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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, June 7, 2009

More Potpourri

So yesterday Tishman Speyer put up four posted dog signs at the Oval lawn--two on the north side, two on the south. These signs are the same ones that were placed in front of the playgrounds a few weeks ago. The signs state that dogs must be leashed, cannot go on the grass, flower beds, etc.

Being a student of human nature, I couldn't wait to see if these signs would have an impact or whether, as I suspected, dog owners would still walk their dogs across the lawn. This morning, relaxing at the fountain, I didn't have to wait long to receive my answer, and it came moments apart.

Here's a fellow who let his unleashed dog roam about the lawn, stirring up a female resident taking in some morning rays....

This lady actually stopped in front of one of the newly posted signs to read it--and still walked her dog across the lawn to get to the farmer's market!....

Incidentally, this is the ground the farmer's market is being placed on, covered in a green plastic mesh....

Lovely, isn't it? And, no doubt, this ground will get lovelier now that the farmer's market is here till the end of November.

And a reader of this blog sends in this photo of the return of the old-style dumpster, undoubtedly on loan from some Bronx project, as if the three permanent dumpsters at the other end of the loop are not enough. This one is parked off Ave. C at 16th Street. Another lovely sight. The dumpster has been there for three days, but not to worry. Surely it will be picked up soon--at 2AM, 3AM or 4AM. Wake up call!

Luxury living--not.


Anonymous said...

In case nobody gets it yet, I'll let you in on a little (not-so) secret...

Do you really think that the Speyers bought STPCV with the intention of turning these Stalinist brick projects into luxury residences? Or maybe, were they really only interested in the land underneath?

Face it... long term, their intention is to bulldoze the place and build anew. Speyer Village, or something. Short term, that's not feasible, so the best they can do is to just hang on, put as little into the place as possible, and suck up whatever cash it can generate, until such time as all the "lifers" are gone, and the crumbling buildings filled with ripped-off short-stay renters who'll say, "Good Riddance!" the day the wrecking ball finally swings.

Anonymous said...

You may well be right about Speyers' intentions, only time will tell. One thing is for sure though, they will not find it easy; the opposition they will face will be daunting especially as they are a universally hated and despised company "renowned" for being pirates of the real estate industry with no morals or ethics. They may well find it is not worth the trouble, because trouble is what it will be for them from the get-go. I think New Yorkers are sick of Bloombergs and Speyers trying to buy up the entire city for their own kind.

G-MONEY said...

If you hate it so much, MOVE!

Or are you too dense to figure this out on your own?