The truth about a complex built for veterans and the middle class and how it has evolved through the years to become one of the more interesting and controversial of New York stories.
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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:
On June 8th of this year, I sent a very courteous letter to Jon Gray, the head of Blackstone's Real Estate division. The letter mentioned some of the problems that Stuyvesant Town has been seeing, and the photos I sent underlined what I was referring to.
Today, August 8th, I will post the response:
Mr. Gray certainly knew about Stuyvesant Town when his company brought it, when he met with local politicians, when he was part of this:
So that is it, folks. No response.
Just the facts, ma'am.
(If someone from his office did contact me, please respond. Otherwise...)
Starting at 4pm, there will be a meeting with our local politicians at the Community Center in Stuyvesant Town. The Community Center, also called the Senior Center, is at 449 East 14 Street, but the entrance is from the loop around 1st Ave. Unless you don't live nearby, chances are you've seen the Center. At the meeting will be our new Councilperson, Keith Powers, and probably, Harvey Epstein, our NYS Assembly person.
Speaking of Powers, I saw him walking along the loop where he must have seen this:
Do note, not only the mattress, but further down a Public Safety vehicle. No doubt, Powers called this in or Public Safety. The latter has those monitors that we are paying for and will be paying for, as long as we live.
Powers did not see, this:
... which is on the other side of the loop. Of course, PS will know about it, having all those monitors and PS officers that go about the property.
This month's rent comes with the Stuy Town usual, heavy and glossy brochure on why it's great living here. Of course, you will be invited to join the new Stuy Fitness at 14h Street and take part in a raffle for a year membership. I assume that if you win, the membership is free, but you have to sign up first (and pay?) before you enter this raffle. Another money-making scheme idea brought to you by your friends at Blackstone.
And, if you are down, you will need a good drink! Stuy Town offers their "Deal of the Month," which is, you guessed it, a discount on drinks at the local bar!
Don't you think serving alcohol at our Five Stuy Cafe is not far behind?