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Thursday, June 11, 2015

You Won't Have to Get on a Bus

Apparently Governor Cuomo is stalling on strengthening rent laws and helping RS tenants. The deadline is June 15, and you can voice your concern and press him to strengthen our current rent laws by calling his Albany office at (518) 474-8390 and/or his New York City number at (212) 681-4580. Fax number is: (518) 474-1513.

Additional contacts:

EMAIL: https://www.governor.ny.gov/contact
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo 

(Contact numbers and URLs taken from TA Facebook posting.)

Cuomo has stated that he wants to “eliminate vacancy decontrol, or at the very least significantly raise vacancy-decontrol thresholds," and we should keep him to that desire. We should also stress the need for eliminating the payment of MCIs in perpetuity.

87 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows by now that Cuomo lies. Some braver, more truthful politicians are calling him out on it too. The rest of the politicians I am so OVER.

They are as unnecessary as their outpouring of self-love and self-congratulations to each other. Keep telling yourselves how great you all are while New Yorkers and the city's infrastructure is crumbling because you keep wanting shiny new things instead of taking care of the people and things, small businesses, train stations, buildings already here because the shiny new things bring your coffers shiny new money. Nothing is getting through, nothing is a wake up call to them who are still saying how awesome and amazing each other are and ignore that we chose not to vote because they are not doing their job.
Start working harder and admitting you need to work harder if you want to keep your job because right now you do not have my vote. More politicians should be joining Shelly and Skelos soon!

Anonymous said...

Every term in the tenant led bid had NO input from tenants. Why keep us in the dark? It has been years. We want to see every evolution of the terms of this purchase negotiated by Meredith Kane, Paul Weiss. If it is anything like the MCI negotiations we are OUT!

Anonymous said...

Major City politicians and known corrupt real estate companies made deals with China to build in the US using chinese building materials and are spreading those chinese building materials across every major US city.

"Building higher" is not about solving a housing crisis (obviously when majority of housing built for absent wealthy pied a terres). It is about deals made by global and canadian real estate companies to buy and use chinese building materials, materials from a country known for human rights violations and toxic pollution in air,water, land, kid's toys, building materials, etc.

This Boston skyline looks very much like the renderings for NYC skyline, including here at PCV ST.

One of Tishman Speyer China deal in a 'let us build in China and we will get chinese companies access to profit from building in the US'

http://www.wsj.com/articles/boston-project-draws-chinese-insurance-firms-first-u-s-investments-1428437262

Anonymous said...

It is bigger than a simple renewal. The government is making business deals on behalf of real estate industry while they have us focus on these renewal scraps they have already screwed us in their business arrangements. It is an exchange of profits for real estate companies and higher offices for politicians. Incestuous incumbents are slowly killing us by a thousand cuts, as pointed out before on this blog. No courage to stop it while it is happening. No outcry for PCVST last year or the year before or before that, while it is going on, but a lot of press coverage on outcry now when city wide the issue is in or face, too little, too late, to do anything but get scraps.

Anonymous said...

Me thinks thou dost protest too much.

T&V this morning is just depressing. If the pols would fight hard to do good work the work, results would speak for itself.

This heavyweight rhetoric praising one another on how awesome the pols with tweets of how proud they are of each other, absent years of results for the people is no way to run a government. If my employees praised themselves while producing no results we would be at a budget deficit. My employees get rewarded for results. Period. They are not coddled with insulting kindergarten motivators like heaping praise for just doing your job, that is expected. Absent results, you do not get to keep your job. We still have cleaning up to do in Albany.

Signed
Sick and tired of the empty rhetoric

Anonymous said...

If you didn't get on a nice, comfortable bus to Albany to make your presence felt in a bright yellow T-shirt, if you haven't written to or called Cuomo or Heastie yet, this is your last chance to push that weaselly, devious, tenant-unfriendly Cuomo to do what we need him to do. Just extending the rent laws is a defeat and Big Real Estate knows it. Call Cuomo, call John Flanagan (the Republican majority leader of the State Senate) today. We all have to take responsibility for the fight.

Anonymous said...

Until and unless the Stuy Town TA takes real action on Stuy Town issues with an investigation into the renovation overcharges, instead of piggy backing on city wide issues for publicity to look like a tenant advocate organization, I will not have anything to do with them. They take no actions for Stuy Town but preach to high heaven about city wide issues.


A load of BS

Anonymous said...

Playing games with peoples lives right to the very end.

Anonymous said...

What happens if the deadline comes and goes? Do our rents shoot up immediately?

I don't appreciate the way these politicians make us sweat and squirm like this. They've done it before and it seems as though they get some kind of sadistic pleasure in stressing so many people. Like the prospect of losing our homes isn't something that will bother us. Cuomo is a thug and a bully. The sooner he is gone, the better.

Anonymous said...

Typical Cuomo will only provide necessary assistance to struggling working class if he also gives even more money to the wealthy. He will never help the working class unless there is a bigger benefit to his wealthy buddies.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I don't appreciate the way these politicians make us sweat and squirm like this. They've done it before and it seems as though they get some kind of sadistic pleasure in stressing so many people.<<

Could it be that by taking it right to the end, they expect relief and gladness from tenants that at least the rent laws have been extended?

Though it could be that's just the way government moves...slowly.

Anonymous said...

Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) was just on NPR with Brian Lehrer. Lehrer asked about what’s gonna happen Monday, specifically about 421-a and rent regs/vacancy decontrol repeal. She said 421-a gets extended as is. And that rent regs get extended as is for one year. Call Cuomo.

Anonymous said...

June 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM

It's negotiation. The State Senate and hedge funds want tax credits for private schools, tenants want rent regs, and developers want 421-a, etc. That all goes into the hopper and the horsetrading starts. What we have to do is explain to the guys who would negotiate on our behalf (the Assembly and ostensibly our Dem governor) that extending rent regs without vacancy decontrol, permanent MCIs and the 20% vacancy bonus is our tip-top most important issue in the entire universe and that heads will roll if they don't. That's what the NRA does so well and why a tiny minority of gun owners holds sway over national gun control.

We need to call Cuomo. We also need to call Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (518-455-3791, ask for the Speaker's Line) and our Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (212-979-9696).

Anonymous said...

June 12, 2015 at 10:05 AM

What I know: If the rent laws expire you would not be affected until your lease expires. What I'm guessing: in the meantime, you'd better carefully comply with the terms of your lease.

Anonymous said...

I'm in agreement with 9:28. I want nothing to do with current and ineffective TA until they deal STRONGLY AND THOROUGHLY with the overcharges. It is an outrage and beyond comprehension that this continues. IT IS ILLEGAL and CR and C W Cap knows it. Shame on them - they will get burnt.

Anonymous said...

State lawmakers left Albany for the weekend without reaching a compromise on an extension of New York City’s rent regulations. They are expected to return Monday, the day the law expires. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

Anonymous said...

It is going to take a lot more than bus rides, phone calls, post cards to get these politicians to do what they are supposed to do in the first place. The only thing they listen to is $. De Blasio should use that. NYC provides more $ to Albany than the rest of the state.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of slugs. They are scared to death because they have so much to hide. Sleazy bastards. I think there will be blood on the streets if the RS laws are not renewed. Even if they are renewed, many of us won't forget the stress and angst they have subjected us to. Roll on election time. I will write in "Bozo the Clown" if any of the incumbents run. Bastards. May they all have a totally rotten, miserable weekend.

Anonymous said...

Letitia James gets it right. But STR and commentators have been saying this for years.


"we need, most important, is leadership in Albany,” she said.

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/06/public-advocates-office-gears-up-to-offer-legal-help-if-rent-regulations-expire/#ixzz3cuDwIGkl
Follow us: @newyorkobserver on Twitter | newyorkobserver on Facebook

http://observer.com/2015/06/public-advocates-office-gears-up-to-offer-legal-help-if-rent-regulations-expire/

We have not had leadership in decades. Attaching tenant protections to millions for political donators is disgusting. Disgraceful bunch in Albany dong this to New Yorkers, putting us in this position. What we needed was more outcry and anger from local pols these past years and not only in this last minute. But thank you Letitia for demanding real leadership but I don't think anyone in Albany knows what real leadership is.

Anonymous said...

Pro-Tenant Group Parodies Cuomo’s Ties to Scandal-Scarred Glenwood

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/06/tenant-group-parodies-cuomos-ties-to-scandal-scarred-glenwood/#ixzz3cuIHEBbm
Follow us: @newyorkobserver on Twitter | newyorkobserver on Facebook


Calling it like it is...just calling it like it is. Now that is the way to send a clear message. The Alliance for Tenant Power

Anonymous said...

https://www.facebook.com/alliancefortenantpower

The Alliance for Tenant Power

BREAKING: Mayor Bill de Blasio stands with tenants in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo's linkage of rent laws to a new tax credit benefiting rich hedge funders.

‪#‎TenantPower‬

YES!!! FINALLY!!!

Anonymous said...

We need a real 'angelic troublemaker"

Clearly Cuomo promised millions for RE and did not count on resistance or fight from the People, even with Quinn now on his staff, who knows full well REBNY was not able to landslide her into the NYC Mayor office they bought for her because People came out in droves to vote against her real estate agenda.

Here Quinn uses all sorts of trickery to appear for the People, even getting "arrested" (but politicians get Arranged-arrested with and handled with kid gloves is different then a real arrest.)

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2011/07/2679215/fearing-life-after-bloomberg-new-yorks-business-establishment-settle?page=all

And seated between Spinola and Tighe (woman who hired lawyers to destroy Robert's ruling) on REBNY deus playing God

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2013/02/8048946/real-estate-leader-pays-tribute-christine-quinn

Even the Pope has come out saying the wealthy gathering and hoarding all the world's wealthy is wrong to do and has begun opening their own accounting books to the world. After of course Langone bullied NYC's cherished St Patrick's cathedral, threatening the renovations if the Pope continued in his message.

"Langone told CNBC he advised Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York that the pope should cool it with the finger-pointing at the rich."

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/03/business/la-fi-mh-ken-langone-20140103


What we need is a politician with the cahonas to put an open letter in a national/global newspaper like NY times or WSJ about the plight of the working and iddle class homes being under constant threat and seige by billionaire developers seeking huge short term payouts to fatten their wallets.

That politician is a real and true fighter for and of the people, or a "angelic troublemaker".



Anonymous said...

"extension of New York City’s rent regulations."

Just an extension is a defeat. VD must end as well or we will lose ANY political muscle in the near future. Mike McKee was slightly optimistic at the last TA meeting re this, here’s hoping.

Anonymous said...

"Even the Pope has come out saying the wealthy gathering and hoarding all the world's wealthy is wrong to do and has begun opening their own accounting books to the world. After of course Langone bullied NYC's cherished St Patrick's cathedral, threatening the renovations if the Pope continued in his message.

Langone told CNBC he advised Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York that the pope should cool it with the finger-pointing at the rich."

This is an opportunity for Cardinal Dolan to set an example. He should publicly state St Patrick's Cathedral is returning Langone's renovation contributions and furthermore, the Catholic Church NYC Archdiocese will reject all future contributions from him as well until he ends his predatory activities destroying society at large. Let the world know St Patrick's Cathedral is not the needle eye Langone thinks he can buy his way through into heaven.

Anonymous said...

I too would write in Bozo the clown, but it won't change anything. The thugs still get elected in NY and NY c even mores.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much Boar's Head pays Quinn for posing for their logo?

Anonymous said...

Cuomo-Garodnick-TA fear mongering isn't succeeding?

Anonymous said...

Getting rid of rent stabilization laws are just one of the people's protections they want to eliminate. They want to rid of 90% of laws and regulations that protect people.

"He also confided to Moore, who is funded through several of Koch’s ventures, that his true goal is to strengthen the “culture of prosperity” by eliminating “90%” of all laws and government regulations."

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/10/20/124642/beck-koch-chamber-meeting/




In addition to rent protections, climate protections, the quality of our health care is diminishing due to a monopoly

http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2015/05/08/the-rapid-expansion-of-nyu-langone/




These are the ones who are buying our politicians and bullying the ones they can't buy to get rid of regulations and get trade deals. Pretty great they got their hands on this little document:

http://images2.americanprogressaction.org/ThinkProgress/secretkochmeeting.pdf




Also, they are really going after the Pope to stop him from protecting the planet.

"Angry US Republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours’ The US right will launch pre-emptive attacks on the pope’s stance on climate change"

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/13/climate-change-conservatives-catholic-teaching



They are out of control. De Blasio put your foot down. Lead the way to
Give NYU back to the faculty and students and away from the corrupt administration and board of directors.
Break up the monopoly of the NYC health care system.
Establish City Rent Stabilization Laws to Override Albany who is holding us hostage and killing us slowly with a thousand cuts.
Make NYC great again with small businesses, neighborhoods, communities, parks.

Anonymous said...

Everyone, the politicians, lobbyists, TA, lawyers, the REBNY, CW, CR have pulled off Tishman Speyer's predatory plan. The oval is now a commercial, publicly advertised Oval Beach with a concert series and strip mall and no longer a healthy, peaceful tree park. The population is more transient than residence. The apartments are more short-term stay hotels than affordable working class homes. The rent roll went from $230million a year to $370million a year almost overnight. The configuration of the property and community is destroyed. Still they won't come clean about their part in the Tishman plan or their part in paying off the investors instead of protecting the residents. That is a lot of lives disrupted and destroyed so Paul Weiss and Brookfield can get more awards for deals and politicians can get a seat in front of the REBNY deus. It is time to stop lying to the tenants.

Anonymous said...

ps What is with the movie references. First Cuomo and now the Silkwood commentator which I must say that Silkwood comment sounds berating and belittling and condescending and insulting. I don't know either of the movies referenced by Cuomo or by the Silkwood comment but the offensive tone is a bit obvious. What is your point?

Anonymous said...

A lot of comments and topics to catch up on this week.

On the undercover taxis in Stuyvesant Town, per two taxi drivers yesterday, the undercover taxis work the streets sometimes on traffic violations and mostly on major operations like drug busts. They are considered heavy artillery in the tools of the NYPD and use them against major criminals. If they are being used against Stuyvesant Town residents for anything not a major crime then that is most likely a full force intimidation tactic.

They are not allowed to pick up civilians. They are not allowed to take money from fares while they patrol. If they picked up a Stuyvesant Town resident on his way to meet with a lawyer about Stuyvesant Town then you can be sure it was known he was meeting with lawyers and he was targeted for that.

A patrol operation in Stuyvesant Town would have to involve Campus Security and Garodnick's office too. Something stinks to high heaven on this.

Anonymous said...

There is no doubting Cuomo is hurting tenants to help developers. I think we are past the point of trying to call the Cuomo Garodnick TA a conspiracy instead of the reality it is. In PCV ST developers, hedge funds, the REBNY, RE investors prevail while tenants pay the price.

Anonymous said...

If NY has the new Senate Minority Leader and NY fails at protecting the working class in Stuyvesant Town then the rest of the country is doomed by the Langones, Finks and Speyers.

Anonymous said...

Lastly, no doubt the construction boom in major US cities is not about a housing crisis or a population migration to cities (which is counterbalanced with equal numbers leaving cities). If it were about a housing crisis the Mayors would not be building 75% of the housing for 1% of the population.

I agree it is about Wall Street and RE making a deal to purchase chinese building materials then paying off politicians in exchange for development projects with major cities across the US competing for a piece in the lucrative chinese deal with no consideration for the impact that will have on American jobs, Made in America products, etc. Thank you for the good laugh to whoever posted about the Mayor in Florida who probably built his tower with chinese construction materials.

Anonymous said...


From last week, there are several more recent puff pieces that seem they were not independently written by Town & Village much like this little gem from last year.....

http://stuytownreport.blogspot.com/2014/03/town-villages-promo-puff-article-on-new.html

..makes you wonder how many there have been in between and long before.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dan and TA, did our middle class values-sharing business partner Brookfield shower tons of money on Cuomo ordering him to protect their ST-PCV tenant led purchase partners and millions more of his RS constituents by ending luxury/vacancy decontrol and permanent MCI rent increases?

Or, did your predatory REBNY business partner Brookfield sharing your values shower tons of money on Cuomo ordering him to maintain 421a standalone "as is" and instead, link RS reenactment to expanding tax breaks and government subsidies for Wall Street hedge funders sponsoring their profit making private schools with money and property he stripped away from NYS/NYC public education?

Anonymous said...

A big reason NYC is in its current condition and inequality is everywhere ties to the former three amigos, the three men in the room, especially Skelos and Cuomo. It is all tied together in this short article:

http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2014/04/skelos-on-taxing-the-rich/

Anonymous said...

I would really like to see the Mayor be a leader, come up with something new, a new way to restore this working class community, the teachers, the nurses, the police, the firemen, the veterans, the middle class of all races and ethnicities, as the fabric of NYC was meant to be in the first place. Albany should not control our communities, especially when Albany is too corrupted to rule.

Come up with a new rule, a state of emergency rule for the city that when two heads of the three headed governing body are indicted, the city exorcises Albany rule until the trials are ended or the indicted leave office. That oughtta do it for our schools and for our communities.

Anonymous said...

Housing is a human right! Shame on Governor Cuomo!

Anonymous said...

Vindictive

Anonymous said...



http://www.manhattantimesnews.com/if-rent-laws-expire-we-have-your-back/

Letitia James Pubic Advocate support resources for Tenants

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY RIGHT.


Anonymous said...

Hey Dan and TA, did our middle class values-sharing business partner Brookfield shower tons of money on Cuomo ordering him to protect their ST-PCV tenant led purchase partners and millions more of his RS constituents by ending luxury/vacancy decontrol and permanent MCI rent increases?

Or, did your predatory REBNY business partner Brookfield sharing your values shower tons of money on Cuomo ordering him to maintain 421a standalone "as is" and instead, link RS reenactment to expanding tax breaks and government subsidies for Wall Street hedge funders sponsoring their profit making private schools with money and property he stripped away from NYS/NYC public education?

June 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Anonymous said...

We know he owns Albany, if anyone doubted Ken Langone's influence on city hall, WSJ lays it out. Langone is very involved, influential and expert as using his words to appear skeptical on city hall but if he actually was skeptical it would be wrath not words he would use. His vision is in good hands with De Blasio. Middle Class at Stuyvesant Town is toast. Kathryn Wilde nails it. The Mayor says one thing to the people and another behind closed doors to the "business elite"

Have a good day all!

http://www.wsj.com/articles/de-blasio-finds-improbable-allies-in-business-elite-1434329546

Anonymous said...

Sorry I was skeptical. Now I have no doubt PCV ST tenants are harassed. I was sent sent this link to share with the community on how far they will go to harass those opposing them. Personally I don't doubt undercover cop taxis are involved with helping RE evict the community.

Whatever you do avoid the Post Office the undercovers follow you there too, a trick they used before. Obviously you are onto what is going on and they will destroy anyone who says no to them in their quest to take everything.

Bullshit that Langone just happened to know the person in the post office who just happened to be behind Eliot Spitzer in line.


"I know for sure he went himself to a post office and bought $2,800 worth of mail orders to send to the hooker," Langone claimed on CNBC. "I know somebody who was standing in back of him in line. . . . I hope his private hell is hotter than anyone else's." (Langone)


Cuomo taps Spitzer foe for transition team

http://www.newsday.com/services/test/2.811/dan-janison/cuomo-picks-billionaire-kenneth-langone-for-transition-team-1.2461066


Anonymous said...

This is fucking huge. NYU strikes again. She was once fired from the WP for plagiarism. The outing of EV Grieve is a major blow to the PCVST community. Reading her story at this link will make you want to throw up. The only redeeming factors are the comments where she is eviscerated.

http://bedfordandbowery.com/2015/06/the-story-of-ev-grieve-a-greta-garbo-for-the-east-village/

Anonymous said...

""I know somebody who was standing in back of him in line. . . . I hope his private hell is hotter than anyone else's." (Langone)"

Langone should know all about Hell. He rules it! He gets his horns filed down for when he visits Earth.

Anonymous said...

Waiting to the last minute, stressing millions of people, as a negotiating tactic is outrageous. They knew about this deadline for years. This is beyond dysfunctional.

Anonymous said...

Today happened because they were not doing anything last year, or for years for that fact. Just waiting for the deadline to even begin to fight weakens the effort. Big business profits huge and wins battles because they are proactive, getting ahead of the game. Last year we weren't even in the game - except for the STR EV Grieves of the world.

Thank you STR and EV Grieve for your years of fighting the battle!
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm convinced.

I will never ride in a taxi or go to the post office ever again.

Are there additional precautions we should take? Should we stop using phones and computer devices?

Since everyone knows secret listening devices are planted everywhere throughout PCVST, it's probably wise to never speak with anyone anywhere inside the complex. Are they tracking our television viewing habits? What about shopping? Should we stop buying things with credit or debit cards? Are the NYPD undercover detectives following us to monitor our cash purchases too?

All of us should be very afraid for our lives. Is there anyway we can be safe? Should we just hide out in the dark in our apartments, taping doors and windows shut without ever turning a light on? Maybe we should just run away as fast and as far as we can?

Thanks for the warnings.

Anonymous said...

7:52 I think those comments are not addressed to you or most tenants. Just to the NYU faculty, the activist students and their parents, and the tenants exposing the NYU truths on this blog.

They should be thanked for taking the risks instead of receiving immature insults. They are risking a lot to help us and I for one appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Good article on what is causing the Quality of Life problems, the loss of affordable housing, the mass eviction and attracting violent criminals who prey on drunk youths.

Bears repeating.

"The communities, the faculty, parents of the students need to come together to stop the student gouging housing scam.

From FASP / Faculty Against Sexton Plan

http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2015/05/13/nyu-fasp-releases-report-on-university-exploitation/

http://nyufasp.com/2015/05/the-art-of-the-gouge-how-nyu-squeezes-billions-from-our-students-and-where-that-money-goes/

June 16, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Anonymous said...

Thank you 7.52 AM. You also forgot to say how CR uses reverse engineered alien technology from Area 51 to track us as well. Run for the hills! Mulder, Scully, help us!

Anonymous said...

The Gov's Facebook page has froze. You can't read recent comments on the RS topic or leave comments. I doubt anyone (least of all Cuomo himself) reads them anyway. That man is in his bunker.

Anonymous said...

"7:52 I think those comments are not addressed to you or most tenants. Just to the NYU faculty, the activist students and their parents, and the tenants exposing the NYU truths on this blog.

They should be thanked for taking the risks instead of receiving immature insults. They are risking a lot to help us and I for one appreciate it."

This is 11.29 7.52's post had nothing to do with 99% of the NYU links, it had to do with the insane conspiracy theories that CR is controlling NYPD undercover taxi cabs and we are being watched by CR at the PO.(that Langone link).

Anonymous said...

I wish people would stop referring to/quoting from dumbass tv programs and movies.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense --- Undercover NYPD detectives in taxicabs spy on PCVST tenants for CWC-NYU-Langone. They were somehow tipped off to intercept and threaten a tenant whistleblower meeting an attorney to deliver evidence of illegal/negligent CWC construction exposing the public to asbestos and dangerous underground chemicals. The intimidated whistleblower moves away, but will probably surface if Preet asks. --- Nonsense

Disgraceful corruption involving billions of dollars is going down at PCVST. Follow the money. Not the nonsense.

Anonymous said...

@June 16, 2015 at 10:27 AM
"7:52 I think those comments are not addressed to you or most tenants. Just to the NYU faculty, the activist students and their parents, and the tenants exposing the NYU truths on this blog.

They should be thanked for taking the risks instead of receiving immature insults. They are risking a lot to help us and I for one appreciate it."

What risks are NYU faculty, students and their parents taking to help ST-PCV residents? Wittingly or unwittingly, they are the immature transients destroying our homes. Absent college students residing here with family, there should be no students (from NYU or anywhere else) crammed into illegal dormitory lodging inside ST-PCV.

NYU degenerated into a neighborhood devouring monster, but it's just one out of many greedy real estate predators circling ST-PCV. Problems faced by NYU faculty, students and parents are not the same problems faced by ST-PCV residents planning to live here more than 2-3 years. We are totally different prey. We can empathize, they can empathize, but it's two separate predatory victimization schemes. NYU-Langone deciding to skip eating ST-PCV will not solve our problems or theirs. For us, it will just be one less predator stalking us. Besides, it's nowhere near the closest, biggest, worst predators already salivating over us. Anyone believing NYU is our major threat is blind or distracted. Booting out thousands of transient students will be among the first actions Brookfield or Fortress will undertake to improve QOL at ST-PCV. That and functional laundry machines will make us all happy.

Anonymous said...

8:47 pm: why would Fortress and/or Brookfield boot out the transients and students?
Wouldn't improving the QOL here run counter to their grand plan - whatever that is? The hate to make improvements to make us happy.

Anonymous said...

The FASP links tell how it is one predatory scheme and not two. The faculty published a good summary of what NYU is doing in this real estate grab. Thanks for posting the FASP links.

Anonymous said...

The NYU Faculty piece lays it out plainly. Lipton, Langone, Shorris, Sexton are at the bottom of this. No action against the dorms has taken place because city hall, city council, and their tenant association here has already made agreements for all to divide up any remaining parcels between dorms, luxury short term stay pied a terre housing and the bane of their existence, the very very few remaining real rent stabilized.
BTW agree on ending the old tv and movie distractions. Had to google mulder scully and still makes no sense.

Focus is on stopping the dividing up of this community by hedge funds, pols/ta and re.

Anonymous said...

June 17, 2015 at 7:06 AM - The secret agreement TS made before walking away was with CWCapital, not NYU. It's likely that CWCapital intends to sell to its parent company next year. CWCap is merely using students and the loopholes in current rent regulations to its advantage to jack legal RS rents up through the roof. NYU is eager to play along because ST is a convenient, easy way around its student housing crunch. This will continue as long as rent regulations stay as they currently are.

We all might be better off trying to focus on Cuomo right now. He's the reason rent regulations have lapsed. If he really wanted them extended without vacancy decontrol and other landlord-friendly loopholes, that would have already happened.

Call Cuomo. Tell him that restoring rent regulations as they are means more dorm-ification of ST & PCV. 518-474-8390, press 3.

Anonymous said...

"... why would Fortress and/or Brookfield boot out the transients and students?"

Who will buy an expensive luxury condo from Brookfield knowing thousands of their new neighbors will be non-stop partying transient students and post grads destroying QOL and infrastructure?

Dorms crammed with transients are de facto warehoused apartments.

Brookfield will thank Garodnick and the TA for informing them neighbors/constituents complain about how non-stop partying transients crammed into dorms are destroying QOL and infrastructure.

Brookfield will agree when Garodnick and the TA tell them it's illegal for more than 3 unrelated adults to occupy 1 apartment.

Brookfield will file a tenant unfriendly condo offering plan with NYS AG, then immediately change rent policy to improve QOL and comply with occupancy regs. Although disappointed with the Garodnick-TA-Brookfield partnership strategy needlessly confiscating our affordable ownership opportunity away from us, we can still rejoice knowing our QOL is their #1 priority.

When NYS AG approves Brookfield's middle class unaffordable condo plan, they will reap multi-billion dollar windfalls selling their vacated dorms converted to expensive luxury condos at full market price levels without having to offer anything more than a tiny discount to 15% of RS tenants, or wait for them to die.

Other than a token percentage set aside, current RS tenants will be the final RS tenants residing in their ST-PCV apartments.

NYU may buy a slate of expensive Brookfield condos for faculty housing.

Brookfield will realize Speyer' s dream.

Anonymous said...

STR - In your opinion, do you think that the rent laws will be fixed soon or do you think this political theatre will go on for months to come? I am trying to gage just how concerned I should be.

Thanks for your input as always.

Anonymous said...

My back went into a spasm Sunday night and I am in agony. I blame Cuomo because I have nowhere to go if I lose my home. Do these people know or care how much stress they are causing people, especially seniors like me?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>STR - In your opinion, do you think that the rent laws will be fixed soon or do you think this political theatre will go on for months to come? I am trying to gage just how concerned I should be.<<

I would think this will be over soon, a couple of weeks AT MOST. I wouldn't worry at this point. There would be a revolution, otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Developers and landlords don't care who you rent to or whom they rent to. They're trying to make $, it's a business people. If they sell off units one by one, they stand to reep millions and billions. Then they don't have to deal with a TA, an elderly tenant, a staff and insurance and taxes. It's very simple and they all seem to be going condo or coop now.

Anonymous said...

June 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM - Constantly carrying on about Brookfield and Garodnick and the TA being in on something with CWCap is about as realistic as undercover NYPD detectives in taxicabs spy on PCVST tenants for CWC-NYU-Langone.

CWCap and company NEVER intended to sell it to Brookfield and tenants. If they did they would have done so already, satisfying the bondholders in the process. Instead, CWCap has dragged out the sale as long as it can, collecting monthly maintenance fees of over a $ half million a month and demanding over a $ billion in fees and other BS along the way.

The only question in my mind is whether or not they ultimately intend to hand us over to their parent company next year or to some other international behemoth. As far as the final sale price of ST & PCV goes, a lot rides on what happens with rent regulations in the next few days. CWCap has gambled that they get extended as they are. If so, CWCap wins big.

Anonymous said...

"The only question in my mind is whether or not they ultimately intend to hand us over to their parent company next year or to some other international behemoth. As far as the final sale price of ST & PCV goes, a lot rides on what happens with rent regulations in the next few days. CWCap has gambled that they get extended as they are. If so, CWCap wins big."

This is so true, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Fortress and Brookfield are competitors buying their separate ways to a rigged transaction.

Fortress owns CWC
Brookfield owns Garodnick who owns the TA

Mayor de Blasio knows PCVST tenants are getting screwed again under his watch, but seems open to Brookfield giving him something he can claim is affordable someplace else if he supports Garodnick and the TA handing over Fannie/Freddie billions and 100% PCVST ownership/control to Brookfield in exchange for a few worthless promises to do nothing that will cost Brookfield nothing. For instance, Brookfield promises PCVST will still be PCVST. Garodnick and the TA call that a "shared value" justifying their handing everything to Brookfield for nothing.

PCVST tenants having no honest representation will get raped and plundered again.

Anonymous said...


"PCVST tenants having no honest representation will get raped and plundered again."

Anonymous said...

@June 17, 2015 at 3:56 PM
"June 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM - Constantly carrying on about Brookfield and Garodnick and the TA being in on something with CWCap is about as realistic as undercover NYPD detectives in taxicabs spy on PCVST tenants for CWC-NYU-Langone."

My comment @ June 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM reflects Garodnick-TA betraying their ST-PCV neighbors/constituents with their disgraceful, middle class unaffordable, tenant unfriendly condo plan delivering multi-billion dollar windfalls to their owner/partner Brookfield, a major REBNY predator and $25 million Speyer investor/cheerleader. Under Garodnick-TA leadership, we are duped into bailing out Brookfield's $25 million investment in a business plan that could not possibly succeed without all of us getting booted out of our homes.

There's nothing in my comment remotely suggesting anything about "Brookfield and Garodnick and the TA being in on something with CWCap" or any other conspiracy theories you cite involving NYPD, CWC, NYU, Langone, etc. In fact, none of them are mentioned anywhere in the comment.

Garodnick and the TA are betraying their ST-PCV neighbors/constituents by selling themselves out to Brookfield via their phony "tenant led purchase" delivering 100% of everything to Brookfield and nothing to tenants. If not for Garodnick and TA malfeasance, a genuine tenant led purchase delivering tenant led ownership (without a phony partner), a plan tenants could truly embrace and rally around, we wouldn't still be living on edge in dire straits 5 years after Speyer walked away. Now we need Preet to shine a light on the 50 proposals Garodnick and the TA rejected before needlessly forcing 3 major REBNY and Wall Street predators into our midst.

The comment doesn't fit your preferred narrative, so it was misconstrued and conflated with conspiracies coming out of left field.

Anonymous said...

June 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Brookfield has so far done squat other than give a lot of campaign cash to anti-tenant upstate GOP in the last election. Which I'm sure Garodnick and the TA are aware of and not happy about. That would be problematic if CWCap actually intended to sell to Brookfield/TA, but... Anyway, first things first. And that would be pushing Cuomo hard to pass better rent laws, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

From the Met Council on Housing:

#TenantTakeover #RealAffordability

Protest outside of Cuomo's Fundraiser: 6PM Thurs 6/18/15

Plaza hotel - 59th and 5th Ave.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Cuomo singlehandedly hunting 2 escaped convicts deep in backwoods forest areas upstate? Great cover story. He's probably in NYC collecting rewards for allowing RS laws to expire.

Anonymous said...

Do the fascist bloodsuckers up in Albany realize how much raw rage and unbridled anger they are creating in the populace they are supposed to be working for? Do the bloodsucking REBNY fascists realize that what goes around comes around? Just asking.

Anonymous said...

If the RS laws are not renewed it will be interesting to see how backed up housing court will be. I know that I won't leave until they carry me out!

Anonymous said...

Cuomo is acting scared. I don't think he has any balls.

Anonymous said...

1000% AGREE

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the fascist bloodsuckers up in Albany realize how much raw rage and unbridled anger they are creating in the populace they are supposed to be working for? Do the bloodsucking REBNY fascists realize that what goes around comes around? Just asking.

June 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM

EVEN THE POPE JUST THIS WEEK CONDEMNED THE IMMORALITY OF THE BUSINESS PRACTICES OF REBNY AND LIKES

GO POPE FRANCIS!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/world/europe/pope-francis-in-sweeping-encyclical-calls-for-swift-action-on-climate-change.html?_r=0

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the RS laws are not renewed it will be interesting to see how backed up housing court will be. I know that I won't leave until they carry me out!

June 18, 2015 at 8:15 PM



I am right there with you. I will not cower in the face of this corrupt, broken State.

Anonymous said...

No need to cower or be carried out. They're just going to charge us all a new rate and when we don't pay, wreck our credit and charge interest on the missing amounts. Seriously thinking of moving now. NY sucks.

Anonymous said...

"Do the fascist bloodsuckers up in Albany realize how much raw rage and unbridled anger they are creating in the populace they are supposed to be working for?"

There are GOP politicians in Albany who have never been to NYC and hate NYC. Ask them to identify their #1 legislative priority and they will tell you it is speeding up dismantling, if not outright killing, RS laws preventing RSA and REBNY from booting 2 million NYC residents out of their homes. Most DEM politicians sing a different tune, proposing tenant protections they know will never be enacted. They suck up the same slops from the same gravy train as GOP.

Change won't take place until Preet steps up his pace investigating, arresting, prosecuting and jailing corrupt politicians upstate and downstate. Arresting 2 out of 3 men in the room following orders from their financial benefactors to betray millions of constituents hasn't made a dent.

Anonymous said...

"No need to cower or be carried out. They're just going to charge us all a new rate and when we don't pay, wreck our credit and charge interest on the missing amounts. Seriously thinking of moving now. NY sucks."

You can't get blood out of a turnip and I won't pay any new rate. They can do whatever they like with my credit because at my age I don't care. They will have to drag me through Housing Court and have the bailiff physically remove me before I leave. Then I'll go live in a cardboard box outside the leasing office. Wonderful publicity for them. A Senior Crusty!

Anonymous said...

That nobody investigated or audited, no dems or republicans have called for it, says they are all on the REBNY payroll still.

Robbie Speyer still runs The Mayors Fund where they use the good name of the Mayors Fund community programs to hide the fact that they are wrecking communities with their Tishman Speyer company.

Its like GE who pollutes the rivers and land but has a little department called GE Foundation to "do good" to make GE look like it is civic minded. The Mayors Fund foundation co-chaired by Speyer needs to get rid of some of its members who are giving it a bad name.

Anonymous said...

June 19, 2015 at 4:26 PM - We can't wait For Bhara. We'll have to force vacancy decontrol and other rent law reforms in 2015 ourselves. Cuomo's raising money so he obviously intends run for gov again in 2018. There are still over a million RS tenants in NYC. Tenants, teachers, the WFP -- we can all make things very difficult for Cuomo if he screws us again since Cuomo is so despised upstate. The key is to keep working on Heastie and the Assembly now to play hardball with Cuomo and Flanagan and GOP in the ST Sen. Make Cuomo have to get rid of vacancy decontrol, permanent MCIs and the vacancy bonus.

Cuomo 518-474-8390 then press 3
Heastie 518-455-3791

Anonymous said...

This suspense is unbearable. I think Donald Trump would show more leadership than Cuomo. Cuomo has shown such contempt for tenants and I don't hear anything from the Mayor on this subject lately. He is probably part of the problem because he has pissed off this petulant apology for a governor.

Anonymous said...

rentals are better and cheaper and nicer on the west side people. LOOK AT Streeteasy

Edmund Dunn said...

H/T for the link from the TA FB page:

“There is no one in the tenant movement who believes Andrew Cuomo is on our side,” McKeee said. “No one will believe what he just told me—that he’s moving heaven and earth.”
McKee, who has been a tenant advocate in New York for about 45 years, said the call was “absolutely surreal” and surprised him “after all the thing things I’ve said about him.” The governor, he said, acted as if they were “old friends reconnecting.” He said Cuomo asked about McKee’s knee injury, and McKee asked about the governor’s girlfriend, Sandra Lee, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
And while McKee—known to use salty language and speak his mind—said he was polite on the phone, that apparently hasn’t lasted. He said the governor’s real agenda has do with protecting the interest of his “real estate developer buddies” and that he has some kind of “personality defect.”
“They don’t call him the prince of darkness for nothing,” McKee said. “He has all of his father’s bad points and none of his father’s good points.”
He added, “I don’t dislike him as a person. I just think he’s crazy.”

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/06/8570742/worried-about-perceptions-cuomo-makes-call?top-featured-1