What a waste of money and an annoyance to the rest of the community.
* * *Meanwhile, work on the Ice Rink has commenced. Let's hope that this time, the result will be more seamless than last year, in which the Rink destroyed the astro-turf underneath, causing the playground to be closed for MONTHS after the Rink was dismantled.
* * *By now residents should have received under their doors the first in a series of "regular communications" from CompassRock. This one addressed security issues. CompassRock also has sent an email to residents that is more expansive, including notices about landscaping, scaffolding (yes, it's making a return, as the exterior of buildings will be checked), etc. We also learn that the Ice Rink is back "by popular demand," though I don't remember any vote on it.
For a long time I've urged that regular notices be sent by management to inform residents of what's in store for the future, so it's welcome that the new management is taking this initiative. Hopefully these notices will stay clear, as much as possible, of the usual duplicitous spin we hear.
* * *The mugging that occurred in Stuy Town a couple of weeks ago finally was explained in the pages of Town & Village. The perpetrator struck a woman on the back of her head and ran off with her purse. No mention of the ambulance that was called. Public Safety's security chief, Bill McClellan, gloated in the paper that the "Public Safety officers involved in this case did an outstanding job and this is a stellar example of the work our department does to help keep the residents of PCVST safe and secure." Well, yes, kudos that the perp was caught (with the help of the 13th Precinct), but once again the case proves that a crime IN PROGRESS is not stopped by the award-winning security system we have here, nor by Public Safety officers, neither keeping this Stuy Town woman safe and secure that night. Also, surprisingly, residents were NOT informed with a description of the perpetrator and/or a photo of him from security cameras, so the community could be on the alert. Everything was kept a BIG SECRET. And guess what? The perp was in the area AGAIN, though thankfully, this time, Public Safety noticed him from the photos they had and confronted him, calling the 13th Precinct to complete the arrest. But why there was no notice about this mugging, with photos of the perpetrator (as has been done in the past), is beyond me. And that IS a safety concern.