I can't post on the TA Facebook page, having been removed by the admin for not posting under my real name (yeah, that would be great, wouldn't it!?), but I have to call out a poster and his clique who misrepresent the old folks vs. the young folks issue in Stuy Town/PCV. I won't name the gentleman, who I'm pretty sure tries to get similar absurdist comments through here, but this is some of what he wrote:
think a good exercise would be for me to post something about "old
people" or "elderly residents" or "long time tenants" every single time
one of them yells at me from their wheel chair for no reason, or yells
racial slurs at the young Indian men using the playground, or asks a
young Asian woman on her way home from work if she speaks English, or
barks orders at me in the laundry room to get this or that for her.
I've been living in Stuy Town for over 25 years, and I've yet to come across anything similar to the above, with one exception. There is one old timer here who is in a wheelchair and is assisted by a caretaker, and who is obviously handicapped and not just physically. When he's at the Oval area (rarely), he can be heard barking out this and that, kinda letting his mind roam free, with his voice amplifying what's in his mind.
This exception is not spread out enough to be even remotely considered a generality. Now, taking a look at the students that are packed into this complex, we have to admit that, while many are good neighbors, there are a number (and not just the solitary exception) who make noise at inopportune times of the night, do not have rug coverings on their floors, and whose sense of entitlement grates and devalues any sense of community this complex may have had.
But even this is not the crucial issue. Sorry, but the crucial issue is that the presence of transient students has a negative effect on Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper, period. For one, it allows and validates the high rental prices that CWCaptial charges. If it weren't for the hordes of students waiting to get into this complex (you can see them everyday at the leasing office), the landlord would have to drop rental prices, which would then be more affordable to a more permanent leaser. For another, the packing in of an excess number of transitory tenants into apartments (many of which have been "upgraded" to extra rooms than original built for) means that resources are being maxed out in the building and in the complex itself. Stuy Town is beginning to look overused like other parts of the city. The sense of an oasis in the middle of Manhattan is being lost. Part of this downgrade can be explained by the "Oval is a funhouse" tactics of the landlord, of course, but I've never seen the Oval area so much used and abused as it is now. A respite from the mad rush of Manhattan? Yes, still there, but not the way it was. And it's going to get worse, I fear.
Transient students also have no need of belonging to the ST/PCV community. There's no reason for them to belong to the TA, for instance. They are a gift horse to the landlord in more ways than one. The more of them, the less possible a TA and tenant force that can make an impact in numbers.
So while I welcome young students here, who do bring a sense of aliveness and vibrancy into this place, I also recognize that in the bigger picture they make affordable housing far less likely and the tranquility and sense of community of this place seriously problematic.
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