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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:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CompassRock University

Yeah, you'll find our building managers are graduates of this "university."

It's a refurbished cigar factory in Tampa, Florida.

The joke is on us, I guess. Next time you contact your building manager, ask him or her about CompassRock University. Ask them if it's accredited. And in what exactly.

Embarrasing Turn-Out for "Door Knocking Kickoff Party with Dan Garodnick for Stronger Rent Regulations"

About 5 people, if that, showed up on Sunday at the Oval Cafe (!) to join Council Member Dan Garodnick and TA President John Marsh in a knocking-on-doors effort "to involve neighbors in the campaign to strengthen rent regulations." The turnout was so low that Dan had to involve his kids in the effort. (Cute photos, however.)

This effort reminded me of the TA failed presence at the 1st Ave leasing office in protest of mid-lease rent increases on the "new stabilizers" (ie, market rate ST/PCV tenants).

I have no idea what Garodnick and the TA are thinking. These mini-photo ops are worthless and embarrassing in the very low turnouts achieved. CW must be laughing their collective heads off at these limp attempts to motivate tenants.

When are the TA and Dan going to go after CW Capital in a major way and stop with these laughable, pathetic tactics?

Answer: Never, it seems.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chain Store City

New York is home to some of the world's most expensive retail real estate. Asking rents in the prime of Fifth Avenue have risen about 50 percent in five years to top $3,100 per square foot, or $6.2 million for a space the size of an average Starbucks, according to real estate firms CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.

Manhattan landlords ask an average of about $94 per square foot per year, compared to $34 in San Francisco, $13 in Atlanta and $12 in Kansas City, Missouri, Cushman & Wakefield says.

National chains have expanded in New York City for six straight years, boasting 7,473 locations last year, according to the Center for an Urban Future, a public policy think tank.

More at the above link.

And this is what the REBNY thinks:

The REBNY is rapidly destroying New York as we know it.

Question: Why does the TA have anything to do with the REBNY?

Question: Why does Dan Garodnick attend annual REBNY parties and is all smiley and friendly in that company?

Question: Why does Mayor de Blasio do likewise?

Pictured above: Steven Spinola, President of the REBNY, who is quoted a lot in the article. Mayor de Blasio. Robbie Speyer, chairman of the REBNY and failed landlord of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Do you despair over what's going on in ST/PCV?

One of the downers to a good mood, or one of just equilibrium, is to read on the TA Facebook page all the problems people are having here and knowing that nothing is being done to alleviate these problems. There are several nice things about living here, but they are always counterbalanced by the bad things. And we have been deserted by the powers that be--and that includes by the politicians.