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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More Updates

From CompassRock:


As you know, the city and our community have experienced a devastating storm.  To give you some indication of the impact on our community, we have had significant flooding of low lying spaces.  This includes garages, elevator pits, electrical equipment rooms, and the management office.  As you are aware the entire property is without electricity and steam (loss of steam causes the loss of heat and hot water).  Due to a Con Ed shut down, certain buildings are also without gas.  We have electric generators which provide back-up electricity for water pumps.  Every building should have water.  However, you will experience interment water pressure due to lower pumping capacity.

We have focused first on life safety, securing dangerous trees, pumping flooded locations, and ensuring the property is well patrolled and secure.  Many people on the staff are working around the clock to help restore operations.  We are currently focused to ensure that the property is prepared for when power is ready to be returned to the property.  This requires an inspection of a significant number of electrical and mechanical gear located throughout the property which is currently on-going. 

To assist in our efforts, we have hired significant additional security officers and numerous trade and sanitation workers.

Many of you have asked how you can help.  The number one thing you can do to help is to check on your neighbors and ensure that they are safe and please follow the below guidelines.    
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CHECK IN ON YOUR NEIGHBORS. If you identify someone requiring assistance, please note their name, building number, apartment number, nature of the assistance required and report that information to Management personnel at Oval Study

Due to the storm, the PCVST Management Office has been moved to mobile locations. For Resident Services, please come to Oval Café from 9am to 5pm. All calls to the Management Office have been forwarded to the following number: (888) 885-8490.
In case of emergency, call 911.


Security: Significant additional security measures are being added throughout the day and night and will be highly visibly throughout the property.

Special Needs Residents: We have checked in on all self-identified special needs residents.

Property-Wide Door-to-Door Check: A door-to-door check to ensure the well-being of all residents has begun, and will be completed throughout the property.

Halloween Activities: Please refrain from Halloween activities and trick-or-treating. Due to the lack of light, these activities can be dangerous and disruptive.

Gas Outages:  The city has shut down gas for a number of buildings in both Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town. More outages may follow in the coming hours and days.

Electricity: We do not yet have updates from Con Edison as to when power will be restored.  The most recent official announcement indicated that electricity would not be restored prior to Sunday.  Please be prepared for additional delays from ConEd.

Hot Water/Heat: Heat and hot water at the property are generated by steam supplied by ConEd.  The steam from ConEd has been shut down which means there is no heat and hot water.  We anticipate that it will be at least a week and maybe longer before heat and hot water are restored to the property.  We will update you as ConEd updates us. 

Water: We have generators on-site to support maintenance of domestic water. We cannot guarantee running water at all times, but are working to secure access to water to the best of our ability.

PLEASE DO NOT USE CANDLES IN COMMON AREAS OR STAIRWELLS. THIS IS A SERIOUS FIRE HAZARD. Please also refrain from using candles in your apartment.

Key Access Cards to Buildings: If your building's access card readers do not work and the door remains locked, please report it to Resident Services at Oval Café (9am-5pm) or call (888) 885-8490.

Garbage Removal: The trash chutes in Stuyvesant Town have been cleared and are operational. The trash chutes in Peter Cooper Village are not operable and we ask you not to use them. We are placing bins by your building lobbies. Please place your garbage in the bins.

Garages: Please note that garages 2, 3, 4 and 5 sustained significant damage due to flooding. We are working on having the water removed in order to enable towing access. This process has been delayed due to the lack of electricity.  We will update you as soon as possible regarding progress. Residents parked in garages 1 and 6 may access their cars, though there may be delays in removal of your car since many of the cars from the other garages were relocated to garages 1 and 6 prior to the storm.

Thank you again for your cooperation at this time. 


From the TA:

TA Mobilizing its Volunteers in Coordination with Dan Garodnick and PCV/ST Management to Supplement
Post-Storm Recovery 

We are calling on all able-bodied neighbors who wish to assist to read on.


We are beginning to undertake a door-to-door effort throughout all of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to check in on our neighbors who remain.  The weather is getting colder; power is not coming back until this weekend; and heat will likely not return until days after that.  
If you are physically fit, and can help, please report to Oval Study starting at 8am tomorrow.  This effort is being coordinated with CompassRock, the Tenants Association, and every elected official office in the area, and will be directing volunteers through the entire property.

Where/when:  From 8AM and throughout the day tomorrow, meet at Oval Study (northwest corner of Stuyvesant Oval)
Call Teresa in the Office of Council Member Dan Garodnick at 212-818-0580 for more information.


Special Note: 
The ST/PCV-TA, the Office of Council Member Dan Garodnick, and CW Capital are working together to provide our neighbors with as much information as possible.  Without power to deliver e-mails, you can help by verbally sharing this information with as many of your neighbors as possible.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the ice skating rink will be opening on Saturday or Sunday?

I've planned a birthday party for my twins to go ice skating on Sunday afternoon with their friends, our guests and family.

I found a bakery open for cupcakes!


Stuy Town Reporter said...

I don't know the answer, but I would seriously doubt to see the rink open this weekend. Check with Oval Cafe, where management has an info center.

Anonymous said...

Birthday celebrations for children are important and I don't espouse avoiding opportunities for fun and lightening things up, but in a time when thousands of your neighbors have no power, no heat, no telephones, sporadic water etc., one would thing that you might focus on something other than entertaining you guests and family with a skating party.

Anonymous said...

Yes! The skating rink will be open for your twins. Compass Rock is busily collecting the bodies of frozen seniors to create the surface. If all goes well, they should have enough of them by Sunday. But please, dont drop any cupcake wrappers on them, it clogs the Zamboni blades

Anonymous said...

Please see that the rink is open before anybody has lights and heat. God forbid that the twins are disappointed!

Anonymous said...

Why why do you even post a comment like 6:18? It's totally uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope this is true kids!!

Manhattan Should Have All Power Back Today (Friday November 2nd), Con Ed Says via @BloombergNews #stuytown

Manhattan, slowed by power outages, flooded subways and closed markets since Sandy struck Oct. 29, should have electricity fully restored by the end of today (Friday November 2nd), Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED) spokesman Robert McGee said.

About 570,000 Con Ed customers remain without power, down from 900,000 after Sandy, the biggest Atlantic storm on record, battered the East Coast, killing at least 90 people in the U.S.

“We’ve made some significant progress,” McGee said in an interview today with Michael McKee on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg - The First Word.” “We do hope to get all of Manhattan back by the end of the day today.”

Sandy knocked out power to as many as 8.5 million homes and businesses on the East Coast, including about half of New Jersey. About 4.8 million customers remained without power yesterday, from South Carolina to Maine and as far west as Michigan.

In New York, at least 39 people died, including two Staten Island children, ages 2 and 4, who were found in a marsh after they were swept away from their mother.

At least 14 deaths were reported in New Jersey, which suffered catastrophic damage from Cape May to Bergen County. Governor Chris Christie said 25 percent of New Jersey Transit rail cars were damaged. Partial service is to resume today. Port Authority Trans-Hudson, or PATH, trains remain out.

Anonymous said...

I Heard on the news this morning that Lord Mayor Bloomberg has arranged for generators to provide heat to the large tents that are being set up for the Marathon in central Park.
Is there no end to the sheer chutpah of that man?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the ice rink, but I was able to look at my picture slides in the candle-light!

Anonymous said...

11:55 AM has GOT to be a joke, right? Please tell me it's a joke! Nobody can be that stupid and selfish, can they?

foodielass said...

No one has offered to help those in buildings without gas to obtain food that need not be heated. What are folks to do ?

Anonymous said...

Is there power in all the buildings in Stuy Town. Specifically 18 Oval?

Anonymous said...

I read the 6:18 comment and found it perfectly illustrates how absurd it is to think that anyone would be even thinking about ice skating when there are people in grave conditions.

It is for the same reason the NYC Marathon was cancelled.

Anonymous said...

Power is back in our building, but no heat. Still what a relief.

Considering all the damage, not a half bad job so far imho.

I would have liked to see some battery powered lanterns in the stairways and guards at all entrances immediately after power was out checking ID's for safety sake, but slowly at least they got some rent-a-cops and I don't think anyone was hurt before.

If people are really going to be without heat and hot water for a long period of time, I'd sure like to see some rent rebates. Would go a long way in the good-will department.

Hope the skating rink is put on hold until all power is offense to the pary goes...I don't mind the rink honestly, but come on, have some compassion for your neighbors. We're shivering in here! lol

Martin said...

Anyone have latest info on restoration of heat and hot water? From Bldg 521

Anonymous said...

I think we have seen that whomever foisted the kaycard system onto us without a key override was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Statdmeyer?

Anonymous said...

We got back our electricity here in 622 E 20th, but it's only partially recovered. There are several dead outlets throughout our apartment, even after all the circuit breakers were reset.

Is anyone else experiencing this, or is it just us?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else find it funny that the "rent-a-cop" was guarding the T side...but the M side was wide open to walk right in?

So much for the key card system.

Anonymous said...

We have heat and hot water at 445 E. 14. Oh! Happy Day! I won't take such comfort for granted any more! My prayers and good wishes to those who are still without these utilities. It is so miserable to be cold, hungry and sitting in the dark listening to a battery radio, especially when you are a senior or disabled person. I am very grateful to the volunteers who came round to check on us the other night. I am elderly, but not infirm, but there are a couple of people on my floor who are fragile. We checked on each other during the outage, but it was nerve-wracking, especially as the stairs were unlit and we didn't know if anyone would walk in off the street and be lurking on the stairwells or halls. They need to rethink that keycard system.

Anonymous said...

They should have supplied a generator so we could charge our phones. We walked to midtown the other day and charged in a Chase bank.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any information on whether 628 East 20th has power yet? Also, any information on whether the phone system is working yet?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

CDalton said...

Today I drove my elderly parents back from my house in NJ to 441 E 20th. We "rescued" them on Tuesday, walking them down 14 flights of stairs. Based on what I read here, we thought they were good except for gas. Armed with an electric fry pan, bags of microwavable food, and knowing they have an electric heater or two, they wanted to return home. We were greeted with a dark building and a security guard who could tell us NOTHING. We have tried to contact the management etc., and the only thing that gave us any info was this site (for which we thank you). If there is some way we can find out when the power and heat will be on in their building, it would be helpful. The management is disgraceful for not posting on its website what the conditions are in the buildings.