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Important Events


Emergency Voucher Tenants Meeting

Monday September 15th -  7:10 PM
310 Greenwich Street – 2nd Floor Community Room

(We will have some special guests)

Some tenants have received letters from HPD and Management offering them a downsized apartment. To help shed some light and support on this situation, please attend an emergency voucher tenant meeting.

We are asking all tenants who are vulnerable to downsizing to attend this meeting. Panic is not the answer.  

Attend - Especially if you have received a letter offering you another apartment.

2 or more people in a 1 bedroom;
1 person in a studio
3 people in a 2 bedroom
More than 4 people in a 3 bedroom


Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00pm - 7:30pm
199 Chambers Street at BMCC

(Please note: there is a little community board business before the fire forum at 6:00 – which is always interesting. The fire forum will start shortly thereafter.)

“As we discovered in the recent fire at 310 Greenwich Street, some people panicked and left their apartments instead of sheltering in place and were overcome by smoke.

Come and learn the appropriate responses when there is a fire. Guessing is dangerous to you and those around you. It’s important to let the fire department explain what to do, how to do it and when, during an emergency.” – D.Lapson, IPNTA.

In partnership with: 
New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
Independence Plaza North Tenant Association (IPNTA)
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

This event is free and open to the public.
Space is limited, kindly RSVP to man01@cb.nyc.gov

Community Board 1
49 Chambers Street, Suite 715, New York, NY 10007-1209
Tel. (212) 442-5050    Fax (212) 442-5055  

Other News

H.A.A.D. Housing Alliance Against Downsizing

It is almost one year since HPD instituted downsizing and sadly all efforts to have a moratorium until alternate cost-saving measures can be explored have not gotten a response from neither Mayor de Blasio nor HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer wote a letter to Commissioner Been as a direct result of Been's testimony before the City Council Housing Committee April 9 Hearing. 17 of Manhattan's Federal, State and City elected officials signed on to that letter.

Downsizing affects NYCHA and former Mitchell Lama tenants in all 5 NYC boroughs, albeit in different ways. NYCHA does not have 0-bedroom apartments.

With the help of many elected officials offices, H.A.A.D. has invited every NYC Federal, State and City elected official to attend an Elected Official Press Conference on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the City Hall Plaza. Letters have not received any movement toward a moratorioum. Hopefully, the powerful voices of our elected officials will be heard. We want every elected official to call the Mayor.

As a show of tenant voices and more importantly votes, it would be great if all tenant leaders and tenants could also attend the conference. We hope a booming outcry from elected officials will be heard and acted upon by the Mayor.

Here is a Media Advisory that was sent out June 30, 2014, to the media.

Housing Alliance Against Downsizing
Monday, June 30, 2014
New York, NY

Federal, State & City Elected Officials Meet to Demand a Moratorium Against HPD’s Disastrous New Section 8 Downsizing Guidelines

What:    Press Conference with New York Federal, State & City elected officials.  Hosted by H.A.A.D., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at City Hall Plaza. 

Numerous New York elected officials will meet to speak out against HPD’s new downsizing guidelines and for the almost 9,000 previously properly-housed Section 8 Voucher tenants in all five boroughs.

The new guidelines force long-term tenants, seniors, (a vast majority of whom are elderly women in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s), and medically challenged tenants to vacate their 1-bedroom apartments and move to a 0-bedroom.  HPD also mandates that single parents with a child over 4 years must to move to a 1-bedroom no matter the sex of the child. 

Why:  HPD says they must move these tenants due to sequestered funds.  Even though these funds were released in January 2014, HPD continues downsizing the most vulnerable of New York’s tenants.

Who: H.A.A.D is a community-based tenants’ group working with New York’s federal, state and city officials to demand a moratorium on downsizing until alternate options can be explored. 

Numerous elected officials will be speaking out for a moratorium and will be available for interviews with the press.
We urgently ask that you attend and cover this important press conference.  H.A.A.D. believes that a bedroom for the elderly and single parents and their children is not a luxury! 

Contact:  Rita Popper, Co-Chair, H.A.A.D., 212-860-4540, Harri Molese, Media, H.A.A.D., 646-672-1365

Attention LAP Tenants - Rent Calculator

Some of you are receiving lease extensions this year.

You can use this rent calculator, created by one of our tenants. This will help you determine if your lease has the appropriate figures. Please use this even if you have already signed a new lease extension to check on the figures.

Download rent calculator (excel file)

Instructions for use:
Enter your base (current) rent in the yellow cell at the top of the page. Your new rent will be calculated in the "New Rent" rows for both a one-year and two-year lease extension. Based on the IPN negotiated deal, there is a 3.3% annual bump-up for three years. Therefore, a two-year lease will see a new rent total for the first year and an additional (higher) rent for the second year. (After the three years the bump-up goes down to 1 percent.)

Rodent Academy

Download the flyer, "Rat Prevention for Your Property"

Provided by Guest Speaker Caroline Bragdon, MPH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who spoke at IPN, as part of the Community Board 1 Quality of Life Committee meeting on April 17, 2014.

Voucher Issues

Letter from Borough President Gail Brewer to HPD and the Mayor regarding the downsizing of voucher tenants.
Download the letter (pdf)

This letter followed the Feb 24th 2014meeting held at IPN.

October 3rd 2013 Deadline for the Victims Compensation Fund has passed.

However, the World Trade Center Health Program is still available -- this is separate from the VCF.

See our web page, World Trade Center Health Programs, for a list of links and applications.

Our thanks to 911 Environmental Action and WTC Health Outreach, who provided very helpful information at our meeting on Sept 19th.

Previously posted information about J-51 is now on the J-51 page. IPNTA Statement about our J-51 Lawsuit is on the J-51 page. Also see In The Press.

Other relevant reading...

Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition has good articles about affordable housing in general and former Mitchell-Lama complexes, including IPN.

Links to Court Case:

"Best Doorman in New York"
Onnie Rose, 310 Greenwich's well-loved doorman, was featured in Daily News Best Doorman in New York article. Congratulations, Onnie!
NY Daily News, November 27, 2011

Previous Stories -- see IPNTA Newsletters or Archive

Documents for Download
Join IPNTA Membership Form 2014 (New or Renewal)
IPN Settlement Agreement IPN Settlement Agreement (March 2004)
HPD Medical Form HPD Medical form for Voucher Tenants - Oct 2013
Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition Opposition to new anti-Roberts Bill
Oct 2010- Instructions for Filing Overcharge
Retainer/Solidarity Forms
Retainer/Solidarity Forms
DHCR Overcharge Form http://www.nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf
J51 Decision, Aug 2010 Decision_30_Aug_2010.pdf
General Meeting May 2010 Presentaton/Discussion: Why IPN Should Have Been Rent Stabilized Beginning on June 29, 2004
J51 Law Suit Judge Friedman's decision in the J-51 case, released Friday, April 3, 2009 (also see Archive)
September 28, 2007: On September 27, Judge Friedman issued two interim decisions about the J-51 case. Both are posted here as pdfs:
 J51 Summary Judgment Decision and IPNTA decision re Amend Complaint   [Full story in Archive...]
2010 Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR Oct 2010 - Information and Forms to be posted shortly
DHCR Web site: http://nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf
2008 - Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR - Group Filing Mar 2008 - Information about the first filing is in our Archive for reference.
The complaint forms have been filed by our attorney with DHCR, accompanied by this cover letter  (Full story -- see Archive or March 2008 Newsletter)
IPNTA Bylaws IPNTA Bylaws (Amended Nov 2009)

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Seniors Page

News and information for IPN's Senior Residents

"Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City" from Manhattan Borough President Stringer is posted on the Seniors Page.

[Lunch Info]
New Caterer - Great Food!Senior Lunch Flyer

General Info
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(212) 376-4161
Keeping In Touch With IPNTA

To contact IPNTA, please do the following:

Either drop a note in the lobby tenant box, marked "IPNTA," (the preferred way), with your name, phone, and apartment, or e-mail us at info@ipnta.org., or speak to your floor captain.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Tenant Association. If you are interested in renting an apartment, contact the Management Office, 212-962-3530. Thank you.
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Maintenance Issues
As always, first call maintenance: 800-313-0611.

If not being addressed by management, contact us by note in lobby tenant box, or email info@ipnta.org. Print clearly and give name, phone, AND email! Thanks

You can also print out the IPN Tenant Complaint Form. Drop the complaint form in the Lobby Box.
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IPNTA's Guide to Community Healing
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Tips for building community and suggestions for emergency preparedness.