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As we see, nothing much is being done about the many complaints residents have: the discarded furniture on the loops, including the illegal discarding of uncovered mattress; the outside dogs that are infrequently checked for that blue ST lanyard, and their owners escorted out if they don't have one; the lack of R7-2 clarity from our local politicians who seem to be delaying and delaying; the club cars that go this way and that, and many times against regular traffic rules; the failure of our TA to even address those issues, etc. On top of that, residents near the building of the subway extension on 14 Street have had to endure noise and health issues at all hours of the day and night. This is not the way to live. Because of these facts, and a few more, a new representation has to happen. This is where Stuyvesant Town Tenants Advocacy comes in. There are no dues, and plans are underway to get the group doing something proactive about our complaints. The time for submitting our complaints to Management, Public Safety and Blackstone is over.

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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 is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Drink Booze and Screw Around - Adults Only at Playground 3

Gumby must be working overtime. Gumby is in Management. (Yes, he is; it's in their job descriptions.) Anyway, just when I thought that Management couldn't be more out of touch, here we have a notation on that costly flyer that came with our current rent bill of "The Village Vampire Ball"! Yes, wine will be served and cocktails (Signature Apple Cider, what's that?) at... Bet you thought it was somewhere in the Lower East Side. No, wrong! Our very own Playground 3! Yes, a playground! Just one step away from Sodom and Gomorrah.

Unbelievable, but believable.


Updated 10/16:

I'm so excited. Adult drinks, hookers (well, you can dress whatever), bad boys.... Did I say "adult drinks"? In a playground, too!

Now Management is advertising all over the place. In front of Five Stuy Cafe:

Friday, September 28, 2018

Tenants Meet on 2-4, Saturday, September 29th - NEW LOCATION!

This is to notify tenants of Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village that there will be a meeting this Saturday, the 29th of September, from 2pm to 4pm, at a new location: the MSBI Bernstein Pavilion, Podell Auditorium, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Pl. between 15 and 16th Streets. The location is one block west of 1st Avenue. Though it will be hosted by the TA and have as many politicians as possible (bring good cheer and a working BS meter), I will try to be there. Since it is a new location, chances are that a number of tenants will not go there (Perlman Place?), but this may be the only chance to "meet" some of the representatives of you, the residents of this community.

To get you into the mood, I am posting two photos I took just yesterday. Uncovered mattresses. Two different locations. As you see, Management doesn't care.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Electric Fire? Photos from Last Night. (The City is Falling Apart.)


I took my camera the second time, which is when I took these photos. And below I had to take the "industry standard" for our building. This is NOT professional work. No way.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

For a Moment, I Thought...

The mattresses I saw at the loop near me were covered! So, the photos are working and Management is listening!

Silly me, though. Just now, I went to Associated. This is what I saw:

I was not going to post the photos I took the other day, figuring that the new mattresses had finally been covered, so what the hell? But, since I was wrong, these are the photos from the other day:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Taping It Up

Okay, I'm angry. Reading about what is happening here or on the borders of this property (thank you, subway extension), I continually realize that this is "not the way to live." And, sorry, but I'm not moving.

Yesterday, I saw a woman with a baby almost trip over the make-shift "padding" on the main entrance of my building. I called in what she almost tripped over, and the loosened tape and padding was fixed eventually. But the padding is still there, and it's a shit job. (Sorry, there is no other way to describe it.) It's always a shit job.

This morning, before 10 am, I took photos of what I see. And here they are:

The silver tape covers the loosened other tape that was there yesterday. As you will notice, the "padding" used is cheap with several areas of "hills."

The last photo is the inside of one of the elevators. As you will see, it is dirty (in the morning!), but also there is cheap tape sticking out in the front.


Updated 8/31: I just received a comment from someone who wants this blog shut down and doesn't like our photos. The person complained about the cheap plastic covering and called it the "industry standard." I've seen a woman with a baby carriage nearly trip over this "industry standard." Here are more photos, taken today, of this "industry standard."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Perhaps It's An Amenity?

I may have figured it out... Those mattresses, rugs, sofas, desks, etc, on the loops are actually amenities! Yes, residents are free to pick up what they want and put it in their apartment. (Who needs Ikea?) And if you need a rest, why there's a sofa or mattress on the loop!

I may have gotten it all wrong previously. Management is doing us a big favor, and we are bitching! Figures!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Stuy Mess - What We Are Living With

These first four photos were taken yesterday. The fourth one shows glass in the debris. I heard a crunch sound when a car went over it.

Below is the 20th Street Loop, closer to 1st Ave.

Further long the loop:

Below: Workers are making new rooms in the one of floors above. This is how the elevator looks. Sorry for the fuzzy pic. Dirt all around and the padding smells. But you know that.

In the morning, a sight I frequently see. The refuse picked up is a lot, so that the back has to be opened and the remaining refuse has to "ride" this way, with the back fully opened and "something" trying to hold in the refuse. In another world, a manager would say, "Make two trips." But, no.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Here We Go Again

Photos taken earlier today. By now, seeing something like this should be very familiar. Of course, there are Blackstone workers, porters, club cars, Public Safety officers that pass scenes like this all the time.