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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, August 3, 2009

Oval Concierge - Now with No Monthly Fee

Look what came in under the door. Effective August 1 (that's two days ago), Oval Concierge will be free--well, sort of. No monthly fee for these "exclusive paid concierge services*" [*Pricing varies by service]: Housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry, pet services, discount movie tickets, stamps, MetroCards, photocopying, faxing, etc.

And, yes, there's an "Oval" lettering before Concierge, but it disappears at scanning.


Anonymous said...

So now they've come to realize that in order to generate a revenue stream they actually need to allow people in the front door of their service ??

They figured out that nobody wanted to pay a fee just so they could have the privlege of "paying a fee"

What a bunch of rocket scientists these people are.

Anonymous said...

For Tishman Speyer to be offering all these "amenities" at the same time they are reducing basic maintenance of the buildings and subjecting residents to the most inferior laundry equipment in the world (short of a river and a rock) is rather like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Anonymous said...

I don't think they are offering anything for free, they just changed their pricing structure to charge for individual services.

Anonymous said...

Tishman Speyer may be a good commercial landlord (I honestly don't know), they have proven that they haven't got a clue when it comes to running residential property. Let's hope to God they never get into the hospital and nursing home business. Can you imagine the pain and suffering they would cause with their parsimony and stupidity!

Anonymous said...

They brought me flowers when I moved in.

Anonymous said...

Were they pretty flowers?

Anonymous said...

Bet they died very quickly

Anonymous said...

They probably stole them from a graveyard.

Anonymous said...

Yes they were pretty but the vase wasn't.