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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place continues.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Our virtual doorman proves the joke, but few are laughing



Yeah, expect it to become "official" with an announcement from my friend and yours, Rick. We do have a virtual doorman. It is official from Abigail Michaels, our concierge, and it is also official from StreetEasy, a site that Stuy Town uses to sell apartments. So, since selling is what is most important, even with a little bs thrown in, we have what we previously never had--that we knew. What is that you, say? You have no virtual doorman? Well, just speak to one. You will get the answer.



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back

I noticed yesterday, and it was confirmed today, that the price for a small cup of coffee at Gracefully has now gone up to 1.75. Before a cup of coffee was 1.50 at this store. Lenz's is now 1.25, up from 1.00. I didn't price other items, but I assume that if the coffee has gone up, so has, or will, other prices. While to some .25 here or there is not much, for me and others like me, the prices can go up so that one is really left with little choice, aside from cooking at home. At novel concept that. Yet, when I was a kid, our family never "went out." All the cooking was done at home. Naturally, we saved money doing that, but also ate better.

So now I am left with a choice. I will still go to Gracefully, but I will buy less than before, and a coffee or a tea will be a rarity here. Better at home now, and cheaper.

This is where we are heading, unless we have loads of money, then it doesn't matter. But to some people it does matter. We, who have been at Stuy Town or Peter Cooper, are slowly getting priced out. I think our owners are not too unhappy.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

About "That" Brochure....



By now, residents should all have gotten under their door what has been called the "brochure."  It measures about over 12 inches wide, and it's height is 8 1/2 inches. It comes as a foldout, 3 pages but 6 pages double-sided if you count that way. It is of cardboard-like material. In color. The printing and distribution of this brochure cost much, but probably not as much as the glossy brochures of our soon-departed councilman, Dan Garodnick, who promised to have all his brochures "green." Not their color, but their printing. Unfortunately these glossy brochures don't look like "green" to me or penny-wise. And thank you, Dan, for another business tower, the disruption to New Yorkers, and your promotion of this tower using tax dollars....

The Stuy Town brochure is titled "State of the Community." The last word is in a heavier font, just so you get the full meaning. I will not mention, aside from this, that the brochure is taken up in part with rather goofy shots of some people who work here, including dear Rick Hayduk, our General Manager and CEO of Blackstone, which now owns this property along with Ivanhoe.

Most of the brochure is taken up with a timeline. I thank the powers that be for this timeline. You can tell what time period and what is wrong with this place by this timeline. Obviously, this is not the intent.

That timeline:

We are informed that the "Good Neighbor" policy has started when Blackstone moved in here. On the timeline it states that this policy started at the beginning of 2016. Problem is, while the "Good Neighbor" policy is written all over the place in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, its enforcement and residents following the "Good Neighbor" policy are not exactly what was intended. A good number of residents make fun of and/or ignore this policy. That is a fact.

Also mentioned, as early 2016, are "new laundry carts" and "battery-powered leaf blowers." Okay, if Management reads the blogs (and someone does), Management should know that there can be a problem with these laundry carts. A number of them can be missing and used by some residents to easily move in and out of their apartments, or just to fill up with clothes and taken to the apartment. There have been times, when the laundry room is lacking most of these carts. Managements response after new carts and new signs on these carts were not working: "We can't so anything about it, so we will replace the carts when they are gone."

As to "battery-powered leaf blowers," I can't state how many times I have been driven away by these blowers. Other residents, too. The blowers kick up dust and debris into the air, and frequently their workers are wearing masks to stop this dust and debris from entering their mouths and lungs. I have seen, against the morning light, this dust and debris flying in the air while these "leaf blowers" are doing their business. Plus the oversized blowers with diesel-running carts are very noisy at the Oval grass and can drive anyone out who may want to sit at the Fountain area or do Yoga or Tai Chi there.

We are also informed that "dog registration lanyards" were introduced in 2016.

Update 12/10/2017:

The dog registration lanyards promotion has to be the cruelest joke in this brochure. Blue lanyards were introduced over a year ago, and Rick had to twice repeat the same message, a year apart. Why? Because outsiders ignore this rule. I see a lot that goes on here, or doesn't go on, and I have yet to see an outsider escorted out of this complex because his or her dog does not have an official lanyard, which is part of this rule.

What I do see is that outsiders with their dogs can head into this complex, no questions asked. They can even go by the large booth at 1st Avenue, and they will not be stopped. I have seen this many times, and recently, too. The fact was also brought up that PS inside that booth has been told not to bother outsiders. Who told them this?

It seems the undisclosed policy is to not to confront any outsider. Again, and again, I have seen this with my eyes. I can verify that this "rule" is BS.

Now that does not mean that there is zero effort by PS, but it is random, very random,and limited to an extra presence and maybe a word or two about the lanyard rule. But even this, something that is so minimal, has no "teeth" at all, so much so that the rule might not as well exist.

Update 12/12/2017:

That brochure again. Continuing... Something about a "laundry technician." I guess the laundry rooms should be fine now, as this technician was introduced in 2016. Then we have dogs, what else? Dog days, and dog friendly areas. No, not the entire complex, wise guy!... Okay, also in 2016 we have the introduction of something called "Noise Reducing Gifts." Did everyone get those? Cause I can't hear a thing. Oh, I forgot "Oval Office." You know, where a resident can voice his or her problems to a representative of Management. Don't laugh, it's not becoming.... Then there's 5 Stuy Cafe, the place that was closed by the Health Department and that has dog urine is all over the stone wall in front. What's that I smell? A particular brand of pizza? No, it's dog piss! But aren't the dogs cute?

(To be continued!)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rent Goes Up, No One Cares

By now you should have gotten your new December rent for what you owe our landlord.  Remarkably there has almost been no comment from our TA, which has basically said the same thing over again: Albany. So, unless you are in SCRIE or some other program, you will be paying more for the pleasure of living here.

I know what I will be doing: Distributing less of my limited supply of money to the stores around here that need the money but which I can't give that much of because of this increase. I need to pay more to live here. Simple as that.

I pity the tenants who have to pay much more than I do. How do they do it, unless they decided to move out because of money? Unless, for some, a illegality of their lease can seem the way out?

Some people are dying here. Oh, not really leaving this mortal coil (though some do that, too), but spiritually. If you are not affected by the prices here, consider yourself lucky.

Our current landlord, Blackstone and Ivanhoe, doesn't really care. Oh, their reps can offer a nice word or colored lights for the season, but they just want this complex to meet and exceed its monetary demands. To them, success is not the same as your success.

Though there have been some positive changes under our new landlord, I still see the same infractions and still come across the same unwillingness to tackle these problems, aside from some sympathy. Yeah, thanks for that.

As we head to the holidays, I don't see much I can be cheerful about. I can only hunker down and try my best. Some of us are in the same boat. And some of us, aren't.

Friday, November 24, 2017

You Get the Idea....

Do I need to comment? All photos, except at the bottom (an official Stuy Town promo that doesn't show carpeting as per official instructions), are from the SpareRoom site, which is a treasure drove of apartments such as these.












 

Monday, November 20, 2017

And Now For Something Completely Different

Well, it is the fall.... By the Oval Fountain. And these leaf colors won't be there for long...



Monday, November 13, 2017

Important News: Public Safety and ST Workers Will Drive Little Tikes Cars

Management has heard your concerns and beginning next year, PS and ST workers will drive adult-size "Little Tikes" vehicles to go around the property.

"Yes, it was a no-brainer when we at Blackagain looked at it," stated GM Rick Duckalways. "This way, our residents will feel safer, and even those we hit (watch out, seniors!) will laugh about it when they wake up in the hospital."

First, though, a tool attachment on the back will have to be placed on the "Little Tikes."

"It is tough dealing with the population explosion here and all the AirBnb apartments. But where there is a will, there is a way," assured Duckalways.

The new Little Tikes vehicles will begin appearing in February, 2018.

Demo video:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Slowly but surely?

I've come to the realization that it can take some time and a lot of patience to implement any change in the city and, more particularly, in this complex. Aside from the usual infractions here, I have decided to zero in on two: One, motorized bikes. They are illegal to use, but there is a loophole, and it's a big one. The bikes can be around, but the motor can't be running. In other words, one can have a motorized bike but the motor can't be on. Doesn't make sense, but this is what the rule is. So, you have, for instance, Ess-a-Bagel, a tenant here, using motorized bikes, particularly in the busy weekend, but their "drivers" can turn off the motorization near Ess-a-Bagel and turn it back on once they are in the city proper, out on the streets. The police can't do anything if the bikes are not seen and running. (Of course, they are seen all the time, but that is another issue.) There is one way to stop this game: Make motorized bikes illegal in the city whether they are running or not. Only the City Council can do that. It seems simple, but were it so.

The second change is enforcing the dog lanyard rule. This is not my rule, but that of current management, with the General Manager, Rick Hayduk, stating:

"We'll be introducing a new process to identify registered dogs thus enabling Public Safety Officers to clearly approach offending dog owners. The registration will hang from the leash handle; clearly identifying the dog as registered.

"If the dog is not registered by May 1; a summons will be issued at the point of contact. If we learn the dog owner is not a resident, they will be escorted off the property."

This was stated in February, 2016.

As we know, the rule is continually not enforced. I have been here a long time (decades) but I've yet to see someone escorted out for not following this rule. My impression, from reading a couple of blogs dedicated to this complex, is that the ignoring of this rule is common knowledge. I would want this rule enforced and I will work toward that, despite the lack of will power to enforce it.

As I stated, there are other infractions, but these are the ones I will be reporting on and trying to change. And I am not the only one.