Well, that's what the TA suggests from tenant feedback, reports the latest issue of Town & Village. In order to combat such infestations and inform tenants, TA President John Marsh stated that tenants will be receiving a TA report (about 14 pages long!) with info on prevention, etc. (Shouldn't management be doing this?) Meanwhile, CWCapital spokesperson Brian Moriarty noted that management has a full-time pest control contractor who deals with bed bug infestations. Moriarty is quoted in T&V: "There have been incidents of bedbugs at PCVST over the years, in keeping with what one would normally expect in a community of this size in New York.... All cases that have been reported have been successfully contained and resolved." A comment at bedbugregistry.com offers this perspective on Stuy Town's 280 First Avenue, however: "Management did not notify neighbors adjoining the 2 bed bug infested apartments on the 10th floor of the infestations. A neighbor had to do that. The new infestation on the 10th floor has now spread to apt directly downstairs on the 9th floor. Bedbugs were detected in the master bedroom mattress and electrical outlet. The 9th floor apartment is being treated as of this past week."
According to the article, Marsh suspects a correlation between bed bug infestations and the use of Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village apartments as illegal hotels, the latter being a continual problem that management seems slow in resolving. (How about, first, slipping in notices, along with those proclaiming the latest Oval events, on the illegality setting up hotels in PCVST and the consequences of doing so?)
This week's T&V also contained a pertinent letter responding to an opinion piece about how wonderful dogs are in the complex and how everyone should relax and enjoy the considerable perks of having dogs around. This is the future:
"... on my floor we now have four dogs (two in one apartment). When I get off the elevator, it sounds like a kennel and smells like a latrine. All the dogs yap in unison, one pet owner lets her dog go in the apartment, another apartment houses two dogs that bark and hurl themselves at the front door, which sounds like someone is banging to get out."
As for a dog run in Stuy Town.... Yesterday, I went to Tompkins Square Park for a change of scenery, and, indeed, there was considerable barking from the dogs in that dog run, noise that would bounce all around the buildings of Stuy Town if such a dog run was here. And then there's the smell....
Speaking of dogs, the banning of pitbulls and pitbull mixes in Stuy Town seems to be a joke. These two photos were taken today, Sunday, within a period of an hour. Perhaps these two dogs do not have any pitbull in them. What do you think?
The latter dog and his owner were soon chased away from the Oval Fountain by Public Safety, btw. But not off the property, as I assume this is another registered Stuy Town dog.
THE MOAT AT CAFE KUBRICK
Most of the work has been finished on the patio extension of Cafe Kubrick. (I may have to start calling this "Cafe Ugly" pretty soon, though, as it really is a designing and decorating disaster.) The fissure is still there, however, and waiting for something. Perhaps it's a mini sewer. Wouldn't that be appropriate. Then, again, it's been a while since we've seen a cabbage patch.
Drainage work near Stuy Town's 21 Oval. (This area has been worked and reworked at least half a dozen times since Tishman Speyer took over.) We'll see how effective this will turn out to be, but it looks like fun for the kiddies to sail toy or paper boats down in rainy weather.
But tenants, you are not supposed to throw your strawberries in it!
PETER COOPER'S RECYCLING AREAS
A blog reader sends in these photos of Peter Cooper Village's recycling area. Stuy Town residents, view and weep!