If you've been anywhere near the "events" happening in Stuyvesant Town for the last couple of years, you will have seen signs on occasion that stated:
"The Stuyvesant Oval and surrounding areas will be videotaped. If you walk in this area you may be on film. By entering the Oval area during this time period, you grant Rose Associates, Inc. and its representatives the right to take video footage of you and you agree that Rose Associates, Inc. may use such video for any lawful purpose, including, for example, such purposes as advertising, publicity, illustration and Web content."
Afterward, photos and video of these events, and whatever tenants would participate or stray through the event, wound up in advertising and promotions for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.
Guess what? This use of tenants, even with those signs, was a misdemeanor according to the New York Civil Rights Law, which states that written consent must be given by a person who will be use for advertising purposes.
Okay, so another case of the powers that be ignoring, or being naive about, the law. (One wonders what other laws are being broken here--like, perhaps, that law in the Housing Maintenance Code that states that three unrelated people cannot live in a single apartment....)
Now, thanks to the efforts of the TA, which has recently stepped up its game in regards to what goes on around here, management has agreed to stop this photographing and videotaping, and has taken down from official sites previous advertising that included residents. A meeting between the TA and Sean Sullivan, STPCV general manager, facilitated the solution after the TA sent this letter to Sullivan.
From the TA webpage:
Tenants Association Board Chair, Susan Steinberg commended Mr. Sullivan for his “quick and decisive” response. “This ends an uncomfortable, and potentially illegal, practice which meant that anytime you attended an event, strolled through the Greenmarket, or even just went home, you could find your image used in promotional materials. That had to end, and we thank Sean Sullivan for his thoughtfulness and responsiveness in working with us on this.”
And so ends another uncomfortable situation in how this place is being run.
Thank you, John Marsh and the TA.