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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:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Say Goodbye to 57th St and the View from Inside Central Park

In case you don't get out much to the rest of Manhattan, you should know that it's over for the picture postcard area around 57th Street and Central Park South. Be thankful for your memories of being in the Park or walking along the classy "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 57th Street. Part of this area falls under Councilman Dan Garodnick's realm, though the fault lies much deeper and wider than with one councilman, but rests with city planners, zoning regulations, and the politicians who let all this happen. (May the name of Michael Bloomberg be forever emblazoned in the appropriate Hall of Shame for what he allowed Manhattan to become.)

Weep while you read this:

Why 57 Street is the Supertall Tower Mecca of New York.

And check this out. A website for 432 Park Avenue, which will be the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, at least for a while. Note which language follows English.


Anonymous said...

Courtesy of Extell and the pols they own. Google Cuomo Extell and see the millions "donated" and the hundreds of thousands during the signing of a tax bill for RE ... the see the direct line to the heavy backing the State Governor Cuomo gave to lower level city pol Garodnick for speaker spot - trying to influence / own the NYC city council last January.

Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you Gov and Dan and Extell, Quinn and all involved. Just what we needed. A total eyesore to block the sunlight and view of the park. First rate target if we ever have another terrorist attack. You couldn't pay me enough bazziolions to live in that eyesore! What is it with these new skinny skyscrapers? They are just tall, skinny glass boxes that are as ugly as sin itself. Are they trying to attract terrorist attacks with these hideous things in order to deflect attention from real buildings?