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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, December 5, 2010

Armed Thefts in ST/PCV Expose Security Faults

The story is here:

Those of us interested in security in our complex have known for a while that the high-tech security monitors over at the Management Office are fairly worthless in stopping or deterring crime. Boots on the ground, fellas. That means security walking the beat of ST/PCV. It's good exercise and may just lead criminals to believe there is a security presence here.


Anonymous said...

What works best is an integration of "boots on the ground" with state-of-the-art technology. Cost will always be a factor, but in a community like ST/PCV, where the NYPD does not patrol, something obviously has to be done to ramp up our security.

Fixed posts and patrols do work. One of the operative tenets of security is visibility - make the bad guy choose to go somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

So how are they supposed to watch Spongebob and zone their cameras in on girls' thighs and boobs if they have to leave the Management Office and patrol the property on foot? Be reasonable!

Anonymous said...

But Stuy Town Reporter, walking a beat would require the security guys to actually have to stand up. They HATE that!

Question - do we know if the muggings were witnessed lives by the security officers? or is there just footage of it to which they responded (swiftly) the next day?

funny also how, that time I forgot to put my hazard lights on and took 2 minutes to run into the building to grab something I'd forgotten, those security guys were ON it - like magic, a parking ticket!

Double Parked 4 Life said...

Anon 2, now you're on to something! If security was instructed to TICKET the muggers, we'd be living in a utopia!

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Double Parked. Security is supposed to issue tickets for dogs off leashes and crapping everywhere. Not one ticket has been written to date.

Anonymous said...

Cameras are most useful as a deterent (if the criminals are smart enough to take note that they are there) and after the fact in helping to hunt down and prosecute.
They are just one component of a more comprehensive security strategy which certainly exists here in ST/PCV. Mobile patrols and fixed post security are highly visible throughout the community.
The biggest problem I see is the willingness of residents to let people into the buildings without using an access card or being buzzed in by a tenant. Also, quite often, at least here in PCV, the lower level doors are chocked open by residents or delivery people.
Bottom line - if we want to be safe we ALL have to work at it.

Anonymous said...

In defense of our public safety department, it's not that they are lazy. Management has cut back so far on staff that there are fewer of them to go around and in some cases they are doing double duty by attending to maintenance problems in the name of security. Rather than slamming security, we should be pushing management--whoever that may be now--to get their priorities straight. We don't need holiday decorations, we want safe and clean property.

Anonymous said...

Security couldn't catch this suspect who mugged women, yet security runs over and tells people to take their dogs off the grass or else they'll receive a summons. That's bologna!!!