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Old 08-18-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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You need to know someone if you expect to live in the nicer areas of the complex. Elechester is broken into sections 1-5 with 1 being the nicest and best maintained. The quality slides down the higher your section number.

Generally, the people living in sections 1 & 2 are people connected in the union or related to someone connected in the union. Because they receive some federal funding and tax breaks, they are required to rent a certain percentage of the apartments out, and accept programs. Section 5 is basically all low income housing. Though, imo, still well maintained.

The co-ops are really cheap to buy (shares), 3 years back a 3 bedroom was $7500 with an $1100 monthly maintenance, which includes your gas/electric, heat, water. All apartments are equipped with window unit a/cs in each room. The intent was to allow a middle class family to be able to spend a few years there and then move on to homeownership.

For an additional $100 a month you can have a washer/dryer in your apartment. You can also get on the waiting list for a parking spot in the lot or an actual garage.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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I used to live in Elechester and Loved it looking to live there now that I'am older... The bus depends on where you live it right up the block from there IDK for sure but it takes you to midtown, Manhattan. I hope they have more respectful people living there thats what made it a great community !
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:32 PM
 
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You need to know someone if you expect to live in the nicer areas of the complex. Elechester is broken into sections 1-5 with 1 being the nicest and best maintained. The quality slides down the higher your section number.

Generally, the people living in sections 1 & 2 are people connected in the union or related to someone connected in the union. Because they receive some federal funding and tax breaks, they are required to rent a certain percentage of the apartments out, and accept programs. Section 5 is basically all low income housing. Though, imo, still well maintained.

The co-ops are really cheap to buy (shares), 3 years back a 3 bedroom was $7500 with an $1100 monthly maintenance, which includes your gas/electric, heat, water. All apartments are equipped with window unit a/cs in each room. The intent was to allow a middle class family to be able to spend a few years there and then move on to homeownership.

For an additional $100 a month you can have a washer/dryer in your apartment. You can also get on the waiting list for a parking spot in the lot or an actual garage.
You're wrong. They're called "housings," not "sections" and 5th housing, I would venture to say, is the nicest as they are the two tall towers with bigger apartments, floor to ceiling windows and two bathrooms (none of the other housings have two bathrooms), not to mention city views.

I live in Electchester. It is not low income housing in terms of NYCHA or the like in the least; on the contrary, it seems that the powers that be do not let just anyone into fifth housing and they seem to pick and choose "people who know people" to live there.

None of our air conditioners are window units either. They are in the wall and can only be seen inside your apartment. Also, we are not allowed our own washers/dryers (that's why each building has a laundry room) but lots of us have our own hookups.

The whole hoopla over "some housings are lower income" is completely false. Some buildings are nicer than others but that's only because some housing offices are staffed by idiots with lazy maintenance men and pigs for tenants and some aren't. That's just the long and short of it.

The neighborhood is slowly going downhill because people just don't care anymore; they litter and generally act like hooligans. It's sad because Electchester used to really be beautiful. I've lived here all my life apart from 2 years spent in Italy. Also transportation here is actually extensive considering the location- you can catch any number of buses that take you to trains or other bus routes.

I just wish there were more to do around here.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Default Where do you get your info?

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You need to know someone if you expect to live in the nicer areas of the complex. Elechester is broken into sections 1-5 with 1 being the nicest and best maintained. The quality slides down the higher your section number.

Generally, the people living in sections 1 & 2 are people connected in the union or related to someone connected in the union. Because they receive some federal funding and tax breaks, they are required to rent a certain percentage of the apartments out, and accept programs. Section 5 is basically all low income housing. Though, imo, still well maintained.

The co-ops are really cheap to buy (shares), 3 years back a 3 bedroom was $7500 with an $1100 monthly maintenance, which includes your gas/electric, heat, water. All apartments are equipped with window unit a/cs in each room. The intent was to allow a middle class family to be able to spend a few years there and then move on to homeownership.

For an additional $100 a month you can have a washer/dryer in your apartment. You can also get on the waiting list for a parking spot in the lot or an actual garage.
Like the previous poster the information quoted is absolutely B...S...

5th housing is the two towers which are newer and harder to get in to. You do not own your apartment its a rental, when you move out you give back the apartment you dont get anything back but some of your deposit. Everything this person said is not true.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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Up until about 2 years ago, I had a close family member on the housing board, a higher up in the union. Look at the waiting lists and how fast some people get in in comparison to the actual wait list and what housing area they are assigned to. My cousin had a 2 bedroom in 1st housing, needed a 3; despite being told it was at least a year's wait, she was in under 2 months (about 6 1/2 years ago). Apparently, someone leap frigged through the list. Similiar situation when she originally moved in as well.

"Sections" vs "housing" terminology is splitting hairs, imo. By window units I meant it is not a central air system, not that they're necessarily in your window. The section behind the union hall, further back, is the area of in referenced in terms of mainly non-union residents- is that 4??. Friend of mine lives in there, receives housing assistance and has a much smaller rent than my cousin with a nearly identical 3 bedroom in 1st housing. Didn't realize those tall towers were section 5. Aren't they called by a different name than the rest of the complex?

Like I said, I find the complex well maintained especially in light of what general apartment living entails.

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Old 02-28-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Like the previous poster the information quoted is absolutely B...S...

5th housing is the two towers which are newer and harder to get in to. You do not own your apartment its a rental, when you move out you give back the apartment you dont get anything back but some of your deposit. Everything this person said is not true.
From what I was told, you receive back exactly what you paid at the time you moved into your apartment. Whether or not you actually own your apartment, I was told that you do.

I don't mind being corrected.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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You're wrong. They're called "housings," not "sections" and 5th housing, I would venture to say, is the nicest as they are the two tall towers with bigger apartments, floor to ceiling windows and two bathrooms (none of the other housings have two bathrooms), not to mention city views.

I live in Electchester. It is not low income housing in terms of NYCHA or the like in the least; on the contrary, it seems that the powers that be do not let just anyone into fifth housing and they seem to pick and choose "people who know people" to live there.

None of our air conditioners are window units either. They are in the wall and can only be seen inside your apartment. Also, we are not allowed our own washers/dryers (that's why each building has a laundry room) but lots of us have our own hookups.

The whole hoopla over "some housings are lower income" is completely false. Some buildings are nicer than others but that's only because some housing offices are staffed by idiots with lazy maintenance men and pigs for tenants and some aren't. That's just the long and short of it.

The neighborhood is slowly going downhill because people just don't care anymore; they litter and generally act like hooligans. It's sad because Electchester used to really be beautiful. I've lived here all my life apart from 2 years spent in Italy. Also transportation here is actually extensive considering the location- you can catch any number of buses that take you to trains or other bus routes.

I just wish there were more to do around here.

I couldn't agree more! I lived in Electchester for almost 10 years. We lived in 4th Housing and our 1 bedroom apartment was next to the Towers. When we moved to the 2 bedroom we were in building 3. Over the course of the years we noticed a lot of changes, especially with "rules". My husband was a board member so I know a thing or 2. The whole idea was for families to get started, save money and buy a house. Well, who'd want to leave considering the rent was low and you had a nice sized apartment? Over the years they started renting out to non-union members, mostly, I think, because people were saying it was discrimination. Anyway, I thought we lived on the nice side away from Pomonok. The street fair was the worst though. Too crowded and too much riff-raff. The last few months we were there seemed to be the worst. I lived across the street from the kid that was shot in the lobby. It's still low cost housing compared to apartments but the down payment cost has increased. I think it keeps out riff-raff but also, it costs TONS of money to run these buildings and they didn't have other funding for maintenance. You get what you pay for. My only problem was that you had to replace any housing items such as light fixtures or window treatments and the ridiculous bill they send you after you move out. That was all a bunch of bs. As for transportation, there are buses along the LIE service road, the bus on 164 Street and the bus along HVA. I can't see how someone can say there is no transportation. I do admit that it's not that easy getting in and it does help to know people. We tried applying for the towers and 5 years ago we were told there was a huge waiting list. It's a nice place to live and like anywhere else, it has its good and bad things.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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Default wrong again lol

a family of mine just moved out and got back less than $2000 from a $4500 deposit. they take out 1000 to paint, 700 to prime, they even charge for lightbulbs and a toilet seat! I still live here but am moving out lets see what I get back RIDICULOUS.

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From what I was told, you receive back exactly what you paid at the time you moved into your apartment. Whether or not you actually own your apartment, I was told that you do.

I don't mind being corrected.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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a family of mine just moved out and got back less than $2000 from a $4500 deposit. they take out 1000 to paint, 700 to prime, they even charge for lightbulbs and a toilet seat! I still live here but am moving out lets see what I get back RIDICULOUS.
ITEMIZE and request that you be present when they do the walk through. Like I said in my previous post, the bill they send is ridiculous. If the previous renter threw out the crappy 1950's light fixture, how can I replace it? They had the b*lls to send me a bill for lights. They replaced the modern lights that were already there when i moved in with old lights. they wanted me to PAY for the old crappy lights yet they wouldn't give me the lights they took out of my apartment. They also wanted me to pay for a damaged kitchen counter. There was nothing wrong with the counter. I think the maintenance guys put tools on the counter and scratched it. When I moved out of my 2 bedroom, I left the cans of paint in each room, hoping that the new tenants would like the colors. Luckily they did otherwise they would have killed me with re-painting fees since I did not use standard Electchester matte finish boring antique white. They have the worst painters and I don't understand why they paint first and then re-sand the floors. It's a b*tch cleaning that crap off the walls. We had floorboards and parts of the walls splattered with the varnish or whatever it is they use.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:46 AM
 
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a family of mine just moved out and got back less than $2000 from a $4500 deposit. they take out 1000 to paint, 700 to prime, they even charge for lightbulbs and a toilet seat! I still live here but am moving out lets see what I get back RIDICULOUS.
I think that's similar to most rental agreements. My parents' lease call for them to return the apt. to it's original condition at the time they moved in- 35 plus years ago or they'll lose their security deposit (all of $125).

I know when my cousin went from her 2 to 3 bedroom in Elechester her husband did indeed re-paint the apartment to the flat white it was when they moved in.
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