This week's Town & Village reported that we have a new general manager, Sean Sullivan, replacing Jim Yasser, who will stay on as a consultant. Sullivan is "a former Marine and 20-year real estate veteran who previously worked for Avalon Bay Communities, Inc. as well as Tishman Speyer." Yes, Tishman Speyer, but not to worry, Sullivan wasn't working for TS during that company's reign here. Still, a small world, at least in Manhattan. Sullivan is quoted in the article, from an official CW Capital/Rose Associates statement: "Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town is celebrated for its strong sense of community within this city. I am proud and honored to join the effort to make PCVST a place that this community is happy to call home." I'm not sure about our current "strong sense of community." Nowadays, this complex seems made up of various differing and at times mutually combative communities. It's not the homogeneous one it was years ago. The internet tells us that "Mr. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English Literature from Iona College, graduating summa cum laude and ranking first in his class. He went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Real Estate Finance at New York University." Yes, a small world in Manhattan! This blog wishes Sean Sullivan success in ensuring that this community, or these communities, are happy to call this place home.
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The official word finally arrived about the landscaping that's already started about the complex and which this blog previewed in past entries. Here's some of the work:
Temporary fencing will be installed around newly seeded areas until the turf is well-rooted and dense (approximately 4 months).
New planting beds will receive 28” black, PVC-coated, welded wire fence for about two years until the plantings are well-rooted and established enough to withstand the abuse from dogs and foot traffic.
Approximate total number of new plants added as part of Phase 1: 1,500 Trees, Shrubs, Grasses, and Perennials and over 100,000 groundcovers.
Approximate number of plants to be transferred within the property and off-site. Approximate number to be transferred within:
Trees – 25
Shrubs – 482
Perennials – 700
Total number of plants/species on the Property:
Total existing species on the property (both PCV & ST): 223
Tree Species – 70
Shrub Species – 96
Perennial Species – 57
Normal landscaping activities: Weeding, Mulching, Grass cutting, Trimming, Plant relocation, Annual planting, Tree pruning, etc.
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Town & Village speculates at the transformation occurring to the former Oval Lounge. For some reason this is a semi-official secret, but various clues point to a new entity: Oval Cafe. (The official PCVST website mentioned an "Oval Cafe" a while ago.) T&V notes that "an employee at Oval Amenities said this week that whatever the space winds up being used for, it will be open to all residents." While this is a smart idea, it will mark, if true, the first time that a commercial enterprise will be open permanently and daily inside Stuy Town. So the slippery slope that some warned about with the introduction of temporary commercial enterprises (the greenmarket, the ice-rink) may now come to pass.
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Boy, the powers that be love their students (and want to fill up Oval Fitness)! The push is on to give students discounts for membership at Oval Fitness....
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The Oval Lawn is now open, as is Playground 10 (with new astro turf). Enjoy, though beware that starting Wednesday, June 6th, the Oval will be periodically taken over by movie showings, an outdoor screening of a baseball game, and, yes, concerts. Residents may wish to plan ahead, either for attending these events or, if they live around the Oval, leaving the complex for some peace and quiet. Rumor is that some residents are planning rain dances early morning on the day a concert is scheduled.
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The other day I did spot Public Safety talking to two dog owners who may have been disobeying a dog rule near the fountain area, or about to disobey one. So the stepped-up effort is appreciated.
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I had to laugh at this one. In a previous post I remarked how the "For Residents and Their Guests" tag on the greenmarket promo banners could be hidden if the plantings in front grew high enough. I was kinda joking.... Well, the plantings in front of the banner near the Peter Cooper Village guardbooth, already hide the information! The tag is clearly visible on all other banners, btw.
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This Saturday morning TA president Al Doyle and our councilman Dan Garodnick turned up at the Oval Fountain to have their picture taken. What, no photos at Garodnick Boulevard? (Garodnick Boulevard is the lengthy patch of newly-placed gravel on which sits the greenmarket every Sunday and which has been named in honor of our councilman, soon to be city comptroller.)
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Speaking of that area, I do like the bamboo sticks and string that have been placed on the other side of the fence along Garodnick Boulevard. (Don't laugh, I'm serious.) They partition off the area in a pleasing rustic way. I almost expect to see sheep nearby. I'll try to get a better picture. Or maybe not.