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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, August 8, 2009

Tishman Speyer on Rats: "Isolated incidents."

"Isolated incidents." That's the response from a Tishman Speyer representative to the increasing rat population in Stuyvesant Town observed by a good number of residents of late. Above is a recent photo taken by a reader of this blog of a potential plague carrier darting around the corner of a Stuy Town wall.

The "isolated incidents" comment appeared in this week's Town and Village newspaper, in editor Sabina Mollot's article titled "Spike in rat sightings in Stuy Town, Gramercy Park." Regarding the rat issue, the Tishman Speyer spokesperson stated:

"As is the case in every New York City neighborhood, isolated incidents occur. However, there has not been a noticeable increase in the number of resident complaints or requests for service calls."

Hm.... So I guess the invitation is out to call the Management Office (212-420-5000) and Lance Cohen (212-420-4929), the property manager of Stuy Town, whenever you see a rat (the rodent, not human, kind). You should also call the Department of Health at 212-442-9666.


Anonymous said...

"Lance Cohen...the property manager of Stuy Town..."

I thought Dan Mogolesko is ST prop mgr? Is there more than one?

Anonymous said...

I see several isolated incidents scampering around outside my building every evening when I come home from work. Their holes that they pop in and out of are very clearly visible too. Someone posted notices in the building about it recently, but the notices were torn down by TS. The TS attitude is: "If we choose to ignore it, the problem doesn't exist."

Stuy Town Reporter said...

There are assistant property managers at Stuy Town. I'll try to find out what Mogolesko's job is there; Linkedin lists him as "property manager." This is probably a job position no one is eager to publicize too much.

Back in the Stuy Life Again said...

I asked because a couple days before my wife and I made our triumphant return to ST we got a call from Dan and he identified himself as property manager. Dan asked if there was anything he could do for us before we moved in. I said, "Yeah, could you ask Johanna Gallegos to return any of my wife's phone calls?" Johanna's job title? New tenant liaison. Heh. Yep, struggles with the mgmt office began before we even moved in.

Anonymous said...

Rats have become commonplace around the Oval. The dense ground cover next to the Amenities have provided a perfect habitat for them.

I would suggest that everyone file a report online at this NYC 311 online address:


Re: the Property Managers, I've been told that there is a property manager for each of the 4 quadrants of Stuyvesant Town.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Thanks to the direct link to the city's rat complaint department. I'll be adding this to the right menu on the main page when I update that section.

Anonymous said...

A week ago Saturday we watched one walk out from the foliage near Oval Study and run into the flowers on the Oval. On Friday morning we were walking past the East side of the Oval, near Oval Kids, about 7:30 when one darted out from the playground foliage going to the Oval. We no sooner got to the part of the Oval near the security booth when another rat did the same thing. The Oval is where the food is. The woman who gives the squirrels water each day says the rats have gotten much worse. She is out there every day.

Anonymous said...

Mice are cute.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Yes, but these are RATS!