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

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

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

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

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

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rug Time!

Some have almost nothing, others have nothing:

And is this what's considered a "living room" in a renovated ST/PCV apartment with a wall partition!!!...


Anonymous said...

it is not a room if it does not have a window

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The apartment diagram has it identified as a living room. See my new post.

Anonymous said...

The angle of the photo makes it look like there is more space between the empty table and the sofa but in actuality that is a very narrow passage from the doorway to the bedrooms or vice versa a very narrow pathway from the bedrooms to the exit. That cannot possibly pass a fire safety inspection of a living room or of an unblocked exit. Is that an FDNY joke?

Anonymous said...

....and it is a passage of only four squares of floor tile! That is a blocked exit.

Atomic Man said...

I'd be willing to bet that the lack of rugs is one of the top QOL complaints around here. I recall a TA survey that confirmed that.

The problem is that the rug requirement has always been a management policy, not a law. So, like the 'no dogs' rule, it can be reversed, or simply not enforced, and legally there's not much anyone can do about it. Sure, it makes life hell for the neighbors, but since when did TS or CW ever give a damn about QOL? Their SOLE interest is in pulling in as much cash as possible, not providing tenants with a pleasant and comfortable place to live.

Collectively, we can look to the TA to press management for vigorous enforcement, as was always the case previously, but at the end of the day, management can simply ignore them, and there's little recourse to be had. Really, our only weapon is the pen, keep spreading the word, and inform would-be renters that after you sign on the dotted line and fork over the cash, all those promises the smiling reps made in the leasing office will vanish into thin air.

As the old saying goes - if you get in bed with the devil, be prepared to get fucked.

Anonymous said...

then there is 25000 of us in bed with the devil? wow.

anyone know the fee and arrangement to break a lease here? can't take it anymore. signed for a one year renewal starting 10/15 and found way better downtown. what fees and all am i looking at. thank you.

Anonymous said...

NYFD has bseen to our buildings numerous times. to check the lighting, to check the fire codes, to check the new spiffy floorpans. all good according to them. so who is lying and who is covering up?

Anonymous said...

The only time NYFD comes to my building is when there is a gas leak or a fire. Never seen any inspectors.

Anonymous said...

FDNY approving various wall partitions depicted in blueprint floorplans submitted for FDNY approval several years ago doesn't mean those same FDNY approved wall partitions and floorplans were properly installed or attested to by a dishonest landlord or subsequently modified illegally by tenants identified on a lease and thousands of additional non-tenant "occupants" identified or not identified on a lease.

Still, our dishonest landlord seized upon a way to exploit wall partition inspections into a complex-wide harassment campaign against long term RS tenants by converting wall partition inspections into an opportunistic hunt for any type of potential violation they hoped to find searching through our closets, recording serial numbers on refrigerators and air conditioners, etc. - looking for anything that might remotely be considered useful evidence supporting evictions or at least retroactive, punitive, MCI rent increases. We all know how well Garodnick and the TA protected us against those unwarranted landlord intrusions. Then again, Brookfield doesn't want long term RS tenants or at least wants them paying higher rents.

Anonymous said...

Then again, Brookfield doesn't want long term RS tenants or at least wants them paying higher rents.

Exactly right on all points in your comment. The latter too. Collins, Marsh, Steinberg did a number on tenants on MCI charges to help their partner Brookfield (and Speyer mezzanine debt holder who Speyer awarded at REBNY gala after they got our rent roll up by 100 Million dollars).

Anonymous said...

How does the TA manage to keep going when their annual membership fee is only $35 dollars and they have only a handful of members?

Anonymous said...

It is not a TA in the real sense of what a TA is supposed to do, represent the Tenants. It is a few people pushing Garodnick's Paul Weiss / Meredith Kane Rebny agenda and helping that PR company by pushing their other clients crap onto this community. The TA represents Garodnick to the residents.

BTW I live at 300 and the kid who screams at the water drops is way too loud. Where are his parents?