A few people are misunderstanding what this blog is about and, in particular, the purpose of its comment section.
1) Comments made do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the administrator. Generally, I let through most comments. Some I agree with, others I do not, while a segment I have no opinion on. If you disagree with a comment, you can state so, and challenge the information presented. I've done that myself. That's the back and forth purpose of a comment section.
2) I will not be bullied by self-appointed hall monitors to change the above. Everyone has a right to comment, even if they write in CAPS. And, for the record (which should be apparent), I am the only hall monitor here, and I'm not about to relinquish this position because a control freak wants--no, insists--on this job without an invitation.
3) I am fully aware that because of the anonymous ability to make comments some individuals can craft their comments as coming from different individuals rather than a single one. I've already noted this in at least one thread. That's the downside of having anonymous commentary capabilities, but the downside in not having them is taking away the advantage a commentator may have in writing openly and without fear of reprisal from management or any other entity or even person. That said, I think most of us are keen enough to get a sense of when a commentator is using multiple anonymous identities to prop up his or her viewpoint.
4) There is a lot happening in PCVST that's secretive or confusing. Trying to make sense of it is a challenge. That is why the comment section may contain incorrect or misunderstood information, and that is why this information can be challenged and/or corrected. In fact, I welcome such corrections. On the main page of the blog and my posts there, I try to maintain accuracy, because that's the only section that is my own and for which I am solely responsible.
5) Taking all the above into consideration, this blog is also an advocacy blog for affordable middle class housing and the saving of New York from well-monied interests who would like to eat it up to assuage their own gluttonous appetites, leaving everyone else high and dry. So trolls who like to provoke by going against this will have a hard time getting a soapbox platform here, though some of their commentary will be let through, of course--and challenged.
That's it. Now on with the show.
ADDENDUM: A couple more clarifications needed, this based on a critique I received from a reader of this post. This person commented, among other things: "You have taken on a big responsibility being the voice of our community." Actually--and this is something I have stressed now and then--I'm not the voice of this community, but "a" voice. This blog was started years ago because I was being pissed off by the things happening here under the reign of Tishman-Speyer. It was a personal mission that by its nature related matters and concerns that others in the community can be sympathetic with and are interested in. No one voted for me to represent anything and I am not seeking any such votes. On another issue, this reader chides me for not being proactive in making calls to verify statements made in the commentary section. I have several reasons for not wanting, at this point, to "out myself" to certain key players in the system. I am, after all, anonymous myself. There may come a time, and relatively soon, when I will throw caution to the wind and change this stance, but not now. My prerogative, my blog. There is also a time element involved. Contrary to what some may think, I am not a retired senior, nor do I have a trust fund I can live off, as I sit around the Oval and watch the girls go by. I have work I must do that demands a lot of my time and attention. Many times, all I can do is just swiftly pass through comments. I don't have luxury of doing otherwise, except possibly on the weekend. If anyone is dissatisfied with this blog, my advice would be not to read it, or better yet, start your own. It doesn't cost anything, money-wise.
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