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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. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." 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. Sorry.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tree Life in Stuyvesant Town



They've been there since the Oval fountain area was redone by Met-Life, but a few weeks back, suddenly they were gone--a couple of trees imported from across the land. (Any tree fan or arborist know more about these trees?) Stuyvesant Town's current stewards couldn't keep one of them alive, so now both were removed, replaced by simple and inexpensive flower beds that provide no welcoming shade or unique visual treat.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's just another sign of Tishman's incredibly incompetent management. They're awash in debt, can't afford to renovate apartments, maintain the grounds (all the concrete that they poured is breaking up after just a few years), and after spending 7 million dollars on plants and trees, allow dogs into the complex and do nothing to force owners to comply with curb (and leash)laws.

Honestly, their mismanagement and misfortune is totally due to their own ineptitude.

Anonymous said...

TS staff have been removing trees with a vengeance the last week or so. The dead twig trees that never lost their dry brown leaves are being torn out after a year and a half or so. Today as I walked in at 18th St. along the First Ave. Loop, on the left side of the Loop, I saw two young trees which had just had their branches sawed off, leaving trunks about 2 feet high and about 6 inches across.