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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:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A new update

From CompassRock

Please be advised that as of 6:30pm this evening Con Edison confirmed that power has begun to be restored to the grid which includes Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town. 

Since the storm we have been working tirelessly to address life safety issues and to prepare the property for the restoration of the services.

Over the course of the past 48 hours, we have been able to pump the majority of the standing water out of the basement areas which has allowed us to commence an inventory of damaged equipment. Our preliminary inspection and assessment has confirmed that many buildings will regain full utility service once Con Edison is able to restore services. Unfortunately, we have also determined that a number of buildings have sustained extensive mechanical damage which may delay restoration of utilities even after Con Edison restores those services. We are providing you with the following updates immediately so that you can plan accordingly, though addressing these problems will remain our top priority. We would also caution that the assessment below is preliminary and additional issues may surface over the coming days that will change the information below. We will continue to keep our residents updated with respect to any changes in the information outlined below.

Water Service: In Stuyvesant Town, no damage was done to the water pumps and basic service will be available once Con Edison is able to restore power. In Peter Cooper Village, nine of the twelve pumps that distribute drinking water to PCV buildings were damaged. We will continue to be able to supply basic service ; however, during peak usage periods, pressure drops may occur as a result of our limited pumping capacity which may result in temporary service interruptions. All Peter Cooper Village residents should be mindful of conserving water to the best of their ability, particularly in the morning and evening hours when usage is at its peak.

Steam Service (Heat & Hot Water): Steam service infrastructure that supports our heating and hot water delivery systems has been damaged by the flood waters in the following buildings:
Stuyvesant Town: 321, 319, 315 Avenue C; 610, 620, 622, 624, 626 and 628 East 20th Street
It is likely that service to these addresses will be unavailable for an extended period of time. In addition, depending on conditions for specific buildings, hot water may be unavailable even after heat is restored. This may occur due to damage sustained to the electric motors that operate the hot water circulation pumps.

Electricity Service: Flood water damaged the main switchgear equipment in the following buildings:
Stuyvesant Town: 315, 319, 321 Avenue C and 620, 610, 540 and 530 East 20th Street
Peter Cooper Village: 601, 541, 531, 511, 411 East 20th Street; 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 Peter Cooper Road; 530, 510, 440 East 23rd Street.
Due to the extensive damage caused by the flood waters, it is likely to take an extended period of time to restore electrical service to those addresses even after Con Edison restores power. We will make every effort to keep residents of these buildings apprised of repair progress so that they may plan accordingly.

Gas Service: During the storm, Con Edison and the FDNY ordered the shut-down of the gas service in several buildings. Due to the lengthy process required to restore gas service, it may take several weeks to return service to the following locations:
Stuyvesant Town: 315, 319, 321 Avenue C; 410, 400, 320 and 330 1st Avenue
Peter Cooper Village: 7 PCR and 531 E. 20th Street.

In addition, please note that the gas meters located in nine buildings in Peter Cooper Village were damaged due to the flood waters. Because of the damage due to these meters, gas service to these locations may be shut down and would require several weeks to restore. The damaged meters are located in the following addresses: 610, 541, 511 and 441 East 20th Street; 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 Peter Cooper Road

Elevator Service: Four passenger elevators were damaged by the flood waters in Peter Cooper Village. Two of those elevators are located at 7 Peter Cooper Road meaning that that building will have no elevator service for at least two weeks beyond the time electricity is restored to the property. The other two damaged elevators were in 8 Peter Cooper Road and 440 East 23rd Street; these buildings will have one elevator operating while we restore service to the damaged elevator car.

In preparation for the restoration of electricity, we ask you to take precautionary measures. Please unplug all appliances in order to protect them from getting damaged by a potential power surge. Additionally,though electricity will come back on, the heat will not; we urge you not to use stoves to generate heat in your apartments. Residents who opted not to receive the electrical upgrades should also refrain from using space heaters as this may create a fire hazard.

Resident Check-Ins: Another comprehensive door-to-door check on the well-being of all residents was completed throughout the property today, thanks to the help of the volunteers who generously dedicated their time and energy to assist with this initiative. We have now checked on the health and welfare of our tenants at least three times. For those on the elderly list, we have visited them today, Friday, November 2 and distributed food. Please continue to check in on your neighbors.

Playgrounds: Several playgrounds were reopened today: in Stuyvesant Town, playgrounds 12 and 9 and in Peter Cooper Village, playgrounds 2 and 3. We will continue to clean out playgrounds and survey the surrounding trees to ensure their safety before opening additional playgrounds.

Security: We will continue to have supplemented Public Safety staff onsite. Public Safety headquarters is now located at the former Oval Film space.

Laundry: Due to the lack of power, we realize there will be pent up demand for laundry services. Additionally, due to flooding, the laundry machines in certain buildings were destroyed and will have to be replaced. Please note that Oval Concierge will be open tomorrow, Saturday, November 3 from 10am to 5pm at the two locations below for laundry drop-off services.
-          First Avenue Loop Road between buildings 276 and 274
-          Peter Cooper Village Kiosk located by the entrance to PCV on First Avenue

Garages: Pumping will continue throughout the weekend and into early next week. Quik Park will provide updates as to when towing may begin. Garages 1 and 6 are open. The Garage Manager will be available at Garage 1 should you need any assistance. Garage 1 is located on 20th Street (the garage closest to 1st Avenue).

We will continue to update you throughout the weekend.

Thank you again for your cooperation at this time.


Anonymous said...

What are you doing for the tenants of 315 Ave C? You cannot leave them without power and heat. Bring in a generator to support the electricity or put them up in a hotel until you have fixed the problems.

Anonymous said...

I agree!!! It is going to get colder in the coming days. Do something!!

Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to weigh in on the "extended period of time" comment by management regarding the resumption of power to about a dozen buildings.


Anonymous said...

Yes, i've been staying with family friends but must go home sun to go back to work. Indefinitely means how much longer?????

Anonymous said...

The "bright side" of Sandy: many of us will be getting new equipment in the laundry rooms.

Of course, they could buy the same crap we already had.

Or worse, maybe they just rinse off the old machines and try to pass them off as new.

They just painted my basement a few days before the storm hit. I feel so bad for them...

Anonymous said...

but we don't have power or heat either. nor water. we are on 23rd. not on c. ??????

Anonymous said...

Do we have to pay rent for November, particularly in buildings where power has not come on due to damage in basements?

foodielass said...

453 east 14 St has no gas

Anonymous said...

Agreed. "extent period of time" is so ambiguous

Anonymous said...

This getting ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if there is anything in rental agreements about how this is handled by the management company?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure management and Con Ed are working like crazy to get this resolved. If staying in a hotel is a necessity in this kind of situation, tenants should have comprehensive renters insurance.

Anonymous said...

What does that meam exactly,people in bldgs 4 &6 peter cooper rd just dont have a home anore?

Anonymous said...

Does that mean no rent is due

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Anonymous said... took a DISASTER to replace those pieces of crap MacGray washing machines!!!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Dan Garodnick, the TA and volunteers for their hard work and perseverance in aiding seniors and the disabled during this horrible crisis.

Anonymous said...

A generator is not going to help when the building is that damaged. I am all for blaming things on PCVST, but this is so far beyond their control. They have done the best they can under the circumstances. Be thankful you still have a building to go back to.

Anonymous said...

Stuyvesant - Avenue C will have to wait several weeks for all services... Power may be out for "an extended period of time". heat & gas are in the same boat. Some actions must be taken to resume to a minimal heat and electrical services for all these buildings.

Anonymous said...

here here!

Anonymous said...

There is no security on 315. Who ever was there has left. How can you leave people inthe dark with no electricity and no heat when the temperature is dropping. Are you that insensitive to people's wellbeing? What kind of management are you that won't look after those left in a dark, unheated building!

Anonymous said...

271 Avenue C Loop is also without hot water and heat :(

Anonymous said...

I don't understand I cannot live in the dark with my kids no heat bad water and possibly no gas and no elevator. They have insurance. I'm sure . We need to not pay rent. Many of us are forced to pay rent un temporary sublets and have major expenses due to relocation. We should not have to pay rent. They will be reimbursed we will not.
Also it is impossible to plan when they say extended period of time. They need to be more clear. Are we talking a month a week?
And how can they tell people not to use their space heaters ( we don't have power so the buildings thar do) when they are not getting us heat?
Then trying to say its because the tenant didn't upgrade the wiring??? No that's over the line people can use space heaters and since before this disaster happened we had no heat anyway most people have been using them to stay warm - so people please use your space heaters. They can't keep you freezing and I'd they do you do not have to pay rent no matter what. It's your right as a tenant. So is hot water
Let them pick up the tab. they will be reimbursed by their insurance.

Anonymous said...

Here at 7 PC Rd, we're told to expect an extended period before power, heat/hot water, gas, elevators etc. are restored. Even cold water is unreliable. With cold temps arriving, we may have no choice but to relocate the family to an extended stay hotel until utilities are restored. I've not paid the Nov. rent yet. Does anyone know if there has been any discussion about whether tenants in our position will be offered a rent reduction or exemption for the period during which our apts are uninhabitable and we will have to pay for housing elsewhere? My renter's insurance doesn't cover this situation. I'm already owed thousands of $ due to rent overcharges (Roberts) and am loathe to trust that I will receive a rent refund at some later date. Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Steam service is difficult to reatore because until it is thouroughly inspected and repaired, it can explode if not done correctly. ConEd has been saying all along that it will be another week, and the ST Ave C buildings along with MUCH of PCV will take longer.

At this point the City andthe Landlord ahould be talking about emergency relocation and/or emergency steam service (if possible) for those that will be affected beyond Nov 9th.

Anonymous said...

Per Article 9 of DHCR Rent Stabilization Rider,(in de regulated leases) I think you can apply to DHCR for a rent reduction.

This probably applies to original rent stabilized tenants as well.

Can anyone confirm?

Anonymous said...

For those of you complaining that not enough is being done, let me offer you an alternative living arrangement ... Go to a shelter, the city still has them open. If you are this unhappy and ungrateful for everything that is being done go spend a few nights on a cot. There are hundreds of your neighbors in the city that have literally lost their homes, how bout you count your blessings that you survived with your lives and a roof over your head. Do you think the people who's family members died or lost their homes/apartments are worrying about a rent reduction. Think about that for a second.

Anonymous said...

If you organize, why should have to apply to the DHCR? The landlord must provide heat and hot water to a New York City tenant. If it does not, let it go to court to collect the rent. The landlord gives a "warranty of habitability".

Anonymous said...

I hope that the Tenants Assoc. will provide us information/forms needed to apply for a rent reduction (reimbursement) for the month of November or that the application can be made in bulk for all of the residents who do not have full services restored. I have had to spend money on cabs to get to friends with hot water, eating out, etc. that will add up to hundreds of dollars on my credit cards that I just don't have to spare. Stuy Town/PCV owners should be able to get something from FEMA or insurance and we should get some of that aid as residents. I just want fair treatment.
I had to pay my rent on time because I cannot afford to risk my rent stabilized lease.
Those of us caught between the 1% and those in govt housing need help so badly!

Anonymous said...

"Do you think the people who's family members died or lost their homes/apartments are worrying about a rent reduction. Think about that for a second."

So do you think people are not entitled to a rent credit?