Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cars evicted from Apthorp parking garage

Don't let this happen at your building.



New York Post
BUILDING KICKS TENANTS' CARS TO CURB
By MELISSA KLEIN
April 27, 2008
http://www.nypost.com/seven/04272008/news/regionalnews/building_kicks_tenants_cars_to_curb_108302.htm

Tenants are being forced out of the Upper West Side's famed Apthorp apartments - and now BMWs and Bentleys are, too.

More than 100 cars were evicted Monday night and moved to other parking lots after a city building inspector, responding to a complaint, issued violations for dangerous conditions in the complex's 117-space garage.

Owners, who fork over $680 a month or more for the indoor spaces, were told that their cars could be brought to them within an hour's notice and left waiting on the street in front of the garage, but they were not informed of exactly where their cars had been relocated.

"We pay more to park in the garage per month than some people pay to rent an apartment," said one car owner unhappy about the parking arrangement.

Gilbert Rodriguez, manager of The Apthorp, said repairs could take several weeks or longer. The city identified the problem as cracked concrete and a sagging floor slab.

The limestone building, which takes up an entire block from West End Avenue to Broadway between 78th and 79th streets, has been home to Al Pacino, Rosie O'Donnell and newsman Steve Kroft.

Ronald Blumer, co-chair of the tenants committee, estimated that about 50 of the building's 163 apartments were empty as the landlord has hiked rents for tenants without regulated apartments.

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