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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:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday, May 19

Given time and opportunity, I'd like to do short weekly reports on the state of things in PCVST.  So, without further ado....

Peter Cooper Village residents who felt left out of the upgrade in landscaping that's already started in Stuyvesant Town have reason to cheer, as upgrading work has already begun in PCV....

Meanwhile the southwest corner of Stuy Town, where the landscaping started, is looking very good indeed. I urge residents to take a walk there and see for themselves.  Of course, this area is the one prospective tenants first see when they exit the back of the First Avenue leasing office, so who knows how far this improvement and maintenance will extend.

The Stuyvesant Town greenmarket is now being promoted along the perimeter of the complex.  Here's the banner:

And it does carry the "For Residents and Their Guests" tag at the bottom.  Yeah, I know it's smaller print and will become concealed if the plantings in front of the banner rise any higher...And one does wonder just for whom this banner is meant for?

 A Con Ed emergency truck, using compressed gas, has turned up at the Oval. Gossip away!

During this time Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper tends to look its best with everything in full bloom, so enjoy. On a negative note, I must mention that in my walk about the complex, I saw several dog violations. It always happens. One guy in Peter Cooper was taking out three dogs (!) and Public Safety inside their car didn't do a thing, even as they passed him right by...and slowly.

Oh, and finally, finally, Playground 10 appears to be heading to reopening very soon. Brand new astro-turf is being vacuumed and made shiny pretty.


Anonymous said...

If the "Greenmarket" is just for residents, then they don't need to advertise it on the perimeter of the property. Just another way for CW/Rose to thumb their noses at us and say "Fuck You" we will do whatever we want and if we want to turn the Oval into a roller derby rink, then that is just what we will do because we are the POWER. Of course, DG and the TA will do NOTHING, as usual.
BTW, what is all that fucking drilling going on since early this morning? Can't we have a little peace for a change?

Anonymous said...

Any way to keep dogs out of the giant sand box in front of play ground 12 ?
My kid had a poop surprise on his hand this Thursday.
Rose, please help, Thxs.

Anonymous said...

I saw workers rolling out the black wire fencing from my basement yesterday and figured Kathy Deutsch might finally be getting off her ass. What I'll be looking for: lawn mowing (I don't care about nongrass plants--native meadow with clover, etc. is OK with me), camouflaging of the place where the tree stump was finally removed (took a year) on the lawn near First and 23rd so it blends with its surroundings, removal of dead yew bushes on same lawn and their replacement (how about putting back the ivy border that grew so well for decades?), covering prominent dirt areas with grass instead of plants that die before they get a chance to live.

Anonymous said...

Sighted on E. 20th Street between 1st & River..."Manhattan Pressure Wall Company" truck. Unloading into a PCV apartment. Roughly half way to 1st Ave.

They are definitely back.

The guy gave me a really dirty look when I checked out his truck. Regrettably, I didn't have my cell phone with me to snap a picture.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just checked my calendar. April came and went.

May is more than half over.

My question is: WTF happened to that bid that was coming from Brookfield and, gasp, the TA?!?

Maybe after the elections?

The Presidential elections, that is...

What a joke.

I think I'm gonna start standing on the corner of 20th & 1st in front of that scam sushi place and stop passers by to say "psst...wanna buy an apartment?" You know, just to get the ball rolling...

Anonymous said...

"My kid had a poop surprise on his hand this Thursday."

Mister Anonymous, I hope you are a dues-paying member of the Ovil Atrocities or that handful of poop represents a theft of services.

As you were, Mister....

Anonymous said...

Yes...PCV is finally getting some attention. As observed before, mulch & shrubs are the answer. The dogs can pee as much as their owners like on this & it won't have much of an effect. But the challenge will be the large grassy areas. Let's see what they do there. Here are their options: keep as grassy - big maintenance headache & the dogs will wreck this over time; mulch over the area & plant lots of trees - not nice for the dog owners, they won't like walking on mulch, neither will fido; a mixture of grass, mulch & trees - not good - the grass will get woenr down quickly; a mixture of gravel walkway, mulch & trees - probably the most grass maintenance & the doggies have many more places they can go without killing anything. Is the place going to the dogs? Definitely, The whole place is being optimized for the dogs.

Anonymous said...

Be happy the mulch doesn't start it's own fire like the compost! Don't let Grow NYC catch on or they'll be roasting corn over it!

Anonymous said...

The new signs around the complex say that the Greenmarket is for "Residents and their guests", but they very obviously do NOT say "Residents and their guests only."

So, if you in the general public want to stop by, feel free! Come take advantage of all the ameneties that my rent dollars help to pay for.

The "accessory use" designation that has been granted to this Greenmarket is a joke. Just Google "Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket" and you'll find 13 pages and hundreds of hits, all of which are designed to entice the general public to come here and take advantage of our "private" Greenmarket.

Anonymous said...

Do you think those fences around the landscaping are just temporary? If so, I'm disappointed. No matter how nice it is to have an open area, it's very hard on the grass to have people and dog trampling over it all the time.

Tommyboyardee said...

Things do look good, much has been made about the removal of existing plants. I believe things were simply started south (14 st.) and progressed uptown. Would like to see the temporary fencing removed.....but I understand!

Anonymous said...

Yes, every Sunday, we can barely walk around the premises from the HORDES of outsiders swarming in to visit the greenmarket. (eyeroll).

Please, this is not a problem.

Anonymous said...

"Yes, every Sunday, we can barely walk around the premises from the HORDES of outsiders swarming in to visit the greenmarket. (eyeroll).

Please, this is not a problem."

It's not a problem for people who haven't lived here long enough to remember when the Oval was a nice quiet place or maybe for people who do remember those days and hated the peacefulness and beauty of the Oval as it WAS.

Anonymous said...

Yes, every Sunday, we can barely walk around the premises from the HORDES of outsiders swarming in to visit the greenmarket. (eyeroll).

Please, this is not a problem.

Maybe it isn't for you, but it is for those of us who actually care about the law being broken or perverted to serve CW Capital's and Rose Associates' marketing purposes.

Anonymous said...

"... upgrading work has already begun in PCV."

PCV was feeling like the sister nobody wants to date.

Anonymous said...

Are they fraking in the Oval now? WTF!