The other day I decided to take a tour of Peter Cooper Village. Once upon a time, PCV was the jewel of the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village complex. The apartments are bigger than their ST brothers, and the landscaping was nicely maintained, though there was no impressive Oval area as there is--sorry, was--in Stuy Town. How does Peter Cooper Village look now, under Tishman Speyer's stewardship? Well, not that good. Just as in Stuyvesant Town, the plantings of last year have managed to bloom and become pleasant visuals, but much of the grass areas are poorly maintained, if at all, and the areas near the walkways are just patches of dirt now.
We start the tour....
Near PCV's sole playground, this is the way the front of 441 East 20 Street looks--looks like no one cares:
To the east of the playground, we see more of the lack of groundskeeping care, including a man-made cutway path that was never there before:
As expected, the entrance to Peter Cooper Village, off of 1st Avenue, looks lovely:
But go deeper into PCV and you find this, at 5 Peter Cooper Road:
Nearby is a part of the landscaping of the old Peter Cooper. Still going strong, thankfully:
Making a turn and heading to 531 E 20 Street, we are greeted by the slum look that Tishman Speyer has cultivated so well:
And here's Peter Cooper Village's unofficial dog run area. This may have been the place in which a security guard gave a smack down to a resident recently. Can you spot the resident's body imprint in the mud below?....
The front of 511 E 20 Street doesn't look too good. Wonder how many market-raters are paying top dollar for this gardening?....
And this says it all, I think:
Incidentally, nowhere to be found: the 100 cherry blossom trees that a champion of Tishman Speyer, who has been posting in the commentary section of the Lux Living blog, claimed were in front of a building in Peter Cooper Village. Absurd to even think this was ever possible.
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