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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Reality

Unless there's some big surprise coming (very, very doubtful), the REBNY has won in general terms. There will be a few small victories for the crowd that's concerned about New York, but if you look around, you can see who is winning.

In Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the "battle" is about over, if not over. The new landlord, basically Blackstone, has won. The dogs are here to stay and their population will increase; the dog waste will increase, too. Oops, there goes an accident! Sorry about that!

Our population has also increased, by the thousands. A lot are students, which will not change; and a lot are new family tenants, which will not change either. Money, money, money. Partitions, flex apartments. As long as most tenants are white with a good sampling of Asians, we don't care. This may change in the future, but I'm not interested in that battle, and I doubt there will be one.

The old Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village is gone, never to return.

As I said, I think the best we can do is to hope for relative peace and quiet as we await, or are already into, our "golden years." If you want to continue the fight, go ahead. You are more than welcome to it, but I do think you are basically wasting your time.

Oval Cycles

Two bicycles, one on the south side, one on the north side. Almost together. Not stopped.

Again and again.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Snarky and Rude Behavior

It has come to my attention that certain people (not on this blog) are contributing to the snarky and rude behavior that is exemplified on other ST/PCV blogs. We will have none of that on this blog.

Posts here are very encouraged by General Manager Rick Hayduk's moves to make signage a number one priority, and make ST/PCV a much better, if not nearly perfect, place to live through more personnel, both in front of the scenes and behind them. We appreciate the extra PS officers that walk the beat around the Oval and ticket the bicycles that are speeding through it, just as we appreciate the PS officers ticketing the dog infractions that they see. We appreciate the laundry rooms in working order all, and available to anyone should they choose, else a ticket by a friendly PS officer is issued. We appreciate all tickets, in fact, and are encouraged by the amount that's handed out, settling in a lifestyle that's commendable to all tenants.

We also appreciate Blackstone's harvesting of rules and regulations that make this a much better place than...well, we want to be positive. The guilty won't be named, but you know who they are. We appreciate the carpet rule and quiet time come the nighttime hours.

We also appreciate the lessening of a financial burden that many of our tenants had to deal with, and the lessening of "flex" apartments that are the bane of contemporary living here. It is nice to see, finally, apartments opened up to how they were truly envisioned, without those partitions that the DoB says are not additional spaces for extra tenants.

While we have had difficulties with the dog rules, we must say that the battle has been fought and won--by the dogs. So we welcome dogs into this complex, and if they are dogs from outside, what's your problem? And what's your problem with the dog piss and crap that you may see? They have to do it somewhere!

We love this place, in fact, and feel very fortunate to be here. Thank you!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The End?

I am considering, once again, leaving this blog for a good while. I think that this property has gone downhill, and the new manager isn't helping, either. Frankly, seeing the results, the results suck. Perhaps it will get better, but I've been saying that for years. We all have been saying it if we are here for any length of time.

Right now I've escaped my apartment because it is filled with the smell of mulch. For the first time that I can remember, I need to go outside because of this mulch smell, which is coming from outside, in the back area. (I left the window open unfortunately.)

And how is outside, the outside that is the Oval Fountain? There are kids, Stuy Town kids, who are running on too much sugar load and throwing a football around outside and inside the Oval lawn. They get there by climbing the fence at the Oval Fountain area. No one is stopping them. Over they go, again and again, ruining the fence even more. (There is a PS guard inside but he is helpless.) There is a father playing with a spray gun with his daughter, who also has a gun. Both "weapons" make a mess of the Oval Fountain area, but who cares? Well, maybe the people who have left the area so they don't get wet? But no one really cares enough to say to the father can you take it elsewhere?

That's it. People don't care. It's become an epidemic. Everyone is doing their thing. And you can't stop them or you must be the one with the problem. What's it to you?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Calling Rick Hayduk


Seriously. I've been here for 30 years, give or take one or two. I've never seen this place so noisy and unresponsive. Perhaps it's just the odd moment in time. We'll see. But I'm getting fed up, and sorry, I won't be moving, and neither will others like me who have been here a long time. We will endure. Somehow we will endure. You can go to the old ladies at the TA and influence them, but it ain't working with us. We know. And as I said, somehow we will endure. We will die away, but some of us will make it.

5/21/16: I should temper my previous comments. This isn't the worse place in its history, for sure. It's just that the previous Saturday morning was foul no matter which way one looked at it. I still don't know why noisy grounds-keeping was in full blast on Saturday, a day one would assume when quiet time is at a premium. What I notice is that this place is used more and more, and that the previous years of relative peace and quiet are not that secure anymore. As I said, it's good that the general manager (Rick Hayduk) and his family are residents of this community, something that hasn't happened with a general manager in years. I still don't know how this will translate into a well-ordered community, however. If we look at the "dog situation," it still hasn't calmed down and looks to be just about as bad as ever. I think some things will improve, while others will stay the same, and possibly, in certain areas, get worse. I think that "affordable housing" is clearly a thing of the past for those who have claimed "new tenant" status. So I'm both pessimistic and, slightly, optimistic. Optimistic that we can still retain a measure of calm stability in the changing times that are New York City.

I Assume It's Saturday Morning

The pruners are out in the Oval area again making dreadful noise trying to prune some more around the Oval. The noise, which I think everyone can hear in the Oval vicinity and which is coming from one of their carts, is aggressive still past 9:30am. The dogs are out barking at each other. The dad is out flying his paper airplane all over the Oval circle, to include the inside of Oval Study.

Thanks, management, you are doing a wonderful job as usual! I don't think there's been so much noise in the morning since...well, since never!

10:00am - Noise still active!