Posted by Tenantnet on February 22, 1999 at 23:11:12:
In Reply to: Landlord Using Noise & More posted by Ron on February 20, 1999 at 01:57:17:
Yes, it's happening all over. Not a conspiracy to create noise, but one
that has the result of driving the middle class out of Manhattan. These
are people with no connection to the city; they will pick up and move in
a few months or few years. They won't put down roots and raise families.
What suffers is the tax base, the schools, the retails shops. ANd tenants
will be driven out. What's unfortunate is that most tenant activists,
including my friends at Met Council, are so focused on "affordable housing,"
that they can't see the larger picture.
: My wife and I have been living on the Upper West Side for 20 years, in the same Rent Stabilized apartment. After the dust cleared from the last Big Battle between Albany and we tenants, my landlord went to work. He's installed as many warehousers/students/non-lease holders etc. all around the older tenants as he could, along with the Led Feet. These are individuals to groups, who try their best to make as much noise as they can, and in any way possible short of setting off an explosive. They have kept this up now for several months. It's my nature to dismiss noise, especially deliberate noise, it's New York. That's what I've been using for a psychological cushion. However, while waiting for a bus recently, I was made aware of similar problems that have been plaguing different parts of Manhattan, by a man who'd just come to task with his landlord and over situations that were too similar to mine to be mere coincidence. It was as if he'd pulled all of the experiences I'd had over the last several months, right out of my memory banks! We didn't have to exchange scenarios, they WERE the same scenarios. As a matter of fact, as I write this right now, there is loud blaring music being played above me, the volume of which is being raised and lowered, hard heeled boots walking from one end of the apartment to the other etc. They must do 25 miles a night up there, and they have studied their craft well.. they're crafty as hell.. they never risk playing music or making noise for any great legnth of time. This is to avoid my calling the local precinct, I guess. Thy've got this thing down to a science!
: The man I spoke with and I agreed that it's an all too obvious conspiracy, and that we of course need to take action. Especially because along with the noise and lack of building maintenance, dirt, disrepair, lingering construction, psychological debilitation and elevator breakdowns, have come apartment break ins and now.. fear.
: If there is anyone out there who has or is presently experiencing this type of harassment, please contribute and share your ideas. Maybe we can speak to the issue in a legal way.. through Met Council or some other body, maybe? Thank you in advance, for any contributions.
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