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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:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Bill to Limit Hours of Construction

While the TA proclaimed that Dan Garodnick and Rosie Mendez introduced legislation this February to limit construction hours during normal non-work hours, a similar or the same bill was up before the council last year, in November. Garodnick and Mendez were also sponsors of that legislation, as was Gale Brewer, the current Manhattan Borough President.

Here's a New York Post article from November 2, 2013:

What happened to the proposal? It died without a date for it being taken up again (Sine die). 

Now the legislation is back, and this time we should push our elected officials to make sure that it doesn't get delayed again and that it becomes law, so that residents of all places in New York won't be harassed by construction noise during normal off-work hours unless an emergency dictates otherwise.  I don't know how the legislation is written (yet), but it may be prudent to also limit current weekday hours for construction. Having construction start at 7am and finish at 6pm (the current legal time-period) is too expansive. That morning hour should be moved up to at least 8am, if not 9am. Let's make New York a bit more habitable for its residents.

This blog will be keeping an eye out for what happens to this proposal. The good news is that there are more city council sponsors of this legislation than before.

You can, and should, send your love letters of support to the sponsors by Googling their contact info. Make sure this legislation is not forgotten again. And here are the current sponsors of the legislation:|Text|&Search

As for weekend Sat/Sun construction, that should be forbidden in residential areas. This community has suffered for many years with allowances for construction work on Saturday.

And this is where you report possibly illegal construction noise:


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. In the buildings where the offices are being built CW posted flyers in the elevators about the work and noise that week which would have been a nice thing to do if the flyers weren't INSTEAD of official permits for the work from the DOB.

They flyers said we should call CW management with any questions or concerns as if we are dumb enough to call the perpetrator of the illegal act to ask them about it.

If work is done without permits or there is noise from construction it is important to call the official place to report it so they don't keep getting away with all this.

Usually you can do this anonymously if you fear retaliation from management.

Thanks for the links STR!

Anonymous said...

If CW is doing something wrong it should be reported. CW will do anything to get away with doing something wrong. CW wants to avoid being reported because complaints effect their standing and the purchase price.
If the complaint is deserved then it should be reported on record. That is the only way to keep them in check when too many in positions of power are choosing to turn a blind eye and deaf ear and they are destroying PCVST and they are pushing many out of their homes with unexplainable rent calculations.

Anonymous said...

Where to complain about the late fees when our rent was not, is not , ever late.

How do you prove this? and w.t.f.

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh booooooyyyyyyyyy

- Andrew latest

Anonymous said...

We have to start reporting things to the City because reporting to the TA things that CW does or reporting to CW things that CW does is like banging your head against a wall over and over and over and over and over. We keep getting hurt and they don't change their ways.
It's not right.
No more.
Its over.

Anonymous said...

Dan Garodnick partied with Tishman and a roomful of real estate people not accountable for the messes they are making. (link to photos below)

Reporting to the STR provided links makes a record of accountability not being met that becomes part of the politicians record.

Its a very good start to holding the City accountable to people instead of this city's priority of protecting real estate business interests. They are so freaking focused on policies making it easier for real estate developers to build and not on making it equally easy for us to live in and protect the buildings.

Its about time this PCVST community demand and hold the city accountable to tenants who are stuck in a foreclosure mess that isn't our doing isn't our fault that we keep paying the price for every damn day.

The city should have held Tishman more accountable punishing them for walking away from a mortgage they could afford but CHOSE not to pay. Hell the city should have indicted and tried Tishman for its vulgar and vile business model based on mass evictions of NYC residents in their purchase and thrown them in jail for choosing to foreclose.

These a**holes have more than enough money but chose to foreclose like its a financial tool for dumping assets that no longer tickle their idiotic fancy.
How the city lawmakers didn't learn from this and criminalize Tishman and their partner Blackstone is a crime too.

Especially with millions of Blackstone owned rentals across the country who will be in the same mess we are when those assets are sold off in the next mortgage fraud coming soon.

NYC lawmakers had an opportunity to be a role model on protecting tenants when landlords recklessly choose to drop responsibilities by going into foreclosure under unnecessary circumstances leaving tenants in a freakin wreck. They did NOTHING. Oh wait they didn't do nothing. They party with them every year at the REBNY annual party!

Here are photos from all the politicians and city commissioners partying with Tishman et al including yes, Dan Garodnick on January 16 celebrating the terrific 2013 the real estate industry had.

If we had better lawmakers and commissioners they would serve people equally as businesses.

Plus they would have gotten national attention for efforts protecting tenants in foreclosure situations. You would think these notoriously self-serving politicians would have done it for that alone. If they were smart enough to think of it and brave enough to serve the people. Which is their job. Obviously they are not the right people for the job.

NYC lawmakers and Commissioners (DHCR, DOB, DEP, ) all of them are supposed to protecting people. These guys are focused on protecting business interests and making it easy for businesses to operate but they aren't making it easy for people to operate and function. We aren't even asking for perks or anything above and beyond, just fairness.


Filing reports with the city on the city record is a great first step to wake these politicians up and get some actions.

Nice party Dan.

Anonymous said...

Yes we need this quality of life law on construction hours and many more laws on protecting tenant's homes and buildings. Many more.

We also need an investigation in the Real Estate Industry but when the Moreland Commission tried Cuomo blocked it

"Cuomo’s administration has reportedly intervened to quash follow-the-money subpoenas that were hitting too close to home for Cuomo, including a subpoena that was to have been sent out to REBNY, the powerful Real Estate Board of New York, concerning highly lucrative tax cuts bestowed upon five developers with the secretive passage of a highly suspect legislative provision."

Cuomo protects Real Estate buddies over Residents even when his buddies break the law.

The Cuomo regime has to go the way of the Bloomberg.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Re: the REBNY banquet. This link mentions Garodnick. De Blasio was also there.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Chuckie Schumer was also there.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>The city should have held Tishman more accountable punishing them for walking away from a mortgage they could afford but CHOSE not to pay. Hell the city should have indicted and tried Tishman for its vulgar and vile business model based on mass evictions of NYC residents in their purchase and thrown them in jail for choosing to foreclose.<<


Tommyboyardee said...

The TA is more and more closely resembling each other.

Anonymous said...

Re the RE industry party links, this was just on TCM the other day, must viewing, hasn’t aged at all.----All the King's Men (1949)

Anonymous said...

Since you've been pretty hard on Gardonick in prior posts, I'm glad to see you post something positive about what he's doing to try to help tenants.

Garodnick grew up and has lived in ST/PCV almost his entire life and is now raising his family here. Thinking that he's in cohoots with CWCapital against the tenants living here just sounds nutty to me. CWCapital HATES Garodnick. Obviously, I can't tell you how I know, but, trust me, I KNOW.

Anonymous said...

11:46 I just saw the party pics and I have to disagree with you. What you think you KNOW is not truth.

Anonymous said...

3:49 PM - Lots of pols were at the Real Estate Board of New York gala, including man of the people, Mayor Bill DiBlasio. He's starting to show that he's serious about preserving and creating affordable housing, yet he felt that he had to be there. Do you think that he's in cohoots with the bad guys, too? I don't, but I understand that you do have to play a little nice. You know, you get more with honey than with vinegar.

FYI - In addition to Garodnick, his wife and 2 sons, Garodnick's parents also live in STPCV. I've met them a number of times and they're lovely people with whom Dan seems to have a genuinely close and loving relationship. Do you really think that he's in cohoots with CWCapital and is going to screw them, along with all the other tenants?

Anonymous said...

11:46 AM

Like I said CWCapital HATES Garodnick. I know this for a fact. You don't have to believe me, but it's true.

Tommyboyardee said...

There's no denying that Garondnick knew of the mid lease increases as per the settlement agreement. Assuming no landlord would raise the rents of aproximately 1/3 of its tenants would never happen. 14+ months to reach a Sandy settlement.

Anonymous said...

6:23 I don't see what loving one's family have to do with what 3:49 is saying.

Its a fact not all tenants are treated the same. There exists a small group of insiders who get better treatment than the majority of tenants. I am not a favored insiders but I know of at least one who himself tells me of the favoritism he gets because he is one of the insiders. By all accounts he is a nice enough person who loves his family too.

Loving one's family doesn't = a person who will do right by all tenants.

Donald Trump loves his family too but that doesn't mean he does right by all his tenants in his buildings or people he does business with.

With the state of this property and the uncertain state of tenants I think Garodnick showed his callousness attending the REBNY event.

Anonymous said...

CW praises Garodnick. They don't hate him. Come on.

Anonymous said...

"CW praises Garodnick. They don't hate him. Come on."

Maybe in public, but in private it's a different matter.

If you don't want to believe me, that's your prerogative, but I'm in a position to know whereof I speak.

Anonymous said...

John Gotti loved his family, but that didn't make him a good person. I don't care whether or not an elected representative loves or hates his or her family; I just care about what they can do for us. That's why we elected them.

Anonymous said...

Tenants have never had a "win" with Dan in office. Everything he calls a "win" is a tiny nugget mired in compromise, wrapped in loss. Most other things are ignored by Dan.

The actions speak louder than any of our words.

A history of actions demonstrate that CW does not hate Dan.

Anonymous said...

Dan's Bill is a joke. CW for years did illegal after hours work because the TA didn't report it nor stop them. they even got away with an entire year of illegal work after hours on weekends all last year on first Ave loop.
Tenants kept reporting it because the TA refused to.
Now because of the tenants CW knew they couldn't get away with illegal after hours work very much longer and sadly very easily got permits for After Hours work from the paid-off DOB. They now posted permits for work on Saturdays on the First Ave Loop.
Its so easy to get the after hours permits from the paid-off DOB because the DOB would rather take money from developers than do their job and keep buildings and construction safe and sound.