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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Would you prefer to live in a community that feels like an extension of a college campus or a suburban community?

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The question isn't answered in this Street Easy listing for 3 Stuyvesant Oval #MD. Note the recessed AC unit, which I believe that apartment does not have. Nor would an M apartment have such a view. The broker is Citi Habitats, which is the "exclusive" broker for Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village. Really, the chutzpah of implying that our community feels like a suburban one and not an extension of a college campus! Why is it that everyone who deals with ST/PCV on a business level has no shame or is a comedian?

Also note the "Price History" of this apartment:

Steep increases for a "rent-stabilized" apartment!

This Was the 1st Clue that ST/PCV Would Change Forever

The plaque. Situated on the West Side of the Oval path. Honoring Met Life Chairman Frederick H. Ecker. Removed in 2002 by Met Life in advance of an eventual sale of ST/PCV.  The words on the plaque were the reason for the removal (not ST/PCV's early racist rental policy). Left there, the words would have made a mockery of what was to come.

These are the words, the vision, that no future landlord of ST/PCV could leave standing:

"... who with the vision of experience and the energy of youth conceived and brought into being this project, and others like it, that families of moderate means might live in health, comfort and dignity in park-like communities and that a pattern might be set of private enterprise productively devoted to public service."

The removed plaque has never been seen again. No one knows where it is.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

While it Falls Apart, Let's Listen to Stuy Town's Musical Celebrity

Garland Jeffreys, the only artist approved by the Stuy Town Report blog to hold a concert here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TA Please Take Notice. Can We Ever Get to the Bottom of This???

I'm going to try again on a subject that's been raised here before....

Partitions have been put in by the landlord for years now.  What are these partitions?  Are they partitions that convert, say, a two-bedroom apartment into a three bedroom apartment, as we see in the diagram below? (Click on any image to make larger.)

This is the type of DoB application that is filled out by the builder to create partitions, presented here, for our purpose, in its more important three sections:

Please note that the alteration type checked off is Type 2 and not Type 1.  A Type 1 alternation contains a check mark area for "Change in Room Count/Dwelling Units" and one for "Change in Occupancy/Use".

So if the partitions created in this application for three Stuy Town apartments are partitions to create an extra bedroom, as in the diagram above (which is not of any of these apartments, btw, but just an example), how is it possible that these partitions were legally put in, as the paperwork was not properly filled out?

These partition applications are very numerous in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village and can be accessed at the DoB site:

From there, go down to the left and see "Buildings Information"... and fill in.

It's obvious that the creation of extra bedrooms serves the landlord very well, particularly in renting out apartments to hordes of students. This complex may now have 5,000 more tenants thanks to the creation of extra bedrooms.

So, TA, have you looked into this at all?  And, if so, what is the outcome of your research?

UPDATE: 9/19/14:

The info below I found on a site that is not official, but it tries to explain "Alteration Type". The insertion of partitions to create a new bedroom (if that's what those partitions are for) is considered by CW and before them, TS, as Type-2. Here's the info:

An Alteration Type-I Application is required when there is a major change to the Certificate of Occupancy of a building, such as converting it from commercial to residential, an interior conversion of the building or a space within a building, or due to a building addition. Most commonly, an Alteration Type-I Application will be used to change the Maximum Number of Persons for a space, to change the Occupancy or Use Group of a space, and/or to change the Description of a space.

Alteration Type-II Application is an alteration that doesn’t change the use or occupancy of the building but requires several types of work, such as plumbing and construction. An Alteration Type-II Application may be used when there is no change to the Certificate of Occupancy due to the proposed alterations, such as with an interior fitout or alteration. When an Alteration Type-II is filed under Directive-14 (such is the case 99% of the time), the Applicant or other NYS Registered Professional Engineer or Registered Architect may signoff the application with a Directive-14 Final Inspection.

Alteration Type-III is a minor alteration that involves only one type of work, such as a curb cut or a construction fence. ALT-1s and ALT 2s must be filed by a registered architect or licensed engineer; some ALT3s don’t require detailed plans and can be filed by a non-professional.

UPDATE: 9/24/14:

UPDATE: 9/25/14:

Meet the New Official Mascot of ST/PCV: NUTS

Well, that's not his name yet, but can one hope?  So, the complex is filthy, dog and human crap here and there, including in elevators; there's noise to wake the dead at all hours of the night (partying, Con Ed work, etc), many of the laundry rooms are not working at full capacity; not all buildings in Peter Cooper Village have fully recovered from Hurricane Sandy; the construction of the new management office is not yet finished and has created a nightmare for those living nearby; the complex is becoming more and more of a dorm; residents are in the dark about the future of this place....

So what is CWCapital/CompassRock's latest effort?

A toy squirrel mascot for the complex that residents are urged to name!!!

So let's name it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Good luck, guys!

And I mean it.

Tenants at Riverton (the brother complex to ST/PCV) sue their management company. And guess what company that may be?

There should be several lawsuits arising from what's going on in ST/PCV, but that surely would hold up the dream of tenant ownership, so no go.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rezoning the East Side for Massive Towers is Going to Happen. Thank you, Dan.

How did I miss this?

If you thought that rezoning of the East Side to allow for massive towers and huge windfalls for Big Real Estate was not going to happen, you were wrong. Mayor de Blasio (!) and Dan Garodnick, the councilman in whose district this will be happening, have agreed to a "reincarnated" zoning plan that is currently limited in scope, but which will pave the way for a thorough transformation of the East Side that will please Big Real Estate very much while giving us peons perks such as new subway entrances, stairways, entrances/exits, etc., all to get workers moving efficiently (it is hoped) from outside of the castle where they live (the outer boroughs) to inside of the castle to work for the nobility who will be the only ones left to afford living in Manhattan.

First up is One Vanderbuilt, which, when built right next to the stately Grand Central, will be the second tallest building in the city. You may as well squash Grand Central and be done with it.

Pardon the cynicism, but it seems Dan's previous contrariness toward our former mayor, Mike Bloomberg, on this zoning issue may just have been a case of "let's wait out the rezoning until I get more clout" or "let's wait out the zoning until after election time."

With the massive development of this area (which, despite the perks, will create even more nightmarish congestion in Midtown), here's another neighborhood that true New Yorkers will be staying away from. Soon, only Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village will be left to remind people of the real New York.  And, yes, that is a joke.