Memo from Management today indicates that inspection and waterproofing of buildings will finally begin next week. The big bummer: the north courtyard, between buildings 3 and 4, will be closed for three months.
The Board of Directors has issued a new set of restrictions on smoking on Coop property. Following the lead of NYC Parks, which last year banned smoking in parks everywhere in the city, smoking is now not permitted in the courtyards between buildings nor within 30 feet of a door or window of the Coop. The hulking ashtrays by the front doors have all been removed (which will also undoubtedly send our canine cooperators into a state of urinary panic).
Smoking is of course already forbidden by law in any indoor common areas — hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, etc. So smokers’ only remaining refuge is the (semi-)privacy of their own apartments.