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At this point, 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. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." 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.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Latest Update from CompassRock

CompassRock Update

RESIDENT NOTICE - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12



We are writing to provide a comprehensive update on the status of repairs and services at the property.  Since our last update we have made significant additional progress including:
  • Restoring  gas service to two buildings ahead of schedule
  • Restoring elevator and  handicap lift service in all  Peter Cooper Village buildings
  • Opening garages for insurance adjusters and encouraging Quik Park to increase communications with its customers
  • Repairing the electronic heat regulation system in Stuyvesant Town
  • Restoring four water pumps in Peter Cooper Village to increase water pressure
  • Relocating management staff so normal work orders and other resident business can continue
Restoring services to our property as safely and quickly as possible remains our top priority.   We have made a lot of progress in restoring services since the storm and are keenly aware that our job is not yet complete.   Critical priorities going forward include: Restoring gas service to all buildings,  returning utility fed power to 6 PCR, fixing key card access and intercom systems in impacted buildings, repairing the electronics that control and monitor our heat distribution system in PCV, repairing the damaged water pumps in PCV and helping residents gain access to their personal property located in basements.   At the same time, we are also working hard to return a sense of normalcy to our community, particularly around the holiday season.  While life at PCVST will go on, please understand that this work is being done separately with separate resources from the restoration efforts.  Restoring services to our property as safely and quickly as possible remains our top priority. 

In the update below, we have tried to provide the most up-to-date and complete information that is available.  In some cases, we are still not yet able to provide estimates due to the extent of damage and complexity of the required repairs, but we are aware of these issues and are working to resolve them. We continue to work through the challenges the storm has caused and will provide updated information and timelines as they become available. 

We want to extend our continued thanks for your patience, understanding, and support during the last few weeks.   We have all been faced with a difficult set of circumstances as a result of the storm and we are incredibly proud of how our entire community pulled together to support one another. 

UTILITY SERVICES

Electricity:  All 110 buildings have had full power restored. 6 Peter Cooper Road is the only building currently running on generator power due to the damage sustained by the manhole explosions.

Unfortunately, Con Ed has found that the damage to their systems was worse than anticipated and as a result, 6 PCR will remain on generator power for an additional week.  As a preventative measure, we have taken the following additional steps to ensure consistent electricity from the generator:  we are manning the generator 24 hours a day; we have increased fuel delivery to maintain the generator and are keeping back-up fuel available at all times; and we are keeping an additional backup generator onsite in the event of any malfunction with the current generator. We ask residents to be mindful and conserve energy wherever possible, especially during morning and evening peak times, in order not to overload the temporary generator.

We will notify you in advance of the conversion from generator to permanent utility power which will necessitate a temporary power shut-down of several hours. Elevators will be checked and shut down prior to shutting down power for the conversion.  

Gas Service: We remain on or ahead of our previously published schedule to restore gas service.  We are happy to report that gas service in 7 Peter Cooper Road and 531 East 20th Street has been restored.  In the event there are any delays in restoring gas to the remaining buildings, we will notify you immediately.
     
Please note that in order to complete the restoration of gas service, it is necessary for our staff to access all of the impacted apartment homes throughout the coming two weeks (except Thanksgiving) between the hours of 9AM and 7PM.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to provide advance notice as we are dependent on ConEd.  Access to apartments in the impacted buildings is necessary to complete service restoration and your cooperation in the matter is essential to the restoration of gas service. A security guard and locksmith assist with entry into all apartments.  If you have installed your own top lock, please be sure to leave it unlocked daily during these times until gas service is restored in your building.  If we need to access your apartment and the top lock is locked, we will have no choice but to drill through it.

We continue to expect gas service to be restored by Saturday, November 24th for the following buildings:  309, 315, 319, and 321 Avenue C; 400 and 410 E20th Street; 330 First Avenue.  At this point, our assessment indicates that gas service will not be restored for these buildings in time for Thanksgiving and we apologize for that inconvenience.  However, we remain on track for the restoration schedule published on November 3 and we will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

Unfortunately, we also experienced new gas service interruptions earlier this week in two Stuyvesant Town buildings, 285 and 287 Avenue C, due to shut downs required by ConEd as a result of pressure issues in their systems offsite. Initial assessments indicate that gas will be restored to these buildings within three weeks. We will continue to keep you informed as we get additional updates from ConEd.

Regarding buildings which sustained damage to gas meters and were flagged for a "Potential Shut-Down," our assessments thus far lead us to believe that the shut-down will not be necessary. We continue to monitor these affected buildings: 441, 511, 541, and 601 E 20th St; 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 Peter Cooper Road. We will alert you in case of any change in status.  

Heat Service: Heat service has been restored to all 110 buildings. The electronic system which controls the distribution of heat, and therefore regulates apartment temperature, was damaged by the storm. The system which supports Stuyvesant Town has been repaired; the system which supports PCV remains under repair.  As a result, in PCV, valves must be opened and closed manually by our engineers, which means that for the time being, some apartments may experience excessive heat.  

Water Service: Hot water service has been restored property-wide, though the motors for the water pumps which support water distribution to all of PCV are still undergoing repair. Of the 12 pumps in PCV, only two functioned after the storm. We now have six pumps working but the additional six remain out of service. We continue to procure the necessary parts to fix the motors and restore all 12 pumps.  In the meantime, these six pumps have been providing increased water pressure, nonetheless we ask everyone to continue to be mindful and conserve water, particularly during peak hours in the mornings and evenings.

Elevator Service: Elevator service has been restored property-wide, with only three PCV buildings, 7 and 8 Peter Cooper Road and 440 E23rd Street, still undergoing elevator repairs to one passenger elevator. 6 Peter Cooper Road has one elevator in service while it remains on temporary generator power. We remain on schedule to have these elevators fixed by November 21st.   In PCV buildings affected by flooding, the elevators will not go to the lower levels until the basements are fully restored.

Handicap Lifts:  All handicap lifts in affected Peter Cooper Village buildings have been restored and were operational as of last night. 

Cable Service: If you are still experiencing outages for cable service, please contact your provider directly. Below is information we have received regarding specific providers -
-          RCN completed repairs to their on-site to equipment damaged by the storm.
-          Verizon crews are on-site working on repairs to their equipment damaged by the storm.
-          Time Warner Cable has not contacted us since the storm concerning any repairs.



PCVST MANAGEMENT OFFICE & SERVICES

Due to the extent of the damage to the PCVST Management Office, we have relocated most of the staff to various locations throughout the property, as well as certain functions such as Accounting and Legal to temporary offices off-site. We have restored access to our IT systems; continue to repair the phone system, and to provide staff with supplies and equipment so that they can resume full business operations.

We are also working on more suitable, long-term plans for the relocation of the Management Office staff throughout the property. We appreciate your understanding while we work under these constraints. Below you will find updates about various departments from which you may require assistance.

Resident Services: Resident Services has been relocated to Oval Study from Oval Kids due to a building-specific flooding issue. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 6pm. Contact information for Resident Services is provided below, as well as how to reach PCVST staff members concerning accounting, legal or leasing matters. 

In addition to responding to emergency Work Orders (toilet/drain stoppages and non-functioning refrigerators and stoves), we have also resumed servicing normal work order requests. Residents may request maintenance repairs either via the PCVST Resident Portal, accessible via pcvst.com or by calling (888) 885-8490 and leaving a voice message with detailed contact information and the nature of the issue. While we continue to restore our normal operations, we are limited in our ability to complete repairs when residents are not home, even if they provide permission to enter. To address this issue, we are working to expand service capacity during evening hours when more residents are at home. We will notify you once this is in effect.

Public Safety: The new headquarters for Public Safety can be found at Oval Studio. We will continue to supplement our security team as necessary over the coming months as we complete restoration efforts. Security cameras have been restored and the property key room remains secure and has been relocated.

Management Office Contact Information: While we work to repair our phone system, we have set up email addresses in order to make it easier and faster to reach the appropriate PCVST staff member.  When sending emails, please include your name, contact information, and the nature of your inquiry.    We will respond to email submissions within 24 hours between the hours of 9am to 5pm.  

Resident Services:                 living@pcvst.com 
Accounting:                           accounting@pcvst.com
Legal:                                    legal@pcvst.com
Leasing:                                lease@pcvst.com

You may also call (888) 885-8490 to leave a voice message with your contact information and the nature of your call. A staff member will get back to you within 24 hours between 9am to 5pm.  We continue to work on complex phone system repairs required due to the damage caused by the storm to the Verizon equipment. We hope to restore our phone lines in the next week. 

For Public Safety, please continue to call (347) 680-2212. In case of emergency, please call 911.

Access Cards & Keys: All Stuyvesant Town Card readers are operational at this time. In PCV, card readers are currently out of service in a number of buildings due to damage to the card reader control panels located in the basements caused by the flood. In the meantime, security guards are posted at these doors checking IDs and controlling access. The buildings affected include the main entrances to 511, 531, 541 and 601 E 20th Street; 440, 510, and 530 E 23rd Street; 7 and 8 Peter Cooper Road; and the basement entrances to 441 E 20th Street; 420 E 23rd Street; and 3, 4, 5 and 6 Peter Cooper Road.  We are working with our third-party security contractors to restore the system as quickly as possible and will keep you informed of progress on these repairs.

As an interim solution, all buildings with damaged card key access will have new cylinders installed on the entrance doors which can be unlocked using the carriage room key for that address. We will provide keys, free of charge, to any resident who may require a key.

We are now able to provide new building access cards, which can be requested at the Public Safety office in Oval Studio. Residents may also request to have keys made by contacting Resident Services and picking up the keys at Oval Study. Please do not share access cards or keys with others.

Intercoms: The intercom systems at Stuyvesant Town are operational, except that at this time they cannot reach Security through the intercom due to the flooding of the Security office on Avenue C. We are working to re-route the security lines to the new security office and expect that to be completed by early next week.

The system which supports intercom service in several of the buildings in PCV has been damaged by the storm. We continue to work with the intercom system manufacturer to repair the service.  We expect intercom service to be repaired by the week of November 26th for the following buildings:  431 and 441 East 20th Street, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Peter Cooper Road, and 350, 360, 370 and 390 First Avenue.  Other intercom systems in Peter Cooper Village sustained greater damage and will take longer to repair.   The intercom company is working to expedite those repairs but is not yet able to provide an estimated timeline.  These buildings are:  420, 440, 510 and 530 East 23rd Street, 511, 531, 541 and 601 East 20th Street and 6, 7 and 8 Peter Cooper Road.  We will provide an estimated timeline as soon as it is available.   

Sanitation:  The trash chutes are now operational in all 110 buildings. In PCV, bins placed outside of buildings affected by flooding should no longer be used for household trash, but rather for recyclables until further notice. 

Basements:  Basements in PCV and the terrace level of Stuyvesant Town buildings were impacted by flood water and sustained significant damage. We remain focused on restoring and repairing all of the basements and will continue to work with our professional contractors, our environmental engineers and our professional restoration crews to complete the work as safely and as quickly as possible.  Residents should be comforted to know that there is no common ventilation system between basements and the upstairs residential and common areas in any of our buildings.  As a preventative measure, we are in the process of sealing off some of these basements and dehumidifying these areas to remove excess moisture from the concrete and to help us restore these basements to their original conditions. 

While we have engaged professionals in large scale restoration efforts, we would also advise our residents to review the information laid out by the New York State Department of Health which addresses questions regarding flood recovery including how to handle personal property that may have been stored in flooded areas. Please refer to: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/faq/docs/faqs.pdf   

Limited Access: In some cases we have closed basements for ongoing restoration work. We will soon begin providing controlled access to some buildings, where residents will have the opportunity to retrieve personal property from their NTT storage units and remove bicycles.  Residents will have until November 30th to retrieve their property and any items left behind will be discarded. The controlled access schedule is as follows:  Weekdays between 5:30PM and 9PM and weekends from 10AM-2PM. Controlled access begins this afternoon at 5:30PM.  Tenants wishing to access these basements should report to the tent outside of PCV Playground 1 at these times and they will then be escorted by security to the basements.  Only residents who reside in the buildings or have an NTT storage locker in the buildings will be given access. 

The affected basements with limited access are as follows: 3, 4, 5, 6 Peter Cooper Road; 441, 541, and 601 and 620 East 20th Street; 420, 440, 510, and 530 East 23rd Street.

No Access: Residents may not access basements in 511 and 531 E20th Street and 7 and 8 Peter Cooper Road for the foreseeable future due to the extensive damage in these areas.

-          Storage: NTT Storage will communicate to customers with storage units in those buildings with further details by Saturday.

-          Bicycles: To the extent that we are able, we will remove bicycles and securely store them in  Playground 1 in PCV where residents can claim them over a period of 30 days, after which, unclaimed bikes will be discarded.  To claim your bicycle, please be sure to bring the key or combination to your bike lock. 

Trunks: Trunk retrieval has been suspended throughout the property. We will remove all trunks located in buildings impacted by flooding. Those which are salvageable and intact will be moved to a warehouse where residents will have the opportunity to claim them over a thirty day period.  As soon as the trunks have been relocated, we will provide additional details. 

Peter Cooper Road: Peter Cooper Road has been reopened following repairs completed due to the storm. The 30-minute parking rule is back in effect.

Playgrounds PCV1 and PCV2: These playgrounds are currently closed while we assess and repair the damage that may have occurred to the surface area during the storm. We will inform you once they are reopened.

Local Law 11 Project / Façade Work: Despite the on-going property wide restoration efforts, the on-going façade work in PCV and façade work planned in ST remains on schedule and in compliance with Local Law 11 which mandates the inspection and repair of all building facades every five years. In Peter Cooper Village 7 PCR and 601 E20th Street the work has been restarted and should be completed by end of January. The initial phase of work in Stuyvesant Town has commenced at 2, 4, 6, and 16 SO. Over the next couple of weeks start of work notifications be communicated to residents in the following additional building: 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 Stuyvesant Town Oval; 610, 620, 622, 624, 626, and 628 E20th Street; and 315, 319, and 321 Avenue C.


RENT ABATEMENT

Tenants without heat, elevator service, or electricity following the storm will not be charged rent for any day in which they were without one or more of those services. Residents will receive a communication advising of your abatement amount. Unfortunately, due to the damage of our technology equipment we will not be able to provide the credit in the December bill.  We expect to be able to offer the credit in time for the January billing cycle.  


THIRD PARTY SERVICES

Parking Garages: Quik Park has reopened garages 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 for business.  Customers whose vehicles were in Garages 2, 3, 4, or 5 during the storm will not be billed for November and for December 1-15.  Please contact Quik Park directly to work out your accommodations concerning your vehicle. The Garage Manager will be available at Garage 1, located on 20th Street. Please also note that all damaged vehicles not removed from Garages 2, 3, 4 or 5 by December 15 will be towed by Quik Park at the vehicle owner's expense. QuikPark sent a more detailed update to all customers earlier this week.   For additional information, please see the Manager in Garage 1 or contact Quik Park at 212-832-2066.  

Laundry Service: We are working with MacGray, our laundry service contractor, on a detailed plan to restore laundry rooms flooded during the storm. Buildings with laundry rooms damaged by the flood include: 441, 511, 531, 541, 601 and 620 E20th Street; 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Peter Cooper Road; and 420, 440, 510 and 530 E23rd Street; and 319 Avenue C.  Additionally, the dryers will not work in buildings currently experiencing gas outages: 285, 287, 309, 315, 319, and 321 Avenue C; 400 and 410 E20th Street; and 330 First Avenue. We will provide a timetable for the restoration of full laundry service in those buildings as soon as we can.

In response to inquiries we have received, we cannot provide access to buildings with functioning laundry rooms at this time. In the meantime, Oval Concierge offers free pick-up and delivery for laundry service. All residents are welcome to use this service. In the buildings where laundry rooms were not affected by the flood, we are aware that laundry card machines are currently taking cash only. This is due to the damaged phone lines and hope to have the issue resolved upon the restoration of our phone system. For additional information, please call 1-800-MAC-GRAY. For a list of laundry rooms in the neighborhood, please visit the pcvst.com Alerts page.

NTT Storage: Please refer to the updates regarding basements detailed above concerning access to storage units in buildings which sustained flood damage. Billing has been suspended for customers of affected units as of Monday, October 29, 2012. NTT Storage will provide tenants with individual notifications regarding their storage units shortly. For additional information, please contact NTT Storage directly at (212) 253-2435.

Oval Fitness: The fitness facility sustained significant damage from the flood. We are working to remove equipment, clean out the space, and rebuild the facility as quickly as possible and we hope to reopen within six months, if not sooner. Members will receive individual letters in the coming weeks providing the necessary details for their accounts, including information about refunds. Also, please note that because of the extensive damage and the extended downtime for the facility, American Leisure will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations.  They have provided us with all of their records, so please email living@pcvst.com for any questions related to Oval Fitness.

Oval Kids, Café, and Study: These amenity spaces, which are currently operated by American Leisure, are closed indefinitely. We will update you when these amenities are scheduled to be restored. All Oval Essentials memberships have been suspended indefinitely and refunds will be applied. Members will receive individual letters with details about their accounts. For additional information, please visit the Oval Essentials office adjacent to Oval Café.

Oval Concierge: The Oval Concierge remains operational with standard operating hours (Mon-Sat from 8am to 8pm) and is available for package delivery and receipt, laundry, housekeeping, and other services. Shuttle service is running on its usual route and schedule.

PCVST Ice Rink: PCVST's seasonal ice rink, operated by Ice Rink Events, will open this Saturday, November 17th at 11am. Residents are invited to enjoy free admission all day this Saturday. For operating hours, lessons, and other details, please visit pcvst.com. For additional information, please contact icerink@pcvst.com.  The completion of the ice rink was accomplished using separate outside contractors and did not impact any of our on-going restoration efforts.

Community Center: The Community Center has resumed its standard operating hours and basic daily programming has resumed (including card and board games and Friday movie screenings), with the exception of the senior fitness classes due to the lack of available space (now that 300 First Avenue is occupied by PCVST staff).

Greenmarket: Due to the restoration efforts underway and the Local Law 11 work that has begun, the Greenmarket will not be returning to Stuyvesant Town for the remainder of this year. We will notify you if the market gets set up in a location near the property.

We thank you again for your understanding and patience throughout this restoration period. We will continue to provide you with updates and post information on pcvst.com. We also invite you to celebrate the holiday season among neighbors and friends, starting with the Tree Lighting ceremony on November 29th, followed by a number of other festive events in the coming weeks.
 

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Management should distribute the keys door-to-door to evry apartment. I know from personal experience with ST and PCV that, given he number of buildings involved, this would take no more than a day or two if they dedicated resources to it instead of oval bread and circus events like the rink. Tenants, particularly older tenants, should not be required to slug to OvalStudy if they want to maintain access to their buildings.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy Tampon Hut wasn't destroyed. Ill feel fresh and confident watching Brats on Ice.

Anonymous said...

9:58 AM, what are you talking about ? The only key distribution that is mentioned is the temporary re-keying of some PCV entrance doors that will temporarily use the existing Carriage Room key. Tenants already have been issued those keys, and management is simply offering them to those that may have not gotten or lost theirs. Those "older tenants" you've supposedly defending are more likely than not to have those keys, since they've probably been here for some time. Don't you think that Compass Rock has ENOUGH to do in restoring the property ? They seem to be bending quite a bit to accommodate residents where possible. I'm all in favor of bitching about what's wrong in ST/PCV, but complaining about non-existent problems is getting tiresome to hear. I think that Compass Rock is doing an admirable job under the circumstances to this point. When they really screw up, then they deserve to hear about it.

I can't wait for more complaints about people who can't use their Oval Amenities. gimme a break.

Anonymous said...

I went to Oval Study for key and was treated very rudely

Anonymous said...

No matter what.....KEEP THAT RINK OPEN!!!

PRIORITIES!!!!

Anonymous said...

"We continue to expect gas service to be restored by Saturday, November 24th for the following buildings: 309, 315, 319, and 321 Avenue C; 400 and 410 E20th Street; 330 First Avenue. At this point, our assessment indicates that gas service will not be restored for these buildings in time for Thanksgiving and we apologize for that inconvenience."

Add to these 7 buildings 285 and 287 Avenue C and you have nine buildings that will have to make other plans for Thanksgiving. Well management is probably too busy working on the return of the rink and other oval bread and circuses to think about the possibility of getting these folks a turkey from Lenz's or a gift card to buy a Thanksgiving dinner at a nice place.

It is apparent that management did not make any serious effort to protect the property in the face of national weather service forecasts of life threatening tidal surges in NY harbor, incuding forecasts of surges of 6 to 11 feet. In my opinion, the lack of preparation was likely a big contributing factor to the severity of he damage in ST and PCV.

Anyway, management apologizes for the inconvenience.

Anonymous said...

Please explain: 285 and 287 ave C have no gas yet the laundry room seems to be open.

Don't the dryers use gas for heat?!

Why was signage that advised residents that no gas means no dryer heat removed?

Does the laundry room get it's gas supply from a different line than the rest of the buildings do?

Of course, no info from management.



Anonymous said...

If you want gas eat one of Lady Maya's crappy sausage, bacon and ham pancakes with M&M sprinkles at Oval Cafe. Wash it down with a black tar coffee and it's an instant colonic. Come see for yourself!

Anonymous said...

3:38PM If they have the keys, they probably only have one. As to bending over backwards to accomodate tenants, tell that to those tenants who lost gas and those who still have no gas, a service covered under the warraty of habitability. Management has not offered them rent rebates.

Anonymous said...

"Tampon Hut"? STR, why do you allow such revolting name calling on your blog? FYI - John Marsh, TA president, chided the people who used this term on the TA's Facebook page and removed their offensive posts. I hope that you will do the same now and in the future.

Anonymous said...

From pcvst.com - GREENMARKET UPDATE:
The Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket has temporarily relocated through the end of this season, December 23, to Worth Park (next to Madison Square Park), at 24th St between 5th Ave & Broadway. B & Y Farms will be at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket on 7th St east of Ave A.

Boy, I am relieved to hear this news. I wonder if they will continue to limit it to residents only? :)

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous November 17, 2012 7:28 PM

I'm just curious. What would you have expected Compass Rock to do in order to combat an 11 foot tidal surge, that the dwellers of the entire Lower East River shore (including Con Edison's power plant), the New Jersey shore, Staten Island shore, Hudson River shore, Connecticut shore and Long Island shore could also not accomplish ?

Really... I can't wait to hear your realistic response.

Anonymous said...

The "award winning" video surveillance system was knocked out by Sandy. There has been no increase in physical security presence post-storm except for the rent-a-cops that they have placed in the lobbies to protect us from entering our own basements. And, by the way, most of these folks look more like a threat to the community than an aid. Let's just say they don't have a professional demeanor.

Look, this is not a slam on the temp folks they have hired to protect us from ourselves and others (though management is ultimately responsible for them), but rather a question about how this place is secured for the benefit of all of the residents. Let's face it, most of us live off of the beaten path and we do not enjoy the externality security benefit of regular foot traffic around our homes.

While the video cameras are down and the boots on the street are no greater than usual, we are all at risk. And this time, there won't be a convenient photo for management to provide to the press, pleading to the general public to help us find the latest "Gramercy" assailant.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you're busy, or maybe you're just tired of fielding complaints all day long..I agree it was about time to end the bitchfest and move on to more important things that require our action, not just our complaint. And it is refreshing to have a such a functioning FB page for the TA. I think some of the usual suspects still don't have their internet back...Anyway, I like the more informative/helpful blogs/pages and put an end to the bickering.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad i moved out of that shithole last year, just in time too.

Mom Zombie said...

I can’t wait for the ice rink to open and my little Tonya Harding can put on her skates and strut her stuff! “Brats on Ice" is going to be marvelous this year. If other tenants still don’t have power, gas, heat or hot water, well, it’s their own fault for not planning ahead and buying a second home in the Hamptons to escape to, like my husband and I did. We shouldn’t have to suffer and lose the rink as a result of their failure to plan ahead for the hurricane.

And another thing — PLEASE move out of my way, people, when I’m pushing my Prada stroller with screaming twins in it. I’m sick of having to bash into you while I’m on my way to the ice skating rink and Tampon Hut. When I’m forced to constantly hit selfish pedestrians who won’t move their lazy asses so I can pass, it creates scuffs on the stroller that isn’t covered in the Prada warranty. Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

The usual suspects blocked you on the TA Facebook page so they don't have to see you. All the usual suspects are still there and are still writing and guess what? It's civil. You're the problem!

Anonymous said...

"I am glad that you're busy, or maybe you're just tired of fielding complaints all day long..I agree it was about time to end the bitchfest and move on to more important things that require our action, not just our complaint. And it is refreshing to have a such a functioning FB page for the TA. I think some of the usual suspects still don't have their internet back...Anyway, I like the more informative/helpful blogs/pages and put an end to the bickering."

You sound rather awful yourself.

Anonymous said...

November 19, 2012 5:50 PM

They may have tried some plywooding of basement doors and windows backed up by heavy sandbagging of the vulnerable PCV and ST buildings. It probably would not have prevented all of the flooring but it may well have minimized the flooding and subsequent damage. That approach seemed to work at Battery Park City where residents were back on their homes with power on November 1. See the photo at this url - didn't see nay of that going on here did you?

http://www.stargazette.com/article/20121028/NEWS/310280055/New-York-state-city-take-steps-prepare?nclick_check=1

Unfortunately, since it appears that management did nothing to protect the vulnerable buildings, it would be hard to know.


Anonymous said...

Went down to do a coupla loads of laundry tonight. Two machines were out of order (as per usual). All other machines were spewing foam and hair and all kinds of dreck. Clean up a couple of them for use, went to detergent in and entire dispenser gizmo fell out. Used dryer that didn't get even slightly warm and others had loads of dirty "wool" in them from the lint filters. There is some kind of suction that makes all the muck fly INTO the dryers! Went to fold my "clean" clothes on folding table, but found it was full of someone's overturned coffee cup. Ah well, who needs laundry facilities when we have a FUCKING ICE RINK!!!!!! Campus Wreck and C[*ck] W[ankers] sure have their priorities straight!

Anonymous said...

Sound like you need to visit this so called "tampon hut" (whatever this vile name is describing) and stock up. I'm glad there are 24,990 other residents in this community who are nice, friendly and welcoming.

Anonymous said...

Tampon Hut is the best store. It's like DSW but for tampons. I bought Michael Kors tampons today! And quit crying to John Marsh. Baby.

Anonymous said...


Sorry - I think this the correct url

http://www.stargazette.com/article/20121028/NEWS/310280055/New-York-state-city-take-steps-prepare

Anonymous said...

John Marsh, TA president, can't even come up with his own posts. So he has the power to delete posts. So what? So his patience with airbnb is wearing thin? So what? Tampon Hut was a joke on Lux Living. Too bad we don't have Lux Living anymore.

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering too why mgmt didn't at least at least heavy sandbag buildings close to East river.

Anonymous said...

The disgusting "tampon hut" appellation refers to the skating rink. Whoever gave it this revolting, misogynist (women hating) name needs some serious socialization. And some serious therapy.

Anonymous said...

For the people who just have to point the finger...NONE of PCVST was in Zone A, the city's mandatory evacuation zone. Battery Park City was completely in Zone A, so it's not a valid comparison.

But for many of the posters here, it's clear than management can do no right.

And STR, Tampon Hut is vile and should be banned.

Anonymous said...

I do most of my shopping at Tampon Hut now, especially since Emperor Bloomturd has pushed out all the rest of our local mom and pop stores. I'm just not too crazy about their Pasta Marinara.

Anonymous said...

Lots of Stroller Mafia hall monitors over here these days, huh ?

Anonymous said...

Why do we have an ice skating rink when some folks in the development (a lot of whom are paying through the nose "market rate" rents) have no gas, elevators, heat, etc.? I hope the effing ice rink melts! It is the absolute height of hubris to have this stupid thing when people can't even live properly in their apartments.
This place gets worse and worse every day.
This management (like TS and Rose) has no conscience and no real priorities. We are paying through the nose to live in a NYU dorm which is peopled by noisy, arrogant, ill-bred brats. Something has to be done and it needs to be done soon. We need a real management company who knows its ass from its elbows and the RS laws need to be enforced. No more dorm apartments housing several unrelated, parentally-financed twenty-somethings and no more stupid bread and circus activities that sap funds from the operating budget and leave us with filthy buildings, unusable laundry rooms and a quality of life that would be considered unacceptable in a trailer park. TA, are you listening? We need to be rid of this pseudo management company and have this place run by people who know what they are doing and who comply with NYS law. Dan Garodnick, enabler of such nonsense, I will NOT vote for you no matter what office you are running for. You have really done shit for us!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Zone B needs to be redefined from "may experience storm surge flooding from a MODERATE (Category 2 or higher) hurricane," especially for those of us literally across the street from a Zone A (as 23rd Street and Avenue C are).

I wonder why the city didn't issue any warning that I'm aware of for people to move cars on the street (I even saw an emergency worker roped to another worker retrieve something from his car as it was submerging on 23rd St.) and why there was no suggestion for cars to be moved from the easternmost garages.

Of course even in Zone A in our area some people decided to stay put--lots of lights were on in Waterside before the power went out.

Anonymous said...

Do you really think that if PCV and ST were in Zone A that manangement would have acted differently than they acted when they are across a few feet from the Zone A boundary?

Unfortunately, there are some who reflexively blame management for everything and, equally unfortunately there are others who reflexively think management can do no wrong and that we should all just shut up and be grateful that they tolerate us living here.

Anonymous said...

Tampon Hut has ZERO to do with the ice skating rink.

It's a specialty tampon store on First Avenue. Judging from your tone you may be due for a visit!

Anonymous said...

Not only Stroller Mafia! AJOCD too! Makes me fed up too, fuzzy.

Jessica said...

I'd like to set the record straight on something. I am the creator of the Tampon Hut joke that started on Lux Living. Once night Lux and I were commenting on the influx of drug stores at Stuy Town - Duane Reade, Walgreens, CVS - and I made the joke in passing, "how many places do these NYU girls need to buy tampons?" We had a laugh over a Sunglass Hut-like store that sold only designer tampons.

The joke is not misogynist and it's not anti woman, it's a joke. Created by a woman. Get over it and stop being so Fed Up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for explaining the definition of misogynist. I never would have been able to figure it out on my own.

Anonymous said...

Erin says:

I know Tampon Hut. It's that cute little store next door to Condom Cave. Me and my bffs and our boyfriends love that they accept Groupon coupons in those stores.

Anonymous said...

Jessica, I don't doubt your story, but there are some very crass posters on the TA FB page who referred to Oval Fitness as the TH. Pretty disgusting IMO.

Anonymous said...

:People can't read. Not one single Oval Amenity was the inspiration for "Tampon Hut." Read, if you can. It's an old joke from Lux Living. Simple as that. One organizer thinks it's the skating rink, 11/23 10:17 thinks it's the gym. It's nothing! It's a joke!

Anonymous said...

Nobody ever referred to Oval Fitness as Tampon Hut! Tampon Hut is a fictional store satirizing the commercialization of the property that was created by the brilliant, Lux Living. Some people should spend less time "organizing" and learn how to read.