Our landlord, BLACKSTONE, can't handle Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village. There is a lack of enforcement of certain "rules," and no amount of notice to this alleviates the problems. We are continually being told half-truths and fabrications. And we have no viable Tenants organization, despite our TA asking for dues all the time. So far, the politicians have proven to be basically useless. A typical New York story.
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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.
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:
Take a look. Soon all of it will be gone in that area. Our hope is that our Tenants Association still has a seat at the table with Blackstone, as they so proudly proclaim. Who knows? The fallen tree and plants may be made for a new table for them.
Update: The photos below were just taken about 15 minutes ago. The mattresses have been there for hours. Along the First Ave Loop. Entry for cars, 18 St., exit 16 St.; August 8:
It is time to start the wheels moving as there have been no suitable
responses. There are only four or five issues that will currently be taken. One
involves the Tenants Association, a group that has been responsible for several
things, not necessarily to any success, while ignoring other things that are
seen by residents daily. This "tenants" organization is not open
about current dues-paying membership or what year had the largest membership.
As reported by this organization, this information is "confidential."
Meaning, no one knows who is a tenant and is not part of a small privileged
group. This seems odd, as it is a "tenants organization" and should
have no secrets to tenants. But it is not so. The continual promotion of this
organization being the largest in the country can't be even checked because of
this. This has got to change. Any tenants organization should have basic
information about its organization available to tenants. Dues are asked for
The other issues have to do with our landlord, currently Blackstone. There have
been no responses from their legal department (to which Public Safety
ultimately refers) about enforcement of a ban on running e-bikes, outside dogs,
and uncovered mattresses on the loops. There is also the crucial question of
who "owns" 20th street and whether club cars can cross it.
These issues have been brought up and questions have been asked and will
continue to be asked. But the difference is that certain wheels will be turning
As we head into the middle of summer, August, it is time to raise the temperature in other ways.
At the tail end of last week, I wrote a query to the Tenants Association. I had only two questions. 1) What is the dues paying membership for 2018? and 2) What year was the largest membership?
I was answered quickly. The reply:
>>Dues for the Tenants Association is $50.00 but $25.00 for tenants who are on DRIE or SCRIE.
Thank you again for contacting us,
Your Tenants Association<<
No joke. That was the response. LOL.
And.... I still have not heard from the Legal Department of Stuy Town. I asked: How many summonses were issued to e-bikes in the month of April. (I emailed on this issue starting May with at least two further requests and another e-mail address. Nothing yet.) I mentioned the running e-bikes at E-ssa Bagel, a tenant of Stuy Town/Blackstone, too. I also mentioned the club cars crossing 20th street. Illegal or not? Nothing.
I have no other recourse than to continue and press in a number of ways. All legal. Yes, the wheels move slowly, but they do move.
The new rent laws: We are going to fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. What did you think? We're going to turn over and play dead? Of course, we are doing it for you, the tenants, as you deserve the very best we can provide.
This controversy about Playground 9.... We can make money renting bike stations to Citibank. 1) Citibank is going to pay us and 2) we can advertise a new amenity. So, win-win for us. Just because some of the kids here can't use the sprinklers before we think of something to placate the bitchers, so what? I'm tired of sniffling, whiny children dictating anything. Go and play in the Fountain area. That is why we let crayons and paint all over the place. Our crack Public Safety doesn't care what you do, so do anything you like!
We are also bringing in beer and wine for that Five Stuy Cafe with all the dog piss stains on the low wall. Yes, another amenity. (The beer and wine, not the dog piss.) You will not care after getting sloshed, so what is the problem? Not caring is the key to living here in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village.
Old timers.... Get out of the way. That's the best advice I can give you. Bikes, club cars, skateboards. They rule, you don't. And we are hoping e-bikes are on the way.... Oh, and when are you leaving us, if you get my drift. We can make double and triple from your apartment once it's vacated. (Memo: Donate more money to fight the new rent laws.)
Oh, yeah, we are touting sustainability and green living. LOL. You don't believe that, do you? With all the polluting club cars, lawn mowers, shit-removing zambonis, pollution is not our priority, but advertising amenities is a priority so that we constantly have a flow of new renters. (Money talks, bullshit walks.) Some of these amenities on the roof will give people who live on the top floor cancer, but so what? We all have to go sometimes, so it may as well be with a cellphone glowing in your ear.
Another thing: I am tried of being called "Dick". I am not your buddy or, if you are an old female or gay, your dream lover. From now on it's "Boss Man" or "Master Dick."
Now that we understand each other, you know who rules. It ain't you.
These photos were taken today in the morning: from Peter Cooper Village, which used to be the upscale version of her brother across 20th Street, Stuyvesant Town. The photos, around the entrance and exit of Peter Cooper and some inside will show you the current condition of the walkways and roads. It is important to state the condition of this and the Stuy Town community, because our current owner, Blackstone, will try to impress that it is because of the new rent laws that things have deteriorated. BS. I took many photos through the years and can show the truth, with photos.
Blackstone and our Management can plead poverty (yeah, Blackstone making worldwide billions dollars can guarantee the poor house), but it is just typical Real Estate spin. The only thing that can not be spent (wasted) is on the "amenities," which were BS anyway. We, residents, are still protected as residents and rules that do not allow deterioration in necessary services.
The photos, which show walkways and roads of the Peter Cooper Village jewel:
All over Stuy Town, it seems. Posters also released by Crime Stoppers. Showing the perpetrator, and warning residences of Stuy Town to be on the lookout. Why? A crime was committed (the victim was choked to unconsciousness) and the crime was going to be more serious if a passing resident hadn't stopped it, causing the perpetrator to run away. A poster by Crime Stoppers near the incident has been taken down days ago. Why? What is going on here? Is the selling of apartments is more important than alerting residents? Than exposure of the perpetrator?
Update 7/9: But the selling of apartments continues full blast. Seems it is not permissible to mention any crimes being committed here.... Seen today on one of my internet travels (enlarged a bit):
Can a "happy place" have any crime? Impossible! Can a "happy place" have dog crap, intrusive noise, motorized bikes, skateboards, suicides, club cars riding this way and that across 20th street??? Impossible!
Another update 7/10: The Oval Fountain area is one of our "jewels." But this hasn't stopped Management from turning it ugly. Yes, I blame Management. If it were me, I won't allow a screen like this to stand for days until the next showing. Not only is this a hazard (children play around there), but it is ugly to boot.
And we've seen this! Below is "paint" that doesn't come off with simple rain. The doodling will be there for a few days at least, and inside the fountain, too. Again, I wouldn't allow this in the fountain area. This area is also for residents to relax and take in the "peace and quiet." But little Johnny can do what he wants, and Stuyvesant Town doesn't give a damn.
The city demands that discarded mattresses be covered by plastic to combat the city's problem with bedbugs. Stuy Town and owner Blackstone do not regularly cover discarded mattresses. What you see below can be seen almost every day. Neither Management or Blackstone seem to care to enforced this rule. All manner of people who work for Stuy Town, from porters to Public Safety, pass scenes like this by, ignoring what the city dictates.
The photos below were taken yesterday, Sunday morning. The photos are from the Stuy Town interior of the loop along 1st Ave. Something like this is what I see every day. Most of the photos, if they are close up, are disgusting. Today, the part of the loop where I walked, the "mess" hadn't been cleaned up.