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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, October 12, 2013

De Blasio and Affordable Housing

I'm not a fan of aggressive government intrusion to "balance" things out, but Bloomberg took this city way too far in one direction and now it's push-back time, understandably. 200,000 units of affordable housing is the goal with De Blasio.  I hope he considers saving the affordable housing that exists, but is lessening, in PCVST.  Much cheaper to save what's there, than to build from scratch.  (Though there is no job creation in doing that, of course.)

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Anonymous said...

Generally speaking, the natural order of things in an economic system like ours is rich and poor. It takes, as you call it, "aggressive government intrusion" and an organized work force to create and maintain a vibrant middle class. We don't have either any more. Nowadays, Citigroup advises its investors to design their portfolios around income inequality and has an index of companies that serve either rich or poor while mostly avoiding those that serve the vanishing middle.

At least we have a candidate for mayor who's 1) addressing the problem 2) looking to tip the scale back in the direction that it used to be.

Anonymous said...

After Bloomberg we need a little "left leaning" because the Republicans are turning us into a third world country of haves and have nots. This is not the America our Founding Fathers envisioned. We don't have to become a Marxist state, but we have to regain some of our old values that run contra to the oligarchy and plutocracy that is currently in control or I fear that something bigger and uglier may result and it won't be the America that we always knew and loved. Remember that the fascism of WWII came about because of the Great Divide between rich and poor and the cursed anti-semitism always rears its ugly head in such times. We must not let that happen.

Anonymous said...

At this point, I would vote for Karl Marx himself if it would rid us of this filth called Bloomberg/CW/CR/TS, etc.

Anonymous said...

At least he's pledged to appoint RGB members that are tenant-friendly, unlike the bunch of landlords and brokers that "served" under Bloomberg.

He's gone on record saying that regulated rents should be frozen. I hope he keeps his word, we renewed for only one year this time, anticipating a break next year, finally.