The truth about a complex built for veterans and the middle class and how it has evolved through the years to become one of the more interesting and controversial of New York stories.
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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.
About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:
Perhaps if we don't want to start a panic, the news helicopter(s) that hovered this early morning over Bellevue, waking up light sleepers in ST/PCV after 6am, should disappear. Is it really that important to get aerial shots of the hospital where NYC's first Ebola patient is being cared for?
Sending positive thoughts for a full recovery for the patient.
(On a side note: Look into Governor Cuomo's eyes. The man has superior powers of hypnosis.)
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.)
At Playground 11. Another gimmick with a cost attached to it. Approved by the Tenants Association and our councilman, Dan Garodnick.
Meanwhile, we learn that Management refused to let the police distribute flyers alerting residents to thefts taking place in ST/PCV and never alerted residents about the sex assault suspect that tried to rape a woman in Stuy Town last week.
about 4:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17, a 20-year-old woman was
assaulted by a would-be rapist who followed her into the elevator of her
Stuyvesant Town building on the 600 block of East 14th Street. She
fought him off, and he fled. The man's image was captured on security
cameras in the Terrace and Main lobbies, the elevator, and then later in
the street. He was seen climbing down a tree to get to street level.
The suspect is described by police as a male Hispanic wearing a dark hoodie, a dark T-shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers.
The woman was badly injured and treated at Beth Israel Medical Center.
SAFETY REMINDER TO ALL TENANTS:
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Do not let anyone into the building that you don't recognize.
Shut the security door behind you so that no one can sneak in behind you. Don't just proceed to the elevator.
Don't get into the elevator with anyone you have any doubt about.
If you are concerned, contact Public Safety via the lobby intercom.
Do not worry about offending someone--your safety is the most important thing.
our neighborhood is generally safe, we have had incidents--most
recently the StuyTown Groper--so it's important for everyone to stay
alert, not just for themselves but for their neighbors and the security
of the building.
So this Sunday morning work crews were out at the soon-to-be Ice Rink banging, sawing, making a racket. No work order around allowing this on Sunday. I guess no one cares. Another day, even Sunday, in Stuy Town.
From the above opinion piece by Henry Stern, former city parks commissioner:
LaGuardia Park, LaGuardia Gardens and Mercer Playground are in NYU’s
crosshairs for development. The university claims they’re not really
parks — based on the fact that they’re technically overseen by the
city’s Department of Transportation. That argument holds no water. Not every slice of open public land is
technically part of the city’s official park portfolio, but it’s how the
space is used by the community that determines its status. In this case, even though the strips of land in question were never
formally turned over to the city’s Parks Department — as Parks
Commissioner for 14 years, I tried repeatedly to make this happen — they
have been used by the community as parks for decades. A recent decision in state court set back NYU’s plans — by declaring
that LaGuardia Park, LaGuardia Gardens and Mercer Playground are, in
fact, entitled to basic protections as public space. The city is now appealing that court’s decision, fighting in court on
the same side as NYU. If successful, not only could the already scant
open space available in the area become greatly diminished, it would be a
continued violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. That doctrine, which dates back to the time of the Roman Empire, is a
crucial part of America’s common law tradition. It maintains that the
government holds the titles to certain waters and lands in trust for the
This has evolved to extend protection to scenic resources, open
space in general, energy generation and preservation of ecosystems and
historical sites. In New York State, if an entity wishes to develop or remove a parcel of
parkland from public ownership and use, it must follow a legal process
called “alienation,” which, among other conditions, requires approval
from the state Legislature. Not only did NYU fail to take these steps, but our City Council then blatantly disregarded its obligations.
Naturally, I'd like to know how our City Councilman Dan Garodnick voted on the issue. It took a bit of time. Click on "Action Details" on the line that has City Council to find the answer:
According to this week's, T & V newspaper, our Tenants Association is still hoping that condo conversion be will actualized in ST/PCV so that affordable housing can be saved here. I guess that's the logic that's at work.
Susan Steinberg, chair of the TA, is quoted: "What we would define as affordable would depend to some degree on median income, what is considered middle class. Three thousand for a one-bedroom, five thousand for a two bedroom is not affordable. I'm of the mind that affordable is not market rate, so a fireman could live here, a nurse could live here, a teacher could live here. Not five students crammed into a one-bedroom apartment."
Of course, only tenants with money to spare will be able to afford to purchase a condo in ST/PCV and their "rent" will surely be at least, or over, $3K for one-bedroom or $5K for two, taking into account mortgage payments and maintenance fees.
One also wonders that if Ms. Steinberg, and the rest of the higher-ups at the TA, believe that students are cramming into apartments here, why does the TA not take CWCapital to court over this illegal rental situation?
The likely explanation is that the TA, having been so long fixated on the idea of condo conversion, will not take CWCapital to court over anything major because a court battle would hold up the remote possibility of condo conversion for years. So tenants are being bludgeoned by the landlord daily, monthly, yearly, but little is done by the TA, except complaints on such matters as laundry machines--and so far without success on even that!
There's even worse news for tenants in this week's T & V--our market-rate tenants. Quoting the paper:
"Reps for the mayor have previously said tax incentives or subsidies were a possible solution to keep affordable apartments affordable while also admitting there's no turning back the clock for 'Roberts' tenants and others paying higher rents."