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As we see, nothing much is being done about the many complaints residents have: the discarded furniture on the loops, including the illegal discarding of uncovered mattress; the outside dogs that are infrequently checked for that blue ST lanyard, and their owners escorted out if they don't have one; the lack of R7-2 clarity from our local politicians who seem to be delaying and delaying; the club cars that go this way and that, and many times against regular traffic rules; the failure of our TA to even address those issues, etc. On top of that, residents near the building of the subway extension on 14 Street have had to endure noise and health issues at all hours of the day and night. This is not the way to live. Because of these facts, and a few more, a new representation has to happen. This is where Stuyvesant Town Tenants Advocacy comes in. There are no dues, and plans are underway to get the group doing something proactive about our complaints. The time for submitting our complaints to Management, Public Safety and Blackstone is over.

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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:

Friday, December 13, 2013

New York's Politicians Have Been Failing Us for a Long Time

 The view from Central Park will never be the same.

NY's politicians have been failing us for a long time, and that includes our city councilman, Dan Garodnick, who has received truck loads of money from real estate and who, along with his fellow city council members, still upholds "air rights," which makes possible the disasters we are seeing pop up all around Manhattan.  And who are the tenants for these high-rises? The mega rich who will not be spending much time in the city, and many of them, foreigners. Don't be surprised if the buyer of STPCV turns out to be some foreign company or a conglomerate that includes a foreign company whose interest in this property will be to bulldoze its buildings, getting rid of its middle class residents in the process, and put up similar high rises. The city may even offer up tax breaks for this screwing.

Not breaking news, but a good summary of what's been happening to this city, as affordable housing and the middle class are disappearing:

The disparity between rich and poor is underlined at the end of the article:

And at a time when more than 51,000 people — 21,000 of them children — spend the night in city homeless shelters, the contrast between penthouse opulence and street-level poverty is as dizzying as any view of Central Park.

One57, which broke ground during the recession, will receive tens of millions in tax breaks designed to encourage construction, which critics say would have occurred regardless.

"We're used to inequality in New York," says Benjamin Dulchin of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, an advocacy group. "We're not used to it being subsidized by the taxpayers."

One player not mentioned in this article, and in other such articles, is an entity that used to have a significant hand in New York's construction business:

I wonder if we are still paying dues.


Anonymous said...

The same folks (and their real estate buddies) who get millions in tax breaks to build mansions in the sky in Manhattan for the world's superrich bemoan rent stabilization as being an obstacle to affordable housing. What hypocrites!

Anonymous said...

I have long considered NYC's RE cabal to be another embodiment of the Mafia.

Anonymous said...

Thinking this DAILY and how wrong it is. Shame on nyc

SHAME SHAME TO NYC. Why doesn't a reporter expose this?

btw, really think we're being overcharged on our flat. Does anyone have the number or the email to write / call the DOH to inquire on last rent paid? thank you. the new website sucks.

Anonymous said...

The Bloomberg Regime has been the kiss of death for the middle class in New York. Thank God he is going soon. I doubt that the damage he's done can be undone, but hopefully the damage won't continue under the new mayor.

Anonymous said...

While it's true that there have always been rich people in New York and that it wouldn't have become the great city that it eventually became, the rich of the past always gave something back. They created jobs, funded charities, helped with progressive social movements. They had some sense of moral obligation, call it noblesse obligee, if you like. The rich we have here these days are parasites that suck the blood out of the poor and middle class and give nothing, but nothing back. They only support each other and live in some kind of other universe, totally peopled by their own kind where they only have contempt for the regular people/99%. It sort of reminds me of the history I've read about Tzarist Russia! Remember "Dr. Zhivago?" I wouldn't want to see some kind of bloody uprising here, but I wouldn't mind seeing a bloodless one. There will be a reckoning, though, because history teaches us that there always is a reckoning. Something's got to give.

Anonymous said...

"really think we're being overcharged on our flat. Does anyone have the number or the email to write / call the DOH to inquire on last rent paid? thank you. the new website sucks."

You should get a form every year from DHCR saying what the rent should be. Did you try the DHCR site? Not sure if that's what you're referring to when you sat DOH. Go to and see the info under "Are there any requirements for gaining access to registered rental information?"

The contact page for DHCR is

Anonymous said...

"SHAME SHAME TO NYC. Why doesn't a reporter expose this?"

I think the media is controlled by the RE Mafia and their cronies. Reporters are not free to report the truth any more. The closest you will ever get to honestly reported news is on PBS and the BBC and, maybe, NPR. So far, they haven't become controlled by the Masters of the Universe.

Anonymous said...

NYT has a report this morning about air rights over the Schubert Theater.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The closest you will ever get to honestly reported news is on PBS and the BBC and, maybe, NPR.


Anonymous said...

I don't really trust Garodnick. I didn't vote for him because I sense that he is in the pockets of the RE Cabal and is something of an opportunist.I hope I'm wrong, but that's the way I feel about him. I know that some people, he can do no wrong.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

From that Bloomberg report on rents in Manhattan dropping:

Manhattan rents are unlikely to drop precipitously in the coming year as rising employment keeps leasing demand strong and higher borrowing costs deter potential buyers. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.46 percent last week, the highest since September, according to data from McLean, Virginia-based Freddie Mac.

“I don’t think the purchase market is going to see the same heavy volume it saw in 2013 next year,” he said.

Among Manhattan neighborhoods, rents on the East Side fell the most last month, dropping 3.4 percent to a median of $2,800, Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman said. On the West Side, the median fell 2 percent to $3,250. Rents downtown, defined as the area south of 34th Street, held at $3,495.

Leasing costs for luxury apartments, the top 10 percent of the market by price, climbed 1.2 percent to a median of $8,500.

Anonymous said...


RK, he's back.

Anonymous said...


RK, he's back. "

Yup, Faux Noise, Rush and Glenn are his idea of truthful media reporting. He must be very disappoint that John Gambling is retiring this week and Bloomturd won't be giving his one-sided view of events anymore.

Anonymous said...

How's the Liar in Chief working out for you?

Anonymous said...

Yup, Faux Noise, Rush and Glenn are his idea of truthful media reporting. He must be very disappoint that John Gambling is retiring this week and Bloomturd won't be giving his one-sided view of events anymore.

So the lame stream media repeats lie after lie from Obama and you call Fox out. Keep drinking the Kool Aid. The Liar in chief would be so proud of you!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

BTW, I'm not letting through any more tangential political commentary that doesn't have anything to do with Stuy Town or New York's problems or such commentary will never end, I fear.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

How can anyone trust or defend this empty suit garodnick ? He lied to the upper eastside for years with his BS rallies and when it came time for him to actually do something and stand up for the community , he voted no on Ruppert Park and convinced his constituents to do likewise. I won't be surprised to see him living in one of their buildings someday, and If(when) his political career is over, I'm sure he'll turn up working for Related or some other big firm he has helped.