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July 2020


The SPC Gratitude Fund. SPC Staff continue to serve our community in the face of the covid-19 pandemic. Shareholders are donating to express their gratitude. Learn about this program and consider making a donation. more


Election 2020: SPBuzz didn't cover this year's election. There is too much chaos (and lethargy) in my world right now.


October 2019


Off-Topic. Off-topic, but here's an important article about "propaganda in the age of Trump". more


June 2019


The Results. No surprises this year! more




Chronic Problems Characterize SPC Elections. Another election is coming to pass with our Board dismissing outrageous errors in our election process. more




Asked The Candidates: Five questions have been presented to each Candidate. Let's see what they have to say. more


May 2019


Met The Candidates: Here is a report on the meeting and audio of the proceedings. more




Election 2019: Three seats are up for grabs with just four Candidates vying for them. It seems this year may be a welcome respite from last year's contentious election. more


October 2018


Know Your (Air) Rights! It's been a wild ride, with a very contentious plan, a vote to reject it, and a petition to re-vote on it, before the developer stepped in to put that plan to rest. Where do we stand? What have we learned? And where do we go from here?
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June 2018


Proxy Receipts? As in so many prior years, this year's results were announced in a cloud of confusion with regard to proxy receipts.Although SPBuzz was informed that receipts would be sent on a "rolling basis", we've documented that multiple receipts were not received until long after they were mailed, with Election America claiming that the problem was with the post office. In some cases, receipts seem not to have been sent at all. And in any case, the results of the election were certified long before receipts were in-hand. Stay tuned.




The Results: The flood of documents at the end of the campaign were daunting, and SPBuzz couldn't keep up! Everything is updated now, and word on the street is that there is still raging interest in making a deal. more





SPBuzz Weighs In: For the first time since its founding in 2004, SPBuzz breaks with its tradition of taking no side with regard to voting decisions that are presented to the SPC community.more





Election 2018: The Election Corner is raging. Documents are rapidly being added to the Air Rights repository; there are significant developments in our proxy receipt process, and "Ask The Candidate" responses have started coming in. more



May 2018


Election 2018: Final terms of the proposed sale of Air Rights Four have been set, and the SPC BOD unanimously supports a "yes" vote. more




Election 2018: Four seats are up for grabs and Air Rights are on the ballot. This will be a contentious election! Check back for ongoing coverage. more


February 2018


Air Rights: SPBuzz exclusive articles are now annotated with "key points". Also a repository of all key of documents and dates pertaining to this urgent topic. more


January 2018


Trader Joe's? Nobody Knows! Trader Joe's won't confirm a forthcoming store at Essex Crossing site. more


When is a holiday not a holiday? When it's not a holiday! An open letter by a neighbor who questions what we deem to be "holidays" and makes a case for permitting moving on such days. more


December 2017


Holiday Tipping: Wondering if and how to tip? SPBuzz breaks it down. more




Air Rights: More than just a central clearinghouse of all information, SPBuzz has been producing a number of significant reports and insightful analyses. more


June 2017


Proxy Receipt: Fail: Election results were certified despite significant proxy receipt problems. Were illegal ballots mailed in? We'll never know. This will be documented. more


July 2016


Key Fobs: Our co-op has just transitioned to the use of digital keyfobs for entry to our buildings. Although this brings about many benefits, its implementation at SPC introduces significant privacy, entitlement, security, and ergonomic issues. more


Excessive Courtyard Lighting: The Courtyard between Buildings #1-2 is certainly well illuminated at night, with over fifty lamps lined up, many of them less than twenty feet apart. The lamps were installed with the aim of safety, but are deemed to be problematic to neighbors whose windows face the courtyard, for whom nighttime darkness is largely offset by the floodlights. more


Cycle Hazard: Cycling is great it offers convenience, independence, affordability, speed, exercise, all with a minimal environmental impact. However, some manifestations of cycling in our neighborhood are outright hazardous. more


August 2015


Open Gates! The Essex Street Gate of Seward Park has been opened! more


June 2015


Mental Brassiere. The way the election, the new assessment, and other topics presented by SPBuzz are ignored, obliquely referenced, or explicitly copied by the Proboards and SPComm fora brings to mind the "mental brassiere" described in Italo Calvino's great short story. more




Assessment! As a final act, our prior Board unanimously approved ~$13/room assessment.




The Results Are In. Stember, Fineman, Cullman, Erez. more




Maintenance Increase? The Annual Meeting turned into a sort of love-in for the pro-maintenance-increase crowd. SPBuzz shares some observations on the circumstances surrounding this. more




ELECTION CORNER 2015. Voting is done, and receipts should all be on their way. We're expecting results to be announced on-or-about Wednesday, June 17. In the meantime, monitoring of our proxy-receipt process is on-going; check here for details. more


January 2015


Open Letter to David Pass. An open letter was delivered to David Pass and all SPC apartments. Shareholders are responding to SPBuzz, but Dave Pass and our Board remain silent. Now published: The original message sent to the entire Board on June 17, 2014. more


January 2015


Accident on Clinton Street. A contractor was injured while working on a "standpipe line" — a water pipe used by the Fire Department in the event of fires. The contractor was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, and is expected to be recover. more


December 2014


Open Letter to David Pass. Our Board chose to ignore critical flaws in our election this year which, among other things, rendered our process of proxy-ballot receipts meaningless. This open letter to David Pass is being distributed to all resident shareholders. more


June 2014


Receipts Not Received. Another open demanding follow-up on the fact that proxy receipts were not sent as they were supposed to. more




The Winners. Non-receipt of proxy receipts notwithstanding, the winners were announced. more




Proxy Receipts 2014. Following up on this year's proxy receipt issues. more




The more things change, the more things stay the same. Open letter to our Board of Directors about this year's election Issues. more




All You Wanted To Know About The Air Rights Referendum But Were Too [Bent Out Of Shape] To Ask. more




Election Corner 2014: All you need to know: Candidate Statements, Audio of Meet-The-Candidates, Ask-The-Candidates Responses, Election Issues, and the Air Rights Referendum. more


May 2014


The Ayes Have It! ALL NINE Candidates recommend that Shareholders vote YES on the forthcoming resolution. more




Met The Candidates! more




Referendum 2014! There will be a referendum on this year's ballot seeking to require overwhelming Shareholder approval of any sale of Air Rights. Text of the referendum is available. more


April 2014


Recycling: Despite advancements with regard to recycling, our ground-floor recycling slots remain sorely inadequate. more


July 2013


Election Corner 2013: The Board selects John Ryan to fill the seat vacated by Goldstein, rather than appoint fourth-placed Candidate Skidelsky. more


June 2013


Election Corner 2013: The results are in! more


May 2013


What does Election Fraud mean to you? As our election draws near, SPBuzz encourages you to consider the impact election fraud has on our elections. more




Repointing in Action.
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January 2012  


Election Issues: Unresolved. Once again, more than six months after yet documented fraud in our election, no investigation has been undertaken. more




Beer/Wine License for Eastwood? Eastwood Chip Shop just opened on the corner of East Broadway and Clinton. SPBuzz encourages Shareholders to come out in support their application for a Beer/Wine License at the CB3 meeting on February 11. more


December 2012  


Thanksgiving in December? SPBuzz encourages Shareholders to tip the security, maintenance and office staff whose dedication contribute so much to the quality of our community. more


For the Record. Election issues of non-receipt of receipt and a documented instance of a fraudulent proxy remain unresolved. In a message to our Board on December 6, 2012, I quoted a message that I sent on June 25, 2012, in which I quoted a message I sent on April 24, 2011:

... When we face problems in our elections year after year, it stops looking like honest mistakes, conflicting priorities, or a desire to “move forward”, and starts to look like deliberate foot-dragging and obstruction.


June 2012


Got Proxy Receipts (again)? Two weeks after our election was certified, proxy receipts still have not been received. more




Open the Gates of Seward Park! While we wait for our election results (and proxy receipts) to come in, please consider a simple idea for adding vitality to our neighborhood. more




Terrace Tomatoes Update: Gearing up for July's Tomato Tasting tournament; check out the garden (youtube video)!


May 2012


Tigers: What rules do we have in our bylaws regarding tigers? more


April 2012


Terrace Tomato Tasting Tournament: Do you grow tomatoes on your terrace? Stay tuned for the first ever SPBuzz Terrace Tomato Tasting Tournament, coming in July!




New Treasurer, Steam Study, Financial Update & Meeting: This flyer from Board President Eric Mandelbaum was distributed in part of Building 2 and perhaps nowhere else. more


Election Corner in April? The seasons are not the only thing out of whack; the first campaign flyers have already come in beneath our doors. more


November 2011 


Jump 11. We have a unique opportunity for a world-wide moment of solidarity, and I don't mean rapture! more


September 2011 


Man Over Board! Eric Mandelbaum is our new President, and that Bill King has resigned, leaving a vacancy to be filled at the Board's discretion.




The Re-results are in! Congratulations to Wolfson, Aranoff, Goldstein and Mandelbaum! more


August 2011


Our Story So Far... On July 1, management announced that there were tallying errors by the machine in Building-3, and that residents who voted there would be asked to recast their votes. It was subsequently announced that the whole community would be repolled, and a date was set for September 14th. Meanwhile, Director Margarett Jolly has resigned from the Board, and Candidates Finston and Ramirez have withdrawn their candidacies. This is gonna get ugly folks! more


July 2011


Our 15 Minutes of Fame. Our election conflict gets covered by the NY Times and Director Margarett Jolly resigns rather than be associated with what she describes as "a preordained election outcome."more




To Repoll or Not to Repoll, That is the Question! Our election results have been proclaimed to be inaccurate, with a repoll date for Building 3 scheduled for July 19. Meanwhile, many in our community demand a brand new election. more


June 2011


The People Have Spoken! Or maybe not. The results of our election have not been certified, and revotes for those who voted in the Building 3 booths are scheduled for July 19. more


May 2011


Floor Refinishing Testimonial! more


April 2011


Who Keeps Track of Key Track? Automated notifications when keys are removed and replaced have not been working at least since April 7. more




Fix Our Elections! The investigation into the proxy fraud conducted during our last election opens more questions than it resolves, leading SPBuzz to ask why it is objectionable to properly investigate this issue. more




Hester Fair/Greenmarket Update. Last year's trial run has led to significant changes regarding the Hester Street Fair and Greenmarket, and plans for a new Youthmarket. more




Gender Clubs an Election Issue? At the March 2nd meeting, questioning the rationale behind having separate Ladies and Men's clubs was referred to as an "election issue". more


March 2011


Elections an Election Issue? The promised investigation of the proxy fraud that was discovered in our last election was never completed. more




"Projects" Meeting. An overview of many projects, including a frank discussion of the Hallways fiasco. more


July 2010


Hester Street Needs Us. When the Hester Street Fair opened, there was a waiting list of interested vendors. Now there are more than a few empty booths. more




Proxy Haze. Details of how our proxy problem was resolved have not been disclosed, and SPBuzz is aware of one shareholder whose proxy ballot was never verified. more


June 2010


The People Have Spoken. Election results have been reported. more




More Spending on Gender-Based Clubs? Plans are underway to relocate and refurnish the Ladies' Lounge. Maybe we should seize the opportunity to reconsider how we allocate our space? more




Hester Street: Off the radar and onto the map. By all accounts, the Grand Opening of the Hester Street Fair was a great success. more




When is a Proxy Recipt not a Proxy Receipt? When it's not received. The SPBuzz team is in place, mailing proxy ballots, hand-delivering proxy ballots, and overriding proxy ballots. Hopefully this year we'll get our receipts as expected.


May 2010


State of the Co-op. The unprecedented "State of the Co-op" Meeting that was held on May 12th was very informative.


March 2010


SPHC Website. SPBuzz reflects on the new website in light of information published in a recent flyers.




A shout-out to Mustafa, owner of the Laura & Melinda Tailor Shop (named after his daughters) for his creative, resourceful, stylish, expert and caring salvation of a bunch of old clothes. 137 Rivington Street.


January 2010 


Grand Plan for Grand Street? A flyer by Director Deborah Finston claimed that our Board was pursuing a covert plan to redevelop our Grand Street commercial property. A memo was distributed by Board President Michael Tumminia to refute her claims.




Meeting: New Website. A meeting took place on January 12 at which the proposed website was presented and discussed.




Local Law 11. At the November meeting, our Board presented $2.5MM worth of work needed to meet "Local Law 11" requirements. The process by which they arrived at that number warrants some further disclosure.




New Website. The new SPHC website is being unveiled. It's functionality is compelling. It's price tag? Pretty steep.




Did Someone Say "Ethics"? With ethics training under their belts, we can be especially sure that our Directors will conduct elections in a robust and ethical manner.






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