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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.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The NY Times on the Ice-Skating Rink



The story took a while to brew in the offices of the NY Times and seems, therefore, not that relevant regarding the deep concerns tenants had about the ice-skating rink, concerns which seem to have vanished (for the most part), as the rink is nearly noise free and very much enjoyed by kids and their parents.

Anyway, there is more to this piece than just a review of the rink:

Skating Rink Spurs Stuyvesant Town Residents' Latest Fight with Management

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funny how when you're knowledgeable about a situation you see how lousy the New York Times reporting is.

Anonymous said...

The NYT is suitable for bird cage lining or wrapping fish.

"All the news that fits, we print!

Anonymous said...

This was perhaps the best comment made by readers of the Times article:

"Only in NYC would a taco truck be considered an amenity."

I think that says it all.

Anonymous said...

Yes, their reporting is lousy. The fact that the rink has turned out to be substantially less noisy than feared is mostly a result of the fact that tenants, the TA and elected officials were very vocal about the noise issue and encouraging tenants to make complaints to the city.

It also doesn't note at all the concerns that Rose and CW have neglected building maintenance in favor of spending globs of money on distractions such as the rink and the other oval bread and circuses that are inflicted on tenants.

Anonymous said...

That's funny... I think the place is looking better than ever. Maybe you live in a different part of the "Town" than we do.

Crazy Eddie said...

We all need to post, on mass, to this NY Times article. I did 2 posts, let's see if they hit.

The most despicable comment:
“The problem is not ice skating rinks or taco trucks -- it is widowed 75 year-olds living in three bedroom apartments and paying $1,000. It is people who inherited the apt from their parents and now have a household income of $200,000 and are paying $1,400 for a two-bedroom. I'm rent stabilized with a family of four, and we're crammed into a one-bedroom because these greedy old-timers are trying to turn it into a NORC, forcing management to be inflexible.”

Yes, why don’t those WW II war widows just do us all a favor and die. Fuck you, @dbillotti.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Amazing, isn't it, how some younger people will go after widows on fixed incomes!!! Kinda reminds me, in attitude, of what happened recently at ceremonies at Pearl Harbor:

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/cbs-hawaii-five-o-crew-disses-pearl-harbor-survivors-a-disgrace-at-punchbowl/123

Anonymous said...

dbillotti probably doesn't know there are a few real (not chopped up) 5-bedroom apartments here. He'd probably take out contracts on those widows.

Anonymous said...

This reporter is a dope - the market was a TS creation; food trucks are Rose's idea.

Anyway, both are illegal.