IPNTA Newsletter, October 2013 - download PDF newsletter
- DHCR Order Terminating Proceeding - The J-51 Battle Ends for IPN Tenants
- Update on Voucher Tenant Information
- HPD Medical form for Voucher Tenants
- Entertainment on Pier 26
- IP Amenity Center a.ka. “The Gym”
- Seniors, Special Situations and Disabled
Councilmember Margaret Chin will hold a meet and greet on Monday night at our community room - 2nd floor - 310 Greenwich Street. (October 28th) at 6:30 PM.
There will be light refreshments. Margaret would like to address questions tenants may have, and also hear from us what tenants are interested in so her office can figure out how to support us.
Last night, the Lower Manhattan Democrats met at IPN as well. Margaret and Tish James ( the future Public Advocate) were in attendance. Both talked about the Overhousing HPD Voucher issue. It would be great if you could make some time to attend and participate on Monday night. If you have any reservations about Margaret's commitment to IPN and affordable housing - you should attend and ask a question. She explained that they are hoping now, with more progressive citycouncilmembers, they can get quite a bit accomplished.
Hope to see you there. Especially if you are concerned about the overhousing issue; which both Margaret and Tish said the new Mayor could have big input. John Scott has already spoken on behalf of IPN to him and we spoke about it with Tish James last night. She was also at the recent demonstration uptown.
Quite convenient that it's at IPN. So I hope you can make it.
Our two district leaders, John Scott and Jean Grillo will also attend.
-- Thanks Diane Lapson, President IPNTA
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.
Update on Pier 26 Concerts - July and beginning of August 2013
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.
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
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:
- NYC Courts - http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2012/2012_02441.htm
- Leagle.com - http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20NYCO%2020120403276.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR
Info on DHCR Rent Increase Letter is on the Archive page.
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
|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)|