You have to wonder sometimes if it's just not part of some weird game. Certainly the powers that be knew that there would be blowback at the Oval Cafe opening with no signage or stated regulations that it was for the exclusive use of "residents and their guests." So, of course there was blowback, and now, with Town & Village highlighting the matter, we see the above blaring signage, with Oval Cafe banners hanging around the Oval also stating that the newly opened cafe is for "residents and their guests." Okay, but wouldn't everyone have been spared a certain amount of tension if these signs were around before the cafe was opened or on opening day?
One of the feature articles in this week's Town & Village is devoted to the Cafe. Lady Maya, director of resident programing and responsible for such things as putting a huge TV screen in front of the Oval Fountain, is quoted as saying, "Having a central place to grab a bite to eat and chat with your neighbors, located conveniently within PCVST, will be a wonderful addition to our community." Okay, Lady Maya, but the bites to eat are rather not sophisticated enough to but an accent on the "e" of "cafe." (Hot dogs and chicken fingers?) And certainly this amenity is not located conveniently for Peter Cooper residents, as well as many residents even in Stuy Town, who don't pass by the Oval area because they live a distance from it. (Note to future statements from the powers that be: Please think of something new than "a wonderful addition to our community" whenever you add something to the complex. This corporate-speak is redundant and boring. Perk it up a bit.)
I had to laugh at the last paragraph in the T & V article, which stated that a rep for management explained away the affirmations by Oval Cafe staffers that the cafe was "open to the public" as the staffers actually meaning that it was open to to "non-members" of the Amenities. Yeah, sure. In actuality, the staffers didn't know anything about key cards or Amenity members or non-members. According to T & V, the cafe (no accent on the "e" from me) is run by ABC Kitchen, though the cafe menu is certainly considerably different.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention one detail in the T & V article that I thought of interest concerning the cafe. The patio extension will gouge out 15 feet of the Oval "park" to accommodate more outdoor seating. So, first we lose a portion of the southern Oval Lawn to the Farmers Market, and now this. Both for commercial enterprises.
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Who writes for the official PCVST Facebook and Twitter page? Well, both are kinda dopey (I mean a "Happy World Kiss Day" post?), but the writer fell flat on her feet (yes, I suspect anyone intrigued by Happy World Kiss Day is going to be a chick; sorry), when she posted a photo of a pit-bull/pit-bull mix being walked around Stuy Town with what appears to be a portion of a human limb in its iron-jawed mouth:
Pit-bulls/pit-bulls mixes are a banned breed in Stuy Town/PCV. But, aw how cute!!!
[Hat-tip: Alice Aaronson, TA Facebook]
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The big news over at the Tenant Association is that President Al Doyle has stepped down due to increased work responsibilities and other commitments. John Marsh (aka, the sock puppet "Peter Stuyvesant" on the TA Facebook page) is now the new president. But, seriously, folks, hats off to these gentlemen and others who work for the TA. Though I've had my disagreements with the TA (and how!), these people are volunteers who give of their free time to work for tenants in this complex. And anyone who does that is an "ace in my book," even if I misplace the book from time to time.