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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:

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Passing by Associated on 14 St tonight. Cordoned off with police tape and fire trucks around.  Pitch black inside.  Didn't smell any fire, so it may have been an electrical short or something of that nature. Hopefully all will be operational tomorrow morning. Love that place!


Anonymous said...

What time did you see this, STR! I also love that place and the people who work there. Today was the first day I didn't go there !
I'm usually in there every day.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Around 10pm.

Anonymous said...

Went by around 9.15 AM, up and running, 2 Con Ed red emergency trucks parked outside, one has a cable running into the store.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

If the refrigeration system went out, it would be good to know for how long.

Anonymous said...

Their refrigeration isn't very good at the best of times. Beware their chicken and meat! Be very afraid when buying chicken there. I got horribly sick one time after eating chicken I had purchased there.

Anonymous said...

I went in there this afternoon. I was told by one of the employees (who I think was very uncomfortable answering my questions) that the electric went off last night and was off for several hours. Con Ed has run some emergency line into the store to keep the place up and running. When I asked if they were sure the refrigerated stuff was safe, they lowered their eyes and said "sure it is." I know the guy in the milk dept. was putting in fresh milk and oj, but who knows where that had been stored during the outage? I love that store, BUT it is not the most well-managed or cleanest place I've ever shopped in.

Anonymous said...

STR, if you can find a place to post this, it would help.

we live under a bunch of people who have no carpets. we know this due to every heel being heard, every piece of furniture being dragged and awful , loud banging on the floors all the time. have called and complained, it was confirmed and documented and there supposedly was an inspection which passed, stuy saying there were carpets. There are not. constant , rude noise. Now what is my recourse, can someone advise? do we move out, break lease, can't live like this… do we contact a lawyer, the TA, ? thank you Str. in any case.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I'd still report instance of noise to Stuy Town security, document everything, and contact a lawyer if you can afford one, and the TA. Good luck.

And there's this:

Anonymous said...

FTR, 311 is pointless. They will not investigate. If they pass the complaint on to NYPD, they'll do zero.

Anonymous said...

KA-BOOM! KA-BOOM! It's Sunday AM and I'm watching some man-child on the ice slap shotting agaginst the walls of the rink. And it sound like bombs going off up here in my 12th floor apartment, and that means every apartment around the Oval is poisoned with this. But that man-child is having a great time. WOO-HOO! Good for him... he's a good boy!

Anonymous said...

Gotta have an ice rink.

Gotta make money.

Churn those unhappy residents


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