Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pistilli complaints stretch across the borough

From the Daily News:

Tenants at several Queens and Brooklyn properties owned or affiliated with the Pistilli family complained of shoddy construction and, in some cases, vermin. Residents also said it was difficult to get issues resolved swiftly.

But Joseph Pistilli, co-owner of the Pistilli Realty Group, which owns or manages the properties, disputed the charges, saying his company "never" disregards tenant problems.

Tenants beg to differ.

Joseph Pistilli conceded there are water issues at the former Eagle Electric Building at 19-19 24th Ave. But the leak has been identified, and will be fixed by the fall, he said.

"I'm not going to tell you that some of those complaints are not legitimate," he said. But, he added, "We are not slum landlords."

His companies own or manage about 10 properties in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, he said. He added that he was unaware of many of the complaints.

"If people have these problems, they should be calling our office," he said. "They can ask for me directly, and I will make sure that their problem is dealt with immediately."

That wasn't the case for Daniel Cardoza, 24, who lives at 41-06 Case St., in Elmhurst. He said it took the company two months to fix his bathroom ceiling leak.

Jesse Diaz, 25, whose cousin lives at 58-35 Granger St., in Corona, also complained of leaks.

"The conditions of some of the apartments are disgusting," Diaz said.

Photo courtesy of Miss Heather


Anonymous said...

from a friend of a friend(realtor): "dont buy ANYTHING built post-2000".
Drove by a new bldg on 20th ave block or two prior to 21st st. 490,000k for a 2 bdrm. it aint 2004 anymore guys! cut that price in half and we'll talk...

Anonymous said...

I believe above anon is referring to the "new" building on 21st Ave between 23rd and 24th streets. It's called "Plaza 21" or some such crap. It's been in the same state of partial completeness for nearly a year now. They don't even fill in the bottom of the corrugated steel balconies, so from underneath they look like the ceiling of a warehouse. I'm amazed they don't even do some cheap cosmetic coverup of that for open houses. Apparently the developer is not shy about the shoddy quality of construction. The front door handles are already starting to rust... oh yeah, I wanna buy!!!

Pistilli's Favorite Tenant said...

Thanks for the coverage. I appreciate all the help I can get shedding light on Pistilli's poorly managed and in some cases, construction deficiencies.
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