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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, April 27, 2009

Priorities Set

Tishman Speyer's priorities in regard to Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village have been set for a while. Priority number one is to sell apartments, of course, which includes lying about what's to be found in this complex, both in and out of doors. Priority number two is to spruce up areas which can be used to promote, and sell, living in Stuy Town/PCV. Somewhere down the list of priorities is providing commendable service to members of the community. I mean, once you got the suckers in, who cares if you don't meet their expectations.

If you want to see relatively (for ST/PCV) lovely flowers and landscaping and nicely pruned lawns, your best bet is to head to the back of the rental office that's on First Avenue and check out what prospective market raters will see as they are shown Stuyvesant Town on their tour of the place.

This is the first thing that will meet your eyes:

Lovely, indeed! Gee, I want to live here! Sign me up right now!

For some reason, the Oval Essentials are still a top priority at Tishman Speyer. Just last week, a bunch of workers were fixing up the area in front of Oval Lounge and Oval Study, at the expense of doing any work on the awful looking Oval Lawn, which remains ugly and pathetic and a breeding ground for the mosquitoes coming soon. And today, workers were out early in the morning trying to upscale Oval Kids, with the addition of a row of bushes:

I've a feeling that the Essentials are the pet project of one of the biggies at Tishman Speyer. So money will be thrown at these even more this year. Expect a few open houses. Hey, free food and drinks, and I'm there!

Now in case you don't get out of Stuy Town/PCV much these days, you should know that other parts of the city, the city that's going through economic bad times, are actually looking quite nice in certain neighborhoods. I've already shown how the gardening at Tomkins Square Park has put the gardening in Stuy Town to shame. Yesterday, on a walking tour of the West Village, I came across this:

Now, ask yourselves, as you walk about Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, why can't we have something like this here?


Anonymous said...

What these incompetent goons have done to Stuyvesant Town is unforgiveable. Tishman Speyer will forever be remember by a lot of people as the bloodsucking "pirates" who pillaged and destroyed a once-beautiful community. That will be their legacy. Totally moronic, moneygrubbing lowlifes.

Anonymous said...

The new bushes around Oval Kids are replacements for bushes that didn't survive the winter. I'm betting the new ones don't last the summer. Notice the tanker in the background emptying the porta-johns on the playground?

Anonymous said...

They have portajohns on the playground????!!!! Why?

Anonymous said...

I haven't figured out why. I originally thought they were for the large landscaping crew doing all the new planting last year but they are gone and the porta-pottys remain. They are not the single cabins. It's a sort of white trailer. I think it has eight individual toilets. I live right by it so I guess I should be grateful they pump it out regularly.

Anonymous said...

I think Oval Pee was left there because they eliminated all the bathrooms when they built the amenities. Now, they have an excuse to not let you use the new bathrooms that are located in the Oval Amenities.

Somebody really needs to step up and challenge TS at DHCR. They took over what were formally common areas and turned them into a commercial enterprise run by an outside contractor. Everyone deserves a rent reduction because of this.