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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. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." 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. Sorry.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Congratulations, New York!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/nyregion/half-of-new-yorkers-say-they-are-barely-or-not-getting-by-poll-shows.html?_r=0

"51 percent of New Yorkers said they were either just getting by or finding it difficult to do so."

I wonder how many live in our community?

40 comments:

Anonymous said...


Here is the reason New Yorkers are barely getting by:



http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/how-new-york-became-most-corrupt-state-in-america-117652


I guess congratulations are in order for that too.

Congratulations New York Incumbents!!!!!!!!!! Nice going!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

As another commentator pointed out already, Blackstone Tishman CW Canada Pension Brookfield, it is all the same players, the same scheme, the same objectives and goals.

Schumer, DiNapoli, Schniederman, Cuomo, Blackstone, and NYU

Blackstone LaunchPad is directly tied to the NYU expansion plan and ALL the middle class tenants at PCVST are in the way and not in the DiNapoli, Schneiderman, Schumer, Cuomo plans.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151023005411/en/Blackstone-Charitable-Foundation-Announces-Largest-Expansion-Successful

http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2015/10/23/new-york-university-receives-grant-for-entrepreneurship-program-from-blackstone-charitable-foundation.html

http://www.albany.edu/news/64441.php?WT.source=ncfeed



Of course Schumer had to direct Fannie and Freddie $$ towards this plan, no matter if it is Brookfield or Blackstone. That money was NEVER going to TENANTS or to make sure affordable housing was preserved.

The college dorms are in the thousands. Their evasiveness on their knowledge is nonsensical.

DiNapoli, Schneiderman, Schumer, Cuomo all have both hands in the deal. They could have been upfront instead of leading tenants on with a phony tenant bid or of any hope of affordable housing for the middle class.

DiNapoli, Schneiderman, Schumer, Cuomo all of Albany want ALL of us OUT. That is why all of our dhcr overcharge complaints and all of our grievances are completely ignored.

Berlin Rosen representing the TA Board, Blackstone, Dan Garodnick, Eric Schneiderman, all parties interested in RE interests and not tenant health, safety, security. They want us all gone and the college campus in. Getting us to pay for the college campus security is an all time low even for these guys.



For questions you can contact the ever conflicted PR firm that represents all sides at the negotiating table at the same time:

Press
BerlinRosen
CJ Macklin, 646-335-0718
cj.macklin@berlinrosen.com
or
Blackstone
Zach Halberg, 646-482-8899
Zach.Halberg@Blackstone.com

Anonymous said...

Just over the bridge is future site of PCVST sister campus Cornell Tech and the
1. The Bridge
2. The Bloomberg Center
3. Residential Building
4. Verizon Executive Education Center

http://thebridgeatcornelltech.com/campus

Yes, Verizon has their claws in PCVST and Hoylman is doing customer retention to keep as many PCVST tenants with Verizon to fuel the campus plan (eg wifi oval) here.

Anonymous said...

Count ME in!

Anonymous said...

Looking into Berlin Rosen would shed a whole lot of light on a whole lot of shit.

Anonymous said...

BlackStone LaunchPad is another version of the TV show Shark Tank (and American Express has a similar program) but Blackstone is getting a lot of public $ and government assistance. Government is serving, servicing and financing billionaire business more and more and serving the citizens less and less.
Doing it in the name of "giving back" should not include being subsidized by government and taxpayer dollars and citizens losing their homes.

Business is already uber-wealthy, did they really have to get government assistance for their programs on top of taking away our homes and small businesses?

https://www.blackstone.com/news-views/blackstone-blog/blog-details/blackstone-charitable-foundation-hosts-first-annual-blackstone-launchpad-conference-and-demo-day

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS NEW YORK! CONGRATULATIONS INCUMBENTS AND CAREER POLITICIANS YOU HAVE SET UP QUITE AN UNIMPRESSIVE, UNETHICAL, SYSTEM FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR WEALTHY FRIENDS TO PROFIT.

YOU ARE FAILING ALL CONSTITUENTS, FAILING JUSTICE, COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY FAILING AT THE JOB, COMPLETELY UNDESERVED OF ELECTED OFFICE!

By Matt Krupnick
State Integrity 2015
New York gets D- grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation
Unending string of scandals fails to spur meaningful reform

12:01 am, November 9, 2015 Updated: 12:03 pm, November 12, 2015

New York
GRADE:D-(61)
RANK:30th

Assessing the systems in place to deter corruption in state government

Click on each category for more detail
Our methodology
Public Access to Information GRADE:F(55)
RANK: 11th

Political Financing GRADE:d-(62)
RANK: 24th

Electoral Oversight GRADE:F(39)
RANK: 49th

Executive Accountability GRADE:d+(68)
RANK: 15th

Legislative Accountability GRADE:d-(62)
RANK: 25th

Judicial Accountability GRADE:F(43)
RANK: 48th

State Budget Processes GRADE:F(52)
RANK: 50th

State Civil Service Management GRADE:c-(72)
RANK: 1st

Procurement GRADE:F(49)
RANK: 48th

Internal Audit GRADE:b+(89)
RANK: 1st

Lobbying Disclosure GRADE:c+(77)
RANK: 5th

Ethics Enforcement Agencies GRADE:F(51)
RANK: 38th

State Pension Fund Management GRADE:c+(77)
RANK: 10th

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18477/new-york-gets-d-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

Anonymous said...

You don't have to wonder how many since 65% and climbing are students here. They don't have income. The person paying their rent is 1000 miles away.

Anonymous said...

Damn construction non stop in our building can't work, can't concentrate , why the fuck would anyone pay this much money monlythl to live in constant noise.

Anonymous said...

To the earlier commentator on the perpetually pending DHCR overcharge complaint

11:09 answered your question. Albany and NYC City Hall politicians are rigging the system and failing you and all of us. Each month they overcharge is a separate act of theft, money out of our pockets and into theirs with little to no chance of recouping it. Delaying may very well be an indicator that they are stalling because there is a very big problem they want to cover up. A big problem where they owe you a lot of money, where there is deliberate theft, where there is criminal fraud, and or where there is property wide practices ripping off all of us that they want to cover up.

If they now rush to an answer, get a second and third opinion. For the past years Cuomo Schneiderman and Blackstone oversaw the TPU and DHCR, so we can't blindly trust their final word. TPU and DHCR have to do what Cuomo, Schneiderman and (previously) Mulrow tell them to do.

Anonymous said...

You are correct 7 23 AM. And there's not a damn thing you can do about it. They win.

Anonymous said...

Another way they rig the system against tenants

Community Board members are chosen by politicians. They are not chosen by the community. They should be called politicians liaison boards to communities. Explains why and how we had community board 6 led by a top firm lobbyist for RE

Anonymous said...

"Damn construction non stop in our building can't work, can't concentrate , why the fuck would anyone pay this much money monlythl to live in constant noise."

I don't know, why not ask yourself?

Anonymous said...

Isn't someone on the TA Board also on the Community Board 6?

Anonymous said...

Agree with 7:23. Not so sure I agree with 9:48. Some people on this site have come up with some pretty good ideas.

Have a website listing each and every complaint and dates when DHCR overcharge complaints were filed and tracking length of delay from Commissioner Towns, AG Schneiderman and Governor Cuomo

Tally number of PCV ST complaints filed with the threesome Cuomo Schneiderman and Towns and write an op ed in a newspaper with readership beyond PCV and ST like The Villager, WSJ or any of the many others

Write an open letter to Commissioner Towns in a newspaper

Write to the publisher of Public Integrity who called out Cuomo DiNapoli Schneiderman
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18477/new-york-gets-d-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation


Tell your story, your overcharge complaint filed, how it effects your family to have money stolen from you every month in what is basically white collar robbery, no different in effect than a robbery at gun point except that white collar occurs repeatedly and ongoing every month (where the likelihood of a robbery at gunpoint occurring on a monthly basis is little to none). Tell how the NY law enforcement does nothing about it because it is white collar crime and white collar criminals are the ones paying off, I mean donating to the politician law enforcers.

Tell your story.



Anonymous said...

Cuomo's true colors are showing more and more.
Latest act against affordable housing for middle working class tenants (this following Cuomo's disastrous time at HUD where he created all the policies that are plaguing affordable housing today)

The middle class must really be a thorn in his side, because we are educated and see through his cons.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/state-cuts-off-bonds-to-city-for-affordable-housing-1447965749


Anonymous said...

9:50 that is probably the most important reason voters should pay close attention and vote carefully when choosing Borough President. Borough President chooses community boards.

Anonymous said...

November 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM They do not have to win.

Put a face with a name with the complaint. Put a photo of you or of your family and your kids and tell them what the overcharge theft is doing to you, your family, your kids. Put faces with the names. We are not statistics. We are not invisible things in the way of their real estate deal. We are human beings, tell your story and put a face with your story. What they are doing, they are doing to a human being.

Hippo said...

A friend who works for Compass Cock, the ghouls who ran this place, told me that they have a detailed, precise actuarial table predicting when all the rent-stabilized tenants will die! Lovely isn't it? I'm sure when I croak, they'll be painting, priming and primping the apartment for the new tenants, before my body is even cold. No wait. First they have to put in the cheap cabinets and a new sink, claim they spent $120,000 on renovations, then charge the college bros four times my rent. But no again. My youngest is an occupant so she will get my place. So at least she'll get an apartment at an affordable rent. I hope. F U greedy, soulless, money grubbing landlords.

Anonymous said...

November 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM "They win."

Hardly. I mean in one sense you are correct. To Cuomo and Schneiderman, the two men who hold the two highest positions in the State are treating this as a game. A game of winners and losers.

But to us it is real life and they are playing with our lives, messing with out lives, and messing up our lives. It is not a game to us.

That being said, they cannot be considered winners with the grade card they just got. These two men hold the top two elected offices in New York and they got an F. Most of their grades are f, d and a few c's.

Even worse they are cheating the game. They are rigging the courts.

Judicial Accountability GRADE:F(43)
RANK: 48th

Cheaters are not winners. Sure they have more money then us, help their friends make more money then us, and use their office to do whatever they want to do to us and still they have to cheat to "win".

Cheaters and failures are not winners even when the one with the most, or as the saying goes "winner" takes all. Taking all still does not make them winners.






Anonymous said...

"Of course Schumer had to direct Fannie and Freddie $$ towards this plan, no matter if it is Brookfield or Blackstone. That money was NEVER going to TENANTS or to make sure affordable housing was preserved."

Disagree.
Garodnick-TA betraying their PCVST neighbors/constituents via phony "tenant led purchase" delivering EVERYTHING to major REBNY predator and $25 million Speyer investor Brookfield and NOTHING for PCVST tenants that they didn't already have - set a very low bar keeping PCVST in play for years.

Garodnick-TA selling themselves out early and pretending duped PCVST tenants supported their disgraceful betrayal handing multibillion dollar windfalls to Brookfield in exchange for worthless promises to do nothing costing Brookfield nothing encouraged competing Wall Street/REBNY predators to continue stalking PCVST prey looking for opportunities to snatch the prize away from Brookfield.

Blackstone was patient, saw an opportunity presented by Garodnick-TA-Brookfield failing to satisfy Mayor de Blasio's "numbers only" affordable legacy planning and whispered satisfying numbers into Alica Glen's ear to pull the rug out from under Garodnick-TA-Brookfield.

From the outset, it was the Garodnick-TA betrayal setting a very low bar with a proposal delivering NOTHING for their PCVST neighbors/constituents and EVERYTHING to a predator that left the door wide open for competing predators bidding alternative plans delivering the same outcome - NOTHING for PCVST residents and EVERYTHING to a predator.

Anonymous said...

Half the people are barely getting by
75% of the country lives paycheck to paycheck
De Blasio is building 80% of the housing for the upper incomes
Bloomberg Schneiderman Cuomo favor the wealthy, pushing an entire middle working class community the population of a small city, pushed out of PCVST
20% Affordable Housing barely satisfies 5% of the population that needs affordable housing
Cuomo Schneiderman Brewer De Blasio City Council are using CIA terrorist tactics against tenants who are trying to survive int he mess those politicians created where constituents are desperate for housing, desperate for food stores, forced to live lives of desperation.
Cuomo created the housing crisis during his time at HUD

This ALL is on their watch.

Anonymous said...

Millions of NYC citizens are barely getting by and losing their homes
NY is ranked one of the most corrupt States in the Nation
The judicial system is ranked bottom, 48th out of 50 States
PCVST lost over half of its affordable housing apartments with the remaining 5000 paying more than their fair share of the last round of major capital improvements to speed up their reaching $2700month decontrol and all tenants paying for a college dorm security system
The Roberts lawyers made out like bandits while REBNY robbed us of our favorable ruling with the help from the politicians
The Housing authorities ignore PCVST overcharge complaints

PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON GARRISON LLP LAW FIRM COUNTED AS CLIENTS BLACKSTONE, BLACKROCK, TENANTS ASSOCIATION OF STUYVESANT TOWN PETER COOPER VILLAGE AND J P MORGAN (AUTHOR OF DAN'S FAVORITE PCVST PURCHASE ANALYSIS) AT THE SAME TIME.

(pages 6 and 7)


www.paulweiss.com/media/1723924/practicehighlights20112013.pdf


CONFLICTS!
RIGGED!
ETHICAL?
LAWFUL?



The central kick in the teeth and the ass from Paul Weiss to PCVST is page 41 with their client the New York City Economic Development Corporation \ Government / Municipal \ (for which currently Dan Garodnick is the "chairman" city council liaison go to guy)

"We represented the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in three major transactions with universities in Mayor Bloomberg’s signature initiative to transform New York City’s economy into a hub of technology education and innovation. The Applied Sciences NYC initiative is expected to generate billions of dollars in economic activity and tens of thousands of new jobs over future decades. We assisted NYCEDC in entering into agreements with: (Cornell Tech - Roosevelt Island, NYU, and Columbia)"

(Verizon is a key player in Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island as well as in PCVST NYU Oval Verizon concert series and events courtesy of Brad Hoylman.)


Marsh, Doyle, Steinberg via Dan "hiring" Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton Garrison in the highly questionable no-pay w/o deal fee arrangement was a way to give the property over to Bloomberg's signature initiative. That is why Bloomberg did not help save 25,000 citizens living in Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town. Bloomberg lied when he said he would not help because it was a "private" deal.

Bloomberg helped all right, he helped himself to our homes for his signature initiative that Paul Weiss Wharton Rifkind Garrison was carrying out for Bloomberg. Tenant interests were never represented, never prioritized, never the objective or goal. We were and are in the way and Paul Weiss is ridding of PCVST.

No doubt the ferry shuttle is for shuttling the tech community from NYU Langone 34th - Cornell Roosevelt - NYU Stuy Town - Brooklyn Campus etc



Anonymous said...

A STR blog post reminder

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Follow the Trail to Find Whether Councilman Dan Garodnick Voted for NYU's Controversial Plan to Remove Current Park and Playground Space

http://stuytownreport.blogspot.com/2014/10/follow-trail-to-find-whether-councilman.html



The Colleges That Ate New York
By Gary M. Stern Jan. 21, 2015, 9:45 a.m.

https://commercialobserver.com/2015/01/the-colleges-that-ate-new-york/



Bloomberg's Signature Initiative of Applied Sciences Campuses necessitates eviction of at least 85% if not all of the PCVST community, replaced with "new stabilizers" of greater wealth and a reconstructed / new construction Applied Sciences CUSP Campus developed by the NYCEDC - one of Meredith Kane's clients in the deal along with city council NYCEDC chair Dan Garodnick.

What bothers the most is the plan relied entirely on deceit, deceiving this community, and the deal relies on robbing us to force us to overpay, pay for college campus requirements, be overcharged with fraudulent rent practices, discrimination in the applying of the mci charges with heavier burden on RS to push us out faster and robbing us of justice with our Roberts battle, etc. Bloomberg, Paul Weiss and Garodnick / TA deal relied on robbery of our money and of our homes.

It is the unlawfulness, illegality and unethical nature of this that really bothers the most. Couldn't these top minds from top universities have implemented their plan without ripping us off and kicking us out of our homes in the West Village, East Village and Peter cooper Village Stuyvesant Town?

Anonymous said...

in case we forgot the link

http://stuytownreport.blogspot.com/2014/10/follow-trail-to-find-whether-councilman.html

Anonymous said...

The reason, and the ONLY reason 5000 PCVST RS tenants are still here is because of STR blog bringing us the truth of the complex.

Maloney De Blasio Hoylman Stringer Garodnick Bloomberg Cuomo Schneiderman DiNapoli Schumer want us out. Some have nerve to take credit for the remaining saving 5000, but we know the truth.

Anonymous said...

It is difficult just to get by because our lawyers and tenant associations are engaging in real estate deals that rely on increasing our out of pocket costs on our homes!



TA Board John Sheehy:
But for openers, even determining the size of a bid will be a tricky process because it will be partially driven by just how many of the tenants want to buy their apartments and how much they are willing to pay. The larger both of those numbers grow, the higher the bid can be.

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20111130/REAL_ESTATE/111139995/complex-future-looms-for-stuy-town

Anonymous said...

The current president of ST Tenants Association is an appointed member of Community Board Six. CB members do not have term limits.

Anonymous said...

Brad Hoylman, who brought Stuy Town the Verizon Concert and Event series, went on the record on March 30, 2015 saying PCVST needs a Ferry Stop built by 2017 (in his expert opinion and with zero input from his constituents)

Brad Hoylman does not represent PCVST.
Brad Hoylman represents himself.

We do not want the loud concerts and events.
We do not want the polluting, noisy, horn blowing, traffic-heavy ferry dock.

The City sent out the RFP to Ferry operators.
Tishman Construction AECOM is building Dan's Midtown East water edge and Tishman AECOM is the leading company in the Water Alliance Org developing the waterfront of all 5 boroughs.




"The far East Side of Manhattan, and many of the neighborhoods I represent such as Kips Bay, Stuy Town and the East Village have for so long been isolated from major hubs of transportation,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “I commend the Mayor and the Economic Development Corporation for expanding this critical service to more neighborhoods and look forward to partnering with the community in the future to ensure its needs are met.”"The far East Side of Manhattan, and many of the neighborhoods I represent such as Kips Bay, Stuy Town and the East Village have for so long been isolated from major hubs of transportation,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “I commend the Mayor and the Economic Development Corporation for expanding this critical service to more neighborhoods and look forward to partnering with the community in the future to ensure its needs are met.”


http://www.nycedc.com/press-release/nycedc-announces-request-proposals-citywide-ferry-service-operator

Anonymous said...

Whew, It is a good thing Tishman Speyer was allowed to walk away from mortgage obligations unscathed in PCV ST so they can buy a huge piece of Hudson Yards from Brookfield Properties.

These guys move money back and forth between them with no consequences to them and all the bad consequences to citizens and small businesses.

Brookfield and Tishman

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150610/REAL_ESTATE/150609852/tishman-speyer-is-buying-a-development-site-across-from-javits-center-for-185m

Anonymous said...

The ferry in Stuyvesant Town is a done deal.



The public has no say.


http://www.nycedc.com/project/citywide-ferry-service

http://www.nycedc.com/citywide-ferry-service-les-route



The plan is to build it large enough to accommodate at least three ferries and they will dock at approximately 19th street, across from Stuyvesant Town.

http://www.nycedc.com/sites/default/files/filemanager/CitywideFerry/15DME009Y_Draft_Scope_Citywide_Ferry_8_12_15_FINAL.pdf

Anonymous said...

Some zoning and pollution and other problems with the Ferry

http://www.nycedc.com/sites/default/files/filemanager/CitywideFerry/15DME009Y_Determination_Of_Significance_08122015.pdf


Anonymous said...

It looks like we will be rezoned and lose trees on 20th street and on 14th street

http://www.nycedc.com/sites/default/files/filemanager/CitywideFerry/15DME009Y_Citywide_Ferry_EAS_8_12_15_FINAL.pdf

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>The reason, and the ONLY reason 5000 PCVST RS tenants are still here is because of STR blog bringing us the truth of the complex.<<

Thanks, but if only I had such influence and power!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>"The far East Side of Manhattan, and many of the neighborhoods I represent such as Kips Bay, Stuy Town and the East Village have for so long been isolated from major hubs of transportation,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “I commend the Mayor and the Economic Development Corporation for expanding this critical service to more neighborhoods and look forward to partnering with the community in the future to ensure its needs are met.”"The far East Side of Manhattan, and many of the neighborhoods I represent such as Kips Bay, Stuy Town and the East Village have for so long been isolated from major hubs of transportation,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “I commend the Mayor and the Economic Development Corporation for expanding this critical service to more neighborhoods and look forward to partnering with the community in the future to ensure its needs are met.”<<

How are three ferries going to help Stuy Town - Peter Cooper Village? For us to escape?

Tommyboy said...

WTF the Far East Side, you go to be kidding me. Enuf said

Anonymous said...

It is not for us. It is for the campus kids, the professors, the NYU Langone personnel. The DanTA CW Ivanhoe tried to get rid of all but 1500 of us.
They broke so many laws but it was all enabled by Albany.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Three ferries and they will run every ten minutes beginning 6:30 in the morning until 10 p.m. every day! The peace and quiet of the Cove and of PCVST is completely ruined. They hated that we working class people had this treasure treepark gem in the city so they had to destroy it.

Anonymous said...

Manhattan is only 2 miles wide. Hoylman is full of crap, the far east side, exxageration much. As if he is fulfilling a need for the people or even cares about the People.

Full of crap.

This is for the developers. So they can market their properties, and to bring up the property value and to shuttle students from NYU LES and NYU PCVST.

Full of crap!

Anonymous said...

The Ferry expansion is for Bloomberg's signature initiative the CUSP Applied Sciences campuses, Cornell on Governors Island, NYU in downtown Brooklyn