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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Courts" at Stuy Town - Just Another Way to Take Your Money


Who are they fooling? Yeah, sure it's free... But you'll have to move aside when the events that won't be free will be occurring during "programming hours." Like:

"Keep your kids active with youth baseball clinics & batting cages by Peter Stuyvesant Little League, soccer clinics from PCVST favorite Super Soccer Stars, instructional basketball leagues from Dribbl, and even youth golf clinics from Kate Tempesta's Urban Golf Academy. Play basketball throughout the cold months with the NYC Basketball League, running organized games for adults."

At Playground 11. Another gimmick with a cost attached to it. Approved by the Tenants Association and our councilman, Dan Garodnick.

Meanwhile, we learn that Management refused to let the police distribute flyers alerting residents to thefts taking place in ST/PCV and never alerted residents about the sex assault suspect that tried to rape a woman in Stuy Town last week.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Comments Closed for Now

Things just have to settle down.  To be opened in the near future.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Attempted Rape in Stuy Town

TA email:

At about 4:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17, a 20-year-old woman was assaulted by a would-be rapist who followed her into the elevator of her Stuyvesant Town building on the 600 block of East 14th Street. She fought him off, and he fled. The man's image was captured on security cameras in the Terrace and Main lobbies, the elevator, and then later in the street. He was seen climbing down a tree to get to street level.
  
  
The suspect is described by police as a male Hispanic wearing a dark hoodie, a dark T-shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers.


The woman was badly injured and treated at Beth Israel Medical Center.

SAFETY REMINDER TO ALL TENANTS:
  1. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  2. Do not let anyone into the building that you don't recognize.
  3. Shut the security door behind you so that no one can sneak in behind you. Don't just proceed to the elevator.
  4. Don't get into the elevator with anyone you have any doubt about.
  5. If you are concerned, contact Public Safety via the lobby intercom.
  6. Do not worry about offending someone--your safety is the most important thing.

Although our neighborhood is generally safe, we have had incidents--most recently the StuyTown Groper--so it's important for everyone to stay alert, not just for themselves but for their neighbors and the security of the building.

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UPDATE:  More info here.

The suspect:


Enjoy It While You Can!

Let's see.... Too much green space in ST/PCV....  I got it!  Let's make this a playground! More basketball courts!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Never on Sunday... Except in Stuy Town

So this Sunday morning work crews were out at the soon-to-be Ice Rink banging, sawing, making a racket. No work order around allowing this on Sunday. I guess no one cares. Another day, even Sunday, in Stuy Town.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Follow the Trail to Find Whether Councilman Dan Garodnick Voted for NYU's Controversial Plan to Remove Current Park and Playground Space

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/henry-stern-de-blasio-side-villagers-nyu-article-1.1962540

From the above opinion piece by Henry Stern, former city parks commissioner:

LaGuardia Park, LaGuardia Gardens and Mercer Playground are in NYU’s crosshairs for development. The university claims they’re not really parks — based on the fact that they’re technically overseen by the city’s Department of Transportation.
 
That argument holds no water. Not every slice of open public land is technically part of the city’s official park portfolio, but it’s how the space is used by the community that determines its status.
 
In this case, even though the strips of land in question were never formally turned over to the city’s Parks Department — as Parks Commissioner for 14 years, I tried repeatedly to make this happen — they have been used by the community as parks for decades.
 
A recent decision in state court set back NYU’s plans — by declaring that LaGuardia Park, LaGuardia Gardens and Mercer Playground are, in fact, entitled to basic protections as public space.
 
The city is now appealing that court’s decision, fighting in court on the same side as NYU. If successful, not only could the already scant open space available in the area become greatly diminished, it would be a continued violation of the Public Trust Doctrine.
 
That doctrine, which dates back to the time of the Roman Empire, is a crucial part of America’s common law tradition. It maintains that the government holds the titles to certain waters and lands in trust for the people. 

This has evolved to extend protection to scenic resources, open space in general, energy generation and preservation of ecosystems and historical sites.
 
In New York State, if an entity wishes to develop or remove a parcel of parkland from public ownership and use, it must follow a legal process called “alienation,” which, among other conditions, requires approval from the state Legislature.
 
Not only did NYU fail to take these steps, but our City Council then blatantly disregarded its obligations.

Naturally, I'd like to know how our City Councilman Dan Garodnick voted on the issue. It took a bit of time. Click on "Action Details" on the line that has City Council to find the answer:

 http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1154264&GUID=6B49A1B7-9F3D-49EF-8BE1-807DB445FB09&Options=ID|Text|&Search=Ulurp

The petition against the City Council, among other person and entities, which Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills ruled on:
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills rule

http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/preservation/nyu/doc/petition-09-24-12.pdf