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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.

155 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dan, Meredith Kane, Steingberg, Marsh owe this community an explanation on their increasing the rent roll by 100 million to benefit their partner Brookfield's purchase. That HIGE increase clearly demonstrates the NO ONE has been acting on behalf of the tenants these recent years. NO ONE. Every politician and the above have been acting on behalf of RE and REBNY. Ms Kane owes this community explanations.

Anonymous said...

Not just deserted by the powers that be holding political offices but the people currently in those offices are deliberately working against us tenants. It is the office that holds power not the person in the office. Get these pols out of office and let's get more honorable ones in who understand what government is supposed to do as our forefathers intended. These sham pols are killing our community for their wealthy RE buddies land grab.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The one explanation I'm interested in is:

http://www.rebny.com/content/rebny/en/directory/member.html/16547904.html

http://commercialobserver.com/2015/01/coveted-counsel-real-estate-lawyer-meredith-kane-talks-about-her-deals-reshaping-the-city/

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I'm assuming Meredith Kane pays dues to the REBNY, dues which are used for anti-RS efforts and "influencing" politicians to see things the REBNY way.

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20141107/INSIDER/141109914/rebny-touts-election-results

Anonymous said...

Very despairing - clearly nyc doesn't want us here, clearly CR & CWC doesn't want us here. They mayor does not either.

Anonymous said...

Would NYU had to have filed paperwork with the State before they started filling and advertising Stuy Town Hall?

Anonymous said...

Spinola is less careless with his words, much better at covering up. Who is his PR firm writing the press statements?

Anonymous said...

Per those links Meredith Kane is more than your average dues paying REBNY member. She is an influential, powerful, high level REBNY member.

Anonymous said...

This place has sunk to new lows that it can't get any worse around here. They have ruined what was once a very nice place to live. I don't even know who lives in my building anymore. No one says hello to anyone, and you could be standing in the elevator with 5 different people, and not one person will say hello to you. The TA does not keep in touch with anyone anymore and we don't have a legitimate owner. Absolutely horrible. I don't like living here anymore. Everything is done half-assed around here. And to pay $4,500.00/month is just plain crazy for what you are getting for your money. This dormitory lifestyle around here must end, and end now. It is not fair.

Anonymous said...

I want the name of each and every person involved in anyway in the Roberts settlement
and
the name of each and every person involved in any way in last year's so-called MCI "negotiation".

Anonymous said...

Our building - Not only do people not say hello to you, you can actually say Hi to some of the women in the elevator and they are either deaf (not) or will ignore the hello and good morning. I have never seen a lower class of people - Pcv - than in the past 1.5 years. Truly lower living.

Anonymous said...

Is pcv any different than stuy town? People not saying hello the only issue? Aren't all the college kids and partiers in stuy town?

Anonymous said...

Just want to stress that in no way , shape or form should a tenant approach another tenant about noise issues. Serious argument last week about this between two and this does not end well and management frowns severely at this. Call and report issues to Security.

Anonymous said...

Agree there is a lower class of people. No manners, rude, and no boundaries!

The loss of Open Space and Trees is most disturbing. They really should stop using the old photos in the ads with all the trees they cut down.

The playground they put in our backyard is a lot smaller and the train is dangerously close to the chain link fence. We won't be playing there even though it is closest.

The increases in our rent is unfathomable. Why won't TPU investigate the rents here? Who is stopping them? Paul Weiss?

BIGMO said...

Just wondering if anyone had the new Video Intercom installed yet. I wonder how much this MCI will cost the tenants? How about buying new washers/dryers instead of a new Video Intercom system? CWCRAPital should get their priorities straight.

Anonymous said...

Inconsiderate loud student parties, beer bottles, liquor bottles, cigarette smoke, and butts, club music blaring through the walls floors and ceilings, drunken peeing in the stairways, puke in the bushes, and they have the nerve to come to your door if you complain. The dorms are the worse aspect of Stuy Town Low Living.

Anonymous said...

It's time we stop agonizing and start organizing! Why won't you listen?! We need protests, rent strikes, and POSTCARDS! Who's with me?!?!

Anonymous said...

STR-I have submitted a few comments over the last few months & I have found that these benign comments are not being published. Would appreciate an explanation. Thanking you in advance. I presume you can trace the name so I will remain ANONYMOUS!

Anonymous said...

We need s TA worth being called a TA who will go after the bastardized filth known as CW/CR the way the Rivington TA did, and who will scrape the shit called Garodnick/Kane off its shoes.

Anonymous said...

They won't take a protest or postcards seriously. But they will take a rent strike seriously. We should have been on rent strike the moment Tishman Speyer Blackstone Brookfield et al deliberately stopped paying the mortgage.

Anonymous said...

For noise complaints call 311 and give the tenant's names who are making the noise.

Anonymous said...

To repeat an earlier commentator we have a big problem here with our rent overcharges and we have no way to address it so they stop overcharging us because the "powers that be" in the REBNY party photos designed the overcharging scheme. There is no way the renovation work added up to what they are charging us! No way! But who will audit it? I do not want to "move on" I want to report the overcharges and get us our money back with interest! This is insane!


Earlier commentator
April 2, 2015 at 6:22 AM

Although I am not the original poster I think we all have a clear picture now.

Your Q demand a full blown investigation then
A The culprits are the same ones who would do the investigation

Your Q Have the tenants contacted with DHCR to complain?
A The DHCR is head is BlackRock (Tishman Speyer partner), DHCR and TPU is run by REBNY owned Cuomo and his appointees, DHCR can only help as much as RE will allow them to even if they wanted to do their job right and honestly help tenants they cannot with their hands tied by BlackRock and REBNY.
Your Q And if so, what was outcome?
A Are you the same guy who keeps insanely asking this question over and over again? The outcome is the DHCR is run by RE. There is your outcome. Move on already.

April 6, 2015 at 7:35 AM

Anonymous said...

All the college kids are in my PC building.

Anonymous said...

Our dryers and washing machines are brand new. I'm sure we already have an mci for them. You want us to have another one? Sure!!! let's keep 'renovating' and 'renovating' so they can MCI us annually or heck, bi annually!

Anonymous said...

The Peter Cooper village Stuyvesant Town renovations are a SCAM!

Now knowing how deeply REBNY infiltrated our community running up our rent roll, I question the mid-lease increases that caused us great grief. Why was Fred Knapp allowed to say they did nothing wrong when they clearly did? Why was this midlease increase in our leases at all? Who agreed to that? How is it we are abused and suffer having our homes under constant unchecked threat from Fred? Why are we limited to reporting any and all of this to people we see reveling with REBNY?

REBNY infiltrated and destroyed this community of people and killed the park of trees. I would like an investigation into the financial dealings, all the financial dealings of this property.

If it takes a rent Strike to get those presently holding city office to pay proper attention then so be it. Agree with you 7:33. Someone(s) need to go to jail but as we know with bankers so to are REBNY, no jail time for the billionaires who party with the politicians and fill their incumbency coffers.

All of us in renovated apartments should get our apartments thoroughly audited on every invoice and get our rents rolled back with proper jail time for the felonious grand larceny by every person in management / servicer / landlord who had a hand in the renovations. The Peter Cooper village Stuyvesant Town renovations are a SCAM!

http://stuytownreport.blogspot.com/2015/01/more-attendees-at-rebny-gala-you-may.html


"Or, as the notice from CompassRock went on to suggest, tenants could also avoid paying the new rents simply by moving out.

“As you know, “ wrote Knapp, “you also have the right to terminate your lease and vacate your apartment. This notice does not affect that right in any way.”

The letter concluded by saying nothing “should be construed as an admission of wrongdoing or liability” against CompassRock or CWCapital.

http://town-village.com/2013/06/17/mid-lease-increases-to-be-reversed-in-cases-of-misrepresentation/

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Re: comments not showing up here. For the most part I do not pass comments that use profanity against other posters, that get into national politics, etc. I give substantial freedom to voicing of opinions, but sometimes it's a difficult decision if the poster makes an excellent post but adds "fuck you" to another poster. Otherwise, everything should be appearing here. But I do make mistakes at times by allowing something problematic through that begins a flamewar which I then have to shut down.

Anonymous said...

Our biggest problem is we tenants have no representation in the city council, in the purchase deal, in the mci negotiations, along with a Mayor who refuses to realize we voted against the other guys putting him in office by default so he is needing to deliver on his progressive campaign and stop his failed first year that was entirely anti-progressive pro-RE business along with undoing the Goldman Sachs treatment of "a house is not a home -- housing as gambling assets" that goes with their mantra of "human capital" and not "human beings". The current city government has become nothing more than a "tool" for business to reap profits off of people. When these guys leave office they will be replaced with the next generation who can chose to follow in the Pataki / Bloomberg / Glen / De Blasio footprint or become what the government is supposed to be, of the People, for the People, by the People. I now agree with the others on this blog, and apologize for voting for De Blasio but really I was voting against the other guys. We can not let Wall Street and REBNY control the fate of our homes and communities. Have we learned nothing from the first decade of this century? We are destined in NYC to let history repeat itself. We have to get big business out of controlling our government that includes upstate bribed senators out of our housing decisions and NYC business pushed by Shorris Speyer and Glen out of government. I do not think we need protests as they have not gotten us necessary results on housing or on our schools.

We need to be smarter and harder in our fight. They are hitting hard where it counts, our wallets. We need to hit equally hard where it counts, theirs.

http://nextcity.org/features/view/new-york-city-affordable-rent-affordable-housing-de-blasio-alicia-glen

Anonymous said...

1, 2, 3, 4
Shove the TA out the door
5, 6, 7, 8
ORGANIZE!!!

Anonymous said...

I understand the water sprays on the playground with the basketball court so the kids can run through the water as they run around and play.

I do not understand the water sprays on the playgrounds with metal climbing apparatus causing slippery conditions that seem unsafe.

I think we should keep our playgrounds as safe as possible with the water sprays and the climbing apparatus on separate playgrounds.

I don't think they have family's safety in mind in any aspect of this community including when they create playgrounds.

Anonymous said...

To 11 :05 poster: What does 311 do exactly? Cant imagine how they handle it but thank you for the information.

Anonymous said...

Frown all they want. I'll call the NYPD. I don't care.

Anonymous said...

I can't stand living with all these students. They are driving me nuts. It is not right!

Anonymous said...

"that get into national politics, etc"

....but that, the national politics, may be our greatest leverage as de Blasio and Ratner are full on campaigning for a presidential candidate with De Blasio traveling to Iowa and Nebraska coming up and past travel to England etc.

The demise of Peter Cooper Village (unless De Blasio turns it around and saves the middle class here) then his resume including the demise of Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town Middle Working Class community should follow his travels to push our point - the middle working class is under assault and is demanding the politicians take immediate action on our behalf.

Poster child PCVST belongs on the National Stage.

De Blasio is traveling the country campaigning and our PCVST message should be wrapped around him, on his mind, in his heart, and on his sleeve for all to see.



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/02/what-hillary-wants-from-de-blasio.html

Anonymous said...

Did I just read the PCVST website correctly - that 2BR's in PCV are now renting for upwards of $6400? Insane. There is zero public pressure right now for de Blasio, Garodnick, et al to act. I do believe a rent strike is important but this has to be in concert with an aggressive campaign of sorts - op/eds, any media exposure. I've been a member of the TA since I moved here in 2009 and I find them to be utterly disorganized - if well meaning - without a simple, coherent plan. And maybe I'm just ignorant but it seems that Guterman's co-op plan was feasible and more palatable from both a financial and community aspect. But apparently Garodnick didn't even have the courtesy to respond to his offer? And I know there are a lot of dog lovers in PCVST but why did they allow that grassy area by our old building at 420 23rd to be completely turned into a filthy dog run?

Anonymous said...

I spoke to some politician offices last week. They're under the impression that the unhappiness with the TA expressed here is a minority point of view. (Yes, they do track this blog off and on.) So far as they're concerned the TA is in the driver's seat.
So much woe expressed here to no avail. What are you going to do about it?

Anonymous said...

I HEAR /SEE THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE DOG RUNS IN FRONT OF 440 EAST 23 St. & NEAR 7 PC RD. VERY INTERESTING!!! WHEN WILL THEY ANNOUNCE THIS NEW AMENITY???

Anonymous said...

Walking by the new management office and just saw a worker, grey sweatshirt blue letters, coming out of the bushes and zipping his pants after peeing in the children's playground while four other workers said nothing to stop him. Suggest a thorough cleaning of the playground before anyone let their kids play there. Compass Rock literally craps all over us!

Anonymous said...

What was that noise? OH. I just heard the flushing of a toilet again.

Anonymous said...

11:45 AM: I hope you filed a complaint with management about this slob urinating in the playground. Too bad you didn't take a photo of him zipping up. Filthy bastard!

Anonymous said...

"I spoke to some politician offices last week. They're under the impression that the unhappiness with the TA expressed here is a minority point of view. (Yes, they do track this blog off and on.) So far as they're concerned the TA is in the driver's seat."

The TA in the driver's seat? Then we are definitely headed for a major and fatal crash! I think this blog represents the feelings of the majority of non-student tenants of PCVST, though not all post on the blog.
I think these asshole politicians will see when election time comes. They will be told to go to Hell. DeBlasio is a total fraud. There is NOTHING progressive about him whatsoever. He used the progressive ploy to win the election. I would definitely not have voted for him if I had know what he was really like. I hear that sentiment from a great many people who voted for him and a lot of "told ya so's" from those who didn't.
Garodnick is disgusting and is ethically bankrupt. He is paid to be a councilman, but has his dirty fingers in so many RE pies (including PCVST) that he is not serving his constituents; instead, he is serving his law firm and RE interests. He is also owed a favor from Scot Stringer (another POS) after stepping aside and letting him run for Comptroller (I voted for Spitzer) and I'm sure there is a quid quo pro that will emerge eventually and it will not be to his constituents benefit.
I know a lot of people who read this blog, but they don't post on it. Maybe they are scared of being found out by management. I refuse to live in fear of the Stasi. I wish them all in Hell, sooner rather than later!

Anonymous said...



All they care about is money. RENT STRIKE.

Anonymous said...

REBNY is in the driver's seat. REBNY tells the politicians what to do and the pols tell the TA what to do and say. Make no mistake, with the current TA board, REBNY is in the driver's seat and has been for four years.

We need to kick REBNY out of PCVST!

Anonymous said...

landlord steals four and a half million from taxpayers and no jail time, no penalty or punishment.

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/04/05/488712/


RE is not accountable for anything they do. This RE guy stole millions of dollars from taxpayers and ran an illegal hotel and all he has to do is give back the money. He should be in jail, banned from being a landlord for life, and his building should be taken by the city to alleviate this very bad problem not seen as bad since the Depression.

Homeless Advocates Demand Urgent Action From De Blasio & Cuomo

http://gothamist.com/2015/04/07/homeless_nyc_report.php

Bad landlords get away with murder in NYC.

Anonymous said...

It's rumored John Marsh is leaving the TA soon. Who will take his place?

Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why the TA is soo quiet. Everyone is now abandoning ship.

Anonymous said...

Let us be honest - even without the pathetic useless TA, the problem is with our corrupt city agencies. How do you people not know or admit this is beyond comprehension and words.

Anonymous said...

9:04 do tenant's have a say in who would take his place if the rumor is true? Not sure we should spend energy on rumors though. Besides who else on the board is not neck deep in the Brookfield Compass Rock shit that has been going on for years? I don't think I am ok with anyone currently on the board taking his place. They all supported Compass Rock CW Brookfield pillaging here for years. None of them should replace him. They should all be replaced.

Anonymous said...

Who cares? You won't even notice the difference.

Anonymous said...

What is it with this vile, worthless, half-cocked apology for a landlord that they turn the heat off at 9:30 am, even if it is in the low forties and windy outside? Then they don't turn it back on until evening. Are they trying to exterminate the sick and elderly and those with small children who are home all day? We have to resort to space heaters which are dangerous. I hate these bastards with a passion. Scumlord landlord.

Anonymous said...

NYC real estate is based on short term riches of capital flight evident by NYC's dangerously weak infrastructure. The industry is morally bankrupt, corrupt to the core. With RE and Wall Street empowered by NY lawmakers to pillage society why on earth would anyone in their right mind put anyone from NY on the national stage?

Anonymous said...

I doubt Marsh is leaving but who in their right mind would want to takeover the mess he made? Marsh and his REBNY lawyer punched holes in the PCVST ship and now he is jumping? Doubtful. Plus with Dan's letter on the upcoming sale to REBNY success for Marsh in their plan to evict 80% of us and successfully squeeze out an increase of 100 million annually to increase Brookfield Marsh et al rent roll when they buy is too close to leave now. Dan and Marsh's plan to develop the Oval, the open spaces with offices, kick out working class to replace with "new stabilizers" is nearing their purchase ownership goal. Probably the rumor is just rumor. Best left unaddressed until it is fact. Anyone know what our vacancy rate is? Amazing we went form a ten year wait list to get in to a vacancy rate - what idiot would buy into that? If the property were desirable, with a ten year wait list, I might buy in. But I would not buy into this REBNY sinking ship. Marsh failed this community by following Speyer's anti-tenant REBNY's lead into the arms of Speyers partner Brookfield.

Anonymous said...

"He is also owed a favor from Scot Stringer (another POS) after stepping aside and letting him run for Comptroller (I voted for Spitzer) and I'm sure there is a quid quo pro that will emerge eventually"

Think Dan already tapped into that favor?!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Plus with Dan's letter on the upcoming sale to REBNY success for Marsh in their plan to evict 80% of us and successfully squeeze out an increase of 100 million annually to increase Brookfield Marsh et al rent roll when they buy is too close to leave now. Dan and Marsh's plan to develop the Oval, the open spaces with offices, kick out working class to replace with "new stabilizers" is nearing their purchase ownership goal.<<

I have to step in and state that in my opinion that's not their plan at all, particularly for Marsh. Dan...? Well, he wants to be the next mayor, so he says what both sides want to hear.

Anonymous said...

Dan the next Mayor? God Forbid. I would never vote for him no matter who was running against him.

Anonymous said...

"They all supported Compass Rock CW Brookfield pillaging here for years."

The misinformation -- the above being just one small, incorrect tidbit -- being dispensed on this blog is mind boggling AND reprehensible.

Anonymous said...

I can confirm John Marsh will be leaving the TA.

Anonymous said...

REBNY is nothing more than a fear mongering group threatening to leave if they don't get 100% ROI on their bribes to lawmakers to pass laws to enable REBNY short sighted agendas. The lawmakers need to stop being afraid of REBNY/Cuomo.

Anonymous said...

The Brookfield deal siphoned hundreds of millions from PCVST through our rents, mci's, CW monthly fees, and all the politicians turned blind eyes, deaf ears to everything.

Anonymous said...

"I spoke to some politician offices last week. They're under the impression that the unhappiness with the TA expressed here is a minority point of view."

Well I disagree that it is a minority point of view but that is not the most disturbing point. Whether it is one constituent, a minority number of constituents, or a majority the politician should equally care and respond. Are the politicians saying they need a majority of constituents to feel a certain way before they will take action? Which flies in the face of when they take action for the wealthy which let's face it are the minority of constituents. They can't have it both ways. Take action for the few wealthy. But when the few (if indeed it is only a few) non-wealthy express discontent the politician says suck it up.

Anonymous said...

The major cities in the world are engaged in friendly competition of sorts as to who is number one city and unfortunately the measure is amount of wealthy and not quality of life. We need to be less insular and more aware of what is going on in the other cities for our leaders are copying them and one upping each other eg sky high tinder box luxury condos. We need to not only be on the national stage but also the international stage too. We are the majority of the population and need to make global noise to protect our communities from being playgrounds for the wealthy or worse, gambling toys for hedge funds.

Anonymous said...

We need to get justice put back into our Roberts Ruling including to roll back our rents.

We need to get back all we paid in overcharges on the renovations.

We need a complete audit of all the financial dealings and the names (I agree with earlier poster) of all who had a hand in the mci negotiations for the campus security.

I agree we need to get REBNY out of PCVST COMPLETELY, past and present.

Anonymous said...

I realize that our "management" personnel are not famous for being the sharpest knives in the drawer, but would it be too much to ask of them that they periodically update the directories in the lobbies and in the intercom systems in the vestibules? I am always seeing packages and mail left in the lobby of my building because the recipients (not necessarily the students) are not listed, even though they are tenants who have been here for at least a few years. People who died or moved out several years ago are still listed in those directories, but the current occupants are not listed at all. No wonder so much mail and deliveries go missing.

This "Compass Rock" organization has to be the most incompetent and lazy bunch of MoFos who are running a residential complex [into the ground] in the whole of NYC. They haven't got a clue as to how to run a property and yet they are paying themselves zillions of dollars in "management fees." It's time the AG looked into this shady operation.

Of course, if we had a Tenants Association that was of any use, they would have done something about these assclowns a long time ago. So would Slimy Dan, the REBNY Man.

Anonymous said...

April 8, 2015 at 9:31 AM I agree with you. So what do we do? Who can we turn to when city agencies are under control of politicians who are either turning a blind eye abandoning their constituents or have their hands in the dirty deal here?

The only thing politicians care about is their next office which takes two things
1. money from the wealthy
2. headlines for their name recognition
REBNY has more money than we do so we cannot compete for politicians's attention there
That leaves headlines. Getting the middle working class Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village plight known far and wide and talked about everywhere. The things the politicians are doing to us here they will do to the entire country as they advance in their big business-owned careers. They've lost my vote.

We cannot let the billionaires like Fortress, BlackRock Brookfield and Speyer buy our government and control our homes.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/gary-hart-hillary-clinton-2016-billion-dollar-campaign-116673.html

Anonymous said...

Agree STR with your April 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM and thanks for the link to the article. Seems Spinola's PR people convinced him to curb his arrogance from his earlier statements outright admitting owning the governor.

REBNY’s influence over Cuomo laid bare
Industry sources say NYT investigation unlikely to change group's relationship to governor

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/07/24/rebnys-influence-over-cuomo-laid-bare/

“Our future ability to adopt favorable legislation, stop terrible legislation or modify legislation to limit the pain to our industry is directly tied to our continued positive relationship,” Spinola continued in the memo.

REBNY are pain inflictors. What a drama queen he is to say his industry needs to "limit pain". He is not however exaggerating on his modifying and adopting legislation.

Anonymous said...

STR at 12:45 then why else would Marsh Steinberg hire REBNY Kane and partner with Speyer-partner Brookfield and all evidence from last 4 years be results of the continuation of the Tishman Speyer plan?

Anonymous said...

Marsh stepping down is not enough. We need an entirely new Tenant Association Board that has not been instrumental in the REBNY Brookfield scam.

Anonymous said...

April 7, 2015 at 6:59 AM - You're a little late to the party. Where were you when the mid-lease increases were a HUGE ST-PCV story? We could have used your help, a number of us attempted to sustain protests in front of the rental office over the increases (lack of participation by STR readers and our neighbors in ST-PCV was noted). Then State Attorney General E Schneiderman stepped in after being notified by Garodnick & TA that they had collected multiple instances, many in writing, of tenants who were lied to by agents that the owner would never exercise the mid-lease clause in their leases.

As to an investigations into ST-PCV financial dealings, Chas Bagli's book "Other People's Money" deals with it in depth.

Regarding CWCaps financial dealings. Are you referring to CWCap's CW cancellation of auction and subsequently exercising a deed in lieu of foreclosure which gave title to the property to senior bondholders and in the process awarding themselves a $1 billion windfall? Junior lenders are suing them over it, but it won't affect us. it's just two sets of d-bags fighting over spoils.

Anonymous said...

We need s TA worth being called a TA who will go after the bastardized filth known as CW/CR the way the Rivington TA did, and who will scrape the shit called Garodnick/Kane off its shoes.

You mean the Riverton TA?

Anonymous said...

I spoke to some politician offices last week. They're under the impression that the unhappiness with the TA expressed here is a minority point of view.

Politicians' offices hear from people all across PCV and ST all the time plus they have to have a pretty good idea what their constituents are thinking if they want to get re-elected, so that's probably a pretty accurate picture.

It's my impression too. There's a tendency for us to assume that the comments here represent all of, or at least a cross section of PCVST but all they really represent is a number of mostly like minded commenters who don't like it when other PCVers and STers disagree. Those who disagree are even called -trolls-. These comment threads are all anonymous, so they could be the work of 3 people or 100 people for all I know. Probably more like the TA FB where the same 20 or so people comment all the time.

Anonymous said...

Met foods on 3rd avenue - LOST LEASE

Pizza & Hot dog place on Lexington & 23 LOST LEASE

Anonymous said...

where do the college kids live in Peter Cooper Village? I've never seen them in PC before, only in stuy town.

Anonymous said...

I think if we assess and audit PCVST and remove all influence (corrupt influence at that) from REBNY and renegotiate Roberts and Remove the 2014 MCI charges that would be a solid start to getting PCVST on the right path. At the center of everything wrong here and all matters of despair is REBNY's influence when the TA brought them inside to the financial dealings. Remove REBNY and roll back rents before REBNY infiltrated here.

Anonymous said...

3 10 pm. Not posting our pc building but they live here. Quite a few. Why do you want to know this? THEY'RE HERE. they're all here.

Anonymous said...

"Probably more like the TA FB where the same 20 or so people comment all the time."

True, the same people post on the TA FB all the time (and I know for sure that there is a sock puppet who even has the nerve to advertise her flea market enterprise at times!); however, there are a lot of people who read the TA FB even though they don't post there. I read it, but would not want to join it because I don't want to give up any of my privacy. I know many people who feel the same way as I do and read it every day. I keep a lot of privacy controls on my FB page and would definitely not want to "friend" such a group, not so much because of the posters, but because I'm sure management reads comments and notes who is saying what. I know it's a somewhat cowardly stance, but then the sock puppets are just as cowardly! I commend the folks who post on the TA FB and use their real names. I suspect that most of them are MR tenants. It's the RS tenants who management wants to exterminate. And please don't tell me that all apartments are rent stabilized because that is such a crock!

Anonymous said...

ASSOCIATED Supermarket will be next. You wait and see!

Anonymous said...

April 9, 2015 at 3:49 PM

It's been assessed. The assessment's based on rent rolls which still hover in the $3 to $3.5 billion range. CWCap has added another $1 billion to that assessment which would cover bullshit fees they claim they're owed.

Audit what exactly, overcharges for apartment renovations? That may be something that people can do, but it probably won't be easy. First, multiple fraud complaints have to be filed throughout a building. Second, overcharge complaints must be filed within four years of the renovation. Third, the unit assigned this task has been underfunded (by the GOP in the State Senate who are working on behalf of the REBNY).

You want to remove REBNY influence? Then you should be joining efforts to force our state legislature to pass campaign finance reform and remove the "LLC Loophole." You can Google both for more info.

Renegotiate Roberts? That was settled in court. Courts are pretty loathe to revisit settled cases and probably this one in particular since it was so complicated (thousands of apartments each with its own rent history).

Remove MCI charges from 2014? That was also settled in court and we're probably lucky we got the bundled deal we got. What PCVST MCI application was ever rejected by the DHCR? Did you know that the DHCR rejected our roof and elevators arguments in Sept 2014? What makes you think the DHCR wouldn't do the same to the MCI applications for the security office, resurfacing and water tanks?

IMO we should be concentrating on what we *can* change and that includes making the rent regulations coming up for renewal in June much more pro tenant, passing campaign finance reform, and removing the LLC Loophole. REBNY would be f*cking *decimated* if these things were passed.

I also think the City Council needs to pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (Google it) to force landlords into mediation --> arbitration when they can't agree on terms upon lease renewal. The REBNY hates the SBJSA and REBNY's gearing up to spend money on this as it's gaining steam. #SaveNY

Anonymous said...

Hypocritical REBNY goes both ways.

REBNY argument in their never-ending greed for more more more

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/04/08/rebny-other-industry-groups-battle-hotel-preservation-bill/

"REBNY submitted testimony opposing the bill and claimed that it is unneeded in the face of a “thriving” hotel and tourism industry."

Well it is unnecessary to have 421a in a thriving RE market that has record growth rebounding and surpassing 2007 numbers with projected record growth especially red hot growth in Manhattan, Brooklyn and South Bronx. REBNY RE developers should return/repay 421a subsidies since 2007 and present and future 421a should be ZERO.

RE Developers REBNY has enormous wealth and is a thriving industry in a growing market that should not be allowed to steal from taxpayers. Period.

Anonymous said...

April 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM There are many here in PCV. Many!

Anonymous said...

Remove the 2014 MCI charges?
Never happen. Accounting nightmare. Unfortunately, what is done, is done. There is no looking back. It would be a miracle though. You would need a strong counsel for that one, and I don't see that happening.

Anonymous said...

"I think if we assess and audit PCVST and remove all influence (corrupt influence at that) from REBNY and renegotiate Roberts and Remove the 2014 MCI charges that would be a solid start to getting PCVST on the right path. At the center of everything wrong here and all matters of despair is REBNY's influence when the TA brought them inside to the financial dealings. Remove REBNY and roll back rents before REBNY infiltrated here."

This is what I pray for. If only this would be done it would make such a powerful difference.

Anonymous said...

JP Morgan deemed Brookfield scheme best plan for Tishman Speyer BlackRockinvestors. Their joke is on us.

1. JP Morgan laughs, honors and awards itself for getting away with $6.2 billion in trader losses - how - they own most (not all) of congress.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/03/12033/jp-morgan-gets-award-london-whale-fiasco-will-schneiderman-harpoon-corruption

"Two-Tier Justice

JPMorgan borrowed some $68 billion from U.S. taxpayers and the Federal Reserve at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. It has been forced to pay out some $8.5 billion in settlements related to its role in the crisis (12 percent of its net income in recent years) and more lawsuits are in the works, yet no high level executive at JPMorgan (or indeed any American mega bank) has been brought to justice for these legal breaches.

The only people more corrupted than "the too big to fail" banks, and the U.S. Department of Justice which has decided to give them a pass, are Members of Congress who eagerly curry their campaign contributions and hand them the tools to create more havoc. Last week, the House Agriculture Committee held a markup on seven bills related to derivatives trading. The bills would grant a Congressional blessing to almost every reckless and illegal action JPMorgan Chase took in the London whale fiasco, arguesDavid Dayen in Salon."

JP Morgan blessed CW Brookfield Tishman scheme claiming itself an "independent" party in its analysis.

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120620/REAL_ESTATE/120629995/stuy-towns-best-hope-lies-with-its-tenants


Analysis actually said Brookfield scheme best for investors in Tishman scheme

"According to a June 20, 2012 article at crainsnewyork.com by Theresa Agovino, a report by JPMorgan Securities maintained that “selling Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village to a partnership between the complex's tenants and Brookfield Asset Management would likely offer the best returns to the holders of the troubled property's first mortgage.”

http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/gramercy-park/peter-cooper-village-stuyvesant-town-252-first-avenue/review/16602


For the past 5 years everyone has been acting in the best interest of RE, the Tishman Speyer investors, Brookfield, Paul Weiss, REBNY et al.

No one has been acting in the best interest of the people living here. Not once.

The Brookfield scheme is as JP Morgan deemed, "best for the Tishman investors".

Oh and the masters of "getting away with it" are from from being an "independent party".

Anonymous said...

Per Alicia Glen Deputy Mayor NYC Twitter

https://twitter.com/dmaliciaglen


Alicia Glen @DMAliciaGlen · 5h 5 hours ago

Global #housers unite! Excited to share #NYC's #affordablehousing plans w/ our friends from #London. @jamesmurray_83

What happens in London effects NYC and vice versa and its not good for middle class in either here nor there.

Anonymous said...

Sty town is just an overpriced project now. It bears no resemblance to how it was before the rape,

Anonymous said...

"I spoke to some politician offices last week. They're under the impression that the unhappiness with the TA expressed here is a minority point of view."

Whether it is 1 or 20 or 100 constituents should not matter. The politician should care equally for the one or the hundred or the thousand(s). It does not matter how many have the complaint. What matters is the truth. It takes just one person to speak the truth. Just one, and the politician should care about the truth of what is happening here. However it seems to me more like at least several hundred are in what you call a "minority" as seen in our town hall meetings. Don't underestimate the politicians, for every bad one there is a good one. One day the good one will stop the bad ones.

Anonymous said...

"Politicians' offices hear from people all across PCV and ST all the time plus they have to have a pretty good idea what their constituents are thinking if they want to get re-elected, so that's probably a pretty accurate picture."

Nonsense. Explain the fact that TA membership is around 5% of apartments and the fact they didn't get one person willing to join their board of directors. The local politicians up to the Mayor are all in bed with the bought and sold TA board and the wealthy REBNY. PERIOD! Nice try at spin.

Anonymous said...

Read Yelp (click date for real reviews) and see what CW management staff has been doing to tenants that is bringing CW a billion dollar windfall.



Had Stuyvesant Town been sold at market value, the lenders claim in the complaint, more than one billion dollars would have been left over to repay junior investors.

The lenders further allege that CWCapital engaged in “a continuing pattern of misconduct designed” to maintain control of Stuyvesant Town and “reap an unjust windfall” of $1 billion, according to Bloomberg News.

Fortress Investment Group, which owns CWCapital, announced in May it was preparing a $4.7 billion offer for the complex. [Bloomberg News] — Tom DiChristopher

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/07/03/stuyvesant-lenders-sue-cwcapital-over-takeover/

Anonymous said...

"Pizza & Hot dog place on Lexington & 23 LOST LEASE"

There is a god!

Anonymous said...

Yes there are college kids here in PCV.

Anonymous said...

Off topic but the new office building completely destroyed and took away all the open space, the entire two blocks between 16th and 18th. The office was smartly put on avenue c for very good reasons. It was close to the garage for their vehicles and work equipment and carts. It kept separate the 24 hour residence from the day workers so residence could have a peaceful home and not live in a workplace. The open space with double walkways were designed for families and residents with trees and soil for rainwater. Now it is a narrow single walkway with large rusty grates for rain water. The pipes and electrical wires are an eyesore to say the least. What a poor design and poor placement of the new building. It should have never been built there.
Bad design - by Novogratz!

Anonymous said...

After a hard days work I just want peace and quiet. That is what it used to be here. Now it is amenities, concerts, college parties, crowdedness. Get rid of the amenities. We live in NYC where there are plenty of amenities all around. CW is just using us to bleed more money with these unnecessary amenities. I want to know where Compass Rock staff live to go there and make noise every evening into the night and all weekend. Where can we get the names of these crooks? I'll look up there addresses and post them. Let's go have a party in their yard while their kids try to sleep and do school work.

Anonymous said...

4/09 @ 11:46 is spot on.

Pretty obvious that all the REBNY obsessed posts are coming from the same person. Anyone remember Village Idiot from the old TA message board?

My only complaint with the TA, and many allegedly pro-tenant pols is that they aren't leading a full-on assault to repeal vacancy control. Pataki and the state senate drilled a hole in the bottom of the boat with that one,and if it isn't closed up, it's just a matter of time until the ship sinks. Short term gains in RS laws don't help much if every vacancy means a lost affordable home forever.

Anonymous said...

As horrible as our landlord is, at least they don't do stuff like the owner of the 2nd Avenue did. I think they comply with the law.

Anonymous said...

"And we have been deserted by the powers that be--and that includes by the politicians."

Yup.

It is a dirty deal.

Anonymous said...

Between the malicious management and the fact everyone under 30 is vilified I'm looking forward to my lease being up.

Anonymous said...

Susan Stasi, Green Goblin and the rest of the TA should go away already.

Anonymous said...

"I spoke to some politician offices last week. They're under the impression that the unhappiness with the TA expressed here is a minority point of view."

You just summed up everything that is wrong with the current political regime. Just how many constituents have to be unsatisfied or unhappy before a politician does the right thing? Shouldn't it be about doing the right thing? and not about how many people have realized they are being hurt? How many wall streeters does it take to spring a politician into action? One. One wall street ceo picks up the phone and says jump and the politician says "how high"
It should not take a majority voice at PCVST to move a politician into action to do the right thing. We should have never been wronged in the first place. It was their job to prevent that from happening and now that it has happened it is their job to fix it even if they had a hand in it.
Let us know who your politicians are who need a majority voice before they will help residents here so we can tell them it should not take a majority to stop a wrongdoing. Just one person should count with importance to get action. Their is a lot of proof and evidence if only one politician would do the right thing. Just one politician. Just one. Not a majority of politicians. Just one.
And by the way to the neighbor above me, GET RUGS! You were unbearably loud last night!

Anonymous said...

"The misinformation -- the above being just one small, incorrect tidbit -- being dispensed on this blog is mind boggling AND reprehensible."
April 8, 2015 at 2:44 PM

If that were true it would have been easily, quickly addressed long ago and corrected.

But it has not been addressed or corrected, because it is true and correct and proven.

What is reprehensible is a rent roll increase in a few short years of 50%, an eviction of thousands, loss of most of the trees and open space, and those who stand to profit from others loss of home name calling those trying to save the community as "reprehensible."

If it were misinformation that would have been easily addressed years ago. But the information on this blog rings true and rings loudly.

Name calling as "reprehensible" those fighting to save this community along with any and all your other illegal actions to intimidate those trying to save what is left of this community is what is reprehensible. We are not intimidated by any of you in all you have been doing to us to destroy us. It is our right to fight for our homes and our community and we are right in what we say in our fight.

Anonymous said...

"assess and audit PCVST"
April 9, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Assess and audit what? The rent roll? The Tishman Speyer take in the Brookfield deal? The Brookfield deal? The Paul Weiss take in the Brookfield deal? The Moelis take? The Berlin Rosen take? The Verizon take?

I think they need to tell us all about all of the above.

I see a lot of these guys taking more and more along with a lot of residents giving and losing more and more.

I see a total blackout complete lack of transparency in the Brookfield deal keeping us tenants in the dark in what is called a tenant led bid and our questions for details on the deal ignored, telling me I wouldn't understand the complexity.

If any of these lawyers, RE, politicians came to where I work they would look dumb too. Would not know how to do their job. The difference is that we would treat them with respect and teach them what they did not know and would not treat them as if they were stupid just because their training was in a different field. We are not stupid because we don't understand finance or real estate or the law just as they are not stupid because they do not understand our jobs. They need to stop treating us like we are stupid and stop keeping us in the dark on their PCVST deal.

I want details on every deal with every corporation NYU, Verizon, Fortress, Brookfield, Tishman, BlackRock, political "donation" and who has been given what, how much, when, so I can see their motive behind what they are pushing on us ad decide for myself if I trust them.

From where I stand, I agree all the politicians have abandoned us, a few have two hands in a bad deal, and my rent has skyrocketed taller than those flammable skyscrapers - skyscrapers which should pay an additional large tax fee to double the number of NYC firefighters and give them all a raise.

Every skyscraper should have an annual million dollar per floor tax that goes to the FDNY.

Anonymous said...

There is an alliance and many say it is ethically challenged.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/stringer-garodnick-alliance-blog-entry-1.1692876

On the Stringer Garodnick alliance a top political expert said:

"Asked to respond to the new development, Recchia spokesman Hank Sheinkopf issued this rather mysterious response: "Democracy may one day reign again in New York City when behind the scenes Tammany-style bullies masquerading as reformers -- whose main goals are self-promotion, threatening others who desire office and controlling the public's choices -- are exposed."

Anonymous said...

To be clear, what is "REPREHENSIBLE" and warrants the harshest condemnation are those who have been intimidating and destroying the lives of those of us who are standing up, speaking out, and trying to save a community. I will continue to file reports everywhere in every possible place on the ridiculous rents here.

As one who has been harassed and robbed because I protect my home and our community and filed on record overcharges with DHCR, it is my opinion the aggressors who have been intimidating me to stop reporting the overcharges deserve public trials and harsh sentencing.

Anonymous said...

@3;49 wins the thread for the most mentions of REBNY per post, and thre are over 40 REBNY mentions on this thread alone. I'm getting OCD just reading all the posts that mention REBNY. If you haven't noticed, NY is one of the most lucrative real estate markets on earth, always has been and always will be. Real estate and finance will always be where the money and power in this town come from. Unless you can change the economics of NYC then the political power of big real estate is not going away.

If you think REBNY is going to just walk away from Stuy Town and one of the biggest real estate deals around then you are setting yourself up for a very big disappointment. Maybe its time to hope for something more realistic, like discovering the meaning of life or time travel, because big real estate is only getting more powerful with all the foreign money pouring in. As renters and not owners, no one in Stuy Town will have much to say about it's future, while REBNY surely will.

Anonymous said...

"Marsh" is symbolic of the entire TA Board. Marsh did not act alone, he did not make decisions in a vacuum, he should not be the scapegoat to create an illusion or give an appearance that now the TA Board is on track on behalf of tenants. It is still derailed. There is a team collaborating on the REBNY deal. Just like Cooper Union is not one person acting alone and now that the President is out, all is fine and dandy. We don't need symbolic change, we need total reform of the TA Board.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone else is complaining about the heat issues. I've been living here for years and find the engineering department is basically absent on week-ends no supervisors?) and will have to call Service 3 times during he day until finally the 4 Pm shift gets the heat on.
I've also called 311 numerous times when Engineering never responds.
BTW: Management suggests you get thermometers in your apartment to justify your calls!

Anonymous said...

A beautiful day with a sad ending. Coming home through the first avenue loop. I can't believe those big beautiful trees are gone.

Anonymous said...

Scam program where businesses opened fake llc subsidiaries to get the startup ny kickback created 76 jobs and a $50 million dollar taxpayer-funded ad campaign for Cuomo.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2015/04/12/cuomos-startup-ny-program-creates-a-whopping-76-jobs-costs-taxpayers-53-million-n1983086

Cuomo should be fined $50 million and banned from access to taxpayer dollars.

Anonymous said...

STr, TA, can anyone do anything about the upstairs neighbors who let the kids run around all day and night - No carpets? I am sick and tired of feeling like I live under a herd of elephants. I never let our kids run inside and for hours on end. What can we do? Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I want the trees replanted in the Oval and throughout the property to restore to at least numbers equal to the number of tall trees we had in pre-Tishman, early 2000.

Anonymous said...

Idiots

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/a-tax-break-for-millionaire-yacht-owners/389126/

How does a state find itself approving a tax exemption just for luxury yachts?

New York’s new budget bill includes an obscure provision, tucked inside section SS, exempting the portion of a boat’s price above $230,000 from the sales tax. That’s about four times as much as the median family in the state earns in a year. The tax break—let’s christen it the SS Giveaway—was quietly inserted into the bill, without public discussion or debate. Some tax cuts are progressive; some are regressive. This one seems almost oppressive.

New York’s proposal, then, is an effort to keep up in this race to the bottom. “The justification for that is it creates jobs,” Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos told reporters. “It makes New York State more competitive.”

That mirrors the logic of other tax breaks the state has embraced in recent years. And it enrages critics at both ends of the spectrum. “These are very wealthy, powerful people they're giving this money to.”

New York is hardly alone. America’s state tax laws are riddled with carve-outs and loopholes aimed at attracting or retaining businesses, or promoting economic growth. Each individual measure may seem compelling to the legislators who support it, but in aggregate, they produce an impossibly convoluted and regressive tax code.

The top one percent of Americans pays only half as much of its income in state and local taxes as the bottom twenty percent. And governments end up starved for the very revenues these tax cuts are often aimed at securing.

Idiots.

Anonymous said...

NY politicians kicking out middle class in PCVST for common college scheme that is happening everywhere so wealthy developers can build wealthy college housing for one percenters across America

"It isn’t just universities catering to this top 1% demographic. Private developers have woken up to fact parents sending their children away to college want them to live with comforts of home, and in smaller communities, like Columbia, Missouri home to 3 separate universities, are racing to build luxury apartments

– offering video game rooms, theater rooms, golf simulators “the most over the top amenities”. Some students actually figure they probably won’t bother going to classes, and just treat college experience as vacation, even as community itself worries about lack of affordable housing for year-round citizens and working families."

SOUND FAMILIAR? IT ONLY HAPPENS WITH POLITICIAL SUPPORT KICKING OUT MIDDLE WORKING CLASS FAMILIES AND THIS IS WHY THEY KILLED THE OVAL TREE PARK FOR COLLEGE AMENITIES AND BUILT THEMSELVES A HUGE OFFICE BUILDING AND DAMN COLLEGE CAMPUS SECURITY CUOMO HAS US PAYING FOR.

"And if you’re the upper 1%, of course, you can have access to a personal concierge, just as if you lived at the Pierre or the Ritz. The same demographic who tour their prospective colleges by personal jet can have their concierges decorate their dorm rooms, get hold of tickets to concerts or sporting events, or arrange parties – a phenomenon that didn’t even exist a few years ago.

While affluent peers enjoy rock-climbing walls, personal butlers, members of bottom 1% literally wonder where they’ll be sleeping, where next meal is coming from.

One student posted on Columbia University Class Confessions Facebook page about tradeoffs like losing an hour’s pay to meet with a professor – only to have professor forget to show up.

The big tuition checks top 1% are writing may be helping to subsidize ability of bottom 1% to attend college at all, but telling latter group “just be glad you’re here; now, figure it out”, doesn’t seem like right approach, even as colleges and private companies bend over backwards to accommodate their wealthier peers. Just offering families more ways to save for college expenses, and suggesting that they save more, isn’t enough: college costs are rising too rapidly and total student debt now has topped $1.3tn.

Maybe we should look at what is happening in Europe, where colleges in Germany, Denmark and Sweden offer free college tuition. Of course, it comes without frills. There are no lavish dorms, no lap pools. And there’s no bottom 1%, worrying about where they’ll sleep."

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/us-money-blog/2015/apr/12/private-jets-dorms-colleges-inequality-one-percent

THE NYU CUOMO LANGONE DREAM -- THE PCVST DORM FOR LANGONE MEDICAL ALLEY NYU CLEARING OUT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS FOR THE ONE PERCENTERS!

NYU IS LESS ABOUT LEARNING AND MORE ABOUT LIFESTYLE.

FOR THIS COMMON SCHEME THEY KICKED OUT THOUSANDS OF PCVST WORKING CLASS FAMILIES. NY AND AMERICAN POLITICIANS PAVE THE WAY FOR DEVELOPERS WITH REBNY FAVORED LAWS FOR "LEGALLY" EVICTING MIDDLE CLASS EVERYWHERE.

IN OTHER WORDS "WELL ITS LEGAL SO THEY CAN DO IT"

PCVST NEEDS TO STAND UP AND SAY SCREW THE SCHEME YOU CANNOT TAKE OR MIDDLE CLASS HOMES!

IT IS A NATIONAL PLAGUE.

NY NEEDS TO STAND BY ITS MIDDLE CLASS AND STOP THE PLAGUE!

Anonymous said...

Luxury dorm living is all the rage for the one percenters

http://www.hometalk.com/6444015/most-impressive-dorms

Anonymous said...

New head of NYU from England, Oxford, faces scandals left behind by unscathed scandalous Sexton.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/21/new-york-university-president-andrew-hamilton

Anonymous said...

we forgot to include the link.

cheers.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/21/new-york-university-president-andrew-hamilton

Anonymous said...

We're generally happy here but have been increasingly upset over the management office construction work. Has anyone heard of a timeline for completion? They originally said last May; now it's almost this May and still nothing. We really want to use our walkway and playground again.

Anonymous said...

I Love the increases on the renovated apartments @ renewal: $400-$500 a month. What a great deal! Can we get two of those? How do these folks not read their leases.

Anonymous said...

"I want the trees replanted in the Oval and throughout the property to restore to at least numbers equal to the number of tall trees we had in pre-Tishman, early 2000."

Me too! They have stripped the property of so many of its beautiful trees that it bears no resemblance to the beautiful place it used to be. It used to be called "an oasis in the City." Now it's an ugly project with scruffy, bare grounds.

By the way, it seems that DeBlasio has totally deserted us. I guess cannolis with Marsh was just not as enticing as Speyer/Spinola hard cash. I really hope he is a one-term mayor because he is a total fraudster. He doesn't give a ff about the middle class.

Anonymous said...

How does everyone like their new light colored rugs installed in the hallways,which are now getting soo easily soiled? Light colored for a high traffic area?
The feces stains from these dogs are going to be extremely visible, and I own a dog. What will my guests think of? Soft thick generic wooden panels for the bottom borders which are cracking already? AND, the porter in my building is wearing light colored pants? Light colored pants? I thought they used to be a grey color. Their job seems to be very demanding and they will get filthy. They look like Recreation Department personnel. Whoever is running this place definitely has their heads stuck soo far up their asses, it's not even funny.
I just moved in here a few months ago and am paying a substantial amount of rent. What did I get myself into.
Cheers!

Anonymous said...

It is true they are installing outdoor lunch tables for the management office. They are ruining the peace and quiet design of the property. The benches were purposefully chosen for outdoor furniture so people could enjoy the outdoors while the thousand of homes surrounding the open space would maintain peace and quiet in their homes. Installing lunch tables and "crowd gathering" furniture is a purposeful direct assault on the peace and quiet of thousands of apartment homes. In how many ways will DOB and CB6 allow quality of life here to deteriorate so RE can increase their profits from us and build their commercial entities on this residential property? In how many ways big and small will NYC fail 30,000 people?

Anonymous said...

If you think REBNY is going to just walk away from Stuy Town and one of the biggest real estate deals around

Ummm... walk away... isn't that exactly what REBNY's current leader, boy genius Robby Speyer did, back in 2009? Leaving his investors with all the losses.

Agree with you though about the loon that keeps howling about REBNY fourteen times a day. Noy my blog, but a little culling would be in order. REBNY's running ads touting their brokers, RSA is running spots specifically calling for an end to Rent Stabilization laws this year. Who's the greater threat?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else hear that CW is targeting where the RS apartments are and paying some students to throw loud parties above, near or underneath them on purpose?

Anonymous said...

Mate? Cheers? Fantastic! Everyone's British!

Anonymous said...

Are the TA still active? I haven't received a postcard in a while.

Anonymous said...

Aren't we overdue for a T/A meeting with DG, Moelis, and P. Weiss? You know, one "we will not want to miss".

Anonymous said...

We are in despair over the college campus luxury amenities in the Oval. Get rid of the college campus amenities, the college dorms, the college campus security, the mci for the college campus water valves for the increased student population, the mci for the college campus security, all mci charges refunded and rid of that have any relation to the college campus NYU Stuy Town off campus housing they installed, and restore our Peace and Quiet and replant Trees to the Oval after tearing out the campus luxury amenities. What a f*****n joke they laid on us with the one-percenter college campus housing.

Anonymous said...

This is why we have been deserted and betrayed by the politicians but be forewarned the article has a big photo closeup of Spinola.

REBNY members gave a tenth of all N.Y. campaign money

"Michael McKee, treasurer of Tenants PAC, said he was concerned that state leaders would be more likely to heed REBNY's positions than his own as a result of the contribution levels. (Tenants PAC and McKee contributed $61,565 to 2014 candidates.)

“This is legalized bribery,” he said. “They’re quite used to buying what they want and getting it, and the legislature—both houses—has proven to be quite willing to give it to them.”

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/04/8566024/rebny-members-gave-tenth-all-ny-campaign-money

Anonymous said...

Hacked Sony emails reveal Cuomo fund-raising details

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/04/8566180/hacked-sony-emails-reveal-cuomo-fund-raising-details

Anonymous said...

Dems in power for six years and middle working class has lost over 1/3 of its worth. That says it all.

Anonymous said...

Fiven the Brookfield is directly responsible for the $100million increase in our rent roll (representing a 50% increase in a very very short time period) perhaps Hoylman who lauds this deal can assure us PCVST is not a side note thrown under the bus in any of the Brookfield deals where Brookfield gives the city an inch in Hudson Yards in return the City gives Brookfield a pass on the bad acts here. Every Brookfield deal with the City admin needs scrutiny by tenant eyes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/nyregion/under-deal-living-wage-for-workers-at-a-tower-in-hudson-yards.html?_r=0



Senator Brad Hoylman @bradhoylman · twitter

Historic, just & fair deal for #livingwage struck by @deBlasioNYC & @DMAliciaGlen with @BrookfieldProp in #HudsonYards

Anonymous said...

I said it before I'll say it again and keep saying it.

de Blasio should evict the thousands of luxury dorms, roll back the rents significantly and move in veterans and young military families. NYC is not doing near enough for our veterans who keep us safe. The least NYC could do is restore our middle class community with these heros as neighbors.

http://observer.com/2015/04/as-veterans-groups-knock-de-blasio-commissioner-welcomes-the-energy/

Anonymous said...

I can't believe those whiners on the TA FB page are calling Security because people are smoking outside the M and T entrances. Granted, if the smoke is going into your window you have the right to ask the smoker to blow the other way or step a few feet away, but to call Security! Some people should just go and live in a bubble because they can't deal with life unless everything is their way and as sanitized as they want it. They sure don't belong in NYC!
Btw, I am not a smoker and don't like being around smokers, but I would NEVER call Security because of smokers in my vicinity. Go live in a super-sanitized bubble if you are that sensitive!

Anonymous said...

DHCR works.
Go get your Rent History.
Don't let ANYONE convince you not to fight.
Don't let a lawyer or politician convince you not to fight.
There is no 4 year time limit.

Every tenant must read this and fight for what is rightfully yours -- a rent reduction and rebate.

Tenant Wins Big in Overcharge Case

http://www.everythinghousing.org/2015/03/tenant-wins-big-in-overcharge-case.html

Met Council on Housing

Anonymous said...

My oh my, the yelp reviews are awful. Word to the management here : our building entrance smells like piss. Going throughout the back basement / the dogs & humans piss there and the porter is not cleaning it. IT'S disgusting. Before I post it on that yelp site for all the flyover moms to read, clean it up please. Our porter spends hours and hours washing the floor inside (why?) when the entrance to all who enter smells like piss. D/is/gust/ing

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with poster April 18 3:13 PM. The front of our building in PCV is also often covered in dog urine. The dogs are allowed to do their business as soon as they pop out the front door. There are stains on top of stains. In the days of Rose Assoc., security started monitoring our situation (because of complaints), and actually followed dog-owners home and gave them warnings. The urinating around our front door stopped very quickly! Current management needs to step up and do what Rose Assoc. did back then.

Anonymous said...

"Word to the management here : our building entrance smells like piss."

That's kind of what happens when you allow dogs in a community of some 30,000 people. Did you really expect dog owners to exercise common sense, respect, and the discipline to be mindful of where their dogs shit and piss?

Anonymous said...

There's a town hall meeting with Hoylman & Kavanagh April 25. I will try to make it.

Anonymous said...

I was in the mgt office when a young student asked about putting up a wall in the living room of a 2BR. There was a little confusion but she obviously was trying to create a 3rd bedroom. The sec'y said they didn't allow 'free standing' walls. Suggested the girl speak to legal. What does this mean? Is it legal to put up a wall or not?

Anonymous said...

I would say we have been more than deserted by the politicians. We have been betrayed.

The job of electeds is pass laws to protect American lives and quality of life.

These electeds pass laws for hedge funds, RE, corporations, and the wealthy university organizations to commercialize our residential community and evict us middle class from our homes.

We have been more than deserted. We have been sold out and destroyed by our electeds.

I want to know more about the electeds's Verizon deal that ruined our Oval, committed the ugly arboricide that I am reminded of every time I leave my building cursing them. As a potential buyer, I want to see details on the financials. Plus RCN is a lot better.

Anonymous said...

4:28 wdym it works? We filed years ago. nothing has come of it. Told it was 'pending'. Have followed up more than 5 times. Now what? What do you advise? I give up.

Anonymous said...

Dems in power for six years and middle working class has lost over 1/3 of its worth. That says it all.

MY WORDS EXACTLY. Yet, 100% of NyC will not admit nor agree. Tsk tsk, how ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Final Review - The rent examiner and the supervisor draft a written case decision, also known as an order, and transfer it to the Rent Administrator or Director, who has the authority to make a final review of the draft order and can choose to reassign it to an examiner for additional processing, edit it, and /or issue the final written order.

Final Review of DHCR overcharge complaints 100% favor landlord. FINAL REVIEW - No tenant compensation. FINAL.

Anonymous said...

Current "management" doesn't give a rat's ass about the cleanliness and quality of life of the buildings. Look at the dog shit everywhere, the litter dirt patches (that used to be lawns), the excruciatingly scarred-for-ever bare patches where beautiful, healthy trees where chopped down for what purpose no one really knows. I think that someone in management just has a hatred of trees. We have no real management. There is just a bunch of bungling, greedy incompetents "managing" the property now. They have invaded like a deadly and destructive disease that has denuded and defiled the property. The staphylococcus of a management company! They are not managerial staff; they are staph!

Anonymous said...

Dems in power? for 6 years? On what planet? And what Republican anything gives a shit about middle working class?

This is who they give a shit about. Period. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/04/15/3647260/house-repeal-estate-tax/

Anonymous said...

all the steps at Pcv entrances smell like dog urine. No one cleans them. But our brand new floors are polished and waxed every hour on the hour.

Anonymous said...

I suggest that we all take photographs of the filthy conditions in PCVST. The laundry rooms, the dog shit, the recycling rooms filled with garbage, etc., and then post these photographs on Yelp. If anyone can make a video with sound recording of the barking dogs, partying dorms, drunken asshole students lurching into the buildings, then post those too.

The advertising of this place that Management puts out is so false and misleading that they should be held accountable. The photographs they put up in the leasing offices are photoshopped to a ridiculous degree and/or show photographs of what the property USED to look like. Surely there are laws about false advertising. The "bait and switch" techniques they use to lure in unsuspecting renters (especially the parents in the flyover states) are so egregiously dishonest that the Department of Consumer Affairs needs to look into them. Have you seen the photographs of the laundry rooms used in advertising the property? The lush trees and foliage? Absolutely they bear no resemblance to reality!
Where's Darling Dan, The Real Estate Man? Doesn't he care about the downright dishonesty and bare-faced lies? Probably, he doesn't care because these rubes from the flyover states are not registered to vote here and probably never will be registered to vote here.

Anonymous said...

8:09 AM: I will NOT vote for any of the incumbents even if it means I have to refrain from voting, write someone in or vote for the opposition. We have the filthiest, most corrupt incumbents since the days of Boss Tweed. Cuomo, Schumer and all the way down to DeBlasio and his coterie all as corrupt as is humanly possible. I would rather vote for the lavatory cleaners in the State Senate and City Hall than any of the current incumbents. In fact, I may find out their (lavatory cleaners) names and write them in when I vote. And they talk about Afghanistan and its corrupt government! Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

I really think that Compass Rock should be audited as to what fees they award themselves for totally mismanaging this property. I understand they are an offshoot of CW Cap and it's overlord, Fortress. Isn't there a conflict of interest somewhere in that mix? Doesn't self-serving amount to theft? Fortress is one of the most controversial investment outfits in the world and anything they do should be scrutinized very thoroughly.

Anonymous said...

Hello, April 15, 2015 at 10:02 PM

For your information, we moved here from Blackpool.

Anonymous said...

Is it legal for a residential property to rent to students and use it as a dormitory? There must be a law against this. I have 7 students living on my floor and they are ANIMALS!!!

Anonymous said...

Dogs and students have ruined this place!

Anonymous said...

"And what Republican anything gives a shit about middle working class?

This is who they give a shit about. Period. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/04/15/3647260/house-repeal-estate-tax/ "

Two thoughts about this post. 1). Seems all the politicians in NYC are Democrats yet REBNY owns the whole lot of them. Outside of the Mayor it been a lot more than 6 years so you're right to question that.
2) thinkprogress.org?? Really?? That's your go to publication to get facts?? Really?? No wonder you responded the way you did.

Anonymous said...

YC and London are very closely tied together financially and politically. They use the same policies to oppress the people in the UK too. We share the same police officers too.

"Bratton was approached by British Prime Minister David Cameron to become the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner in July 2011, but this was blocked by the Home Office on the grounds the Commissioner must be a British national with experience of English law.[7] Bratton instead was offered an advisor role to the British government, which he accepted in August 2011.[8]

On December 5, 2013, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Bratton would return to the post of Police Commissioner in New York City.[9]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bratton

Anonymous said...

Hoylman & Kavanagh April 25 - too little, too late, too much talk, too few good results, too many bad acts, too many secret back room deals and secret negotiations.

Anonymous said...

peter cooper resident here for past 5 months. Glad I found this site. The kids living above us have no carpets and run and bang things all day long. I've called the office and the security dept. Nothing gets done. In fact, one of the guards said that management doesn't want to help as they don't want tenants staying for more than one year and this will no doubt annoy us into non renewal. ? WOW.

Anonymous said...

o: 4/17/15 re: smokers outside the windows on M and T.

Obviously you don't live on eh lower floor apartments where kids hang out like it's a smokers lounge and your apartment is polluted with cigarette smoke.

I've asked many people to please move away from the apartments and in only one instance have UI gotten what amounts to the verbal finger from one or two snarky, hostile female smokers. Most of the kids are very nice about it but if they refuse to move, that's what Security is there for.

By the way, there's a legal issue re; loitering and hanging out on the stoops on Main is considered loitering.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry good people. CR will tidy up, plant flowers, clean all night long and then hit you and ME with a big fat MCI. We can't win people - until the loopholes on RS and DCHR are investigated and closed, you are fucked here.

How do you not know where the real problem lies?

Anonymous said...

"In fact, one of the guards said that management doesn't want to help as they don't want tenants staying for more than one year and this will no doubt annoy us into non renewal. ? WOW."

WOW indeed! If you are telling the truth and the security guard was telling the truth, then management is clearly harassing tenants and can be prosecuted under the law. Always record any conversation you have with employees of PCVST, whether management offices or security guards.