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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Meanwhile: Freedom of Information:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dan Garodnick's Wasteful Spending

I have to hand it to Dan Garodnick, our councilman. It takes balls to print a HUGE glossy and expensive mailer (on the people's dime) to pat yourself on the back, while promoting the 63-floor One Vanderbilt building, the spearhead for fundamentally changing the mid-East Side forever with other neighboring high rises that will sink Central Park and Manhattan's East Side streets into shadow, creating even more congestion, more noise, more madness, less sun, less air, but make the REBNY, construction bosses, and wealthy foreign concerns very happy.

But we know that Dan is a puppy dog to real estate. (Check the donations he receives from real estate and his teaming up with Brookfield to acquire Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, where "affordable housing" will be supposedly maintained for, maybe, 10% of the tenants, but probably 5%, if we're lucky. And "affordable" will not be what any normal person would consider affordable.)

But that's not what goads now.

What goads is why Dan had to spend so much on this self-promotional newsletter. Remember that several years ago Dan jumped on the "green" bandwagon and issued "green" newsletters on non-glossy paper, as he touted the green movement and his being a part of it. That turned out to be--surprise, surprise--bullshit, which Dan is a master at crafting. Those "green" newsletters were not snazzy enough, because he dropped that concept and went with heavier stock, glossy paper, which costs much more. This new newsletter exceeds those costs by being the largest foldout I ever received from a politician! My ruler isn't long enough to measure it!

I'm assuming that the money for this flyer comes from whatever kitty a councilperson receives for such promotions, with the taxpayer ultimately footing the bill. But since this gigantic "newsletter" is all about the Vanderbilt Corridor, I can't but wonder if some extra money wasn't received from big business interests to pump up the mailer's dimensions.

And here's the middle section compared with the size of a dollar bill, rug removed on the floor for better visual impact:

What a waste of money!

Thanks, Dan!


Anonymous said...

Shiny little jerk

Anonymous said...

With thanks to Stevie Wonder, adapted from He's Misstra Know-It-All

Dan's a man
With a plan
Got a counterfeit dollar in his hand
He's Misstra Know-It-All

Playin' hard
Talkin' fast
Makin' sure that he won't be the last
He's Misstra Know-It-All

Makes a deal
With a smile
Knowin' all the time that his lie's a mile
He's Misstra Know-It-All

Must be seen
There's no doubt
Dan's the coolest one with the biggest mouth
He's Misstra Know-It-All

If you tell Dan he's livin' fast
He will say what do you know
If you had my kind of cash
You'd have more than one place to go oh...

Anonymous said...

9;38 pm: Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Dan never fails to disappoint.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Slick

Anonymous said...

Dan never fails to disappoint......

actually i derived great joy from tearing this filth into itty bitty pieces while joyfully considering the inevitable downfall of elitist politicians who think they can lie to their voters then serve the greedy...

eyes focused on Uncle Andy & Cousin Dan....Preet hurry up with the obvious already!

Anonymous said...

I may be way of base here but I think the walls are closing in around Prince Cuomo...its a matter of time before Preet catches up to him.

Anonymous said...

You're way off base. This is New York - decent honest politicians are not here.

Anonymous said...

I always chuck Slimy Dan's newsletters straight down the chute - unread, of course.

I can't wait to see Preet collar Cuomo. That man lives in fear and love it! It would be great if Scumbag Speyer went down too. What a vile and ugly creature. I think STR's blog crashed the other day because the photographs of Cuomo and Speyer together was too much for the server to take. Those two ugly mugs could sink a battleship.

If only Jerry and Mario had masturbated .....

Anonymous said...

They should do toxicity tests on the building materials for these dick-towers but they won't because the REBNY controls the all NY government officials city state and federal and there is a lot of money to be made by Tishman from deals with China to buy building materials and use them in US cities.

Anonymous said...

Can't say I am surprised Danny says one thing but he does the opposite. Being Green to be on the trendy bandwagon but making slick heavy paper glossy self promotions too.

Anonymous said...

This guy has to go. He is doing the community wrong.

Anonymous said...

Councilman Garodnick's deal with Brookfield and the negative results it has had on the community with construction of our open space, rezoning, massive eviction, massive loss of affordable housing, increased commercialization with many businesses operating on the once entirely 100% residential safe property, overpopulation, overstressed infrastructure, dangerous increased traffic and double parking on the once quiet and safe loop roads, transient student and tourist short term rentals, and on and on says it all and more.
I do not believe that is what a councilperson office is supposed to be used for.

Anonymous said...

July 4 @ 8:10 am: you said it all, and said it beautifully. Thank you. This jerk has a couple more years in office then, hopefully, he'll go away forever. I hope he doesn't get to do more damage while he's still around and abusing the public trust in the service of his Masters: REBNY. What a little asshole.

Anonymous said...

omfh, he has no deal with Brookfield. You people keep talking about a deal and a conversion. Stop, you're trying to distract us from lies and false information. There is NO CONVERSION. Never was.

Anonymous said...

"omfh, he has no deal with Brookfield."

That's the lie "he" is trying, and failing, to distract attention away from. Failing to mention Garodnick by name doesn't help your denial efforts.

Follow the money.

Anonymous said...

Generic tower to hide iconic Grand Central Station. City Council and City administration are shameful.

Anonymous said...

Smells of glossy desperation to convince and sell the public on what the public knows is a stinker.