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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. 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.

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. Sorry.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stuy Town's Newest Amenity Space (ie, Commercial Venture): CALIGARI'S NIGHTMARE (for Children!!!)



In an effort to squeeze even more money out of market-rate paying Stuyvesant Town parents and add more funds to someone's coffers, CWCapital/CompassRock have given Apple Seeds ("NYC's Premier Operator for Kids' Indoor Play Spaces and Programs") the right to set up shop at Oval Kids and charge $720 per year for the opportunity to let the little ones sing some songs and dance.

As something unique was required, Apple Seeds has redesigned the Ovals Kids space to resemble the expressionistic sets, designed to symbolize madness and conflict, from the silent horror classic, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.





Rumors abound that Dr. Caligari himself is the "director" of the Oval Kids' program, but whether he is employed by Apple Seeds or CWCapital is unknown at this point. Perhaps he is next in line to take over from the recently departed general manager, Sean Sullivan, who in his last days in Stuy Town was seen walking stiffly around the Oval and looking a bit like Dr. Caligari's automaton, Cesare:

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sean Sullivan may have well been Caligari's somnambulist as all he did was walk around Stuy Town and stare blankly. BTW Apple Seeds that's the WORST German Expressionism knock off I've ever seen. Ever. Go back to art school.

Anonymous said...

When are we going to get rid of these detestable bastards? Everything about CWCap and Compass Crock is a fucking nightmare.

Anonymous said...

Kubrick Cafe, Caligari Kids, what next, Texas Chainsaw Concierge?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

You're forgetting the "Hostel Laundry Rooms" in PCV.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Trailer for the HOSTEL film that will make clear the reference:

http://youtu.be/4d5_lrn9v-g

Anonymous said...

MORE nightmares!

Anonymous said...

Sean Sullivan is just a scapegoat. Anybody CW puts in will have the same agenda. If CW got rid of him, it was just because he didn't succeed in lulling the rest of us to sleep.

Anonymous said...

Apple Seeds? More like crack rocks!

Anonymous said...

Let them hire a Peter Lorre lookalike and the nightmare will be complete.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how many key cards we're entitled to? I recall when we had keys i had 2 sets. I only have one keycard. I could use a second one for guests from time to time and I noticed that management charges a fee for them.

Anonymous said...

You get one key card per person on the lease. Key cards are automatically de activated after a certain period of non-use (I don't know the exact time, but it might be 60 days). It would be helpful for them to give you a spare card, and then you can go to the office (where ever that is) and have them activate your guest card, but they insist on documenting to the nth degree, everyone who has access. Can't let those nasty subletters into rent stabilized apartments now, can we ? Only Hotel guests at $300 a night.

Anonymous said...

Re: key cards. The 9/19/05 DHCR ruling (I think this is the latest. We lost our appeal on 7/17/06.) was that we're entitled to 4 free cards. Additional cards cost $8.

From the TA flyer:
1. All tenants and lawful occupants will receive free keycards. In addition, there is no limit to the number of keycards, which may be issued for an apartment. Tenants will receive 4 free cards for employees and guests. There will be a charge of $8 per keycard for each additional keycard over that amount.

2. Tenants and “Guests” will receive permanent keycards. Invitees will receive keycards, which may be limited to the actual time services are being rendered to the tenants. [TENANTS ASSOCIATION NOTE: “Invitees” clearly means employees and “guests” are relatives and friends.] Owner may periodically request tenants to verify that keycard information is current.

3. Individuals obtaining keycards must provide appropriate proof of identity, but the owner may not record any data (i.e. driver’s license number).

4. Owner may not request or retain, in any form, the social security number of more than one (1) tenant or legal occupant for each apartment unless the security deposit is kept in a joint type of an account.

Anonymous said...

I heard on 1010 yesterday that certain "affluent" neighborhoods in the city were able to have these bike docking stations relocated or removed. I sent Garodnick an email over a month ago questioning the need for 3 of them around stuy town. I never got a response. More and more we are losing parking spots and I certainly can't afford the garage (as well as others I know). I wonder what Dan's response would be to these recent docking station removals and why they couldn't occur here: at least one of them?

Anonymous said...

What happened to the key deposits that he old stabilized tenants paid for each Stuy Town key? Where's that money?

Anonymous said...

Put the kids to work! They can pick up the poo filled undies http://escapestuytown.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/stuy-towns-younger-residents-defecating-in-public/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the keycard info. I wonder why I was allowed to have duplicate keys but when it comes to the cards I'm not.Actually, I shouldn't be suprised at anything that happens here anymore.

Anonymous said...

CB6 apparently approved the locations for all the bike docks. It is ridiculous and they should have planned better. There is an island with sand and seagerass or something(?)where there used to be a road on 20th and first by the begian and mexican bars why not put 2/3 stations there? Or use the park along the river? The DOT with CB6 and Mayor Bloomberg's assistance is waging an all out war on car owners. The Post had the same article about the rich getting the bike stations moved, but hasn't that been the hallmark of this administration, i.e., the rich always getting what they want while the middle class gets fu...err treated badly. PS It looks like they are removing more parking to widen the bus stop on 14th and First. Almost twice the population thanks to temporary walls and over 100 less public parking spots if you factor in all the spots on Ave C from 23rd to 18th. Way to go CB6, you really have screwed the very people you are supposed to represent but your loyalty to King Bloomberg is ______ (you fill in the blank).

Anonymous said...

Would love to hear people saying they till loveit here, despite all the issues.

it is nyc. stuy and pcv are still the best thing going. No?

Anonymous said...

I hate the bike racks too for so many reasons--reduced access to sidewalks, the rapidly accumulating trash between the racks and the curb, etc. But too many people get angry after the fact instead of taking action to prevent things from happening (although polls showed a lot of support in the city for the bikes).

My point: there's a hearing tonight about the sanitation garage the city wants to put on First Avenue and 25th Street from 7 to 9 (425 E 25, Brookdale Auditorium). How many of us will turn up to hear the proposal and make our voices heard, and how many of us will be vilifying Dan and CB6 afterward (even if they should do better by us)? My guess is the second group will be much bigger, especially since STers think this won't affect them.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the bikes. Hate the cars.

Anonymous said...

No

Anonymous said...

"LOVE the bikes. Hate the cars."

Yet another inane comment. Unfortunately some of us MUST have a car and cannot afford the parking garages, you hating the cars not withstanding. I too support the bike program, but there simply is no need for so many docking stations around the sty. If docking stations have indeed been removed from certain areas it would be interesting to hear cb6's explanation as to why at least one couldn't be removed from the sty.

Anonymous said...

Apparently there is a need because most of them are close to empty every day. Usually the only ones that are still there are broken or have some computer glitch with the code because those racks empty out fast. I don't like the corporate aspect, but people are riding them and they are a HUGE success. Parking is so low on the priority list of problems and this is so much better for our city long term.

Anonymous said...

ST-PCV is a large community so the thinking probably was that 3 docking stations were needed to service our biking needs. Perhaps we can let a month or so go by before demanding that we add or subtract from that number, so that it can be assessed how many ST_PCVers are using them and if we can get by with more, less, or the same.

As for why bikes probably take precedence over parking spaces in the minds of transportation officials, numbers alone could account for that: A hundred or so bikes vs ten or so parking spaces. Do the math.

Then there's the fact that the city is not paying for the bike program, that it probably cuts down on people using public transport and cabs. It makes sense to me, and I'm not someone who would ever ride a bike on a NYC street.

Anonymous said...

I read on the TA facebook that a lot of squirrels and rats are being poisoned and that dogs are getting sick too. I hope management will reconsider putting down poison for the rats (not that I like rats) because apart from harming squirrels and dogs, it also kills the hawks and falcons which have long made their homes in our community. They are natural predators of pigeons, rats and squirrels, so let them do their job and keep the poison away!

Anonymous said...

I don't know but the last time I checked cars CAN'T park on the sidewalks or in parks, the bikes could. There is no justification for taking out all those parking spots. Period!

Anonymous said...

Who gets the money generated by the bike rentals?

Anonymous said...

The CitiBike program will fail when the upkeep on the rack and bikes far outstrips the revenues they take in. People will get fed up with flat tires, abused bikes and docking stations that just don't work. Eventually the sponsors will get tired of paying up to keep it going.

Unfortunately, lots of people are going to be discommoded in the process as this thing grinds to a halt.

Thanks, Mike! At least now we will have something to remember you by...

Anonymous said...

"I read on the TA facebook that a lot of squirrels and rats are being poisoned and that dogs are getting sick too. I hope management will reconsider putting down poison for the rats (not that I like rats) because apart from harming squirrels and dogs, it also kills the hawks and falcons which have long made their homes in our community. They are natural predators of pigeons, rats and squirrels, so let them do their job and keep the poison away!"

Of course, there are MORE than enough hawks and falcons on the property to cull the rat herd. Certainly no need for an active rat eradication program around here.

Anonymous said...

I am 100% opposed to Citi Bikes taking parking spaces but I 100% support the idea and the bikes themselves. I wish riders were more vigilant and law abiding but I think it's a good idea and will continue to be a success. I just wish they would put the bikes on the islands or parks or other empty spaces or wide sidewalks or someplace without stealing MORE parking spots from drivers. Just a couple of years ago a woman was beaten into a coma and now suffers brain damage and a man is in prison all over the lack of parking spaces. So CB6 and the DOT, in their infinite stupidity, take more spots away. Go figure!

Anonymous said...

"Of course, there are MORE than enough hawks and falcons on the property to cull the rat herd. Certainly no need for an active rat eradication program around here. "

Not only that, but it is ILLEGAL to put down rat poison. Not that our scumbag "landlord" gives a rat's ass about what is legal or illegal; they just do what they want.

Anonymous said...

"The CitiBike program will fail when the upkeep on the rack and bikes far outstrips the revenues they take in. People will get fed up with flat tires, abused bikes and docking stations that just don't work. Eventually the sponsors will get tired of paying up to keep it going."

Some of those tires look pretty ragged already. More grist for the ambulance-chasing law firms' mill.

Anonymous said...

BUT TE PEANUTS ARE KILLING THE CHILDREN. THINK OF THE CHILDREN. OF THE BLESSED LITTLE CHILDREN. PLEASE DON'T FEED THE SQUIRRELS. THE PEANUTS WILL KILL THE CHILDREN. SO WILL THE SEA FOOD AT THE FARMERS MARKET BUT WE DON'T TSLK SNOUT THAT

Anonymous said...

"LOVE the bikes. Hate the cars."
You do understand that it isn't actually all about "You", right?

dcf said...

I think the widely reported success of Citibikes is exaggerated. I see many full docking stations and, although there are a lot of bike riders, they seem to be mostly using their own bikes. Also, as a year round scooter commuter, I know that bike usage not surprisingly decreases dramatically when the weather gets colder. I think more walking, biking, scooting is great but Bloomberg wants middle and lower income people to give up their cars and I quite resent being told by non New Yorkers like Bloomberg and other newcomers that we shouldn't drive. (I live in Stuy and my elderly parents live in Chelsea. I bring pots of food to them each week and I will use my car to do so for as long as they live. I am quite the wily parking expert so deal with it Bloomberg and ilk. The car stays. I am a lifelong Manhattanite and I will outlast you. Just an example of one driver's story. There are many more.)

Anonymous said...

Indeed, it's not about me. It's about reducing car traffic in this city. Car drivers are selfish.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, it's not about me. It's about reducing car traffic in this city. Car drivers are selfish.

OK besides the fact that this is a ridiculous statement if the goal of the program is to reduce car traffic the program will be a huge failure. No one is going to sell their car because of the bikes. Only now there will be increased congestion and more accidents. A side benefit is more pollution as a trip across town that used to take 20 minutes now takes 30 or more. Multiply that by millions....not to mention since parking takes so much longer you can thank Mayor Moneybags for all the fumes all of us circling and circling Stuy town create.

Anonymous said...

We should never, ever elect a billionaire, out-of-towner mayor. Not that Bloomberg was legally elected; his purchase of his third illegal election was the quid pro quo deal he made with Quinn. Such a person has no empathy or understanding of the real New Yorkers who he is supposed to actually SERVE, not dictate to or control. The tenure of Bloomberg has done so much harm to the City that probably cannot be reversed now. Quinn will just be a continuation of that trend. I can't wait for this turd to be eliminated (pun intended) and the bowl flushed.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, dcf.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else signed up for Appleseeds yet? I did and they charged my cc twice for the yearly membership. Has this happened to anyone else? Do they do background and drug tests on their employees?