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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:

Monday, March 3, 2014

Citywide Housing Campaign Launch - Thursday, 11am, City Hall

A STR reader alerted me to this, so for what it's worth....

A broad coalition of labor unions, community based organizations, tenant associations, and other housing advocates will launch a citywide housing campaign on the steps of City Hall, Thursday March 6 at 11am.

The campaign will focus on key issues and opportunities to show how city government can increase real affordability in housing for all residents. This coalition will build power to move campaigns that focus on preserving affordable housing, ending homelessness, and the responsible development of new affordable housing.

Tune in Wednesday at 6pm for Met Council's new TV show. This week, Jaron Benjamin will rundown the latest events affecting our movement.


This is a campaign that will prioritize the New Yorkers left behind by Bloomberg’s housing and development agenda. It’s a campaign to enable our communities to gain access to permanently affordable housing. It will be waged through organizing, major report roll outs, and hard-hitting media work. The coalition's launch will feature a report documenting Bloomberg's housing failures, and show that his "affordable housing" agenda shut out those in need of real affordability.

The campaign launch will cap off an amazing week for tenants: on March 4, tenants are planning a protest of real estate baron Joe Sitt at the LandlordsNY Symposium (contact for more info) and a demand for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (contact tor rsvp). But whatever you do, don't miss the launch of the citywide campaign that will win Real Affordability for All!

What: Citywide Housing Campaign Launch
When: Thursday, March 6, 11:00am
Where: City Hall Steps 
For more information, contact us at


Anonymous said...

Is the TA organizing a showing of members? I'll be there with or without the TA.

Anonymous said...

Get your postcards ready!

Anonymous said...

It is not only the fault of real estate developers for the limited number of new affordable housing stock. To the point, the only affordable units being delivered are related to government subsidy to the specific developments (we can argue that the value the city receives is much less than the benefit to the development).

But the point is this: in NYC, you cannot build affordable housing without government subsidy. If you want to yell and scream, then yell and scream at elected officials (city and state) that do not support a system which provides fair housing for its taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Was just listening to Andrew Cuomo bellowing his lungs out at a pro-charter school rally. I can't believe the Governor of New York State has such a flat, ugly, threatening gumbah voice. He sounds just like Vinny Bananas, the leg breaker.
With the education he had, the only reason for his having such an ugly, mean voice (that matches his evil eyes) is that it suits his personality and character.
I thought Bloomberg was hard on the ears with his effete little duck-quack voice, but it suited him down to the ground.

Anonymous said...

It's time to get organized!

Anonymous said...

actually no building in nyc happens without government subsidizing. affordable housing and million dollar condos and coops all get government subsidizing with the wealthy housing getting the biggest tax breaks of all. too bad we don't have politicians savvy enough to set up a system where we all either get the same level of tax breaks or no one gets "tax breaks" because this current administration gives the biggest tax breaks to the most wealthy and they are paid handsomely for doing so.

Anonymous said...

So the construction at First Ave (300 First Ave) is happening in the playground where they ripped out all the trees and are installing a water shower for kids to scream and run through. I'd rather my kids have the trees and nature's breeze from the trees but far be it for these guys to make good decisions. I haven't seen a good decision on this construction mess yet!
Does this replace the water shower in the basketball courts, does this mean they are ripping out the water shower across the street and coming soon there will be a new building there too?

Why put another water shower in when there is already one.

And by the way, this space is too small for a water shower with running kids.

I'd rather my kids have the grass and trees than the putrid outdoor water shower.

Anonymous said...

As someone posted previously, here it is in the press this week. It is very easy to do.

Most of the market rate apartments currently listed and recently rented have overcharged inflated rent amounts. Everyone check your rent status! CW is tricking tenants by overcharging tenants with rents that couldn't possibly legally be at the amounts they are.

How to Find Out if Your Market-Rate Apartment Should Be Rent-Stabilized

Anonymous said...

next week i'm going to go down to dept of ? and check the amount. ours is SO high.

can anyone tell us the address of where to do so and what to bring? rent bill and lease and ? thank you

Anonymous said...

Well said, Anony 11.15 AM.

Anonymous said...

Is the TA organizing a showing of members? I'll be there with or without the TA.

There was going to be a TA showing but the five remaining members had scheduling conflicts.

Anonymous said...

12:38pm - If you have facts, please state. If you're opining, please state. Too many people post as if they know what they're talking about. "most of..." I don't know anyone paying more than what is legally defined (if you want to argue the absurdity of 'legal, that's another matter). And I'm a Roberts member. When settlement occurred we all received the court agreed/determined rent schedule. But I guess I should take your word that every piece of legal document I have is false.

You are correct, you can check with the City re legal rent. But you don't have to spew nonsense in order to direct people to such resources. Just tell people such a resource exists.

Anonymous said...

To the person in the Oval who is having electrical problems in their apartment because of the drain from the new Security Offices you should get a fire and safety inspection IMMEDIATELY.

Last summer Tenants fought safety and fire hazards of the management offices putting wiring and plumbing strain on First Ave Loop buildings. I don't know the results of the fight but there was a lot of concern for that safety of and strain on our buildings.

Anonymous said...

An apartment building has a little more than 100 people living in it. The new management office is for a little more than 100 people to work in it.

The construction of the management offices alone is the equivalent to adding a whole new building of equal size and power use.

It makes sense, I can see why it is of great concern to some tenants there.

Anonymous said...

After the TA's failure of a Roberts Case protest I doubt they'll be organizing anything in the near future. They don't have the numbers behind them and they know it.

Anonymous said...

People won't show up in public to vent their frustrations when they can do it online from the comfort of their computer. Which could work, if the battle was taking place on social media where it has greater potential to reach the broadest audience possible instead of anon comments.

Anonymous said...

2:33 - there are 100+ units in a typical building. There are plenty more residents (especially with the rampant roommate situation). Your point is that 100+ workers will strain the building resources. Point is spot on but you have to get your facts straight.

People read this blog and point to the exaggerations of the posters as a way to dismiss the statements as naïve and blog as irrelevant). Please ensure what you post is accurate.

Anonymous said...

What possible sense would it make for them to build a management office with sub-standard wiring ? They need to operate all their computers, printers, telephones and lighting in order to conduct business. Electricity isn't like water where the first tap siphons off from all the rest, they have to have adequate amperage. Normally, ConEdison will install additional electrical feeders from their mains in the street. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that is how they are constructing the offices. If they didn't do this, then nothing electrical in the building would work, including the new offices.

Anonymous said...

For the amount of work they actually do, they could work by candlelight.