The Oval Cafe will be opening tomorrow, despite a significant patio area outside still not finished. Residents who may wish to see what the cafe will look like (aesthetic Ikea) can go past the place now, as the windows have been cleared of hanging brown paper.
The previous Oval Lounge looked exquisite compared to this. Ditto, the "refreshed" Oval Study:
In place of the comfortable chairs along the windows that were there before, spaced well apart, the powers that be have installed similar Ikea-like tables to those in Oval Cafe, with chairs that almost rub elbows with fellow chairs. The place has now obviously been converted to more of a "study" and guess for whom? Yes, our student population. So you seniors that liked to sit there and read the paper, you will have less comfort and space to do so. I was once, briefly, an amenity member, more to escape the hot days of the summer (I don't have AC), and found Oval Study especially inviting and a pleasure to sit in. You could sit by the window, gazing outside while sipping your coffee or tea. Not anymore. This "refreshed" space is wretched and institutional now, from what I see.
Meanwhile, we know the aesthetics here are pretty now, but placing a screen in front of the Oval Fountain to broadcast a baseball game to those on the Oval Lawn--well, it's pretty tacky. Plus everyone you see below is interested in sunbathing or picnicking, not in watching a baseball game that, with the daylight diluting the picture quality coming from the screen, no one can appreciate. It's a dumb, low-class idea, but, then again, when you hire someone to do a job (such as provide events for Stuy Town to show the world that "something is always going on" in our "backyard") they think up of these stupidities just to justify their salary.
A reader sent in these amazing photos of Stuy Town doing sidewalk sweeping along the corner of 14th and 1st Avenue during morning rush hour! Yes, that machine can barely fit through the sidewalk by the subway, yet there it goes, blocking pedestrians and creating a nuisance. Even along the rest of 1st Avenue that Zamboni-like vehicle can pose a danger to pedestrians. Hey, buddy, watch out for the stroller!!!
Another reader sent in photos of workers putting in fence posts in the mezzanine area of 15 Stuy Town Oval, which pierced the underground sprinkler hoses, causing geysers to burst forth when the sprinklers were turned on! Yes, there is always something going on in Stuy Town!
This is my favorite photo of the week, perhaps of the month. I actually came across this tenant dumping of garbage along the 20th Street Loop and did not touch or rearrange a thing. The title of this photo surely must be "Giving Up on Roberts"....
A close-up of the book, just in case you can't read the cover:
Condo dreams dashed!