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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. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." 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. Sorry.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Do you know what a ST/PCV apartment looks like?

Not sure if this is one.... the bottom photo....

Doesn't resemble my apartment exactly.  Beams are there, but the hallway is way too small.

104 comments:

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The photo here also has a small hallway... I assume it's from a PCV apartment.

http://www.nyunews.com/2014/02/20/stuytown/

Anonymous said...

This photo is highly retouched, misleading and a lie.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Very possible, of course. I still would like to know if the artistic inspiration is a Stuy Town or, more likely, a PCV apartment.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone investigating this? Should be easy enough. DOB has record of apartments with wall partitions (until that disappears); furniture suppliers have records of beds, desks, etc provided and delivered; CW has records of NYU subsidized payments and well everything else; NYU has records of payments on the apartments and a list of those available past and present.

3000 Rent stabilized apartments do not turn into market rate dorms without a long paper trail and a lot of involvement from City, DOB, DHCR, Politicians, TA, NYU executives and administrators.

The way I see it, inaction speaks volumes. Anyone in a position to call out and act upon this who is not doing so - is in on it.

Anonymous said...

There are 4 unrelated people depicted. Probably 5 as one girl is smiling at someone off-camera. Why would they brazenly depict breaking the law in an NYU ad?

Anonymous said...

I have a one bedroom in Stuytown with the same layout. It's the style where there is only one window in the bedroom and the living room wall has the doorway in the middle.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Why would they brazenly depict breaking the law in an NYU ad?<<

That's not even an ad. It's an online pamphlet-like PDF for NYU students!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Here you go:

http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/resLifeHousServ/documents/20122013HousingGuide.pdf

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I used to live in a Stuy Town one-bedroom a long time ago, and I'm beginning to make out how this could very well be a one-bedroom in Stuy Town. Two-beds in the living room, and then the possibility of two in the bedroom. Note the wall-to-wall carpeting, which indicates to me that it is one of those special NYU Stuy Town dorms, as those dorms are covered with carpeting from what I know. NYU states that their two-bedroom ST apartments are only for two grad students, btw.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

This still could be a photoshopped composition. The girl and bed on the left could be from another photo. Otherwise, I don't think the rest would be photoshopped. A possibility remains that the interior was specifically designed for the photo, but that's a lot to spend on set design just for one photo.

Anonymous said...

I've lived in ST 2BR and PCV 2BR. This photo doesn't look like either.

Anonymous said...

Why would they brazenly what? roffllllll

That's what they do. If it's not your first day in Manhattan, that's what NYU DOES. Whatever it wants. No regard for the community or neighborhood, rules or laws.

Surely you jest.

Anonymous said...

No, it's stuytown alright. But Pcv full of students and families living 4 and 5 to a one br.

disgusting.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I've lived in ST 2BR and PCV 2BR. This photo doesn't look like either.<<

We've zeroed in on a Stuy Town one bedroom.

Just flip this, so the windows are at the top, not the bottom:

http://www.rentcafe.com/dmslivecafe/3/55898/3_55898_204589.jpg

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for signs to be put up in buildings reminding us al to

stop kids from running

take shoes off

inside apartments. Really fucking annoying rude tenants.

Anonymous said...

Haaa @2:34. Signs for no kids running or take shoes off? Delusional. It's APARTMENT LIVING, get use too it. Can't handle it? Buy a house, it's that simple. This isn't a dictatorship. You can't demand signs for common everyday things. People pay rent just like you. Stop whining. Can't sleep? Pop a pill and take a shot of Jack Daniels.

Anonymous said...

O/t and I apologize. We live in a renovated Pcv apartment and need a bit of paint to paint some spots on walls. Does anyone know what color the 'white' original paint is and where we can buy? THANK you all and thanks STR.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Sorry, I don't know what white is used. Best thing is to call ST's paint department.

BTW, if one can, it's a good idea to ask the painters who do one's apartment to pour some leftover white paint into a jar for you in case touch-ups will be needed.

Anonymous said...

"Haaa @2:34. Signs for no kids running or take shoes off? Delusional. It's APARTMENT LIVING, get use too it. Can't handle it? Buy a house, it's that simple. This isn't a dictatorship. You can't demand signs for common everyday things. People pay rent just like you. Stop whining. Can't sleep? Pop a pill and take a shot of Jack Daniels."

NASTY. Nasty and disrespectful. Sure glad I don't live anywhere near you.

Anonymous said...

This is one of only two standard layouts for a 1 be apt in ST. It's the F or G line. It's the one with the bigger br with only one window. It has a tiny little hallway leading to br and bath. This shot is taken from dining area in rhe living area.

Anonymous said...

And... that's why people are beginning to sue neighbors for noise problems.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't the lawsuits against CW/NYU as both conspired to inflate the rent roll by deregulating rent stabilized apartments and jack up the price of PCVST?

Anonymous said...

More venting, venting, venting. Much of the same over and over. We need posts about tactics. Not posts for more of the same venting.

afbp said...

seems we are all-over-the place, maybe we should ALL concentrate on ONE thing (have it addressed by management and then move to another)
my vote CLEAN AND FUNCTIONAL LANDRY ROOMS :)

Hippo said...

Understand that this is war. CW Cap wants to cleanse StuyTown of all the old RS tenants. At that point they can throw everybody out and have 80-acres of virgin property to build and develop. Think Battery Park on the East Side! The self-important fools who run the TA are chasing the wind if they think this place EVER will go condo or coop.
All CW has to do is wait 10-15 years and inexorably they will gain all the apartments and StuyTown will cease to exist. Mark my words!

Anonymous said...

While we all want a clean laundry room, I want affordable housing more. I want a peaceful environment for my mother who is here, without leaf blowers and continuous destruction. I can wash my clothes anywhere, in the sink if need be. seriously people.

Anonymous said...

Precisely ! WE need tactics and now. While DeBlasio in office, strike while iron is hot.

Anonymous said...

"my vote CLEAN AND FUNCTIONAL LANDRY ROOMS :)"

My vote, too!

Anonymous said...

12 08 and I agree. Yet we worry about laundry more importantly... hmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Hippo
Brookfield is the same as you describe CW
Brookfield de Blasio Cuomo Garodnick NYU Lappin all made a deal a few weeks ago for all of lower Manhattan from 57th street to Battery Park City to PCVST to 42nd street.

CW and Brookfield are both are trying to do the same thing and all the same pols are behind it.

They pretend they are fighting for residents but they both want the property and to kick the residents out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/realestate/commercial/a-retail-revival-in-lower-manhattan.html?_r=0

http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/big-team-final-proposal/

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Jessica Lappin was campaigning here last summer and now she is building malls in Manhattan? One of the best things and biggest difference between NYC and everywhere else is we had no Malls with crappy chain stores (except for the one in Times Square which no New Yorker goes to!)
I can't wait for these guys to come around here campaigning.

Anonymous said...

MR flat in Pc. I think they're overcharging me. I can see the numbers since prior tenant left and was deregulated (2013) and the legal rent, which is now higher upon renewal. Adding a/c and more. ? Who can I call and ask at the TA or ? thank you.

Anonymous said...

WE DON'T WORRY "MORE IMPORTANTLY ABOUT LAUNDRY ROOMS."
THE RANCID LAUNDRY ROOMS WITH THE OVERPRICED MALFUNCTIONING EQUIPMENT IS PART AND PARCEL OF THE DECLINE OF THE PROPERTY. WE USED TO HAVE CLEAN LAUNDRY ROOMS WITH WELL-FUNCTIONING EQUIPMENT UNTIL TISHMAN SPEYER GOT THEIR FILTHY HANDS ON THE PROPERTY.
I DON'T WANT TO GO OFF THE PROPERTY TO WASH MY CLOTHES AND NEITHER DO I WANT TO WASH THEM IN THE SINK. WE HAVE HAD ONSITE LAUNDRY FACILITIES FOR YEARS AND THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO DETERIORATE TO THE LEVEL OF WASHING CLOTHES IN THE GANGES IS NOT MORE THAN A DIMINUTION OF SERVICES.

Anonymous said...

Neighbor (moved into recent renovated stuytown) was told she cannot challenge the RENT that she believes she's being overcharged since it's been over 12 months since they moved in. DHCR told her that she had to have challenged it when moved in/ or no later than 3 mnths.

??????

Anonymous said...

FILTH TOWN! FILTHY BUILDINGS! FILTHY STIFENTS! FILTHY FECES! FIKTHY VOMIT! THEY WONT BE SMILING FLR LONG AS OFFICER SUPER SIZE ME WILL PAYING THRM A VIDIT AT 3AM FOR THRIWING THEUR BONG OUT THE WINDOW!

Anonymous said...

CW doesn't pretend to be fighting for tenants. You must be joking. They blatantly show us day in and day out that they don't want us here. Your post makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with you 5:33
I've been following this blog for years.
CW pretends to care about the community eg having brainstorming sessions on how to "entertain the community" when really they are scheming money making ways to commercialize the Oval or pretending to give us beautiful furnishes in renovated apartments when mine are cheap and broken.
TA pretends to fight for residents when they are fighting for opportunity to purchase.
The Pols pretend to be fighting for affordable housing at PCV ST when they are fighting to help their buddies get back their Brookfield deal that CW demolished.
They all pretend to be doing it for residents but they are all doing it for themselves.
Residents need to standup for themselves because everyone around us is pretending to be one way when they are acting another way.

Anonymous said...

The photo shows 4 people. If they all live in that apartment, they are breaking the NYC law that prohibits more than 3 unrelated people from living together. Time to go after apartments housing more people than is legally allowed. Time for the TA to step up to the plate on this issue and take on CWCap and the illegal situation they are fostering/permitting in ST/PCV.

Anonymous said...

Who would pay market rate rents to live here? I don't get it. Is it the shit stains all over the property? Project ambiance? Disgusting laundry facilities? Look at what you're paying and look at how you're living!

Anonymous said...

By pretend, you may be fooled but we are not. The fix the grass and flowers, but their leases and practices are illegal.

Anonymous said...

You know the Market R tenants are trying to raise families here, just like we did. It's disgusting how CR is treating them. They're all going to leave - dear friends of ours - and we'll just be living with all of NYU soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. De Blasio talks of preserving only 6000 of the 12,000 apartments for affordable housing. And you guys are saying that CW is using abusive leasing on the MR who are being forced to move out. Does that mean the city has already decided 6000 rent stabilized apartments will co-exist alongside 6000 NYU dorms? What is De Blasio doing and why isn't anyone fighting to keep all affordable by correcting the illegal leases and practices? Why aren't the Market Rate tenants fighting to correct their rents instead of fighting to buy their overpriced apartments? Shouldn't we all be on the same side to correct the Rent Roll?

Anonymous said...

I support a rally against NYU.

Anonymous said...

"Who would pay market rate rents to live here? I don't get it. Is it the shit stains all over the property? Project ambiance? Disgusting laundry facilities? Look at what you're paying and look at how you're living!"

Totally agree. Market rate prices for projects living.

Anonymous said...

6:04 file a form with DHCR called

RA89

Tell all who are paying $$$$ here to do same. Tell all.

Anonymous said...

Here is more information for the person asking who is being sued along with CW. It would be interesting to know who the dozens of defendants are - anyone know how to get that?

"Six limited liability companies sued Bethesda, Md.-based firm CW Capital and dozens of other known and unknown defendants, in New York County Supreme Court."

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/07/08/69317.htm

Anonymous said...

6:04 - Time to get on this and fight the over charges. Where do we start?

Anonymous said...

I'm here since 1986. Id like my son to be able to stay and raise his daughter here. How can they do this with current prices? CAN'T .

HIS RENt is now close to 4,000 and going up @ 200 or more annually.

Anonymous said...

Not sure this is well known around ST, but the MR tenants now pay amount on lease PLUS A/C amount every month. It's apparently a minimum of $60 per month - all year. 60 x 12 added to the rent listed on their leases.

Way beyond what AC costs since no one uses AC but 2 or 3 months at the most. So are they now paying the electric bills and what will be next? Shame shame on CR and CWC.

Anonymous said...

10:47 There are a lot of good suggestions for all different types of tenants throughout the threads of this blog over the past few months. Start there. Find the ones that best suit your needs and try and pursuit those. We have to do it for ourselves because no one is doing it for us.

Anonymous said...

4:24 No offense, but no one is going to 'start' there. Myself, I've tried the overage forms, asked for an audit route...
Nothing came of it. DHCR does nothing.

Anonymous said...

"Not sure this is well known around ST, but the MR tenants now pay amount on lease PLUS A/C amount every month. It's apparently a minimum of $60 per month - all year. 60 x 12 added to the rent listed on their leases."

I was not aware of that. I thought market rate tenants had the A/C included in their rent. Talk about gouging.

Anonymous said...

Isn't price gouging illegal? Why isn't someone writing regulations or laws on these things like the MR air conditioning charges? Someone needs to write this other than any who haven't done so already and are partying with the gougers.
Didn't the AG just call out a car service for price gouging? The leases have a lot of price gouging. Can we get our MR leases investigated for price gouging on the AC charges and the renovation charges?

Anonymous said...

"Not sure this is well known around ST, but the MR tenants now pay amount on lease PLUS A/C amount every month. It's apparently a minimum of $60 per month - all year. 60 x 12 added to the rent listed on their leases."

This is news to me as well, and I'm an MR tenant. We just signed a new lease, and we are not being charged for the A/C.


Anonymous said...

NY Real Estate Shady Dealings

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/07/03/15026/manhattan-just-another-island-haven-dirty-money

Anonymous said...

NYC Real Estate A Dirty Business

Time to clean up Bloomberg's mess. To build and preserve homes for New Yorkers and not the world's richest criminals.

The article is a great read.
Excerpt
The movement of dirty money from fruit boxes in Taipei into America’s real estate capital illustrates, in vivid detail, one of New York’s dirty secrets: High-end New York real estate is an alluring destination for corrupt politicians, tax dodgers and money launderers around the globe.

New York is among an elite group of destinations — along with Miami, London, Dubai and a few other cities around the world — that attract large numbers of international property buyers. Manhattan condos are popular with wealthy Chinese, Russians and South Americans. Since 2008, roughly 30 percent of condo sales in pricey Manhattan developments have been to buyers who listed an international address or bought in the name of a limited liability company or some other corporate entity, a maneuver often employed by foreign purchasers.

Because many buyers go to great lengths to hide their interests in New York properties, it’s impossible to put a number on what proportion of buyers from overseas are laundering ill-gotten gains. Many act in an above-board manner and use tax loopholes that are legal in their home countries. But it’s clear that New York’s public officials and its real estate industry embrace the wealthy and powerful without much thought to where their money comes from.

Michael BloombergFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Photo: lev radin / Shutterstock.comDuring his time in office, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a cheerleader for encouraging the mega-wealthy to relocate to the city. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all the Russian billionaires to move here?” he told New York magazine in September.

Combine that give-us-your-rich ethos with state and local policies that lavish tax breaks on Manhattan’s wealthiest homeowners and federal policies that allow real estate agents to close their eyes to whether their clients are trafficking in illicit money, and the results are predictable: New York is a magnet for the super-rich homebuyers from other lands bearing money of sometimes dubious provenance.

http://www.icij.org/offshore/hidden-plain-sight-new-york-just-another-island-haven

Anonymous said...

More...really its a good read.

Why we must restore and remain 100% RS

The massive flow of foreign money — licit and illicit — into New York real estate helps deprive the buyers’ home countries of wealth and tax revenues. Housing advocates say it also helps inflate property values, pricing average New Yorkers out of buying or renting and helping increase the city’s huge homeless population.

Critics say tax and development policies have been skewed to favor the rich because New York’s real estate interests are skilled at wielding clout. “It’s like the oil industry in Texas,” Jaron Benjamin, executive director of New York's Metropolitan Council on Housing, says. “They have so much power and so much money. They’re going to make sure they have the best lobbyists at the state Capitol and City Hall, pulling our elected officials one way or the other.”

Last August the New York Daily News reported that a state anti-corruption commission had subpoenaed New York developers to determine how they won tax breaks for luxury projects through language “mysteriously placed” in state legislation. Four developers benefiting from the bill contributed $1.5 million to state politicians in recent years, the paper said.

http://www.icij.org/offshore/hidden-plain-sight-new-york-just-another-island-haven

Anonymous said...

RE is a dirty business and real estate in NYC is the world's destination for laundering dirty money

“Nobody has been holding the real estate industry accountable to the extent that other sectors of the economy are being held accountable,” she said. “I think we need congressional hearings on this issue, and greater resources for law enforcement to deal with this problem.”

NYC councilwoman Chin supports developers building affordable housing for New Yorkers. That is worthy RE development.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-councilwoman-wants-garage-turned-into-affordable-housing-1404785870


http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-councilwoman-wants-garage-turned-into-affordable-housing-1404785870

Anonymous said...

The Lower East Side if fighting back - rejecting Kushner's RE grab. One way - with HPD violations

In addition, the construction in the smaller building, 174 East Second Street, has generated problems. The city’s Housing Preservation and Development agency, which regulates housing stock, since March slapped the building with 34 violations that remain active. Eight of them are for the most dangerous kind of violation — for instance for repairs to a stone retainer wall — which are supposed to be repaired within days, but remain on the HPD website weeks after they were issued

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/07/08/kushner-makes-most-aggressive-moves-yet-on-the-lower-east-side/

Anonymous said...

Seriously, they should have voted for the Rent Freeze...

"Manhattan’s rental market saw median prices hit a five-year high in June as the vacancy rate dropped to its lowest in five years, according to Douglas Elliman’s monthly rental report released on Thursday.

With the vacancy rate hovering at 1.64 percent, median rental prices rose 3.3 percent to $3,300, from $3,195 in June 2013. The average rental price increased 5.4 percent to $4,079."

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/07/10/median-rents-in-manhattan-hit-five-year-high/

Anonymous said...

Too Risky to Buy in the Market Now
Another reason to keep this revered largest middle class housing property as rental and return it to RS

Anyone buying at this heightened market will be a big loser in a few years.

http://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/manhattans-riskiest-development-deals/

It’s no secret that prices for both luxury condos and development sites are surging in Manhattan. Land prices in Manhattan’s most popular neighborhoods have doubled compared to two-to-three years ago.

The condo developers winning the bids for these sites and pushing prices higher than what their competitors were willing to stomach are each gambling that sell-out prices will hold steady or rise.

“Manhattan land prices nearly doubled in the last 24 months,” said Alan Miller, managing principal with Soho-based brokerage and advisory firm 5Points Group. “That type of exponential growth can’t continue, [but] developers and investors will continue to push land prices upward. Everything is benchmark pricing. That is the new normal.”

Miller said he expected the run up of record-setting deals to slow. “Prices cannot continue apace. It has to be stopped at some point.

Anonymous said...

RE Developers do not need tax break incentives or other financial favoritism from NY politicians. they are doing just fine on their own.
eg the tax breaks Extell got for One57 - the building overshadowing Central Park.
We need tax breaks for the middle class New Yorkers and not for the already mega wealthy RE developers.


http://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/real-estates-big-ideas/

Extell, for example, will pay 4.65 percent interest on its Israeli bond offering over a 5.5-year term, roughly half what it would pay in the U.S. after mortgage taxes and fees. Brookland’s six-year debt carries a 6.4 percent interest rate.

Anonymous said...

Fannie and Freddie said they would be working with and speaking with "tenants" but we all know the Tenant's Association does not have "active levels of engagement" with tenants so I hope Fannie and Freddie are not considering getting the TA nod means they have tenant approval.

Anonymous said...

AC now? that is such BS! what' s next water bills, electric bills.

F__ing assholes. New tenants beware. Not only are they overcharging people, but add ons galore.

Anonymous said...

NYU Chief Financial Officer Martin Dorph confirmed NYU is leasing apartments in Stuyvesant Town.


http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/spacePriorities/documents/USPWG_10.8.13_SUMMARY.pdf


"Dorph also affirmed that the University leases apartments in Stuyvesant Town, which house graduate students."

"Dorph then explained the savings that NYU has generated from the
conversion of dormitories from leased to owned space."

Anonymous said...

Why is PCVST marketed as an NYU "your study space"?

The Working Group finds that NYU needs more student study space. Bobst Library, with approximately 3,000 study seats, is incapable of meeting current demand.
19


The Working Group believes that the University should
address this shortfall by ensuring that student study space
is an integral component of new construction on the South
Block and that, wherever possible, study space for students
should be integrated into the renovation of existing NYU
buildings.

Anonymous said...

The PCVST Oval accessories were built according to NYU specs on student needs. It has nothing to do with tenants needs.

http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/spacePriorities/documents/USPWG_Final_Report.pdf

Student Study and Student Life Space Recommendations
1.
Build 40,000 GSF to provide new space for individualized student study and student life needs.
2.
Include study space as an integral component in all
new construction and renovation, planned in consultation with the Division of Libraries.

Anonymous said...

Yes folks Stuyvesant Town is listed as one of the places where most of the NYU housing for graduate students reside.

34
University Space Priorities Working Group Final Report
The Working Group’s recommendation on student housing does not remedy the lack of University housing
options for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, which consists mostly of apartment-style studios in
Washington Square Village, Stuyvesant Town, Alumni
Hall, and the Palladium.
2

http://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/spacePriorities/documents/USPWG_Final_Report.pdf

Anonymous said...

No charge for air conditiong here. Wife & I are living here since 1979. Ours is on most days and sometimes in winter. There's no bill for it.

Anonymous said...



Is NYU financing student housing at PCVST using tax exempt debt issued through dormitory authority of the state of new york (DASNY)?

Anonymous said...

2 good sites and groups

NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan
http://nyufasp.com/

(you could substitute PCVST for "The village"

NYU FACULTY SAY NO TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE VILLAGE


NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU’s own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU’s outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We urge NYU’s administration to focus on education, not real estate.

StandUp4NYC Mission Statement

http://standup4nyc.com/


We, the people of New York City, are tired of having our neighborhoods destroyed by big development schemes. No matter how much we object, it makes no difference. Our elected officials are too busy pleasing the big real estate interests to work for us, their real constituents. This NYU expansion plan is only the latest example. It’s not about education—it’s a land grab pure and simple. Mayor “Mogul Mike” Bloomberg & City Council Speaker Christine Quinn both know it and support it. The vast majority of NYU’s own faculty oppose the plan—39 departments and divisions have actually voted against it . The people of Greenwich Village overwhelmingly oppose it. Community Board #2 voted against it unanimously. It’s time to say that the buck stops here. No more. Not in the Village. Not anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Stand up for NYC video opposing the NYU expansion plan that the City Council caved on. To them PCVST is a foregone conclusion as part of the NYU campus. NYU needs to be kicked off campus!

http://standup4nyc.com/mogul-mike-bloomberg-speaker-christine-quinn-and-the-exploding-nyu-expansion/

Anonymous said...

Here is NYU report on how well they handled the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and how closely they are working with the city to keep safe all the students in Stuyvesant Town Student Housing

...on page 25 is a list of the Buildings Comprising NYU Student Housing
Stuyvesant town is the top of the list

http://superstormresearchlab.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/nyu-report.pdf

alison.leary@nyu.edu

martin.dorph@nyu.edu

Anonymous said...

God, more venting about NYU. Big deal. Sticks & stones. Again, I support a rally against NYU housing expansion here. All this blah, blah, blah adds up to nothing.

Anonymous said...

Who all is involved in this NYU leasing Stuyvesant Campus deal? City Council? Bloomberg? de Blasio? DHCR? DOB? Albany?

Is that how CW made the big leap in property income that out priced everyone else out the purchase?

Anonymous said...

"Not sure this is well known around ST, but the MR tenants now pay amount on lease PLUS A/C amount every month. It's apparently a minimum of $60 per month - all year. 60 x 12 added to the rent listed on their leases.

Way beyond what AC costs since no one uses AC but 2 or 3 months at the most. So are they now paying the electric bills and what will be next? Shame shame on CR and CWC."

As I understand it, new tenants don't get a choice of how many A/Cs are installed in their apartments. That said, charging them is just another way for CW to put more money in its pockets. However, when I talk to friends who pay their own electricity, I learn that their cost is much higher, and it's concentrated in a few months. We get to spread the cost out over the year, and because it's fixed, many of us feel free to run our A/Cs as much as we want.

Spreading the cost out over the year is a good thing, especially since it doesn't go up with use, although it does get adjusted on a regular schedule.

As for submetering, no one would be happy with that (this issue came up some years ago). If meters were installed for individual apartments, we'd be paying by how much electricity we use. There would be a minimal reduction in rent, but we would get an MCI for the installation of the meters.

Anonymous said...

The city gives tax breaks for installing air conditioners which is why landlords cram/install as many air conditioners into each unit. It should be regulated by a ratio of air conditioners per square feet of dwelling. If they have to give tax breaks to these greedy landlords to get them to do decent things for tenants, they should give tax breaks for eco friendly energy saving ceiling fans which cool rooms by 15% instead of air conditioners in every room. Who is writing these tax break regulations?

Anonymous said...

You sure about that 7:45? I would have never known about all of this had it not been for it being all here on STR.

The more you know

The more who know

The better we all are

Anonymous said...

I don't believe it is true that MR tenants are paying an extra charge for A/S. I am a MR tenant, and I am not paying any such charge.

@July 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM (the poster who made the statement about separate A/C charges) -- where did you get this information? Are you a MR tenant paying this extra charge?

Anonymous said...

"No charge for air conditiong here. Wife & I are living here since 1979. Ours is on most days and sometimes in winter. There's no bill for it."

No, no, no.....we're not talking about those units you have to snake through the widow with a hose that Sty management doesn't allow you to use. Yeah.....we know those are free.

Anonymous said...

No, if we were paying for our own a/c usage or electric, it would not be 650$ per year!!!!! wtf I've had other apartments and never spent that much. IT'S NOT a house.

Anonymous said...

Would the person with the NYU fixation go start a blog and not hijack these comment sections?

STR, why do you let (so much of) it through?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The post that these comments are under is about NYU, so commenting on NYU is not off-topic or tangential.

Anonymous said...

All the A/C is free for all older RS tenants. New tenants are paying extra monthly for A/C. And soon (see your lease folks) all MR tenants will be charged extra, monthly for it. It will not be less than $50 per month per apartment.

Anonymous said...

Agree it is a post for NYU as STR says so all the comments are relevant to the post. I think its great all the links and information is here for us to look at if we want and not look at if we don't. I find it interesting the NYU CFO talks about leasing Stuyvesant Town Apartments that we all know were removed from RS by NYU and would like some answers from the City on why this is not being shut down.

1:46 you don't have to read them but don't try to stop the information from getting to the rest who do want to read them. Its valuable information.

Anonymous said...

Have to correct what I said about submetering. Per the latest DHCR fact sheet about MCIs, the Rent Code Amendments of 2014 no longer authorize DHCR i to grant MCI rent increases for the equipment installed in conversions from master to individual metering (direct or submetering).

Anonymous said...

I too have heard that some MR tenants are being charged for A/C (probably at the same rate as longtime tenants--app. $27 per unit per month as determined by the RGB annually). Perhaps this is happening on new leases. Renewal RS leases are supposed to be on the same terms as the original lease (with some exceptions, such as MCIs, RGB increases). Perhaps MR tenants renewing aren't getting hit with separate charges because their original leases didn't provide for that. Another reason to read any lease renewal carefully and compare it to the original lease. You never know what the landlord might try to sneak in.

The rules governing A/C can be found in DHCR fact sheet #27 http://www.nyshcr.org/Rent/FactSheets/orafac27.htm

Anonymous said...

If the prior post is true regarding the DHCR being understaffed, there's no way they'll have audits done on the over inflated rents. Just spinning wheels here, everyone has been bought, no one cares.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>All the A/C is free for all older RS tenants.<<

I'm sure it is NOT free. When A/C came into the community, and you wanted it, you had to pay extra per month for the privilege. It may not be reflected on a current rent bill, but it's there, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

Highly doubt any older tenants are paying $60+ a month for ac.

Anonymous said...

"Highly doubt any older tenants are paying $60+ a month for ac."

If they have ac, they are paying it. Even if they are on SCRIE.

Anonymous said...

I'm a longtime RS tenant and the amount for A/C is specified in the lease and always has been (and it appears on a separate line on the rent bill). It has to be--whatever is provided for in your original RS lease stays in your RS lease (with certain exceptions). That's the law and that's why you should hang on to your original lease. Those of us in unrenovated apartments have to buy our own machines. PCV was always wired for A/C, but ST wasn't (one reason people moved to PCV when they could afford to). When A/C was made available in ST, tenants opting in had to pay to have their apartments rewired.

Anonymous said...

"If the prior post is true regarding the DHCR being understaffed, there's no way they'll have audits done on the over inflated rents."

We've always been told they're understaffed, and the length of time from a landlord filing for an MCI and the MCI coming through seems to support that. It also doesn't seem as though they've wanted to or been able to enforce the regulations. The relatively new Tenant Protection Unit has been doing some of that.

As for audits on the overinflated rents, that boat may have sailed for many apartments. See DHCR fact sheet #6 http://www.nyshcr.org/Rent/FactSheets/orafac6.htm on fair market rent appeals.

Anonymous said...

? What ship has sailed? Any tenant can file for an audit of their apartment. There is no way these rents are legal.

Anonymous said...

11:40 pm. There is no one who has ever received a reduction a la the DHCR granting it due to overcharging. Stop telling people to waste time trying this.

Anonymous said...

11:40 perhaps but that boat can be turned around if a large number of frauds were reported. It might take desire and willingness on the part of an elected official or DHCR to do the right thing though. These DHCR regulations are designed to help landlords get away bad acts and disallow tenants from protecting themselves. The regulations need to and can be rewritten to be more fair and exceptions can be made if there is an elected who actually assures their constituents are protected from harmful situations. Unfortunately I think Schumer may have been protecting the Brookfield bid and not the residents with his call to Fannie and Freddie. Who in NY State can we call on for protections for their constituents because the City seems to have a big void in that?

Anonymous said...

Someone here on this board keeps confusing the push for coop/condo and tenant rights. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO with eachtoehr and both are valid goals for one vs another.

You are just making our problem worse.
If this place were to be condo, there would still be a large # of tenants who are tenants and not owners. Which is fine and normal and happens often. Those tenants still would be protected under RS and would still be upheld.

Anonymous said...

8:34 am - do you honestly know anyone who has had the rent reduced? No.

do you know anyone who has filed the form 89 with DHCR aside from myself and roommate? No.

Anonymous said...

If the place goes condo we will have hedge funds and foreign investors hiding money buying up the condos for investments and not middle class families buying the condos. don't kid yourself or anyone here. Going condo will destroy the middle class community in PCVST.

Anonymous said...

7:39 pm. totally disagree. you'd have families able to stay here. professionals who want to invest and live here and not pay rent for the next 10 years.

and what makes you think you won't have foreign landlord in the very near future?????

Anonymous said...

Mayor met with Dan in Dan's apartment. I hope they spoke about ALL of us here and rent protection - NOT JUST THOSE HERE WHO ALREADY have it and are paying 1/2 of what most of us pay to live here.

Anonymous said...

Boy, I can really go for another Bud-Light right now.

Anonymous said...

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140716/stuy-town/man-steals-stuy-town-golf-cart-takes-it-for-joy-ride-police-say

Anonymous said...

ITA I hope they spoke about ALL OF US here. Again, all of us here. You people act as if the only people who live here are those who've been here since 1995 and before. Not nice and not smart.