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Living Gets Electric on West 23rd

Blogger Joe Schumacher spots the above alarming sight on 23rd Street and queries, "Anybody know what this thing does? I saw a bunch of them this afternoon on 23rd Street between 5th and 7th Avenues. Are these new half-finished parking meters?" Or something more... shocking?

But that isn't the purpose of this post. Recall last week's reader report of construction delays at The Casa, a new Chelsea "luxury" development pissing off buyers who thought they'd be living there already? Well, seems the building hasn't been making friends along West 23rd Street either. After the jump, an amusing email exchange between a peeved neighbor and a Casa rep. This one's electric (read from the bottom up).

Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 07:21:08 -0800 (PST)
From: [Angry Local Resident]
Subject: RE: Dear New Neighbors
To: [Casa Rep]

LOL. Nice catch. The bright lights blasting into my windows all night must have me disoriented. The building owner must love the fact that you're jacking energy costs up all night due to your incompetence.

Ummm, based on the below link, I think it's safe to say that you really, really need to get your act together. Seriously, nice job. LOL http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2006/10/18/just_looking_for_a_casa_to_call_home.php


--- [Casa Rep] wrote:

Last night was October 13th. Get YOUR act together!

-----Original Message-----
From: [Angry Local Resident]
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 2:24 PM
To: [Casa Rep]
Subject: RE: Dear New Neighbors

The lights were left on again last night, October 11, on an entire floor (approximately the 9th floor). I went to bed at 2:00 AM and they were still on.

Get your act together.

--- [Casa Rep] wrote:

We are all aware the lights on this floor are turned off at 7pm every night. I thought your complaint was about the lights being left on "all" night which has not been the case.

Thank for the clarity.

-----Original Message-----
From: [Angry Local Resident]
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 7:03 PM
To: [Casa Rep]
Subject: RE: Dear New Neighbors

Go fuck yourself. The lights on the North side of your building were on and they were not construction lights. They were coming from a full floor of furnished apartments, all the way across.

The lights are now off, so apparently someone knows what the hell is going on. Gee, thanks for your great insight into the fact that Manhattan doesn't go into a complete blackout every night.

Really appreciate it. You're such a city-slicker. FYI, my blinds have been closed all along. Thanks for your suggestion. I suggest you pull your head out of your ass and learn the details of your building.

Thank you to whoever finally shut the lights off. Much better now. Glad someone over there knows what the hell is going on.

--- [Casa Rep] wrote:

There is no electricity in the building, except on the leasing floor which is the 9th floor. I just spoke to the leasing agent and she insists our lamp was turned off. I also personally turned the lamp off in my office which is the last office to your right if you are facing our building. If these are construction lights on the floor below us there is nothing we can do. It would be impossible not to see someone's light on in this city of millions of people.

I suggest you lower your blinds like most of the residents in your building are doing.

Thank you

-----Original Message-----
From: [Angry Local Resident]
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:08 PM
To: [Casa Rep]
Subject: RE: Dear New Neighbors

Thank you for your response.

The lights I am speaking of are still on right now (10:00 PM). They are on approximately the 8th floor and the windows face north toward 22nd Street. They have been on for quite a while now. I would appreciate if someone would look into this (it's also a waste of energy).

Thanks.

--- [Casa Rep] wrote:

Thank you for your communication. We normally turn all the lights off in our leasing Office after 7pm. We leave several lamps on in the office on the south side of our Building facing 21st street. Perhaps the lamp was left on by mistake a couple nights.

We will check into this.
Thank you

-----Original Message-----
From: [Angry Local Resident]
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 10:47 PM
To: [Casa Rep]
Subject: Dear New Neighbors

Dear Casa,

It has been a long, restless year as the construction crews drill, saw and hammer away while building your new, luxury building. The one time we could all find peace was at night and while sleeping (until being startled by the blasting of a construction horn early in the morning).

That said, we all understand that these are the unavoidable inconveniences that come with living in a growing area like Chelsea. However, there are things that can be prevented.

Will you please do your tolerant neighbors a favor and turn the lights off at night on the North side of your building in what appears to be model apartments on approximately the eighth floor? The lights are illuminating all of the apartments on the South side of our building at all hours of the night and it is quite intrusive.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
Your new neighbors at [Redacted] W. 22nd Street

· Just Looking for a Casa to Call Home [Curbed]
· Shocking 23rd Street Mystery [WATPA?]