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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, January 19, 2015

More Attendees at the REBNY Gala You May Know

Yeah, let's bring these photos out into the open here.... (Thanks to STR readers for the original links.)

Surely you recognize the mayor, and a person away, Robbie Speyer, former landlord of our complex, whose "best practices" fucked up this community and left us with billions of dollars in debt.....

Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the City Council, next to Robbie....

On the left, Comptroller Scott Stringer (may the heavens preserve us from him becoming mayor)....

Left: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and next to him, our Tenants Association counsel (you read that right), Meredith Kane....

And last, but certainly not least, our man Dan Garodnick (middle), who appears to be having a grand time at the gala....

So now what do you think are the chances for true "affordable housing" in ST/PCV?


Anonymous said...

Didn't Stringer strong-arm Garodnick into not running for Comptroller because he wanted the job? (Can just see him stamping his little feet and pouting with his little froggy face and saying "I was here first!)

The only thing that would have been better for us if Garodnick had become Speaker is that we wouldn't have had to hear about his STDs.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Burl Ives sing about this lot? I think it was called "The Ugly Bug Ball."

Anonymous said...

If either Stringer or Garodnick run for Mayor, I will vote for whomever runs against them, even if it means voting for a republican. At least we know that repubs are evil, so we pretty much know what we're getting. But these two upchucks - yechhhh!

Anonymous said...

This answers that.

"My question is: Why hasn't anything been done about this crafty misuse of the intent of rent stabilization laws? Where are the city's politicians to stop this type of leasing behavior? Why is it that we are looking at this, living through this, when such rapid turnover rentals should have been made illegal years ago?"

Anonymous said...

All a bunch of phonies in their own little worlds, just makes me want to puke!

Anonymous said...

Hey Danny Boy, lay off the cannolis and bagels.

Anonymous said...

How is it that our political system has failed us so miserably in the last 20 years? These people who have gotten in as Democrats just seem like ass-kissing wannabes.

Anonymous said...

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Samuel Kerchevel, Jul. 12, 1816


We have our own debts and no help to the middle class still struggling from being wiped out by these assholes in 2008. You help the wealthy with subsidies and tax breaks and the poor with programs and financial assistance, nothing for the middle class while you still expect the middle class to subsidize American business and banks like we did before the crash. You can't get blood from a stone. You wiped us out and now it is so easy for you to kick us out of our homes with this Rob Speyer run REBNY takeover of PCVST via Meredith Kane, power attorney. We are sitting ducks and you are loading the rifles for REBNY filling their armory with money and over-the-top favorable laws. STOP IT!


Anonymous said...

Are they kidding? This is a bad joke. This is why no one trusts NY democrats! You don't deserve our trust. You say your goal is to restore public trust - your actions tell otherwise.

NY needs Massive Ethics Reform.

Indict and Prosecute Silver and vote these tricksters out!

"In New York’s state elections last year, outside spending hit nearly $20 million. That number is almost certain to grow in future cycles. Absent reform, elected officials will continue to follow the money — neglecting the interests of average New Yorkers unable to afford the ever-increasing cost of securing their representatives’ attention.

Congress is gridlocked, so change in Washington is unlikely anytime soon. But Albany can act."

I won;t hold my breath for Albany to act. But Cuomo might be motivated by a need for a legacy to hang his hat on given his Moreland failed first term.

Anonymous said...

disappointed. at least with republican you know what they are going to do and you can engage in the battle.

with these democrats they pretend they are battling for people until it is too late for people to engage in battle to protect themselves then point the finger at republicans as if it is their fault.

you stand a better chance engaging with the enemy then a friend who betrays.

republicans get my vote.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just wow. This Anti-Tenant Lawmakers, Law-enforcers, and Lobbyists Party raises millions to fight tenants in Albany. Everything that is rigged and wrong with the American system.

You pols want us to take a bus ride and get in a nice photo op to cover up the hypocrisy. Real nice abuse of your political office, guys. I will never get on another bus for you so you can make things look one way while you are behaving another.

Pass a Tenant Protection law AND restore PCVST to its Middle Class Community if you ever want my vote for anything you ever run for anywhere. If not, I will vote against you every single time no matter the opponent.

You are not progressives. This is not progressive. Didn't de Blasio call himself a progressive? Same old rigged fixed game. NY is worse then rigged, it is hypocritical, behaving in a way that suggests one has higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case. Good thing the politicians hired pr firms to cover up and create illusions of progressive.

In 2008 pols should have passed Tenant Protection laws during foreclosures of multiple-family dwellings. They chose not to. They passed REBNY laws. In record time.

How the entire Tenant Association board with no hold-outs was convinced by Dan to hire an anti-tenant lawyer is unimaginable. But it explains how the Tenants are paying the price with mci charges, $4.7billion purchase amount, construction development, and a low level of quality of life. Anti-tenant efforts in PCVST are extremely successful, no wonder you are all smiling and celebrating at the REBNY gala.

Congratulations pols, New York is the world's greatest example of how the system is rigged against people. You bring us shame.

Anonymous said...

As someone said, PCVST has widespread, unopposed quality of life and financial assaults plaguing us.

Hiring the anti-Tenant REBNY member Tenant Association lawyer pictured is either the most moronic act or the Tenant Association Board is anti-Tenant / pro-owner. I am beginning to think it is the latter.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but I think I am going to puke.

Anonymous said...

I am having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around hiring an anti-tenant rebny-member attorney but it sure makes sense why tenants have been getting screwed with mci charges, random rent fees and loud noisy drunken parties.

Anonymous said...

The Tenant Association owes each and every tenant an explanation for hiring an anti-tenant attorney for the Brookfield purchase bid.

Anonymous said...

The corruption and crime that is all in a day's "work" to these politicians and their pimps makes Boss Tweed look like Mr. Ethics. We criticize Chavez, Castro, the Marcoses, Duvaliers and other thieving tinpot dictators of this world, but what have we got? Nothing better. The REBNY is no better than the Mob. They get their way or political careers die. Our politicians are no better than whores.

Anonymous said...

Now we know why no one has helped any tenants in anyway on anything we have been going through. de Blasio, Schneiderman, Garodnick, Stringer hate tenants and love REBNY. Tenants are getting screwed by a REBNY attorney. This explains it all.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

The Tenant Association owes each and every tenant an explanation for hiring an anti-tenant attorney for the Brookfield purchase bid.

January 21, 2015 at 8:59 PM

Worse, I think Meredith Kane is very close long time friends with AG Schneiderman which means he knew all along Dan Garodnick and the PCVST TA Board hired an anti-tenant lawyer to evict and overcharge PCVST tenants. There is nowhere for tenants to go for help. Unfuckingbelievable.

Anonymous said...

This is New York's Pay to Play culture

Anonymous said...

These guys tell DHCR and DOB what to do.

Anonymous said...

They would all look more suitably dressed in orange jumpsuits. That is the appropriate attire for most of these slimy crooks who always seem to skirt the laws of the land, if not the laws of morality and decency.

Such filth makes me lose faith in America. Putin's Russia is filled with this kind of corrupt filth.

Anonymous said...

That says it all doesn't it. The Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town Tenant Association lawyer is REBNY!! Does the Tenant Association have enough members to qualify to represent the community although that the New York Attorney General is in on it kind of screws tenants, doesn't it. Geez what a mess.

Anonymous said...

We are screwed.

"Left: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and next to him, our Tenants Association counsel (you read that right), Meredith Kane...."

Anonymous said...

They are smiling because they doubled the PCVST rent roll, built a strip mall, is building a chelsea pier knock-off outdoor sports arena, built themselves nice new offices, killed thousands of trees, and evicted thousands of icky middle working class people.

Anonymous said...

Preet Bharara: NYers should be outraged over corrupt politicians

Get angry, New York.

In a rousing speech made one day after the bust of state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara urged state residents to voice their outrage over the “cauldron of corruption” that is Albany.

“People need to demand more,” Bharara said Friday, addressing 350 students, faculty and invited dignitaries at an event hosted by the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School.

“It’s not just enough to be fed up,” the prosecutor told the overflow crowd, which included former Mayor David Dinkins, former mayoral candidate and MTA chairman Joe Lhota and city Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon.

“When in New York, politician after politician after politician breaks bad, that’s a time to say no more half-measures,” he said.

Anonymous said...

“We had a case against City Councilman Dan Halloran, which you may remember,” Preet Bharara said, referring to the Queens Republican convicted last July in a $200,000 bribery scheme.

“After allegedly receiving a $7,500 cash bribe, he says to the cooperating witness on tape,

‘Money is what greases the wheels. Good, bad or indifferent . . . That’s politics. That’s politics. It’s all about how much, and that’s all our politicians in New York. They’re all like that. All like that.’ ”

Anonymous said...

Why would the NYC Public Advocate go to an anti-tenant fundraiser? Just who is she advocating for and how diligently? Is she pulling punches like Silver?

A number of elected officials attended this year, including Public Advocate Letitia James, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Bronx Borough President Rubin Dias, City Councilor Mark Weprin, and State Senator Leroy Comrie.

Anonymous said...

Everytime I come to this post I want to leave a comment but am too disgusted to find the words. So I will repeat Mike McKee's well said words

"City Council candidates will not get the endorsement of the city’s most influential tenants’ rights group unless they denounce the real estate-backed political action committee Jobs for New York, Crain’s reported.

Michael McKee, of Tenants PAC, said that candidates won’t receive his group’s backing unless they publicly denounce the independent expenditures of Jobs for New York. The PAC, backed by the Real Estate Board of New York, plans to spend up to $10 million to bolster favored candidates.

Incumbent Margaret Chin in Lower Manhattan, for instance, declined to publicly condemn the real estate spending on behalf of her candidacy, despite a career as a tenants’ rights activist.

“No matter how good her record, we told her, ‘If you don’t denounce REBNY, we’re staying out,’” McKee told Crain’s, adding. “This is REBNY, for Christ’s sake.”
- See more at:

Anonymous said...

So anytime and every time a constituent in Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town reached out to any of these politicians for help with any of the frauds and crimes, from leasing to rent charges to land development, and the politician turned a blind eye and or a deaf ear, this post explains why. Now it makes sense.