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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:



Monday, July 16, 2018

Wake-Up Call Before 6:30 AM

So this morning, I was awakened by a loud, very loud pounding noise coming from the 20th Street loop. I looked outside and saw the outline of a light from near the corner. Oh, it must be after 8am and work has started already, I thought. But as I checked the kitchen clock, I saw it was 6:23am. Okay, STR has to do his thing and take photos. Sigh.... I took a quick shower, got dressed, and went outside with my camera. The workers had left. But, aside from the very early wake-up call, I saw this....

You will note that I saw on the left side, a discarded sofa, etc. It was there yesterday. So it wasn't picked up expeditiously at all, this being the next day. On the right was "the hole." I assume the loud pounding noise came from there. The workers were already gone. And then I saw something we are all familiar with: unpicked dog do-do. Then, a bit later, I saw those signs informing us to have a "great day" and, eh, a shot of other "things" before them.






Friday, July 13, 2018

This Sunday - Oval Greek Orgy!



As residents know, we have this Sunday a special world cup soccer-watching game on our huge monitor to annoy everyone who lives around the Oval and wants "peace and quiet." Sure you can watch this game at home, or maybe in a pub, but what good is that when you can watch this game sitting your ass on the grass or in our new cruise ship chairs. Don’t let the complainers get to you. Shout and scream all you want. Enjoy! Really enjoy! Sure, soccer is not a sport we Americans favor and no American team is involved, but what the hell, it is all about our community spirit.

Now, get this, starting at sundown, when the kiddies are all asleep after being puckered out with all the events we have in store for them, we will have our first Oval Greek Orgy! Yes, due to many requests, we will have these events for adults only, but also in honor of our big boss, Stephen A. Schwarzman, who goes to the Greek Islands frequently to party and dress up and spend millions of dollars. Last time, he dressed as Aristotle Onassis!... Forget R7 zoning. We’ve already forgotten it!... By nighttime, Public Safety won’t be around anyway. Are they ever around when it gets dark? Ha, ha.

Stuy Town T-Shirts will be given away, for sure. But, if you lose your T-Shirt... Well, what happens in Stuy Town stays in Stuy Town. That we know! Ha, ha.

So, eh, come and enjoy. Don’t forget, this Sunday. Our first Oval Greek Orgy!

Yours very sin-cerely,

Stuyvesant Town Paradise Forever

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Deck Chairs Are Now At The Oval

Gumby must be working overtime. I thought that the shark couldn't have jumped more, but, boy, was I wrong! Spotted this morning at the Oval--white deck chairs! Yes, for those who jokingly made reference to our dear Rick operating a cruise ship in Florida. Well, your joke has turned into reality! Yes, deck chairs are now at the Oval!

Why stop there? As we know from cruise ships, there has been service for those that occupy those chairs. And we know that Five Stuy Cafe is just aching to make money. Deck chairs, service, those cooling drinks....


Inside the new Five Stuy Cafe. Getting ready for the masses at the Oval.


Enjoying all the amenities that the Oval offers. Music, movies, deck chairs, artisanal food, drinks...


Part of Management's Stuy Town Resident Service. Here's looking at you!
 

Our masseuses are expert at getting out the kinks. (STR has first dibs!)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Stuy Music



Packing them in! Photos taken around 6:30 to 7:00pm

Monday, June 25, 2018

Out of Control

I'm not saying this is the worst place to live. On the contrary, there have been improvements in our landlords, and the improvements have been appreciated and, I hope, noted, at least someplace. That said, when I walk through the property for a brief time, I have to state that things are "out of control." Oh, there is a measure of control and Management memes that will state that this is just normal living in the city. Don't believe these memes. As someone who has been living here for around 30 years, I can tell you that these Management memes are a lie, and just meant to pacify and explain to the "new tenants" (who are paying a lot of money for their Stuyvesant Town or Peter Cooper Village rooms) that things were always like this, so don't bitch, be happy.

When I step outside, I am aware of more and more "out of control" visual incidents around here. It could be outside dogs and their owners that are never escorted by Public Safety out of this property, it could be the amount of dog stains and smears on the pathway (and increasing in number), it could be the thrown-out uncovered mattresses or general garbage that is on the loops, it could be the outdoor "gym" that is rarely used by a lot of tenants, it could be the "golf" carts that are increasing in number and going this way and that (watch out!)--it could be a lot of things that tell me that this place is "out of control." And some tenants have it worse, depending on their building and neighbors.

I don't plan to "give up." But I will take photos, I will speak my mind. And I will try to change certain things even though it can be a very uphill struggle. I also have a life that is not focused all the time on what is happening here. I have other things to do. And there are tenants who are trying to change this place for the better, as I am. Nothing is easy, so the saying is. And indeed nothing is easy.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stuy Town Jumps the Shark--Big Time!

I thought I had seen it all. But this morning, Sunday, June 24th, 2018, I saw with my own eyes (and I took photos) that this place has really, really "jumped the shark." (Check the expression if it's unknown to you.)

This was a moment of inspiration. Not only are there photos of "jumping the shark," I decided to take some limited photos of what I see in the property. Time: a little past 8am. Enjoy!


 If you can't fix the clock, put up a smiley face!


You, too!


Ah, wait, wait. The workers will be here soon. You can forget about Officer Joe. He doesn't pick up garbage.


You know, I could have eaten there, too. Night, morning? Whatever....


Hard to see in this photo, but there are bits of paper strewn all over the curb. You may get hit by a passing ST cart, so watch out!


How many times do I have to call Management? That is a fire hydrant. Against the law to be near it so close. Then again, at least you can see it; sometimes it is covered up all over with garbage.


Looks nice. But what is that newspaper doing there? I saw it...yesterday morning in the same place!


Bon appetit!


Priceless. Not a single item has been moved by me for the photo.


Sorry. I just had to. Near the small security booth, by those new "Have a Great Day" signs.


It seems like 20 years since this has been fixed. Of course, it is not 20 years, more like months. What gives?

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I'm sorry, again. The shot was too perfect. So I went back and took a more telling photo.

Friday, June 15, 2018

"Packed"

A reader, Edmund, sent in the following photos and a video that shows how packed with residents was the music at the Oval yesterday. And the photos were not taken at the beginning or at the end of the event.

I want truth. Residents that BS other residents into thinking that the events are well-attended have been proven, so far, as liars. They have an agenda. Mine is just telling and showing the truth.

The photos. The proof.



Look what I found:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Revisiting "For Residents and Their Guests"

While there has been a plus for some the issues confronting residents, there have been others which have remained and seem incapable of being properly addressed or enforced. And some issues have gotten worse. In going through some of the older posts at blog, I see that some of these issues are the same years ago.

This main post will deal with some of these issues....

We kinda laugh at the warning "For Residents and Their Guests," but nowadays even that warning or post (take your pick) is being ignored. Management has no one to go around and check that this notice is up, so either it doesn't care or just doesn't know. (It should have someone going around, period.) It is an amusing notice in a lot of ways, but necessary for this place to be properly zoned. It is missing from, say, Five Stuy Cafe, which should have that notice visible, unless the ruling has been dismissed.

This is a post from November 3rd, 2011:

An ice-skating rink is a pretty big straw, but it seems it has had the effect of mobilizing tenants and making both residents and politicians hyper aware of zoning and the commercialization occurring inside Stuyvesant Town. This week's Town & Village carries a front page article, "Garodnick Questions Legality of Commercial Activity in ST/PCV." Though commercial activities have been happening inside the complex since Tishman Speyer took over as owner and manager, though we've seen the Farmer's Market, Food Trucks, tables for Verizon and Zip Car, charges for the Oval "Essentials," etc, make their way into Stuy Town with some push-back from tenants, this ice-skating rink may just have tipped the balance into getting residents finally fed up with the commercialization inside this property. Or perhaps not. To be seen.

The T & V article carries quotes from councilman Garodnick and management's Adam Rose. Garodnick: "People want to make sure it is legal and I am currently exploring that question. There's a lot of concern over the variety of commercial activities, including the food trucks and now an ice rink and the paid storage facilities." Rose contends that "We believe the minor commercial activity in Stuy town such as food trucks and the ice rink are completely legal, and provide additional amenities and attractions to the vast majority of our residents, especially families." While the legality of commercial activities is yet to be determined by the Department of City Planning (I'm not holding my breath), it has to be stated that the "vast majority" of residents are not using any of the amenities being offered at Stuyvesant Town. We're talking about a resident population of anywhere from 25K to 30K, and certainly you don't even see a tenth of that number using the Oval Essentials, the food trucks, etc, or attending the summer concerts and events, which, at best and on rarer occasions, can draw in a few hundred people.

It can't be stressed enough in these discussions (even T & V skips this point) that these amenities are being used to sell the place to prospective renters, and it must be admitted that some amenities are directed at prospective renters with families, which is a good thing, as we'd like to increase a more stable population rather than the transient student one we see continually growing.

The T & V article reveals more of what Garodnick asked of the Department of City Planning: "Does zoning allow for food trucks to be positioned within the Stuyvesant Town Oval? Management recently announced that they would be installing and opening an ice rink in a Stuyvesant Town Playground. Does the present zoning allow for an ice rink on the property? And if so, would charging for admission or equipment change that?" These are pivotal questions.

Garodnick also stated to T & V that he believes the ice-rink should be complimentary to residents. "An hour a day in a playground that is normally open and free is not a good policy and it will not have a good outcome." Dan must be really hopping mad now, as the updated schedule for free use of the ice-rink allows for just two hours of free use to residents per week, not the previously publicized seven hours per week. (Perhaps I'm wrong, but I smell a slight set-up here, with a "generous" gesture forthcoming that will go back to the one free hour a day schedule.)

A bulging letters column in T & V contains responses from tenants. A couple of tenants are for it, including a familiar voice who calls the rink's detractors "cranky" and "better suited to a gated community in Florida than apartment living in a dense urban environment."

Other letter writers share their concerns, which have also been addressed repeatedly on this blog and Lux's website and Facebook.

The heart-warming surprise comes from an opinion piece by Steven Sanders, who had been our state assemblyman for 28 years. As someone who grew up in Stuy Town, Sanders takes a nostalgic journey in his piece, writing about Playground 10.... "Every kid growing up in Stuy Town or Peter Cooper had 'their' playround and #10 was mine." His article is well worth reading as giving insight into what that playground means and meant. He begins to finish it off this way:

"There are just some places, which are just really special, that corporate America, in such a hurry to make a buck, just does not really get." And: "I may be entirely wrong but I am not sure that there has been an outcry from the residents demanding an ice skating rink which is a very specialized activity that only a relatively few will participate in." Finally:

"When Tishman Speyer bought this community five years ago and over spent literally billions of dollars, they did so in the belief that they could make big changes to our already successful and iconic community that would make it more profitable. In hindsight I am sure they wish that they would have just let well enough alone. So a word to CW Capital and Rose management... 'If it ain't broke don't fix it.'"

From November 8th, 2011:

STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL MEMBER DAN GARODNICK
Re: Commercial Activity in Stuyvesant Town
The Department of City Planning (DCP) has responded to the questions I posed to them about commercial activities in Stuyvesant Town.
With regard to the planned ice skating rink, DCP has advised that, due to “the unusualness of this circumstance,” we should seek the review of the Department of Buildings (DOB), which enforces zoning regulations. My office has already reached out to the DOB for a final word on whether an ice skating rink, for a fee, conforms to the R7-2 zoning regulation applicable in Stuyvesant Town.
Further, I have asked the DOB for a complete review of the construction permits and the work that is actively being performed – including the electrical wires being strung through trees – to ensure that any construction activity is being conducted without risk to residents or workers, and within appropriate hours of the day. We expect the appropriate enforcement of any violations.
I have also asked the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a test of the sound that will be emitted from various ice machines in order to ensure compliance with the noise code, and to confirm the safety of chemicals that appear to be used in connection with the rink.
With regard to other commercial activities – such as food trucks and greenmarkets – that are not permitted in an R7-2 residential zone, we expect CW Capital/Rose Associates to bring themselves into compliance with the law. I am happy to offer the assistance of my office in helping to relocate the Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket to an area around the property that would be both legal and convenient for the many residents who enjoy making use of it.
Residents who want to know what you can do to expedite enforcement on the ice rink or any other issue are advised to call 311 and to contact my office with your 311 reference number which will be helpful to us in following up. Residents should also feel free to contact my office at (212) 818-0580 with questions or concerns on any of these matters.