According to sources on the block, Madison Realty Capital, via property manager Silverstone Property Group shut off the gas to the building at 231 and 235 E. Fifth St. and installed electric stoves. We're told this was done with tenant permission and in accordance with the law.
However, new electric lines for the 220V stoves were needed. Madison Realty Capital had them installed temporarily, routing the wires on the sidewalk to the basement from a manhole near each building. Now work remains at a standstill nearly 10 months later, which has made some residents unhappy (photo below via the East Fifth Street Block Association).
Elsewhere, we've heard grumbles about the ongoing Con Ed presence on Seventh Street between Avenue A and First Avenue... which starts roughly outside the back entrance to the Brant Foundation...
Welcome to the Con Ed nightmare. I live on 11th between A and B, where for years there has been some kind of cordoned-off installation in the street with a constantly belching steam pipe sticking out of the asphalt that sometimes looks like a portal to Hell, it billows so much smoke. Con Ed put it in countless years ago with no prior notice to the block, none of us know what it is, Con Ed claims they have no idea what I am talking about when I try to get more information, and the plan just seems to be to keep it there in perpetuity. What a way to run a business.
Same exact mess mid-block North side of 9th Street between First and A!
The dynamics of ConEd acting like the government with no clue or care are interesting. Must be the cushy monopoly talking.
Since the 80's.
The North side of East 5th street is a huge Rats nest thanks to this and lack of building maintenance .Rats are coming into first floor apartments annd eating our foods and are in the back of the buildings as well .
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