.

Additionally, she would like me to give feedback - and have an ongoing dialog about what works and what does not. If they cannot fix issues so the noise is bearable, they will not have those kinds of concerts there in the future. I mentioned and explained IP tenant Liz Berger's suggestion of facing the speakers towards the river at the front of the pier as an alternative to fix the problem next year; (it is too cost prohibitive to even think about that now) but again, if these initial steps do not work out, they will not have the concerts next year. They do not want to create community problems. There is some money that is raised for the Hudson River Park Trust, which helps to pay for the high cost of all the other downtown concerts and activities.

However, causing a community problem, again, is not their desire, said Madelyn Wills. Please note that they also received many emails saying how much fun people had at the concerts on the pier; so there are folks who enjoyed it as well as folks who were disturbed by the loudness of the sound. Whether those folks who enjoyed it live at Independence Plaza or the surrounding area on the water, I do not know. One of the problems is that Heritage of Pride controlled their own sound and activity. Before next year’s event, we will be speaking with them about their 3-day extravaganza. They did mention that perhaps they wouldn’t have full-blown music for the whole three days, and actually, they were supposed to have only talking for the first two events; music on the third. Though we made it very clear at the CB meeting that by no means did any of us have any problems with their celebrating the end of gay pride weekend, it nonetheless impacted in a big way on our community and things need to be discussed to change that for the future.

Having them find another location would take a lot of community activism; the state desired them on that pier. Hudson River Park Trust did come to the community board, Tribeca Committee to present these plans twice. Once back in April, and then, recently. They presented the plans in advance, before booking and the Tribeca Committee was unanimously in favor of concerts on the pier, feeling we haven’t had entertainment down here for a long time. I don’t think anyone realized the impact of how sound travels on the water, and with surrounding buildings.

But there are about 7 more concerts coming up. I really need feedback to know how many people are upset. Some people are not. I must be fair.

See article in Tribeca Trib:
Residents Sound Off Over Concert Noise from Tribeca's Pier 26, Tribeca Trib

Previously posted information about J-51 is now on the J-51 page. IPNTA Statement about our J-51 Lawsuit is on the J-51 page. Also see In The Press.

From the February 2013 Newsletter...

Tenants Fight for Affordable Rents at IPN

As our readers know, the J-51 litigation, which we hoped would lower rents for many residents is over and the landlord has prevailed. Long term tenants (pre- July 2004) are still protected by the agreement negotiated between the landlord and the tenants association in March 2004. And the fight to protect and preserve affordable housing continues. But the courts have ended this particular fight to keep IPN rent regulated.  Download full story

Update on Rodent Problems

The Tenant Association has been working with the Departments of Health and Sanitation on the rodent issue around IPN. So far, the D.O.S. put barriers in many of the planting areas to prevent the building of nests.  Download full story

2013 Tenant Association Membership

It’s time to renew your annual membership in the Independence Plaza (North) Tenants Association (IPNTA). If you are new to Independence Plaza, welcome aboard.

Other relevant reading...

Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition has good articles about affordable housing in general and former Mitchell-Lama complexes, including IPN.

Links to Court Case:

Info on DHCR Rent Increase Letter is on the Archive page.

"Best Doorman in New York"
Onnie Rose, 310 Greenwich's well-loved doorman, was featured in Daily News Best Doorman in New York article. Congratulations, Onnie!
NY Daily News, November 27, 2011

Previous Stories -- see IPNTA Newsletters or Archive

Join IPNTA Membership Form 2013
HPD Medical Form HPD Medical form for Voucher Tenants - Oct 2013
Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition Opposition to new anti-Roberts Bill
Oct 2010- Instructions for Filing Overcharge
Retainer/Solidarity Forms
Retainer/Solidarity Forms
DHCR Overcharge Form http://www.nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf
J51 Decision, Aug 2010 Decision_30_Aug_2010.pdf
General Meeting May 2010 Presentaton/Discussion: Why IPN Should Have Been Rent Stabilized Beginning on June 29, 2004
J51 Law Suit Judge Friedman's decision in the J-51 case, released Friday, April 3, 2009 (also see Archive)
September 28, 2007: On September 27, Judge Friedman issued two interim decisions about the J-51 case. Both are posted here as pdfs:
 J51 Summary Judgment Decision and IPNTA decision re Amend Complaint   [Full story in Archive...]
2010 Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR Oct 2010 - Information and Forms to be posted shortly
DHCR Web site: http://nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf
2008 - Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR - Group Filing Mar 2008 - Information about the first filing is in our Archive for reference.
The complaint forms have been filed by our attorney with DHCR, accompanied by this cover letter  (Full story -- see Archive or March 2008 Newsletter)
IPNTA Bylaws IPNTA Bylaws (Amended Nov 2009)
IPN Settlement Agreement IPN Settlement Agreement (March 2004)

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News and information for IPN's Senior Residents

"Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City" from Manhattan Borough President Stringer is posted on the Seniors Page.

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Important IPN Contacts

(212) 962-3530


Security & After Hours Emergencies:
(212) 376-4161
Keeping In Touch With IPNTA

To contact IPNTA, please do the following:

Either drop a note in the lobby tenant box, marked "IPNTA," (the preferred way), with your name, phone, and apartment, or e-mail us at info@ipnta.org., or speak to your floor captain.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Tenant Association. If you are interested in renting an apartment, contact the Management Office, 212-962-3530. Thank you.
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Maintenance Issues
As always, first call maintenance: 800-313-0611.

If not being addressed by management, contact us by note in lobby tenant box, or email info@ipnta.org. Print clearly and give name, phone, AND email! Thanks

You can also print out the IPN Tenant Complaint Form. Drop the complaint form in the Lobby Box.
Neighbor to Neighbor: The Downtown Solution
IPNTA's Guide to Community Healing
Booklet in PDF version (363k) or View Online.
Tips for building community and suggestions for emergency preparedness.