Bob Ricken: North Shore Towers, Queens
The Building: North Shore Towers & Country Club, a cooperative spread out over 110 acres, commands the highest point in Queens with views of the Empire State Building, Long Island Sound and Connecticut, the Atlantic Ocean, and JFK International airport. Three three-story buildings are connected by an underground arcade that features a supermarket, drug store, a bank, beauty parlor, spa, restaurant, 460-seat movie theater and a dry cleaner. Amenities also include an 18-hole golf course, five Har-Tru tennis courts, a fully-equipped gym that provides classes from early morning to 10 p.m. One indoor pool and three outdoor pools also serve residents year-round and other recreational offerings include basketball, shuffleboard, ping pong and billiards. The buildings also have their own emergency generators. The property is managed by Charles H. Greenthal.
About: Board President Robert Ricken served as principal and superintendent of the Mineola School District for 22 years. He presently teaches Educational Administration at Long Island’s C.W. Post. Author of dozens of books and educational periodicals, Dr. Ricken has written articles for the N.Y. Times, Newsday, Sports Illustrated, The Harvard Review, Harpers Weekly, Read Magazine and Single Parent Magazine. He is the recipient of many honors and awards.
Q: Cooperator: Tell us a little about North Shore Towers.
A: Ricken: North Shore Towers is truly a unique cooperative. We have a total of 1,844 apartments from studios to penthouses. An express N.Y.C. bus starts and ends its run at each of our buildings. There is also a three-story underground garage for residents and a full time security staff with offices in the cooperative. In the last two years, we have sold 270 apartments and buyers’ attorneys have counseled their prospective buyers that North Shore Towers has reserve funds of $20,000,000. Despite the present economic recession, there has not been a maintenance increase in the last four years. Since we have so many amenities, including restaurants, stores, gym, pools, and a movie theater, board members are always meeting and greeting our residents. We are literally available all day long and issues do not have to wait for a board meeting. Our board members are literally “on-call” as they go about their daily chores, exercise classes and shopping. Everyone is known on a first-name basis.
Q: Cooperator:Why do you serve on the board?