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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, June 28, 2010

Ah, the Smells and Sights of a Dog Friendly Stuy Town/PCV

A favorite corner at the Oval for dogs to piss on. All vegetation dies here, and soon the bricks will crumble.

The summer. Hot, humid. And the stifling smells of dog urine all over Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Now, there's few places people can sit and relax on benches without being overwhelmed by the stink of dog urine or crap.

And when you walk these lovely grounds--watch your step....

With each passing month, dog owners are feeling more and more entitled to do what they want by allowing their dogs on the grass and garden areas, removing dog signs, going into areas blocked off for new grass to grow, tagging property with messages about dog runs, letting their dogs piss and shit wherever, releasing their dogs in stairwells to piss against the walls and pipes, letting their dogs off leash or extending retractable leashes to ridiculous (and illegal) lengths. These obnoxious air-heads don't give a damn about the rest of the community and our enjoyment of it, just as long as they get to do what they want with their Fidos.

The worst decision Tishman Speyer made--removing the ban on dogs in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village!

And, of course, you can forget our Security being diligent concerning enforcing the dog rules here. Get off your fat asses, guys, and start giving out tickets!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mexican Gang Tags Stuy Town

With so many Mexican workers in and around Stuy Town, you knew it would come to this. At the seat of one of the benches around the Oval (near the Security Booth of all places!), we found this "La Raza Loca" tagging.

Viva Mexico!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Someone Please Fire Stuy Town's Security Chief

Well, it happened. An elderly woman got knocked down by a speeding bicycle on the 20th Street Loop and wound up in the hospital. According to Town & Village, a rep for Tishman Speyer had the audacity to state that security is "vigilant" in enforcing the rules in Stuyvesant Town (which includes no bike riding). BULLSHIT.

Our security team is regrettably NOT vigilant (aside from a rare employee or two). Security allows bike riding right before their noses, as well as other infringements of the rules (dogs off leash, dogs on grass, etc.) Our security SUCKS overall.

The culpability rests at the top, so--SOMEONE PLEASE FIRE OUR SECURITY CHIEF. He is either clueless or, if clued in, doesn't give a damn.