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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:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One Reason Why Your Rent May Be Going Up

Your air-conditioning....

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Anonymous said...

Well played again CR and DHCR. Keep ringing up new charges and ways to raise our rents. We'll all be out of RS in no time!

Anonymous said...

MY AC charge was inflated for years. Everyone check what the city sets it at and check every month that CW doesn't over charge you. They will sneak in higher amounts when you are not looking. A dollar here. A dollar there. And sometimes it was 7 dollars overcharged each month for months. Check and double check going forward and review your rent stubs looking back.

Anonymous said...

The amount for A/C is set every year. One year it actually went down. Really.

Anonymous said...

I recall the AC charge going down a few dollars a few years ago. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this will happen again!

Anonymous said...

CWCrapital does nothing sincerely.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Whoever is trying to post a comment here, but includes an insult directed at me with every comment--sorry, you're wasting your time. Behave yourself, and the message will get through.

Anonymous said...

What is a Chapter 8 apartment? Are those the student apartments?

Anonymous said...

New MCIs have been announced for building facade work. Everything is a facade here.

The photoshopped pictures of a pcv unit that looks bigger than Buckingham Palace; the photoshopped pictures of the grounds looking so pristine and green with trees (that are now nonexistent) in the Oval. This whole place is a facade and is run on lies and deception by CW and CR.

I wish that some investigative journalist would take on the project. If the 60 Minutes News Team showed up at Andrew MacArthur's house he would need a change of underwear immediately. Same would go for the people at the DoB, DHCR and some of our politicians. Surely, somebody out there can make it happen. Please.

Before the resident snide tells me to make it happen myself, I would if I could, but I have no power and it's our powerlessness that these ruthless bastards thrive on.

Anonymous said...

I use my air conditioner once every other year, if even that. DHCR is basing this charge on what? Use every day? Anyone know their formula? Anyone else barely use their air conditioner? Most girls I know don't use it. Most guys I know do and 24/7/365.

Anonymous said...

I am over 60 years young. I am not a member of Facebook but would like to read the TA facebook page but it is blocked. I can see my kids facebook pages and can read the management facebook too and the Town and Village facebook page.

Can the TA unblock their facebook too?

Anonymous said...

T&V newspaper is reporting a new MCI is pending for work done on building facades for 17 stuy oval and 541 e 20th street. THIS HAS TO CREATE A COMMUNITY UPROAR. I thought these owners were thru with this stuff. I AM SOO WORRIED THAT I WON'T BE ABLE TO PAY MY RENT. Do they realize what they are doing to us? I can't keep up with all these increases. PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"What is a Chapter 8 apartment?"

Way OT, but I think you mean Section 8. Definitely not student apartments.

Anonymous said...

Where is the city set rate for 2014 and for last year????

Anonymous said...

"Way OT, but I think you mean Section 8. Definitely not student apartments."

I'm not way off topic. In an earlier thread, which has over 200 posts now, someone referred to an increase of $49.50 and had some management gibberish about ch8, etc. Someone else said that it could be the chapter 8 apartments which have the lower rent and free cable. They were referring to apartments in this dump.

I am well aware of what a Section 8 apartment is and I don't need you to edify me.

Anonymous said...

To Know-All: This is the post that made me inquire what a chapter 8 apartment is:

" Anonymous said...
Re: ch8 charges - I think that may refer to the Chapter 8 apartments that pay below legal rent and get free cable. Are we paying for this?

October 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM"

Not off topic at all.

Anonymous said...

You thought we were done WITH WHAT? LMAO LMAO

wE'll never be done with Mci. That's the whole business plan of CWC / CR. THEY ARE GOING TO KEEP ADDING MCIS to us all and DhCR keeps permitting them. HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THIS?

Anonymous said...

Assemblyman Keith Wright is among a group of rent-stabilized tenants at the Riverton Square Apartments in Harlem accusing the landlord of




Tenants said the landlord, CWCapital,

MISAPPLIED AND MISCALCULATED RENT SURCHARGES for major capital improvements to the roof and yards,

leading to rents that were inflated by a combined $50,000 to $100,000 a month.

We’re fighting back and we’re speaking up,” said Wright (D-Harlem), who has lived in the complex nearly his entire life and said that he, also, was a victim of the overcharge for his three-bedroom apartment.

They do it here too folks.

Tenants are also seeking $100,000 to pay for legal fees and an injunction that would postpone eviction proceedings and additional rent hikes.

Anonymous said...

Can Assemblyman Wright come and help us? We are stuck with that useless, conniving Garodnick and the numb nuts apology for a Tenants Association while CW and CR rob and cheat and abuse us.

I don't understand how this can happen, but I know we are being victimized by our landlord AND those who purport to represent us.

Anonymous said...

Let us remind ourselves, only the application participants received the tiny Sandy rent reduction.

Same principle applies.

Only the participants are bound to the mci negotiations by the TA. The rest of us who are no longer members of the TA are not bound to that bad agreement.

Mr G is right.

A side note the TA claims the tiny Sandy rent reduction cost a "long, expensive legal challenge (but never actually discloses financials on anything). The results do not match the costs.

We need better results and a better way.

Anonymous said...

October 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I understand your point, but there is no need for your sarcasm.
We are all frustrated.

Anonymous said...

First off, the AC charge on Rent Stabilized apartments is nothing new (market rate I have no idea about). This is not something that is set forth by CW/CR. And unfortunately, regardless of how much you use it, you are paying the same rate as the people that run it all day/every day.

On the other hand, if CW/CR is adding a dollar or two on to the actual charge that is allowed by the DHCR, then that is not legal and should be forwarded to an attorney. You just need to be vigilant about the amount you pay each month and if there are discrepancies, you need to look closer at you rent statements (which you should keep for reasons like this!!).

Anonymous said...

We need Preet to clean up the corruption in NY

From LI to Albany and everywhere in between clean up the elections so better people can have a fair shot at positions that are owned by the moneyed and paid off.

Too Disgusted to Vote

Anonymous said...

I thought this MCI nonsense ended with the last "bundled" settlement. Apparently not. How can this be going on again? AGAIN? When is this landlord going to take some responsibility? When? WHEN? THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL?
AND, I am going to pay FOREVER, something that was "patchworked" on the outside of my building, FOREVER? I am going to have a brain aneurysm. I JUST CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE. I CAN'T! It is soo depressing living here, just worrying if I am going to have enough money just to pay my rent. Does management have any clue what type of atmosphere they are creating? HEARTLESS!

Anonymous said...

Can someone please help us in contesting this new MCI? Please?
My paycheck cannot keep up with all these increases. Does management really think we get pay raises every year? I finally got one after SIX years, and I am still at the end of my rope. It really scary to think I may not be able to pay my rent one day. So someone, please, help us.

Anonymous said...

Poster from 9 23 pm is not sarcasm. It's the truth. This is what any greedy landlord will do. DUHHHH. And we have the greediest that we bow to at pc v st.

Anonymous said...

What was rate for ac 2014, 2013? this is weird.

Anonymous said...

The TA must stand up to this new MCI. This fa├žade B.S. is for normal wear and tear of the outer parts of our buildings and cannot be permanent. If it is, that's the last straw. I'VE HAD IT. I AM OUTTA HERE! I AM NOT GOING DOWN WITH THIS SHIP.

Anonymous said...

No one know or can post here the a/c/ rate for 2013 or 2014. ?

Anonymous said...

Hey TA? What's the story with this new MCI everyone is talking about?

Anonymous said...

>>Hey TA? What's the story with this new MCI everyone is talking about?<<

I'm not the TA, but the most recent post on the TA website is about this: CWCapital Applies for New Major Capital Improvement in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village.

There is also a post on their facebook page.

Anonymous said...

Has any other building received an MCI notice? Please indicate your building number.

Anonymous said...

so far 635 E. 14th St. has not received this notice.

To: 10/4/14 - I am out of here with you - the vibe here is so bad and will only get worse.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the vibe. I think we all feel the same way. What a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

The TA needs to stop "posting" at residents and start talking with residents. What a bunch of cowards. their posts are old news we already know. Its what we are going to do about it that we need to discuss.

Fed Up

Anonymous said...

/The TA cannot fight this even if they wanted to. We need lawyers to step up and challenge the MCI and phony leases.

Mike O'Brien said...

Since several posters have asked, the "electrical inclusion charges" have increased by just under $9 per air conditioner, per month.

The rate beginning on October 1, 2013 was $27.89 per month, per air conditioner. See 2013 DHCR update here.

The new rate, effective October 1, 2014 is $36.63 per month, per air conditioner. See 2014 DHCR update here.

CompassRock has recently posted this new rate information many building foyers - for our convenience, of course. Assuming an average of 1 AC unit per apartment, this will increase revenues property-wide by ~$100,000 per month or $1.2 million per year.

These are the rates from the past few years...
2009 - $27.69
2010 - $26.83
2011 - $29.13
2012 - $22.66
2013 - $27.89
2012 - $36.63

This year's increase was based on the Rent Guidelines Board's report concerning apartment building operating costs.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

10:02 is it a charge for air conditioner or is it a charge to make tenants cover the landlords operating costs disguised with the name "air conditioner" charge?

confused over the fraud