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The New Times HQ

Yesterday, Stephen posted on the new Times HQ and how it is financed with tax breaks.  So, what exactly are we, the taxpayers of NYC, getting for our money?  A lemon, by the sound of it.  Here are excerpts from an internal NY Times wiki on new building problems:

Elevator doors not sensitive enough. Someone already got hurt trying to hold the doors open, and they kept closing on his hand. This has been brought to the attention of facilities/building operations. NOTE – NEVER put your arm in an elevator to stop it…you could be injured.

I’m sure there’s a Times editorial somewhere on how Bush is destroying OSHA safety requirements.

Shades on the western side of the building – News Service side – are not responding to override commands. Shades go up in the middle of the day making computer use difficult due to glare. Punching in the commands works intermittently. Some of the shades are also broken. Is there an alt-ctrl-del for the shade computer?

How many carbon credits do you have to buy to offset the electricity used by the shade computer?

Lights seem to shut off around 8 pm on 8th floor (NE corner). Filed a ticket w/2020 who directed me to call the “Security Shack” at ext.4137. That’s Frank Rich’s extension. I’m told they left him a message. Maybe Frank can get the lights to stop turning off?

If Frank Rich is in charge of Security, I wonder what Krugman’s other job is?

It’s a bit silly that there are so many “rules” about how we can decorate our cubicle spaces. We are working professionals. Our judgment should be trusted in terms of decorating our personal space. For example, if we want to put plants on top of our cubicles, we should be allowed to. If there is worry that water will leak, then we should be able to put a protective cover underneath it or allow only pots that don’t have holes in the bottom.

Memo to NY Times employees:  Mangement doesn’t trust you to know when the sun is in your eyes, how can they trust you with a plant?  The rest of the wiki here.

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