Pinnacle Gets the Turkey
Over 125 families in a building on West 193rd are being treated to a catered Thanksgiving dinner by Amy Ruth courtesy of the the Pinnacle Group. Most of them would prefer to be able to cook dinner in their own home but can’t due to a gas outage that has lasted for over a month.
After fielding calls for comment by The Post, Kenneth Fisher, the lawyer for notorious landlord Pinnacle Group LLC, said his client has hired famed Harlem restaurant Amy Ruth’s to cater Thanksgiving dinner to every apartment.
Amy Ruth’s manager, Virgil Wade, yesterday confirmed that the landlord has contracted them to provide Thanksgiving catering for the families. “We’re sorry about the inconvenience, and we’re trying very hard to make it up to them,” Fisher said.
She griped that Pinnacle, one of the city’s biggest landlords, is too stingy to pay contractors overtime to work “24 hours a day” to repair the prewar building’s gas pipes.
“Why did they wait so long? Just about everyone has already made plans,” Biscono said. “They’re doing this [catering] so that they don’t get into trouble.”
The gas main leak was detected by Con Ed, which forced the landlord to replace all of the building’s 1930s-era gas pipes at a cost of about $250,000. For weeks, tenants lived without hot water or heat, in addition to coping with no gas.