london terrace courtyard by zadignose
London Terrace Gardens, the imposing set of buildings on West 23rd St. has issued a memo to employees to speak English "in all public areas as well as on the radio". This is the second time in two years that management has issued such an edict to the building's staff, which is mostly Hispanic.

Rose Associates, the owner of London Terrace Gardens, said in a statement that the memo is a reiteration of a long-standing policy that "employees speak English while in work-related areas, when in contact with residents, and when using building-issued walkie-talkies."

Employees protested outside the building, considered the world's largest apartment complex when completed in 1931, earlier in the week. The union representing the workers, SEIU Local 32BJ says the policy violates federal civil rights laws. Doorman George Guzman is quoted by the Post as saying "How do we talk to delivery boys who only speak Spanish. I have to speak Spanish."

NY1 reports that some tenants in the building did not know the policy existed.

Photo of London Terrace courtyard from Zadignose on Flickr.