New plantings, new fencing, the interior of buildings being cleaned, recycling areas redone, dog rules enforced (supposedly), amenities "refreshed".... The last time Rose Associates paid so much attention to the property, and spent so much money (we're talking millions), was when this property was being readied for the First Big Sell. Now, it's obvious we are being prepped for the Second Big Sell, which I expect to come some time next year. So enjoy it for what it's worth and while you can. Who knows what's going to hit us after the Second Big Sell. Hopefully not another Tishman Speyer.
BTW, the previous recyling area set-up is being removed in favor of this, which may make it easier and quicker to remove garbage:
Not sure if a night crew is at work now, but I noticed that there's been no heavy buildup of garbage over the weekend, as there used to be.
You may as well start calling this place Dog Town, instead of Stuy Town, as we are heading into the distinct possibility of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village being overrun by dogs within five years or less. The latest issue of Town & Village contains info from a representative for CWCapital that the official dog count is now 1,080, but the "actual number is even higher than that" as "the effort to get all the dogs in the complex registered is still ongoing." Anyone who has his or her eyes open and walks about the complex or sits down on one of its benches can see the increase in the dog population month by month. Only an enforced moratorium on new dogs can stop this advance.
While management and Public Safety has been doing a fairly commendable job enforcing the dog rules and checking registration tags near the Oval Fountain area, I still have yet to see Public Safety step outside of this zone to conduct similar enforcement and registration tag checks in other areas of the complex, particularly in the back areas of buildings and at the entry points to PCVST. I am continually seeing outsiders bring in their dogs for a walk-through, including dogs that are prohibited within the complex. And I am still seeing REGISTERED pit-bulls and pit-bull mixes being walked with impunity through Stuy Town by several residents.
PCVST General Manager Sean Sullivan wrote an op-ed in this week's T & V on "Why Dog Rules Were Stepped Up." The gist is that the enforcement of these rules is "part of an ongoing effort to improve quality of life standards for the PCVST community." Clearly, in presenting this property as attractive to a buyer, the dog problem has to be dealt with and stabilized. As the number of dogs here increases, this property, as a rental, will eventually be only appealing to dog owners, which will have the effect of bringing in more dogs into the complex.
And what's up with this...?
A dog at the Greenmarket today without ANY tag whatsoever....
So, a PCVST dog? Or a dog owned by a non-resident and their guest, the owner making use of the Greenmarket against zoning regulations? A Public Security officer a few feet away didn't seem to care.
And speaking of the Greenmarket and dogs, this morning the market plopped itself right near a trail of stomped dog turd. No one cleaned this up....
If your artisanal cheese has some extra spice on it, well....
Cafe Kubrick: Another Fail
Work has stopped (temporarily, I assume) on the patio extension of Oval Cafe. Why? Perhaps because the not sun-baked American planners or bossman didn't get the extension properly leveled with what's there already, causing a lengthy, uneven gouge where the two sides are supposed to meet? Now it's going to take another week to figure out how to fix this.