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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Photos Around the "New" Playground

Playground 7 is supposed to become a "gym" playground for whatever tenants live around there, and another selling point for Blackstone. Meanwhile, STR headed to the playground to see what's up.

Seems as if PS rarely goes to the east end of the playground, nor does it encourage "good behavior." No surprise.

Top photo: These guys with their dogs hang out in the playground area, as well as outside Stuy Town, but nearby. You've seen them. Stuy Town dogs? You decide! Middle two photos: Says it all, the dog area and a PCVST cart. Lovely. Last photo: "Oh, my poor doggie couldn't hold it in and I didn't have any bags! What's it to you, anyway?"

(Photos can be made larger it you click on them.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (or whatever you use) and Cry?

A very popular event in the UK. Coming to the USA?

Thanks to a STR reader for alerting me to this show.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

From AirBnB With Love

You've seen this on the STR and then the Tenants TA Facebook:

Still up. And, boy, would I like to have this has my main photo. It says so much! (Click photo to make larger. Use Google Translate to get the full meaning.)

Update, in the evening: There's so much more. Too much for me to check!

Samples of various lovely apartments. Look familiar? Oh, and let me know if you see rugs!

Friday, December 30, 2016

From Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village's Own Policy

"Carpet your apartment in accordance with the terms of your Lease. Your lease requires that rugs or carpeting must cover 80% of all floors at all times. Floor covering is not required in the kitchen or bathroom."

Actual examples at ST/PCV's own website (click on photo to make it bigger):

Monday, December 26, 2016

No Comment Is Necessary

This is what I see every day. Would it hurt a representative of Blackstone to make the same 15 minute tour of the Oval and its environs? everything okay and fine??? Is that the spin?

These are actual photos, as you can see, and made today, in the afternoon.

I would not be proud of the quality of life on display.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Just perfect, 3 hours of by-now traditional songs!

We will see if this works. One per day. First up, something you won't eat anymore at Neptune--

Let's not forget our Vets, past and present. Happy Christmas, Holidays, and a Happy New Year!...

We have a lot of residents who are of the Hebraic background, so--

They live above me and walk in their high heels (without carpeting) all the time, but what I want to know is what are those two men doing there? I see you! At least the hijab girls are without high heels.

 A shout out to our police--men and women--and firefighters, too. Thank you!

The French have too eat, too!....

They get a certain amount of flak from the blogs, including this one, but when real trouble or difficulty rears its head, they are there for us. So this is for our team of Public Safety. Stay warm, too! It is cold out there!

What are you waiting for? An invitation? There are some holiday sights that are still New York....

Unless I get inspired, this will be it of the holiday photos, as this week will be plenty busy. I'm wishing everyone here a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!

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12/14/16. My Christmas/Holiday greetings continue, but there is other material eager to get the front page. To wit:

Part of the article:

" A Muslim student who said she was harassed on the subway by drunken, hate-spewing white men shouting 'Donald Trump!' found herself behind bars Wednesday after telling cops she made the whole story up.

"Yasmin Seweid, 18, joined a growing list of local and national alleged hate crime victims when she told cops that she was taunted Dec. 1 on the No. 6 train by three men who called her a terrorist and tried to snatch her hijab off her head while straphangers did nothing but watch.

"But Seweid finally broke down and admitted to detectives that it was all a big lie."

More at the link. Meanwhile, guess who has become Our Man Dan's biggest advocate: the PCVST Tenants Association. We knew this, but the TA should be embarrassed, especially considering the holes that are starting to come through.

Here's part of their special email to all tenants ("Your Tenants Association" header):

So the TA is connected to Dan in this way, too. They are not connect to tenants via many of the problems that exist here, but to Dan--yes, sir. Oh, how is that lease office protest working? And composting? Can't forget that.


12/16/16. Yeah, I know it's algorithm stuff, but I want to get back to the "swing" of things...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Case of Mistaken Identity?

This is the blog post by Sabina Mollot:

Garodnick tweeted on December 5th a not-too good photo of the graffiti. He didn't get much of response, but TA Facebook has been full of pronouncements about the graffiti, and now the "discussion" is shut down.

Today, during lunch break, I went near Papaya, the store over which is this graffiti, and took photos.

Let me state that the graffiti cannot be seen by anyone in Stuyvesant Town. To call it, as Garodnick does, "in the community"--well, maybe. (T&V: "Garodnick later said he had never before seen anti-Semitic graffiti in the community.")

Now I realize that Garodnick is trying to promote "New York Values" to the country, and he and his friends can certainly do that, but the truth is that the graffiti is NOT seen by anyone in Stuy Town and definitely not from where Garodnick lives in Peter Cooper Village. At first I was quizzical about the actual photo, as I know it can't be seen in PCV. This would not be an issue if the graffiti was anti-Semitic, but actually seeing it, I'm not sure. At all. The graffiti doesn't seen to be racist and could very well be someone just "tagging" the sign with an amusing, to him, caption.

All this noise about how hateful it is, is just that--noise. Unless we know different. Right now it appears not to be racist, and just a use by Garodnick to have the high moral ground and promote his petition. There may be some justification if Garodnick may feel threatened, of course. But at this point the graffiti may be completely innocent.

Meanwhile, an incident involving a NYC police person, who happens to be Muslim, has been confirmed. This is where our anger should be focused right now.