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AN OFFER: PAY ME ONE DOLLAR FOR EVERY INFRACTION THAT I SEE--A UNCOVERED MATTRESS ON THE LOOP, DOG DO-DO NOT PICKED UP, OUTSIDE DOGS BEING WALKED INTO ST OR PCV. ONE DOLLAR FOR ONE PHOTO. I KNOW MANAGEMENT READS THIS BLOG, SO ACCEPT MY OFFER. BLACKSTONE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.

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:



Friday, February 15, 2019

We Are Losing

I don't think it's my mood. What I read is the opposite of encouraging, and what I see and experience is disheartening. Money rules, as I have stated many time in the past, but now I see that not only does it rule, but that it is destroying the city, or rather, many of the people who live in it. And the people behind the money do not care.

I will post two comments from other blogs because they speak of a couple of things that is destroying people.

This was posted on the TA Facebook, from Julia Alberino: "I took an M14D from 6th Avenue to 1st Avenue last night around 5:45. By the new University Place stop the bus was so full that the driver proposed going express, but that didn't work since riders were getting off at each stop. The bus was so very full that nerves frayed and two passengers nearly came to blow and were shouting at each other for blocks. In addition, because the bus was so crowded, folks were entering by the center and back doors, not paying the fare. to give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe some were eventually able to make their way to the farebox before they got off, but I didn't see that happening. We definitely need more buses NOW in the morning and evening rush hours, and at the 3:00 PM time when school gets out. Does the MTA even care about the actual riders and drivers of the dangerously overcrowded buses?"

And this was posted by Edmund John Dunn on the other Stuy Town Facebook. Though the post is not about Stuy Town, the park "project" will affect us. Besides, during nice weather, I go into the park and have felt it was a very positive boon to residents (yes, mostly, lower class) who live there and enjoy the park with weekend sports and barbecues:

"The question is not that something has to be done but what plan should be done. The plan that was carefully thought out over 4 years with major community input? Or this CF plan whereby the MO is we have to destroy the park to save it. And now throw in the clock is ticking for the Sandy Federal funds as well. The EV Grieve blog has a great thread on this issue. As always, follow the money. Funny, the destroy the park to save it plan is not being used on the West side which also had a major Sandy impact. On the East side, low income housing projects (NYCHA) face the river. On the West side, massive lux development has already taken place. As always, follow the money. REBNY say what? And also, enough with this 25,000 Amazon job number. It was once 40,000 jobs. Where does this figure come from? Out of Bezos’s butt?"

There are a lot of other things destroying people. And the "opposition" is ramming on.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Where's the Heat?


There are a couple of issues I care about regarding heat or insufficient heat in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village. Is my apartment "toasty warm." No, it is not. As a matter of fact, the pipes can be frequently cold, which means no one is getting heat in my line. Pipes cold. I don't need a temperature gauge to tell me that, I don't need a "tour" to tell me that.

The issue is Management tells me that they are following the city regulations regarding heat. There is a process one has to go through to make sure the heat if there from a landlord, but Blackstone and Management know that this process if cumbersome and, if it is dealt with, so what? A warning? A fine? We may never know, just as Management does want any "bad" news about this complex out there. Suicides? What's it to you? Desperation? What's it to you? Intrusive noise? What's it to you? Everything, including the breaking of city laws--uncovered mattresses on the loops, club cars going this way and that, with their riders frequently hold a cellphone, etc.? What's it you?

And nothing proves how morally bankrupt our TA is than their response to the issue of heat, though, admittedly the TA is been purposeless for a while now and is clearly "in bed" with Management.

Yes, some tenants get heat, and it appears, lots of it. But for others, their apartments, like mine, are not "toasty warm."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

You Know That Carpet Rule?

No comment for now.

I would add "enjoy the weather," but it's freezing!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I've Never Seen Stuy Town Look So Bad - Continued

On January 3rd of this year, I posted photos of "spray painting" by Playground 12. Despite a couple of rainy days (which, we are told, would get rid of any spray painting), the removal of the painting did not occur, though it was lessened to a degree. Also, despite heading over the PS office nearby twice and hearing that the mother of the kid that did this assured PS that the painting would be gone, nothing much seemed done. Once again, it seemed that no one cared.

Yesterday, I headed over to take photos again. This is the result:




This is not all. On Tuesday, a meeting was held for the neighborhood at 13th Precinct, something the police does every month. "Our" TA made posts on their Facebook, giving the date and time, and making it seem that Stuy Town residents would do well to attend and voice their concerns about the cozy relationship between the 13th and our PS force. It was suggested to the TA that it should be there and present ST and PCV concerns. I was there. Officially, the TA was NOT.

This is something I see again and again. That "our" TA does little to engage Management. In fact, the word is that the relationship between Management and the TA is master and slave. You guess who is the slave....

Of course, this is not all. I can post about the lack of heat, the "club" cars going this way and that, including across 20th Street, the discarded mattresses on the loops, the wretched condition of the paths, the noise and filth from the construction of the subway extension on 14th Street, the overflowing truck that picks up garbage along 1st Avenue, etc....

And here is a preview of what I see everyday in Peter Cooper Village (photo taken yesterday, too):


This is how wonderful our community is.

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Update 1/19/2019. Photo taken this morning:


I have seen a couple mattresses covered, as required by law, but I have seen quite a few recently that are not covered, and one time, four together! Also, on my way back from Associated, I saw once again that nothing had been done to clean up the paint spray near Playground 12. I guess no one really cares, including PS and our Management. (I've made three visits already to the PS office on this issue.) I also saw a dog running inside the "no dog" area walkway by the grass Oval. Welcome to Stuy Town!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

I've Never Seen Stuy Town Look So Bad

Yesterday, on my way to Associated, I came across a kid, his mom near him, with a spay can "painting" the sidewalk next to Playground 12. There were several paints, too. As I looked on, disbelieving, four PS guards were walking my way. Three of them turned off and walked further down the loop, but one of the guards went by the "painting." Though I didn't hear him, I assume he wanted some answers. On my way back, I saw the kid, without his mom, and he was on his hands and knees scrubbing away a part of what he had written. Looking at this, I knew he would have immense difficulty in getting any paint off. (These were not crayons, btw, but paint.) I headed to the PS office from Associated and was told that the mom had promised that the painting would be cleaned up. It was getting dark. I kinda felt sorry for the kid, too.

As predicted, the paint was impossible to scrub out, and this morning, a little after 9am, the "paintings" are still there.

This post is not just about the paintings, it is about Stuy Town. There have been a couple of improvements, true. But I see every day, and many times in that day, violations of "the rules." Not my rules, but either Stuy Town rules or the city rules. I have never seen this place looks so bad, so cheap, as I do now.

I pay a true stabilized rent, and even that seems too much. I pity those who pay much more; I also pity those that do not get proper heat, or that live at 14th Street and hear the noise there and take in the dirt and fumes. I pity those that live around the "Ice" playground and have to listen to the staccato, loud noise of hockey pucks hitting a barrier.

Meanwhile, our TA is silent, our local politicians, too.

Welcome.








Update 1/6.2019:

Yesterday it rained all day. Let's look at the "paint spray." Should be gone by now with all this rain. Let's see:





Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Return with us to the thrilling days of yesteryear....







Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tacky, Moving Companies, and more--Happy Holidays

So I sat outside this morning near the Oval. All of the "decorations" are tacky and low-class. Some are very big--and tacky. Residents who have been around "in the old days" know this, but some are mercifully forgetful or they just don't care, having been beaten down by whatever management is in place. There used to be a time when the fountain area was filled with real decorations and there was nice Christmas music playing. No more. And the purpose of these decorations is not just "for the children." Children you can give a red ball to, and they will be happy. No, the purpose is ALSO for adults, who can travel in dreams that delight all.

But now the Oval area is tacky. Welcome to Stuy Town!

This morning I was also met with several large bins outside my building that were holding move-in furniture. Not a problem to me, and welcome. But.... one elevator was filled to the brim with furniture, and no one could get in. And there was no worker from the moving company around. So one elevator was out of commission because residents could not get in and had to wait for the other elevator.

There is no "service elevator" in this place, so all move-ins and move-outs have to use the residents' elevator.

Stuy Town is a disaster. With the L line shutdown, with the ferries, the new bus lanes, it will be more of a disaster. Living in New York City is not what is meant to be. Why people accept this is becoming more and more unreasonable. Many don't care any more. The message is: You live in the city, so take it all and don't bitch.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Happy Holidays from Stuyvesant Town


I saw this YESTERDAY. And it is still there and almost 10:40 am today. And Public Safety goes by this many, many times.

I had to go the PS office today to complain, so it will probably be picked up now.

I don't run this place, but....