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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, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, 2011

Except for two photos, which are indicated as from last year, all photos were taken today, April 24th, Easter Sunday.

An Easter morning walk around Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town reveals the poor condition of many areas of the complex, particularly (and surprisingly) in Peter Cooper. In both properties one comes across many large patches of bare ground and wide man-made paths that residents prefer to use over the regular walkways. The general impression is that the money just isn't there to maintain the property grounds in consistently nice condition.

Here are photos of Peter Cooper Village, taken today:

And, now, photos of Stuyvesant Town:

Despite this depressing reality, another reality is seen. Some attention has been paid to the Oval area, with lovely plantings scattered about. This is still far, far removed from the days when this property was being prepared for sale (and looked its best), but it is an attempt to beautify the Oval grounds that former management Tishman Speyer nearly ignored.

As a reminder, here are two photos from the disgraceful Happy Easter 2010 of Tishman Speyer:

Now let's jump to the present, Rose Associates managing:

Disappointing is the obvious intention to not do anything for the south section of the Oval grounds in preparation for the Farmer's Market coming later in the year:

New grass struggles in birth. We'll see how much of a success this becomes once the Oval grounds are open to traffic and sunbathing:

Management is considering putting up chain-link fencing here and there. Such an action should be clearly done to prevent (or make the attempt to prevent) people cutting across grass areas of the complex--and not just the Oval. I also think it's a good idea to return to the days of hedges in Stuy Town/Peter Cooper to further block unwanted traffic flow. It would also be potentially beneficial to alert all residents that it's important for people to respect the grounds. Our grounds are vital to the look and feel of this place, and one of the great perks we having living here.

BTW, whose bright idea was it to wake everyone up at 10am this morning by having an Easter Concert for kids at the Oval? I guess some revenge on the party animals who returned past 2am last night and wanted to sleep till way past noon, but really.....


Anonymous said...

Its no wonder Jesus rose from the dead on the third day - he was driven away by Stuy Town parents and their childrens constant need for early morning entertainment! Even the dead cant sleep in!

Anonymous said...

It drives me out of my mind to see people taking shortcuts through muddy trenches in the PVC grass. Are these cretans so busy they can't risk losing the precious seconds it takes to stay on the paved walkways?

Anonymous said...

A little off topic but this shows how little Rose ASSociates cares. Earlier today my wife went downstairs to do the laundry and was greeted by several wet pillows out on a counter. She was going to move them when she saw something move. Upon looking more closely she noticed that the pillows were full of bed bugs. Live bed bugs sitting on pillows on the folding table. She immediately left and went back to the apartment and called maintenance. After 30 minutes on hold she was rudely told that anything to do with laundry needed to be referred to Mac Gray so she called them. Unlike the Rose Associates worker this person was pleasant and helpful, but couldn't offer any more assisiance then to tell my wife Mac Gray was only responsible for the machines and that she needed to call Rose ASSociates. So back to Rose Associates and another 30+ minute wait before getting the same testy attitiude from the woman as before. They actually showed disdain that she called and interrogated her as if she did something wrong. End result was the Rose ASSociates employee said "OK you made us aware of it" and then click. I am sorry to say that despite showing some brief improvement Rose ASSociates is right back to where they were before,....NOT GIVING A DAMN ABOUT ST or PCV. I am calling CW Capital to file a formal complaint.

Anonymous said...

I hope they do put up the chain link fences again. This place in no way resembles the lovely place it was before Tishman Speyer and first management by Rose when the idiot Stadtmeyer had the trees cut down to "open up the Oval." What a cretin!

Adam R. Rose said...

The Farmer's Market area will be getting cobblestone pavers soon. Thanks, Adam R. Rose

Anonymous said...

Re: the bed bugs. I think you should report this to the City's department of health.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Rose,

Thanks for the information. However, just so you know. Very few tenants actually care for or about your ridiculous Farmer's Market. In fact, to most of us it is just another invasion of our privacy, since the majority of shoppers from the market are not tenants. How about you spend your time fixing things that affect tenants instead of supporting bringing outsiders into the already overcrowded complex. FYI, none of the people who come in for the market are going to rent in this overpriced housing project. P.S. Anyone with a brain knows that if you want to shop at a farmers market you go to Union Square and get the same stuff you have here for half the price!

Maybe, instead of providing that useless piece of information, you should have addressed the horror story about the bed bugs and your employees horrific job performance!!



Anonymous said...

To SAVESTUYTOWN: RIGHT ON! YOU SAID IT! Mr Rose should be focussing on the tenants instead of pandering to outsiders. WE are the ones who pay the rent to live in this dump (which never was a dump until Rose came on the scene, followed by the catastrophically incompetent Tishman Speyer). I hope that STR doesn't drink the Rose Koolaid like the Lux Living blogger has done. Someone needs to stick to the facts and the facts are that Rose is not doing a good job, the so-called entertainments and farmers market do absolutely nothing for renters except cause annoyance and inconvenience. The farmers market is pathetic with its overpriced produce that is not much better than what they sell at Associated and way inferior in quality and variety to what they sell over at Union Square.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me if there are bedbugs at 5 Stuyvesant Oval? It is urgent. Managememt will not respond and I need to know. Thank you