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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:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Photos that Speak a Thousand Words

Residents who have been in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village longer than the current landlord, Tishman Speyer, will remember how lovely the Oval area looked when Easter came along, with new flowerings in abundance and everything nice and manicured and neat. Granted this spring has been colder than normal, but the Oval area and surrounding regions have never looked worse during this time--under the administration of Tishman Speyer. It really is pathetic how terrible this complex looks now. If I didn't identify the photos below as being from Stuy Town, you might think they were taken in a ghetto complex.

The following pictures were all taken today, Easter Sunday.

Below: The large reflecting areas are mud.

Below: North side building in the Oval, with its "landscaping."

South of the Oval areas:

Near 14th Street and still in Stuyvesant Town. Looks like a dump.

And putting Tishman Speyer to shame, here are a couple of photos taken today of Tomkins Square Park. The difference is striking. Did you ever think Tomkins Square Park would look substantially better than the grounds here in Stuyvesant? Well, thanks to Rob and Jerry Speyer it has happened!


Anonymous said...

Very sad. What they did is criminal and should be actionable. Everything Tishman Speyer touched and everything they did destroyed what really once was beautiful and a great place to live with a strong feeling of community. Doesn't everyone miss the spring flowers? Grass? Trees? Long-time neighbors? No transients? It can probably never be restored. Tompkins Sq Park is superior to Stuy Town and that includes the playgrounds.

Anonymous said...

Tishman Speyer is a destructive and incompetent company of unscrupulous, bloodsucking morons. They remind me of strip miners who rape the earth to get what they want and then leave it destroyed and ugly.

Anonymous said...

Hate to say it, but given the fact that a sizeable chunk of the montly rental income is going into escrow starting this month, the situation is only going to get worse.

Essentially, right now Tishman's paying debt service on $5.4 billion, but collecting RS rents on the entire property. Something's gotta give...

They can only cut essential services so much before tenants will demand (and get) a rent decrease, so what's gonna go? My guess is groundskeeping will be all but eliminated.

On the plus side, seems VERY unlikely that there will be any concerts or movies on the Oval this summer.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if there is no more groundskeeping and moronic "gardeners" planting, digging up, replanting, digging up and then replanting again, the grounds will begin to revive. Even if there are only weeds growing, it will look better than it looks now after being raped by Tishman Speyer's "landscapers." Let's hope that the concerts, movies and that wretched, overpriced, understocked green market will go by the board this year.

Anonymous said...

Is the property owned by Speyer and Son or Sanford and Son?

Anonymous said...

Not even any spinach this year! Tightwads!