Friday, October 19, 2007

Not Necessarily This Day In Knickerbocker Village History, Oct 23, 1934-NYTimes

This relates to the previous post on the proposed rent strike. Here is how it was reported in the NYTimes:
After drawing up a petition listing a series of grievances against the management of Knickerbocker Village, the $10,000,000 model apartment development which - opened on the lower East Side three weeks ago. 600 tenants voted last night to refuse to pay rent until their grievances were satisfied. More than fifty tenants expressed bitter criticism of the management n speeches at a mass meeting held in the assembly room of Public School 177 at Monroe and Market Streets. They voted to send their complaints and a petition to Mayor LaGuardia and the State Housing Board. The petition set forth sixteen specific grievances. including the
charge of "gross mismanagement, violation of agreements and abusive treatment of tenants" by the management. The petition concluded with the following resolution; "We resolve that until these conditions are remedied or compiled with to the general satisfaction of the tenants, to withhold payment of rent." / William Hirsch, chairman or the meeting, charged that the management was attempting to make the tenants "feel like objects of charity, although we are paying $12.50 a room rent." Another speaker, Mrs. Andrew Chaplin, who said she represented the mothers who had rented apartment in the development, declared that none of the play spaces prom Ised for the walfam of mothers and 1 children were available. In presenting the petition, Joseph P Seely said the Fred F. French Company. which built Knicker- hocker Village, "is violating In almost every respect the agreement under which it obtained an $8,000.000 loan" for bullding the development. Tho "village," which lies just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. was dedicated on Oct. I by Jesse H. Jones, chairman of the Reconstruc- tion Finance Corporation. Those ; present at the ceremonies Included former Governor Alfred E. Smith. Mayor LaGuardia and Controller Joseph D. McGoldrlck. The property for the development was acquired by the Preach Com- pany la the boom days as part of ft projected real estate development to supply homes for persons working In the down

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