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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, July 19, 2009

Apartments for Rent -- PLEASE!

Tishman Speyer is trying its best to rent out apartments with various pimping methods that intrude upon the tranquility of Stuy Town residents and their weekends. Last week, management blocked the 14th Street Loop near the playground to put up a kid's tumble cage, with that one-year lease-free Mini Cooper nearby and a couple of large signs to get residents excited about getting friends to rent here.

Problem was that management did not (and refused to) put up a road block at the entry to the 14th Street Loop, causing irate drivers to back up and turn around when they came to the apex of the Loop and the blocking pimping activities there.

And today, a Z100 stall popped up at the Oval to pimp a free one-year lease of a Stuyvesant Town apartment to residents who, because they already live here, are ineligible for the contest!!! Or, more accurately, the pimping was directed at the non-residents from the Lower East Side who converge at the Oval (trespassing?) to sunbathe here and take up space that residents could use.


Anonymous said...

There used to be a waiting list for these apartments; now they can't friggin' give them away. Sick.

Fer*Cambe said...

Hrmmm maybe spend the money and energy making StuyTown a better place to live, then they'll come, then for sure they'll come!

Just an idea, I'm sure that the prospective renters you attracted that come and step over dog feces to get to their possible new home will still love it...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the brains (or what passes for brains) at Tishman Speyer ever ask themselves what it was that made the Stuyvesant Town such a desirable place to live BEFORE they turned it into the dorm/transient/carnival community that it is now?

Anonymous said...

My wife has a fantasy that TS will consider their purchase of PCV/ST a total wash and sell it to a buyer who will revert the community to its glory days. First idea to get rid of the college kids: If your name is on the lease then *you* need to meet the income requirements; no more co-signing parents.

Anonymous said...

Ah, many of us have the same fantasy as your dear wife. Perchance to dream. Many of us would welcome back the old Mother Met with open arms. Just imagine, no whooping, puking college kids; a security force that is well trained, visible and effective; landscaping that doesn't look like a disaster area because it's done by trained groundskeepers who take pride in their work; clean buildings that don't stink of garbage; a service department with skilled handymen, plumbers and electricians who can take care of maintenence requests which are handled by a competent and responsive clerical staff. I'm getting all misty-eyed here. Sadly, all of the above are concepts totally foreign to Tishman Speyer. They don't have what it takes to achieve or restore all that.

Anonymous said...

"Get Met. It pays."

Anonymous said...

My husband and I were in the elevator with a veteran maintance man. He was murmuring "Oy Vey" to himself and then said "It was better when Met Life owned this place". We agreed and he added, "even Snoopy was happy then".