AN OFFER: PAY ME ONE DOLLAR FOR EVERY INFRACTION THAT I SEE--A UNCOVERED MATTRESS ON THE LOOP, DOG DO-DO NOT PICKED UP, OUTSIDE DOGS BEING WALKED INTO ST OR PCV. ONE DOLLAR FOR ONE PHOTO. I KNOW MANAGEMENT READS THIS BLOG, SO ACCEPT MY OFFER. BLACKSTONE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.
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:
Tenants' Rights: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/renting_a_home/tenants_rights_and_obligations.html
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Management Office Controversy
Work has begun on the complex's new management office, which is going to be an extension of the space that is/was used by Oval Concierge. The latter will now be housed across the 1st Street Loop.
Unfortunately, my time to look into this is extremely limited at this point, but I do want to post information that the project has generated some controversy. A few tenants are monitoring work permits and the Department of Buildings responses to the plans for this construction. Seems the DOB did not acquiesce to the plans on 12/23/2013, but then changed its position on most of the applications on 12/27/2013. Also, recently, a stop work order was issued by the DOB when no permits were available and yet work was proceeding. (The permits are up and on display now.)
The overriding issue is whether this construction is one more instance of the removal of tenant use of property in favor of management space and commercial space. Certainly, we are currently seeing various areas of the complex being transformed for such usage. And nothing is stopping CWCapital from crafting commercial usage out of pockets of PCVST, as long as the commercial entities are, wink-wink, "for residents and their guests."
Interesting, too, that management is building a new office near 1st Ave as a protection against another Hurricane Sandy, but will be selling the previous space along the FDR drive for a commercial entity that will have something do with children. So one assumes that it's okay for a children's area and the garages along that street to be at the potential mercy of a hurricane, but not the management or security office. Just as a thought: I wonder if something far less expensive could be crafted to protect that side of Stuy Town (and Peter Cooper Village) in the event of another similar, and rare, hurricane. Was this ever looked into? And what will the protection be for the east side of PCVST if another devastating hurricane does come?
... And is the construction of this new management office another MCI waiting to happen?
An October report on the project from Town & Village: