Handbook

Dear Co-operator:

Welcome to Queensview!

We hope that your residence here will be a long and happy one. To acquaint you with the many facets of our cooperative, we have prepared this handbook, which tells you how we function.

You may find that those who live here think that Queensview ("QV") is something special, even unique. One reason is the pride we take in our physical plant, the grounds, the play areas, the facilities, etc. Another is the way the entire area is excellently maintained. But perhaps the most important reason is the realization that QV is run by us, that we, the cooperators, are fully in charge here. Because QV is self-governing, we look to incoming cooperators not only as new neighbors, but as people who can, and should, pick up the responsibilities of running the place. The continued success of QV depends on your participation in our affairs.

The success of QV can be attributed to a number of factors. Among these are a convenient location, generous ground space, good planning and excellent architectural design. The complex comprises 14 buildings (726 apartments in total) set on 9 acres. Each building has approximately 52 apartments, with only four apartments on a floor, permitting everyone to enjoy a corner apartment. The buildings are offset and occupy only 14% of the land, so that there is space for two playgrounds and off-street parking, all surrounded by spacious lawns and attractive landscaping. Each building has a laundry room and several buildings have community or club rooms, which are extensively used by a wide-ranging variety of groups.

But these positive features could easily have been negated without the dedication of scores of cooperators who over the years have given freely of their time and abilities to make QV the success that it is. The continued success of QV, however, will depend largely on the willingness of the incoming cooperators to carry on in the same spirit.

As a cooperator, you are both a shareholder and a tenant. In this handbook we summarize your rights and responsibilities in your dual capacity.

Please keep this document accessible for easy reference. We encourage you to contact the office for the most current rules and policies. Also, we suggest that you retain Board minutes and notices that relate to the material in the handbook.

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors

I. HOW WE GOT STARTED

Joint Queensview Housing Enterprises Inc., originally organized under the Redevelopment Companies Law of New York State, opened its doors as a pioneering middle-income cooperative housing development on 14 November 1950. As a redevelopment company, we received a 25 year tax abatement which meant that we paid real estate taxes on the value of the land and buildings before the complex was built. Also, we were obligated to receive permission from the NYC Board of Estimate (now defunct) any time we wanted to do certain things like raise the maintenance. We were also granted a mortgage on very favorable terms (paid off in 1987).

The co-op's founders were a group of public-spirited New Yorkers, including Louis H. Pink, who was then president of the New York State Housing Board and State Superintendent of Insurance. He was joined by Gerard Swope, former president of General Electric and former chairman of the New York City Housing Authority. (As a mark of gratitude to these two men, whose inspiration made QV possible, the cooperators subsequently dedicated the community rooms in buildings 7 and 14 to them).

The first Board of Directors consisted of Mr. Pink, president of QV; Mr. Swope, chairman of the board, and such prominent citizens as Henry Morgenthau, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; David Sarnoff, chairman of the board of RCA; Mary K. Simkhovitch, director emeritus of Greenwich House; Thomas J. Watson, vice-president of IBM; Howard S. Cullman, chairman of the New York Port Authority; Bernard Gimble, president of Gimble Brothers; Howard C. Shepard (QV's first treasurer), president of National City Bank (now Citibank); the Very Reverend E. Roberts Moore, formerly of the New York City Housing Authority; Mrs. Yorke Allen of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council; Albert Lasker of the Lasker Foundation; Beardsley Ruml, chairman of the Board of Macy's; and G. Howland Shaw, president of the Welfare Council of New York.

The Board retained Maxwell Tretter as counsel (who served in this capacity for many years); George Brown and Bernard Guenther, architects; Alfred Rheinstein (former chairman of the New York City Housing Authority and a leader in the cooperative housing movement), builder; James Felt, consultant for management and tenant selection; and Abraham Kazan, consultant for cooperative practice.

The prospective cooperators were actively involved in the planning of QV even before construction began and made many significant contributions to the design of the buildings and grounds and the layout in the apartments. Resident cooperators were later added to the Board and eventually replaced the "public" members. Now all QV Board members are shareholders and residents.

On 3 October 1989, Joint Queensview Housing Enterprises Inc. reconstituted and converted from being a redevelopment company to being a private cooperative. At that same time, the name was changed to Queensview, Inc. The Corporation emerged from a plan of exchange pursuant to Section 913 of the Business Corporation Law of the State of New York to effect binding share exchanges, which qualified as a tax-free "reorganization" pursuant to Section 368(a)(1)(F) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

II. HOW WE ARE SET UP

Board of Directors

The corporation is under the control and supervision of the Board of Directors, elected by the shareholders at their annual meeting in May. Three of the nine-director Board are elected annually for a three-year term. Board meetings are held monthly or more often when needed. Directors must be shareholders in QV. The first part of the Board meetings is conducted in an open session for all to attend; the latter portion of the meetings (usually dealing with confidential issues) are conducted in closed session. The Board minutes are distributed electronically to all shareholders who request them; paper copies are also distributed. Directors volunteer their time and serve without compensation.

The Board sets policies, authorizes expenditures, and exercises overall supervision of the manager and the staff. Directors are not involved in the day-to-day management of QV. Suggestions and complaints of cooperators about how the manager and staff are carrying out their responsibilities should therefore not be made to individual Board members, but only by letter to the entire Board. All such letters are carefully considered at Board meetings and answered. The Board also welcomes letters from cooperators on any subject regarding the good and welfare of QV.

Governing Documents

Bylaws: The corporation bylaws are the rules and guidelines under which the Board of Directors is elected and runs the corporation. It also provides guidelines for the relationship among the corporation, the board of directors, and the shareholders. The QV bylaws are available from the management office.

Lease: The proprietary lease (or occupancy agreement) spells out the rights and obligations of the co-op and the shareholder for the use and occupancy of the apartment. You, the shareholder, become part owner of the corporation and has a proprietary lease on a specific apartment. Read your lease and the House Rules which are attached to it to become acquainted with your rights and responsibilities. The lease must be signed by all shareholders, including joint shareholders. If someone in your household is added to the stock certificate, s/he must add his signature to the lease.

Stock Certificate: Your stock certificate indicates who is/are the legal owner(s) in the cooperative corporation (QV). If the stock is held jointly, in case of death, the ownership passes to the surviving stockholder(s). A cooperator may be listed on the stock certificate, singly or jointly, only for the apartment in which s/he actually resides, i.e. you may not be a shareholder in more than one apartment. To add another name to your stock certificate, the person must be related as defined in the lease.

Manager and Staff

We have a full-time, non-resident manager, who is selected by and responsible to the Board of Directors. The manager is available, preferably by appointment, to any cooperator who wishes to get information, to offer suggestion, or to register a complaint.

Serving under the manager is a staff of about 30, including: an office staff consisting of a bookkeeper and two administrative assistants; a resident superintendent and a resident assistant superintendent; building porters; maintenance men; grounds men; a full-time painter; a boiler-room fireman; and security guards. All permanent, non-office staff are members of Union SEIU 32BJ (http://www.seiu32bj.org).

In the interests of efficiency, please do not tell any maintenance staff member what to do. If there is a problem, communicate directly with the management office, not with the staff member involved. Likewise, any comments, positive or negative, concerning the manager or staff should be addressed in writing to the Board of Directors.

 

III. HOW WE FUNCTION

Absence

If you plan to be away from QV for an extended period, please notify the office of your out-of-town address and telephone number.

Make sure that the QV office has on file the emergency information form which all cooperators have been asked to complete.

You may arrange with the management office to have minutes and other notices mailed to you if you provide the office with a postage-paid envelope.

Air Conditioners

Installation of air conditioners may only be done by an authorized QV representative (contact the office for more information). No bedroom air conditioner may exceed 7.5 amps on a 115 volt circuit and no living room air conditioner may exceed 12 amps on a 208 volt circuit.

For your own safety, it is important that you do NOT plug your air conditioner into a regular outlet. An overloaded circuit can blow a fuse and may cause a fire and burn out electrical wires. Use only the special air conditioner outlets installed by licensed electricians and approved by QV. Each air conditioner must have a separate outlet. If you need additional outlets, contact the QV Office. The cost of installation is the responsibility of the shareholder.

See also: Electrical charges and House Rules

Alterations/Renovations/Structural Changes in Apartments

See policy.

Appliances

Although electricity is included in rent, there are extra monthly charges for certain electrical appliances. Once a year a representative of QV will conduct an annual inspection of each apartment for the purpose of completing an updated list of the designated appliances you possess. Also, you are expected to inform the office immediately of any change in those appliances that may affect your billing, e.g. the addition or removal of a dishwasher or a change to a larger or smaller refrigerator. Should you fail to notify the office of such changes, you will be billed retroactively.

If you choose to sell your appliances (e.g. air-conditioners, stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators) to an incoming shareholder when you leave QV (or transfer to another QV apartment), it is YOUR responsibility, not that of the QV management office, to make these arrangements.

Bicycles

Bicycle riding is prohibited on the interior walks.

See also: Bike Room Policy

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Effective 11/1/04, NYC requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in apartments where the building is served by a central fossil fuel burning furnace, boiler, water heater, or commercial dryer that is located in an adjoining or attached building. As applied to QV, this means that only the apartments on the lobby and first floors in Buildings 1-6 and 8-14, plus all apartments in Building 7 will be required to have these detectors installed. It is a violation of the law to remove the carbon monoxide detector or make it inoperative. Maintenance of the detector in proper working order is the responsibility of the individual cooperator. If your detector is not working properly, please notify the office. If, for any reason, you do not have a detector and live on one of the floors referenced above, or in Building 7, please notify the office immediately.

For further information on detectors, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/homeowners/carbon_monoxide.shtml or http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/guides/co_faq.shtml or http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/guides/carbon_monoxide.shtml

Damages to Apartments

See policy.

Electricity Charges

Please refer to sheet.

Elevators

Morgan Elevator Company services our elevators, and our contract provides for 24 hour service. Should you get stuck in the elevator, you should push the CALL button below the phone speaker to report the emergency. Also, should you have a cellular phone with you, please leave a message with the office (718-728-5090/91) – security does get the messages after the office is closed. If the elevator does not seem to be working properly, please report this to the office.

Emergencies

If you have an emergency, call the office at 718-728-5090/91. If the office is closed, our answering service (same phone number) will contact either maintenance or security. For further information on emergency situations in NYC, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/ or http://www.semo.state.ny.us/

Exterminator Service

This service is available without charge. The exterminator comes to QV once a week. Please call the management office for an appointment if you need this service.

Fauna

Squirrels: They are cute, but our sad experience is that they can be harmful. They have jumped into lower-floor apartments, and have caused fires both in our boiler room (by gnawing the insulation of the electrical wiring) and in shareholder's cars (by nesting in the car engines). Since we do not wish to encourage their population growth, we urge you: DO NOT FEED THEM!

Pigeons: These disease-carrying birds SHOULD NOT BE FED! No food should be left on the windowsills or air conditioners or thrown out of the windows.

See also: House Rules

Flora

We take great pride in our trees, bushes, flowers and lawns and we spend thousands of dollars each year to maintain them. Your cooperation is needed in insuring that they continue to flourish. The following rules should be observed: 1) Walk on the paths, not on the grass or through the hedges or bushes; 2) Do not pick the flowers or handle any of the plants. If you have children, they should be made aware of their responsibility in observing these rules. If you observe any damage being done, please notify the office at once.

Cooperators who wish to plant flowers near their buildings are required to contact the Manager to get permission to do so.

Garbage, Disposal of

When QV was built, each building had an incinerator. During the 1980's the incinerators were replaced by compactors as per NYC law. In the interests of safety and cleanliness, please observe the rules outlined in the House Rules regarding the disposal of refuse and mandatory recycling. Also, as a courtesy to your neighbors, please do not slam the hopper door at any time, nor dispose of garbage after 10:00 PM so as not to disturb anyone.

Recycling containers are located in the rear hallways. There are separate containers for paper/cardboard, glass, and metal. For further information on recycling, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/recycling/recycling_nyc.shtml

For disposal of large appliances (e.g. refrigerators, stoves, etc.), please contact the office to arrange for our staff to remove the items from your apartment. There is a standard minimum charge of two men for ½ hour (labor charge is $18/hour as of November 2004). This work is only performed Monday through Friday.

Hallway Decoration

See policy.

Heat and Hot Water

QV's apartments are heated by steam which is produced in a central boiler room at the rear of building #7. The same steam system that heats the apartments in the winter is used to heat the hot water storage tank in each building all year long. The heating season begins October 1st, and ends May 31st.

Our Heating system, called a "Metro System", has certain limitations. The steam is pumped up from the bottom of the building, then distributed down from the top to the lower floors. Unfortunately, this sometimes creates an environment where the apartments on higher floors are warmer than those on lower floors. There are no valves in the apartments to regulate the heat of each individual dwelling unit. This "Metro System" system is no longer produced and is too cost prohibitive to replace.

See also: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/tenants/heat-and-hot-water.shtml

Intercom Use and Security

For your own protection:

  1. DO NOT PUSH THE DOOR RELEASE BUTTON UNTIL YOU KNOW WHO IS DOWNSTAIRS.
  2. If it is a delivery, get specific information about the deliverer. Allow for a reasonable time for the delivery man to come to your apartment. If he does not come, call the QV office at once (718-728-5090).
  3. Also call the QV office if someone asks you for entry without presenting proper identification.

For the best use of the intercom:

  1. When your intercom buzzes, push button #1 and ask: "Who is it?" Then push button #2 and listen. If you are not sure, push button #1 again and ask again.
  2. When you are sure who is downstairs, push button #3.
  3. Keep your finger on button #3 (door release) for a very short time; otherwise, strangers may slip in.
  4. To be clearly understood, speak in a normal tone and about eight inches from the speaker box; do not shout, as this distorts your voice.
  5. If you cannot understand the caller, ask him to speak more slowly and to stand eight inches from the speaker box.
  6. Teach all members of your family how to use the intercom properly.
  7. Do not allow children to play with the intercom.
  8. If there is something wrong with the intercom, notify the office at once.

Remember: Improper use of the intercom exposes you, your family, and your neighbors to danger. So please, for your own protection, follow the above procedures carefully.

Keys

Apartment: All cooperators are asked by management to fill out a questionnaire on keys. The information will help the staff to gain access to your apartment in an emergency (See also: Lease, Entry to apartments).

Building and Laundry Room: The same key opens the front and side doors of your building as well as the laundry room.

Mailbox: Keys are supplied by the office.

Bike Room: Access to the bike room is limited to those who store legitimate items (e.g. bikes, strollers, etc.). Keys are available, for a fee, to those who need to use this room. (see also Bike Room Policy)

Note: Lost keys will be replaced for a nominal charge. This applies only to keys issued by QV.

Lead Paint Law

Local Law 1 of 2004 ("Local Law 1"), effective 8/2/04, is a comprehensive new law concerning the prevention of childhood lead poisoning through the remediation of lead paint hazards in housing and day care facilities. This legislation repeals the former lead law, Local Law #38 of 1999.

As applied to QV, it is the responsibility of the co-op to remediate any common areas (hallways, lobbies, etc.) that have lead paint. Painting of individual apartments is the responsibility of the shareholder. Under the law, shareholders are responsible for abating any conditions that can present a lead paint hazard within their own apartments.

For further information, please see: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/homeowners/lead_paint.shtml. For health related information, please see: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/lead/lead.shtml or http://www.epa.gov/lead/

Management Office

The Management office is located in building 5 (21-66 33rd Road). The telephone number is 718-728-5090/91. The fax number is 718-274-0567. The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The office is closed for the following legal holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day (including the day after Thanksgiving), and Christmas Day. If any of the above holidays falls on a Saturday, the office shall be closed the prior Friday. If any of the above holidays falls on a Sunday, the office shall be closed the following Monday.

The office shall close early (not before 3:00 PM) on the business day prior to the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. A notice of early closings of the office shall be posted in the lobby bulletin board at least two days prior to that early closing.

Move-out/Move-in

See policies.

Nameplates

QV provides uniform nameplates without charge for your door and mailbox as well as for the lobby and intercom directories. Do not use your own. If your nameplate needs replacement, please notify the office.

Occupancy of Apartments

See policy.

Pets

Cats: There is a limit of two (2) cats per apartment.

Dogs: The harbouring of dogs is prohibited. Dogs are not allowed on any part of QV property, so please ask your visitors not to bring their dogs with them.

Rent

Your maintenance charges (also called rent or carrying charges) are determined by the Board of Directors. Each year our accountants submit a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year (January 1 – December 31). The Board reviews and makes revisions. The adopted budget is then used to determine any changes in rent on a per room basis. During the year, the Board may, if the situation warrants, adjust the rent. The rent includes the basic charge plus charges for certain specified appliances you may own.

You may not, without specific authorization from the manager or Board of Directors, deduct any part of the rent, including charges. If you believe that you are entitled to a credit or reimbursement for an item, make a separate request. If the request is approved, you will be notified as to how the credit or reimbursement is to be handled.

See also: Rent Payment Policy and Electricity Charges

Security

We maintain a staff of security guards who patrol our grounds on foot and by vehicle. When the QV office is closed – weekends, holidays, and after 5:00 PM weekdays – the guards can be contacted by our telephone answering service: 718-728-5090/91. Our grounds are brightly lit at night for greater security.

Security, however, should be everyone's concern. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and others:

When you are at home:

  • Make sure that you and the members of your household are thoroughly familiar with the proper use of the intercom.
  • Be sure to keep your door double-locked, i.e. always use the deadbolt.
  • Do NOT open your door to anyone who rings your doorbell unless you recognize the person through the peephole.
  • If you know that your neighbors are away, pick up all papers and other indications of an unoccupied apartment.

Before entering the building:

  • Look around before entering the building. Do not allow any stranger to come in with you when you unlock the outside door. Make sure this door is tightly closed behind you.
  • Do NOT enter the vestibule, lobby, elevator, or laundry room if there are persons who look suspicious. Report such persons to the guard. During evening hours a switch in the vestibule of the maintenance office (rear of building 6) will activate a signal light to which the guard will respond.
  • Do NOT use the side door at night.

If you expect to be away from home for a period of time:

  • Arrange with a neighbor to have him pick up all papers, etc. left at your door.
  • Arrange to have your mail held by the post office or taken out of the mailbox by a friend or neighbor.

Report to the QV Office (718-728-5090/91):

  • Any events, loud or unusual noises, or persons who seem to be suspicious. Make these reports complete as to time, place, and description.
  • Any outside doors that do not close automatically. Do NOT assume that the porter or anyone else will report it.
  • Any lights that are out in the building or on the grounds.
  • All details of any crime of which you have been the victim. The manager needs this information when s/he meets with the police precinct representatives.

Additional suggestions:

  • The phone number of the 114th police precinct is 718-626-9311. The emergency police and ambulance number is 911. The Quality of Live number is 311.
  • Women should NOT carry their pocketbook by the handle – tuck it under your arm or in the bend of your elbow.
  • Do NOT resist if you are threatened with a weapon. Instead, give up your money or valuables; it is more important to avoid being injured.

CONSTANT VIGILANCE AND YOUR COOPERATION WILL HELP TO INSURE A GREATER MEASURE OF SAFETY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Service

Since its inception, QV has been successful in providing prompt and efficient service to our cooperators. With your cooperation we hope to continue doing so. You are entitled to service if something goes wrong with property that belongs to QV.

Your right to good service is not limited to your apartment. If you notice any part of your building, e.g. halls, laundry room, elevators, lobby, stairwells, etc. that requires attention, please notify the QV office. Also, beyond your own building, your cooperation is needed in informing the office of any areas, e.g. parking lots, walkways, lawns, that are in need of attention.

Notification: When you notify the QV office of the need for service, an administrative assistant will complete a work order. You should ask for the number of the order and keep a record. Advise the receptionist when you will be home or whether the maintenance workers may have access to your apartment in your absence and, if so, the location of your keys.

Billing: Some services will be billed to you and others are without charge. The manager will make the determination in each case based on the guidelines provided by the Board. You will have to pay for installations that are not standard with QV. If you have any doubt as to whether a specific item is billable, please inquire. When you are billed, please pay for it with your next rent check, noting the amount of the charge on your check.

Interacting with Staff: Our staff is expected to provide excellent service to our cooperators. Their services are included in your maintenance charges. It is not, therefore, necessary to tip them for entitled services. Please do not ask our employees to perform any personal service for you on QV time (see House Rules). If you are in need of personal services to be performed on an employee's own time, the manager or superintendent will be glad to put you in touch with the right person for the job.

Smoke Alarms

For your own protection, there should be an operating smoke alarm in your apartment. Smoke alarms in apartments are mandated by NYC law and it is a violation of the law to remove them or make them inoperative. Maintenance of the alarm in proper working order is the responsibility of the individual cooperator. If, for any reason, you do not have a smoke alarm, or if you do have one but it is malfunctioning, please notify the office immediately.

Subleasing

See policy.

Tax Reductions

The City and State of New York offer a number of tax reduction programs to qualified individual owners of cooperative apartments like QV. Many homeowners are entitled to reductions in their property taxes, but do not receive them simply because they have never applied. Such programs include STAR (NY State School Tax Relief Program), SCHE (Senior Citizen Homeowners' Exemption), DHE (Disabled Homeowner's Exemption), and Veterans' Exemption. Each program applies to different groups of people, but to be eligible for any of them, you must have QV as your primary residence (i.e., where you live for the majority of the year and the address where you are registered to vote). It is the responsibility of the shareholder, not of the QV management office, to file the appropriate forms to be eligible for any or all of these programs.

For further information, see: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/property/property_tax_reduc_individual.shtml#deadlines

Transfers to Other Apartments

To be eligible for a transfer you must:

  • Have resided in your present apartment for at least one year.
  • Meet the family size requirements for the new apartment.
  • Not be in default as described in the lease.
  • Meet the minimum income requirements of new, incoming shareholders (effective 11/1/05)

Transfer applications are available in the office. Requests for transfers take precedence over the outside waiting list. Both lists are posted on the bulletin board in the management office. A resident or joint shareholder who wishes to apply for his own apartment should do so through the outside waiting list.

See also: Occupancy Policy

Waiting List

If someone you know wishes to apply to QV, he should write for an application to the QV office, 21-66 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY 11106. Applications are sent out when the waiting lists are open.

See also: Occupancy Policy

Window Guards

These are required by law when any occupant of the apartment is age 10 or under. QV will make the installation without charge when notified. For further information on window guards, please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/win/wingi.shtml

 

IV. FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

Bulletin Boards

The bulletin boards in the lobbies of the buildings are reserved for official notices of the Corporation and recognized groups. The manager must approve the posting of all notices.

The bulletin boards in the rear hallway, near the laundry rooms, were donated by the Community Council, and are open for the enjoyment of any resident. This may be used for personal notices, announcements, etc. as long as they adhere to the rules posted on the board itself. The Building Representatives monitor this board and will remove any unsigned notice, or anything deemed inappropriate or offensive.

Bike Rooms

For your convenience there is a bike room on the ground floor of each building which can be used for a nominal fee by any resident. Also, you are expected to remove any item that you no longer use; the room is not intended to be used for storage. Keys for the bike rooms are available at the management office.

QV does not provide a security watch over these rooms and management is not responsible for theft or damage. Your property should be tagged, locked, and kept neatly and orderly. Note: QV has no facilities for storage.

See also: Bike Room Policy

Community Council

The Community Council ("CC") is the organization through which the residents of QV "...promote the general welfare and ...develop a spirit of neighborliness, friendship, and goodwill, consult with, advise, and voluntarily assist QV on matters of mutual interest, and ...strive for the improvement of all public facilities and service within the area surrounding QV."

The CC consists of two building representatives, plus an alternate, elected annually by the cooperators of each building. It meets monthly except during July and August. All residents are welcome to attend and participate in the discussions. Voting, however, is restricted to the building representatives. Notices of the meetings are posted on the bulletin board of each building.

The CC sponsors the "QV Newsletter", a periodical of news and views, which is distributed free of charge to all cooperators. It also conducts an annual Christmas-Chanukah fund collection for the benefit of the staff.

For further information, please visit the CC website: http://www.queensviewcommunity.com

Community Rooms

The community rooms in Buildings #7 and #14 are available to residents for private meetings, parties, etc. for a fee. Please contact the management office for further information.

Laundry Rooms

There is a laundry room in each building. The key to the vestibule door of the building also opens the laundry room. The hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day (last wash at 9:00 PM).

The washing machines and dryers are owned and maintained by a contractor, not by QV. The charges are deliberately kept low as a service to our cooperators. QV is not responsible for damage to clothing but will refer your claim to the contractor. If coins are lost, call the vendor. The extractors (those that remain) are the property of QV; there is no charge for their use.

Please observe the following rules when using the laundry facilities:

  • Time yourself so that the next person does not have to remove your things from the machines. The double loader washing machines cost $1.25 per load, the triple loader washing machines costs $2.00 per load and run about 25 minutes to complete; the dryers cost 25¢ for 8 minutes.
  • Be careful with the amount of soap you use. We have had problems with clogging and overflow.
  • Do not overload the machines so as not to cause damages or lose efficiency.
  • When you leave the room, even temporarily, be sure to lock the door and turn out the light.
  • Try to keep the room clean; it is part of our living quarters. Use the waste barrel. Smoking in the room is not allowed.
  • Report any malfunction immediately to the office. Do not presume that it has already been reported.
  • If your children, domestic help, etc., use the room, please inform them of these rules.

Nursery and Kindergarten

The Queensview Nursery School and Kindergarten, housed in Building #9, has been in existence for over 50 years. It accepts children between the ages of 2 years/9 months, and 6 years. It is "…a non-profit cooperative, where parents take an active part in their children's education, and share with them an experience of a lifetime." The low tuition is made possible through the voluntary efforts of the parent body. For further information, please visit the school's website: http://www.queensviewschool.com/

Parking

On site parking is available to residents. Unfortunately, QV has fewer parking spaces (approximately 270) than apartments. Residents may purchase an annual sticker which permits parking on the grounds (only one sticker per apartment). The notices for the annual payment of fees are posted on the bulletin boards in the building lobbies.

Since there are more registered cars than available spaces, you cannot always be assured of a space. Parking is, therefore, on a first-come, first-served basis. Restricted parking privileges, with limited hours during the day, have also been authorized for our staff.

Our staff has been instructed to paste "illegally parked" notices on those cars that do not conform to our regulations. Cooperators who persist in disobeying the regulations will NOT have their permits renewed.

See also: Parking and Towing Policy

Playgrounds

The two playgrounds that flank our central lawns are intended to serve the recreational needs of not only our own children but also those of the surrounding neighborhood. In exchange for this service to the community, all we ask is that everyone who uses the facilities respects our property and our hospitality.

The east playground is primarily for the use of children under the age of about ten. So that these youngsters can be adequately protected, no ball playing of any kind by older children is permitted.

While the west playground is designed for older children and adults who wish to play basketball, during the school year the sub teens (ages about 10-13) are allowed to use one half of the area for general recreation purposes while older children and adults use the other half for basketball.

The playgrounds are generally opened at about 10:00 AM, and close at dusk. At no time is drinking or loud music permitted. Please notify the office or answering the service of any intruders who may enter the playgrounds after they are closed for the night.

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