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“Dear Friends & Neighbors,
After returning from a grueling day of walking dogs in 25 MPH winds, I came upon a disturbing scene. I was headed over to the esplanade to walk my own dogs today @ approximately 4:30 PM from my building 375 SEA. As I approached the entrance to Gateway I suddenly noticed yellow police tape blocking my path. The yellow tape was in front of the US Mail Box to both the right & far left of the neighborhood coffee shop which sits directly under the 395 Building. There was a security guard directing people, cars and taxis away from this location. I asked him what was happening because I believe in the “If you see something say something” NYC code. The guard politely informed me that a window blew out of the 395 SEA building on the 9th floor. Sure enough when I looked up their was a gaping hole where a window once sat.
I have since contacted 311, 911 & The Department of Buildings. Complaints in my name have been filed. But more needs to be done.
Last night as the temperatures dropped I noticed yet again that my windows were shaking as they often do during inclement weather. Winter will come to an end and with that we will see Spring & Summer storms. Let’s not forget that Hurricane Sandy was less than 18 months ago.
Aside of the outrageous heating/electric bills that many residents are struggling with, now our safety is at stake. How can the Lefrak organization continue to treat the residents of Gateway in this manner?
We have nothing to fear if we take a united stand against Lefrak. There is power in numbers and we have 1800 apartments in this complex.
One window blowing out is one window too many! Does an innocent person need to be hurt before Lefrak keeps its promise to the residents of this beloved community. And when the work progresses, let’s advocate for the best that money can buy and not the continued shoddy workmanship of Lefrak.
And by the way, I am a 20 year resident of Gateway. If Bin Laden didn’t drive me out, corrupt landlords won’t force me out either.
Thanks for taking the time to read this document. If you think it will help pass my story on to your friends and neighbors, too.