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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:

Saturday, June 6, 2009


With all the moving trucks and vans parked around the loops, Stuyvesant Town residents can't help to notice that the annual ritual of move-outs from Stuy Town dorms has been in full swing, an event that's followed a couple of months down the line by student move-ins. Well, sometimes you just can't fit everything into that Moshe truck or daddy's van, so you have to leave some of your valued possessions behind....

Meanwhile, Tishman Speyer's dog rules are being broken wherever you look, wherever you go, and there's little visible enforcement from Stuy Town's crack security team. This was to be expected, of course, which is why Met Life maintained a no-dog policy in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village since the complex was built. But Tishman Speyer needed to attract market-rate tenants, so the company did away with the old policy, putting in rules that anyone with a thinking brain must have known would not be adhered to. I say, if you can't and won't enforce the dog rules, change the rules. Do something, rather than just lay back and let lawlessness, albeit of a petty nature in most cases, become a prominent theme on your property. These type of minor violations of the rules just increase a feeling that nothing matters in this community but self-interest--neighbors or courtesy be damned. This is just going to get worse, folks.

I like Dan Garodnick. Pleasant, good-looking guy. Always there at tenant meetings. A proponent of the "green" movement, sustainability, the environment, etc. So I was surprised to receive in the mail his latest "letter," which I'm sure most of you must have also received. It's a deluxe four-page color affair printed on high-quality, glossy paper. Something Bloomberg would put out. But definitely not environmentally friendly and definitely a waste of resources, taxpayer resources included. Come on, Dan, if you urge others to get with the green movement program, let's see your next letter printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks.

1 comment:

G-MONEY said...

The solution is to recycle this flyer, obviously. Is there nothing you don't whine about?