The usual restrictions against moving and renovations
in "observance" of "holidays"
does not serve Shareholders. There is no reason Shareholders
should not benefit from the fact that certain holidays
are super-convenient opportunities to do exactly the
sort of activities which are normally precluded by
our Shareholders' normal schedules. Perhaps a rationale
for the usual restrictions relate to staffing, providing
for the quiet enjoyment for neighbors, or custom;
however, in most cases any such rationale does not
fully justify the usual restrictions.
Although Seward Park's business and maintenance
offices are closed on certain holidays, the security
and porter posts remain fully staffed for most holidays
- the security staff and porters are not working extra
hours (however, for many of such days they are paid
extra). So there's no reason to reduce services available
on those days, such as, for instance, someone moving
in or out, for which activities the security and porter
roles are to routinely make sure elevators are protected
and to be available for complaints or follow-up.
Consideration of Neighbors
Why would anyone mind an elevator being used for
moving today - July 3! - which is not even a holiday?
I think I speak for everyone who would balk
at the inconvenience in not being able to schedule
work because Management decided not to allow work
on July 3! And what about President's Day? The policy
is over-reaching to provide for the quiet enjoyment
of neighbors who likely aren't even home (again, today's
not even a holiday!). Even Shareholders who are home
on a holiday can tolerate some noise - we’re
not so thin-skinned - as people who work at home or
night shifts can certain attest. Permitting work on
“holidays” should not be some special
consideration but should be the normal use of a Monday
(or Tuesday, like tomorrow's 4th of July) to do something
productive, for all of us. At the risk of sounding
non-secular (except as noted below), that's what these
holidays are for.
Certainly Christmas and New Year's and Yom Kippur,
Easter, Rosh HaShanah, and Thanksgiving are observed
in a manner that we want to respect the quiet family
time of people observing it, but the usual flyers
indicating that we are "observing" the 3rd
and 4th of July and Presidents Day, etc, are absurd.
If we "observed" Labor Day we'd give the
porters the day off, rather than restricting moves.
If we "observed" Memorial Day we would be
visiting veteran cemeteries and observing a moment
of silence rather than restricting moves. "President's
Day"?!?! We should reflect on these biases in
the light that somehow "holidays" have morphed
into days when people might stand their ground to
protect their right to sit home all day to watch YouTube
videos - I doubt that safeguarding such observances
should be our priority.
With regard to Moves and Large Deliveries, the house
14. Moves and Large Deliveries. Moves in or
out and large deliveries shall take place only on
such days and times, and in accord with such rules
and regulations, as are prescribed by the Board
of Directors and the Manager.
Such a house rule seems to make sense but it suggests
(1) that the Board of Directors is involved in making
such a determination, and (2) it alludes some alternate
body of "rules and regulations" (which I
suspect does not exist). I am told that exceptions
to the usual restrictions are made - for instance,
if a moving van arrives and can't be turned back,
a security guard might call a supervisor and obtain
permission, which underscores a further problem, as
the house rules continues:
[...] The Lessor reserves the right, in addition
to other remedies, to prevent or halt any delivery
or move which violates said rules and regulations.
The fact that a move can be approved, besides exposing
a lack of rules and regulations, shows there's no
physical or procedural limitation preventing the activity,
and also shows how the unreasonably restrictive policy
becomes an avenue for preferential treatment of shareholders.
The usual restrictions on moves and deliveries is
similarly vague with regard to scheduling renovations.
The Board should question the usual restrictions and
recognize that they are not to be blindly accepted
and "observed," but, rather, that Management
should always cater to Shareholder concerns and not
that the Shareholders should cater to Management.
These usual restrictions are a disservice to Shareholders.
Very truly yours,