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Friday, February 5, 2016

Undoubtedly More Money Donated to the "Garodnick For...." Cashbox

"Under the Garodnick and Brewer proposal, owners of landmarked buildings could sell up to 4 million square feet in unused air rights to developers across the district at market rates."

Meanwhile, Dan apparently is NOT running for mayor, but has other positions in his sight:

"Some of his options, according to an earlier report from Politico, include state positions such as attorney general or state comptroller. The report said that the positions, currently held by Eric Schneiderman and Thomas Napoli, may become vacant if Governor Andrew Cuomo decides not to seek a third term."

Dan has a considerable warchest already, undoubtedly made ample by members of the REBNY:

"When Garodnick makes his next move, he would have considerable financial muscle to fund his bid. He has so far raised $1.5 million for his next campaign, with a fraction of the amount carrying over from his aborted run for the comptroller seat.

"According to campaign finance filings, the amount is split between three accounts. Two city campaign accounts, 'Garodnick 2013' and 'Garodnick 2017,' contain $888,000 and $202,000 respectively. Meanwhile, a state account under the name 'New Yorkers for Garodnick' contains $400,000."

Dan and his buddy Scott Stringer are a tag-team match, so expect Stringer to run for mayor.

Build, Build, Build. Don't Let Anything Get in Your Way!

Another crane tragedy in New York:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nothing to Cheer About...Unless You're Big Real Estate

The mayor’s economic development team has also presided over several big public-private real estate projects and deals — the redevelopment of Domino Sugar, the Hallets Point project and the sale of Stuyvesant Town — that have delivered generous public subsidies to developers.

For example, at Stuy Town, the city is shelling out $225 million in subsidies, including a $144 million de-facto cash gift (in the form of a self-amortizing loan) and a waiver of the mortgage recording tax valued at $77 million. And although the city won a commitment from Blackstone and its partner Ivanhoe Cambridge to keep 5,000 units affordable for 20 years, some affordable housing advocates noted that many of the apartments are merely affordable for families with six-figure incomes. 

Michael McKee, treasurer of the tenant advocacy group Tenants Political Action Committee, called the deal a “mixed bag,” lamenting that most of the units deemed affordable are out of reach for middle-income families and that the deregulation of Stuy Town’s affordable units over past years was not reversed.

Much more at the above article, including:

Although de Blasio initially sparked concerns in the real estate industry over his push to adopt mandatory inclusionary zoning, which would require developers in newly rezoned neighborhoods to set aside a portion of units as affordable, the mayor’s final rezoning proposal has turned out to be not as scary as many had feared.

The plan, which is set to go before the City Council this month, would eliminate several zoning restrictions for developers on height, design and parking in rezoned areas....

The Real Estate Board of New York and the Partnership for New York City, a business advocacy group, have both come out in favor of the mayor’s rezoning proposal.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dog Problem Will Never Be Dealt With It Seems

Do we think our dog problem will ever be dealt with seriously? Just in the last couple of days, I've seen so many infractions and so much dog crap and piss residue (why do dog owners allow their dogs to create urine streams right in front of building entrances?) that I'm completely disheartened about management's earnestness in dealing with these issues. The other day I saw an oversized, non-blue tagged dog being walked into the complex right by the PCV booth on 1st Ave, and the Public Security officer inside did nothing.

And what is with Public Security anyway? It seems the will to enforce the dog rules has vanished. And, yeah, I suspect that somewhere along the line we will see PS monitor the situation--for a week or two, and then it will be back to the familiar negligence and looking the other way. If management can't deal effectively with the dog situation (which calls for just enforcing existing dog rules), then it's a significant fail on its part.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Good Ole Days: Our Neighborhood and Environs in the 1930s

420-422 23rd Street:

Irving Place, East 15 Street:

Third Ave, between 12 and 13 Streets:

110 East 14th Street:

Madison Square Park:

Ave D & East 10 Street:

20 Street, between 1st & 2nd Ave:

And then Garodnick came and had to screw it all up!

Added 2/3/16:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A message from Rick Hayduk, General Manager

The snow continues to fall at this hour and it is reported we are to receive even more snow before it tapers off around midnight.

The PCVST team has been at work since midnight to stay on top of the snow removal. Right now, we are focused on clearing the drivable roads ensuring access for emergency vehicles along with terrace level entry and exit points. In addition, we are clearing the perimeter sidewalks but struggling to keep them clear due to drifting snow off of 1st Avenue and 20th street. Know that over 50 of our team are out in the storm operating machinery and shovels to keep the roads and pathways safe.

Inasmuch as Mayor De Blasio has asked everyone to stay inside, for those who venture outside, be warned that there is significant black ice (under the snow pack and covering cleared areas) and snow drifting. Conditions are dangerous and we also encourage everyone to stay inside.

With the expected termination of the snow around midnight, the team will continue to work into the early morning to clear roads and paths in preparation for the morning’s activity. Our equipment will continue to make noise and as such, we ask for your forgiveness.

PCVST’s Sunday services operation will be limited as we return the complex to normalcy. As always, the resident services representatives are on the phone to take any emergency calls. We ask that any non-emergency calls be held until Monday simply because we are not sure how many associates can make it to PCVST tomorrow. Trash pick-up today was extremely limited and it is expected that tomorrow’s pick up will be as well solely due to the sanitation team assisting with snow removal. As for all other services and activities (Oval Services, ICE, Oval CafĂ©, etc.), it is a fair assumption that they will not operate tomorrow but will return to normal operating hours on Monday.

We are grateful for your patience and want you to know that the dedicated associates of PCVST are tirelessly working to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.

Please reach out to me or anyone on our team if there’s any way we can assist you.

Please reach out to me or anyone on our team if there’s any way we can assist you at the Resident Services number of 212-420-5000.


Rick Hayduk
CEO|General Manager
StuyTown | 276 1St Avenue Loop | New York, NY 10009
Phone: 212.614-5848 | Cell: 239-340-1405

Please, Dear Lord, No!

As if things couldn't get any worse.....

Friday, January 22, 2016

Another (major) NYC Landmark to Change and a Loss to NYC's Average Joe and Jane

"It’s fade to black for Midtown’s iconic movie palace the Ziegfeld movie theater — but the iconic venue at 141 W. 54th St. will be reborn as a spectacular high-end event space, The Post has learned. The new Ziegfeld Ballroom will be a mecca for society galas and corporate events, to open in fall 2017 after a two-year renovation of the space."

Hmm, perfect for REBNY galas and events. Maybe even a future Dan Garodnick event.