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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2020, 05:50:57 AM »
I remember guys (and girls) smoking crack in the stairwells of my old brooklyn building. You never saw them, but crack is one of those things that you have no idea what it smells like, but you catch a whiff of it for the first time, and you immediately know EXACTLY what it is that you're smelling! Pretty wild.

And now I'm getting nostalgia...to me, nothing screams the city like repeatedly slamming a hardcover copy of Ulysses against the shared wall at 6 AM, screaming "Shut the F#(* up!!!", because the cracked-out neighbor's grandmother (sober) is screaming at her 7 year old grandson to "be a man and get dressed!"

So for a guy smoking a joint at midnight...I mean c'mon :D

The first apartment my wife and I had together before we were married was on the ground floor right next to a bar.  We had a huge fat lady living upstairs from us who you could hear <boom> <boom> <boom> every time she walked.  And she would yell at and beat the hell out of her kids every day.  The couple on the side of us in our building (the bar was the next building) would yell and fight constantly, throw things at each other, and it sounded like he was beating her up all the time.   And when we'd leave our apartment in the morning it wasn't unusual (it was summer) to have to step over a passed out drunk on our front steps.    We didn't stay there that long, just a couple of months and from there moved into a 3rd floor apartment where the people below us were heavy pot smokers and the spanish speaking folks that lived in the building next door would yell stuff at my wife and whistle every time she left the building, but it was a huge step up from the 1st place so we stayed there 3 years until we bought our fist house in the burbs.  I don't miss city living.


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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2020, 05:55:52 AM »
Ive lived in the city for a short period of time. Ive lived, my entire life, typically about 30 minutes outside of it and no further than I am now, which is about 40 miles(70 minutes). My observation is that the further you get from the city, the more considerate, and more friendly people become. I do not necessarily think this means city people are inherently more selfish, just that this is how one must conduct themselves in that type of setting. If anything my time in the city reminded me of college(as does the descriptions of events in this thread). Everyone is in a dorm, and everyone is crammed on top of everyone else. You've people cooking, smoking, blasting music, throwing parties, fighting, screaming, etc. A free for all. Ask someone to quiet down? You're likely going to have an altercation. If you're lucky they'll placate you- only to then immediately go back to doing what they want. While as a single 20 year old I had no problem dealing with that kind of stuff, as a married guy with a family I have no desire to.

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2020, 06:29:58 AM »
Ive lived in the city for a short period of time. Ive lived, my entire life, typically about 30 minutes outside of it and no further than I am now, which is about 40 miles(70 minutes). My observation is that the further you get from the city, the more considerate, and more friendly people become. I do not necessarily think this means city people are inherently more selfish, just that this is how one must conduct themselves in that type of setting. If anything my time in the city reminded me of college(as does the descriptions of events in this thread). Everyone is in a dorm, and everyone is crammed on top of everyone else. You've people cooking, smoking, blasting music, throwing parties, fighting, screaming, etc. A free for all. Ask someone to quiet down? You're likely going to have an altercation. If you're lucky they'll placate you- only to then immediately go back to doing what they want. While as a single 20 year old I had no problem dealing with that kind of stuff, as a married guy with a family I have no desire to.

My wife and I were both from small towns, so it was culture shock for sure.  A funny story.  We bought a couple of rubbermaid type barrels for our trash to leave behind the building.  So the night before the first trash day I put the barrels on the sidewalk.  I noticed the next morning that the barrels were gone and our trash bags were sitting on the sidewalk. Someone took our trash bags out and stole the barrels.   We were telling some friends we made the story and they all laughed at us and said "What were you thinking? You can't just leave brand new barrels out on the sidewalk in Worcester".   They used to laugh at our small town sensibilities all of the time, like when my wife mentioned that she noticed that at the grocery store a lot of people pay with travelers checks.  Apparently it was food stamps, not travelers checks.

But back to the topic we just got used to the pot smell.  Our apartment smelled like pot pretty much constantly for 3 years.

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2020, 10:47:54 AM »
Since my passive/aggressive announcement, I have not smelled pot yet.  But I have been out of the apartment in the last few days.  Someone did aggressively torn my publicly placed letter in half with half of it still on the wall and half of it on the ground.  From the tear pattern, it seem like an aggressive "f*%$ you" down to up stroke.  The responses on this board is interesting in the differences between dense city, suburb and rural settings.  NYC people are known for avoiding contact.  I have been on subway cars where a guy walks into the car and starts announcing that s/he

lost their job and is now homeless and needs $10 so s/he can stay at a shelter for the night
is diabetic and needs to scrounge up enough money for insulin
is HIV positive and needs money for treatment
is selling candy to raise money
has children and need to feed them
SHOWTIME, IT"S SHOWTIME (If you lived here, you'll know)

And literally no one will bat an eye.  We learned a long time ago that if you make eye contact, they know they "Got You"  I have only given money to people who actually provided entertainment and a guy who had both of his legs cut off and he was literally pushing himself on the Subway car with his arms.  This was at 2AM in the morning.   So we are not the type to knock on 10 of our neighbors door and ask "are you the one smoking weed? can you please stop it?"  Everyone here has a place to be and 10 things that were supposedly to be done yesterday.  God forbid if you stand on the left of the escalator or stopped mid stride to look at a building.  This is the context that we are dealing with.  Frankly, I don't know any of my neighbor's name.  I only know the Super for the property.

FYI, I love my apartment as it is a 5 minute walk to the subway which is a 25 ride into midtown Manhattan, there is street parking for my car and I am 2 minutes from the LIE and the parkways.  It is like the most ideal location.  There is literal water damage in my apartment and I haven't bothered the management to fix it because it is a rent stabilized apartment and I would like to stay here as long as possible.  The crap that us NYer put up with in order to have well located housing is incredible!!  Everyone else in the building has been great in the last 8 years as they just leave each other alone.  I will bet money that there are others in the building who are extremely glad that someone finally "spoke up."  This is an issue that is not solely confined to me.  This is likely an issue all over NYC. Frankly, I have visited extremely high end multi-family buildings in Texas, DC etc where in the middle of touring, there is a tenant who is blazing in their apartment.  These are like $3,000 a month apartments.  And the leasing agent is embarrassed as hell and promised me that they won't tolerate that. 

So, I will wager $1 (like the guys from Trading Places) that there will be an article in the WSJ in the next 3 years about how the decriminization of weed has led to a lot of neighbor complaints.         

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2020, 11:08:48 AM »
Since my passive/aggressive announcement, I have not smelled pot yet.  But I have been out of the apartment in the last few days.  Someone did aggressively torn my publicly placed letter in half with half of it still on the wall and half of it on the ground.  From the tear pattern, it seem like an aggressive "f*%$ you" down to up stroke.  The responses on this board is interesting in the differences between dense city, suburb and rural settings.  NYC people are known for avoiding contact.  I have been on subway cars where a guy walks into the car and starts announcing that s/he

lost their job and is now homeless and needs $10 so s/he can stay at a shelter for the night
is diabetic and needs to scrounge up enough money for insulin
is HIV positive and needs money for treatment
is selling candy to raise money
has children and need to feed them
SHOWTIME, IT"S SHOWTIME (If you lived here, you'll know)

And literally no one will bat an eye.  We learned a long time ago that if you make eye contact, they know they "Got You"  I have only given money to people who actually provided entertainment and a guy who had both of his legs cut off and he was literally pushing himself on the Subway car with his arms.  This was at 2AM in the morning.   So we are not the type to knock on 10 of our neighbors door and ask "are you the one smoking weed? can you please stop it?"  Everyone here has a place to be and 10 things that were supposedly to be done yesterday.  God forbid if you stand on the left of the escalator or stopped mid stride to look at a building.  This is the context that we are dealing with.  Frankly, I don't know any of my neighbor's name.  I only know the Super for the property.

FYI, I love my apartment as it is a 5 minute walk to the subway which is a 25 ride into midtown Manhattan, there is street parking for my car and I am 2 minutes from the LIE and the parkways.  It is like the most ideal location.  There is literal water damage in my apartment and I haven't bothered the management to fix it because it is a rent stabilized apartment and I would like to stay here as long as possible.  The crap that us NYer put up with in order to have well located housing is incredible!!  Everyone else in the building has been great in the last 8 years as they just leave each other alone.  I will bet money that there are others in the building who are extremely glad that someone finally "spoke up."  This is an issue that is not solely confined to me.  This is likely an issue all over NYC. Frankly, I have visited extremely high end multi-family buildings in Texas, DC etc where in the middle of touring, there is a tenant who is blazing in their apartment.  These are like $3,000 a month apartments.  And the leasing agent is embarrassed as hell and promised me that they won't tolerate that. 

So, I will wager $1 (like the guys from Trading Places) that there will be an article in the WSJ in the next 3 years about how the decriminization of weed has led to a lot of neighbor complaints.       

There are trade-offs wherever you live. This "dorm" feeling as Greg put is it the exact reason I chose to not live in a big city for any extended period of time. People are annoying all over the place. You're just much more likely to encounter them in a city due to proximity.

Personally I prefer to walk outside every morning to see a few deer grazing in the field, over some meth addict sitting on my steps. My wallet also thanks me! But to each their own! Different strokes for different folks  :P

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2020, 11:54:40 AM »
Since my passive/aggressive announcement, I have not smelled pot yet.  But I have been out of the apartment in the last few days.  Someone did aggressively torn my publicly placed letter in half with half of it still on the wall and half of it on the ground.  From the tear pattern, it seem like an aggressive "f*%$ you" down to up stroke.  The responses on this board is interesting in the differences between dense city, suburb and rural settings.  NYC people are known for avoiding contact.  I have been on subway cars where a guy walks into the car and starts announcing that s/he

lost their job and is now homeless and needs $10 so s/he can stay at a shelter for the night
is diabetic and needs to scrounge up enough money for insulin
is HIV positive and needs money for treatment
is selling candy to raise money
has children and need to feed them
SHOWTIME, IT"S SHOWTIME (If you lived here, you'll know)

And literally no one will bat an eye.  We learned a long time ago that if you make eye contact, they know they "Got You"  I have only given money to people who actually provided entertainment and a guy who had both of his legs cut off and he was literally pushing himself on the Subway car with his arms.  This was at 2AM in the morning.   So we are not the type to knock on 10 of our neighbors door and ask "are you the one smoking weed? can you please stop it?"  Everyone here has a place to be and 10 things that were supposedly to be done yesterday.  God forbid if you stand on the left of the escalator or stopped mid stride to look at a building.  This is the context that we are dealing with.  Frankly, I don't know any of my neighbor's name.  I only know the Super for the property.

FYI, I love my apartment as it is a 5 minute walk to the subway which is a 25 ride into midtown Manhattan, there is street parking for my car and I am 2 minutes from the LIE and the parkways.  It is like the most ideal location.  There is literal water damage in my apartment and I haven't bothered the management to fix it because it is a rent stabilized apartment and I would like to stay here as long as possible.  The crap that us NYer put up with in order to have well located housing is incredible!!  Everyone else in the building has been great in the last 8 years as they just leave each other alone.  I will bet money that there are others in the building who are extremely glad that someone finally "spoke up."  This is an issue that is not solely confined to me.  This is likely an issue all over NYC. Frankly, I have visited extremely high end multi-family buildings in Texas, DC etc where in the middle of touring, there is a tenant who is blazing in their apartment.  These are like $3,000 a month apartments.  And the leasing agent is embarrassed as hell and promised me that they won't tolerate that. 

So, I will wager $1 (like the guys from Trading Places) that there will be an article in the WSJ in the next 3 years about how the decriminization of weed has led to a lot of neighbor complaints.       

There are trade-offs wherever you live. This "dorm" feeling as Greg put is it the exact reason I chose to not live in a big city for any extended period of time. People are annoying all over the place. You're just much more likely to encounter them in a city due to proximity.

Personally I prefer to walk outside every morning to see a few deer grazing in the field, over some meth addict sitting on my steps. My wallet also thanks me! But to each their own! Different strokes for different folks  :P

Castanza,

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #36 on: January 17, 2020, 11:59:07 AM »
Since my passive/aggressive announcement, I have not smelled pot yet.  But I have been out of the apartment in the last few days.  Someone did aggressively torn my publicly placed letter in half with half of it still on the wall and half of it on the ground.  From the tear pattern, it seem like an aggressive "f*%$ you" down to up stroke.  The responses on this board is interesting in the differences between dense city, suburb and rural settings.  NYC people are known for avoiding contact.  I have been on subway cars where a guy walks into the car and starts announcing that s/he

lost their job and is now homeless and needs $10 so s/he can stay at a shelter for the night
is diabetic and needs to scrounge up enough money for insulin
is HIV positive and needs money for treatment
is selling candy to raise money
has children and need to feed them
SHOWTIME, IT"S SHOWTIME (If you lived here, you'll know)

And literally no one will bat an eye.  We learned a long time ago that if you make eye contact, they know they "Got You"  I have only given money to people who actually provided entertainment and a guy who had both of his legs cut off and he was literally pushing himself on the Subway car with his arms.  This was at 2AM in the morning.   So we are not the type to knock on 10 of our neighbors door and ask "are you the one smoking weed? can you please stop it?"  Everyone here has a place to be and 10 things that were supposedly to be done yesterday.  God forbid if you stand on the left of the escalator or stopped mid stride to look at a building.  This is the context that we are dealing with.  Frankly, I don't know any of my neighbor's name.  I only know the Super for the property.

FYI, I love my apartment as it is a 5 minute walk to the subway which is a 25 ride into midtown Manhattan, there is street parking for my car and I am 2 minutes from the LIE and the parkways.  It is like the most ideal location.  There is literal water damage in my apartment and I haven't bothered the management to fix it because it is a rent stabilized apartment and I would like to stay here as long as possible.  The crap that us NYer put up with in order to have well located housing is incredible!!  Everyone else in the building has been great in the last 8 years as they just leave each other alone.  I will bet money that there are others in the building who are extremely glad that someone finally "spoke up."  This is an issue that is not solely confined to me.  This is likely an issue all over NYC. Frankly, I have visited extremely high end multi-family buildings in Texas, DC etc where in the middle of touring, there is a tenant who is blazing in their apartment.  These are like $3,000 a month apartments.  And the leasing agent is embarrassed as hell and promised me that they won't tolerate that. 

So, I will wager $1 (like the guys from Trading Places) that there will be an article in the WSJ in the next 3 years about how the decriminization of weed has led to a lot of neighbor complaints.       

There are trade-offs wherever you live. This "dorm" feeling as Greg put is it the exact reason I chose to not live in a big city for any extended period of time. People are annoying all over the place. You're just much more likely to encounter them in a city due to proximity.

Personally I prefer to walk outside every morning to see a few deer grazing in the field, over some meth addict sitting on my steps. My wallet also thanks me! But to each their own! Different strokes for different folks  :P

Castanza,

Deer, perfect grass fed meat for a keto diet.

Just got to add some butter or rendered deer fat at the end

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2020, 12:41:40 PM »
... And now I'm getting nostalgia...to me, nothing screams the city like repeatedly slamming a hardcover copy of Ulysses against the shared wall at 6 AM, screaming "Shut the F#(* up!!!", because the cracked-out neighbor's grandmother (sober) is screaming at her 7 year old grandson to "be a man and get dressed!" ...

LC,

Personally, I've never really understood your motivation for your move years ago from NYC to Denver, Colorado. I mean : All that snow shoveling in the winters. Well, I think I - at least partly - understand it now. Everything in life is about decision making among alternatives, based on judged pros & cons for the alternatives. [ : - ) ]
Well the move was motivated solely by (1) cheap RE prices at the time and (2) skiing (vs. ice skating on skis). But I miss the variety of NYC.

NYC is IMHO the greatest crucible for unique and interesting experiences. Millions of people crammed together, even the filthy rich cannot escape interacting with the plain old filthy...and the culture that emerges is just awesome. To me, this is what makes life worth living.

It's like that old saying, "water which is too pure has no fish." Well, maybe we all need some murk and filth and perhaps a neighbor smoking a joint at midnight for life to be a little more interesting  ;D
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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2020, 10:49:59 AM »
You shouldn’t have to suffer from second hand smoke, pot or cigarette. This is a serious issue for people that have allergies, asthma or sensitivity to smells. It can affect their lives. Your building or city should have rules to protect your apartment.

In my office we had complaints about perfume. At first it seemed ridiculous, but after hearing from people who suffered all day smelling perfume from a coworker, you realize it is a legitimate complaint.

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Re: Dealing with Neighbors Who Are Heavy Pot Smokers
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2020, 03:08:10 PM »
You shouldn’t have to suffer from second hand smoke, pot or cigarette. This is a serious issue for people that have allergies, asthma or sensitivity to smells. It can affect their lives. Your building or city should have rules to protect your apartment.

In my office we had complaints about perfume. At first it seemed ridiculous, but after hearing from people who suffered all day smelling perfume from a coworker, you realize it is a legitimate complaint.

I'd take the smell of pot or cigarettes over the smell of too much perfume any day.