Friday, June 26, 2015

Christodora House residents remain without gas for cooking and hot water for the time being


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A tipster passes along word that Christodora House residents have been without gas for cooking and hot water these past two weeks... and, according to a memo — titled Important Notice #3 — dated June 19 from the management company, there won't be any in the weeks ahead either here in the residential building on Avenue B at East Ninth Street...



The memo notes that "the plumbing company has successfully obtained the required Buildings Department permit and are in the process of replacing defective lines in the basement where the initial leak originated."

And what's next? Back to the memo...

"Once all the gas lines hold the required pressure, the plumbers will contact Con Edison to schedule their building inspection. Please note the pressure tests and the Con Edison inspection is expected to be a lengthy process over several weeks, if not longer. It is hard to determine a time frame at this point."

15 comments:

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Corcoran Group Real estate says the historic Christodora House is highly sought-after, pre-war, doorman/elevator condo building on Tompkins Square Park with laundry and bike storage.

Notice they don't say anything about gas for cooking and hot water.

Edmund Dunn said...

"Die Yuppie Scum"

Ah, memories. Who knew?

Hey, Christo and Dora knew about this, that's why (in addition to the outside renovations) they didn't nest there this year. Those hawks are EV cool smart.

Anonymous said...

With the rotting infrastructure in the neighborhood--and probably the city as a whole--this going to happen in more and more buildings, and it needs to happen unless, of course, you think a gas explosion is no big deal.

Anonymous said...

The comments vs those made as regards to 128 Second Avenue is striking. Where is the love?

Anonymous said...

Looks like they are not replacing entire system which should decrease downtime significantly. Lucky building is not Landmarked as it could delay getting permits.

Anonymous said...

Gas in my building (7th street) has been shut down for more than 3 months now. Thankfully it's just cooking gas. Water is being heated by oil.
Con Ed inspected the building 2 weeks ago and approved all repairs to the gas pipes, and gave ok for the gas to be turned back on again, but it will STILL be at least another month until they generously will ACTUALLY turn gas back on. Why? No one knows. Ugh!

The Christodora House residents better buy some hot plates. This will take many weeks.

Scuba Diva said...

Considering that most people who live in the Christodora order in or go out to eat, the gas shutoff is not a big deal. I agree with Anon. 9:38—better safe than sorry.

Anonymous said...

It shows how bad things are when people who live in a fancy building that is taken care of are dealing with leaky gas pipes.

Anonymous said...

We are also without gas and have been for approx. 3 weeks at 649 E 9th Street...

Anonymous said...

@ 11:13AM

You are so correct - Con Ed can take a month after their final inspection to reconnect service. It is a hopeless system and should be investigated.

Clearly, safety is paramount, but if DOB permits are issued, licensed plumber is used, DOB confirms and then Con Ed inspection reconfirms that all is ok - why does it take weeks and weeks more to reconnect the service? There is no rational explanation.

Anonymous said...

From what I've heard, the water is not affected by the outage. It must be heated by oil. But there is no ability to use the stove stop or the dryers in the laundry room. The people I know who live there are FAR from elite. They are mostly hard working types for whom ordering food in every or shopping for prepared foods, getting laundry done out, while not a hardship, is certainly more than a nuisance.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! We didn't have gas for almost the entire year. Between getting permits and then getting work done and finally gettin Con Ed out for the final inspection in each apartment, it was 3 weeks short of a year. Hope you like your hot plate.

Anonymous said...

My old building in Chelsea has been without cooking gas for this reason for more than a month now. One of the initial plumbers who came to my apt to look behind my stove told me that a decree had come down from the city on all buildings of a certain age to have gas leaks checks and repairs after the 2nd Avenue explosion.

Anonymous said...

If the Christodora has hot water, it could have a gas line linkup separate from the residential (which are individually metered). However, they're probably burning oil because the CH boilers can burn either natural gas or oil. It's a bit more complex than flipping a switch, but not all that time consuming or expensive in light of their predicament. The key thing is to switch over before the swimming pool cools off too much, because it takes almost a week to bring it up to temp starting from scratch.

Christopher Pelham said...

I don't see any scaffolding in the photo. Does this mean the Hawks' nest was destroyed for no good reason? And would that make it a crime?