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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.

Friday, January 1, 2016

In Case You Didn't Get the Letter (Happy New Year)

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This is the interesting sentence:
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58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Compass Rock made a few big bad messes they have to "fix" so Blackstone Ivanhoe hands can look clean. What does the last paragraph mean for DHCR if Fannie is now the overseer of the leases being kept on the up and up? Do we go to Fannie with lease renewal complaints?

Atomic Man said...

I would hope this is only an interim measure. There aren't that many managers that can take on a property this size, so an immediate replacement would not be easy. Better they choose an experienced manager with a good track record.

Compass Rock has clearly proven they're not up to the task. And I doubt they were cheap, seeing as they were working for their parent company, who was just forwarding the bill to the debtors in possession.

Anonymous said...

New year.

Same old shit.

Anonymous said...

I didn't get the letter. As far as I'm concerned, they can go fuck themselves to hell because they are all the same shitty, rotten organization: TS/CW/CR/Blackstone. As far as the TA goes, they are just as filthy.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe they are keeping these incompetent, malevolent lowlifes on. I have ZERO respect for Blackstone if this is the best they can do as far as a management company goes.

Anonymous said...

Straight out the box Blackstone shows us it's contempt by retaining these fucking morons.

Anonymous said...

8:55 why didn't you get the letter? Did they send it to All or not?

Separately, did pick and chose which apartments are the 5000? How did they decide that? Is 5000 an accurate number of "affordable" apartments left or did they decide some are to be saved and some tenants are to be kicked out? Who is choosing which people stay and which people go and when did this community sink so low, it used to be the nicest place with the nicest people? What is going on in Stuyvesant Town?!

The letter says To All Tenants of Stuyvesant Town, 8:55 that should mean you too.
The communication on the identified affordable apartments is vague.

Anonymous said...

It's almost sad that the posters here think things will ever get better when in fact, they will be far far worse. Fins up.

Anonymous said...

Word to those with noisy neighbors: Management must confirm carpets of good size and cushion. Recently even the Security team informed us that the carpet the offensive tenants had was tissue thin. They agreed that was not going to cushion their repeated blows of dropping metal, running floors with ride on toys.

Anonymous said...

This is off topic... but it is THE topic I am devoting myself to... the man-boys setting off their slap shot hockey bombs every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30+.... So it is Saturday and 9:40 AM they are back. BOOM! BANG! KA-POW!

Why does the skating rink staff not stop them? Isn't that part of their role to keep order on the rink? Oh gee.... they might lose money if the team got mad. Why isn't the "team" ((or whatever group it is) told by Recreation Management that they cannot pollute every single apartment around the Oval with the noise from their fun of banging the pucks against the walls. It sounds like a war zone down on street level, and in my 12th floor apartment, and in every apartment around the Oval.

And so we have proof that this "amenity" does not belong here. Because the man-boys of hockey can't control themselves, and the rink staff won't control them. Pathetic.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I sympathize.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

One has to wonder whether the fix was in to have CompassRock continue on as property manager. On the TA Facebook someone revealed that there's a contract for CR to continue for a year. This may or may not be a simple rumor.

Blackstone certainly did not do its research into how tenants feel about CR, nor did they do much research into how (in)experienced the company is. Well, maybe they did the research and just don't care.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Some reviews of CompassRock:

https://www.google.com/search?q=compassrock+google+review&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#lrd=0x876c78d74be69cbd:0x8bf5b4053d1a4cd8,1

Anonymous said...

I never received the letter either. As far as the skating rink goes, I went when it first opened and enjoyed it. I had not skated in a while and am on in years, so it takes me a while to get used to the ice. When I last went a couple of years ago, kids were racing across the ice with the hockey sticks and the staff did not enforce rules. I felt very uncomfortable and fearful that they would crash into me. I can imagine that it is very noisy. The TA and politicians really screwed us with this deal.At the meeting The rep from Blackstone was so phony when he responded to the resident call to get rid of Compass Crock with a rousing "We will listen to you and get rid of them if you do not want them".

Anonymous said...

I did not get the letter. Did it come by mail or was it put under the door?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Certified mail in the mail box. Perhaps because of the holidays, the post office has delayed these to some buildings.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, I thought once the tenants assumed control over the property we would have more say as to the goings on around here. Oh, that's right, the tenants didn't assume control. At any rate, Dan and the TA are not going to be happy about this and all I will say is that I wouldn't want to be Blackstone when Dan starts using the full weight of his office (along with the TA) to get CR the hell out of here.

Also, let's remember that Steinberg had a meeting with Blackstone and was able to see into their soul (not unlike Bush with Putin). She came out of that meeting extremely pleased and was expecting great things as I remember. Words like "we've never had a dialogue with a landlord like this before" come to mind. So lets all try to remain positive and take comfort in the knowledge that DG and the TA have our backs. They will not let us down, for they never have before.

Anonymous said...

On the contrary Mr r. They want to know what we dislike so they can turn the knife on it harder. Smart residents here full out nothing. They will use any info to their advantage and against us. Of we complain and say we hate compass crock they are elated --- in hopes we all move. So fducking obvious

Anonymous said...

January 2, 2016 at 8:02 AM True

The Committee and Partnership divided up the city between the billionaires, Dolan, Langone, Bloomberg/Taylor, Speyer, etc etc

Bloomberg said outright he would not help PCV ST tenants while at the same time he was helping himself to our homes.

Why the TA pushed Brookfield (also Bloomberg's Girlfriend's company as she sits on the Brookfield Board) or why the TA hired Paul Weiss whose client is Bloomberg Campus Consortium is beyond comprehension. Bloomberg and Brookfield and all those they control in Albany to City Hall are working towards 85% eviction of the working class.

http://littlesis.org/news/2011/10/05/the-public-private-partnership-behind-zuccotti-park/


http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/4956:a-tale-of-two-new-york-city-officials



Anonymous said...

Plus one to Anonymous' comment on the hockey noise every weekend morning. This morning it occurred to me while making coffee that hockey is a "pay for play amenity" which serves the interests of a small number of weekend hockey players who pursue a very noisy pastime at the expense of the comfort of hundreds of folks like me and Anonymous. Not very community-minded. What ever happened to the greater good? The spirit of the commons for one and all?

Anonymous said...

Heard about this letter from a friend in another building but have yet to receive. The bit about Fannie Mae is legalese that may or may not be concerning. Maybe Dan can interpret it?

Anonymous said...

They should fire those useless "property managers" and wannabe cruise directors and hire some plumbers. They waste so much money on the useless and banal and then skimp on essentials.

Anonymous said...

Blackstone should fire those useless "property managers" and hire more plumbers. That. would be fiscally beneficial and improve the QOL for tenants. Those "managers" are totally useless.

Anonymous said...

Of course Compass is staying on! We warned you. They want this place to stay shit.

Anonymous said...

Example:
Ask or beg them to keep on Associated, No.
Ask them to remove CR, No.
Ask them to address security problems, No.
Ask them to address problems of skate rink, No.
Ask them to decrease leaf blowers, No.
Ask them for a plumber to arrive in less than 14 days, No.

Anonymous said...

Have yet to hear from tnenants (MR) who renewed recently and what Blackstone gave them as renewal rates.

Anonymous said...

Don't expect Councilman Garodnick or the ineffective TA do anything about the continued management by Compass Crock. They have proved in the past that they are totally ineffective. In response to a prior comment, they do not have our backs and pushed this deal on us. It is laughable to think that Garodnick and the TA really will get upset about this.

Anonymous said...

The TA Board royally screwed up the only chance they had the opportunity to affect the terms of the Blackstone deal and they Susan Steinberg had the sheer audacity to congratulate herself at the press conference and at the TA meeting . And all the politicians from Schumer to Maloney to DeBlasio to Garodnick to Hoylman ( and all else who congratulated themselves at those 2 events) similarly screwed us . The first evidence of this is the retention of CW lead by the nasty MacArthur. Notice that they could decide right away. We will still be waiting for positive changes for tenants for the rest of our lives

Anonymous said...

Really sick and tired of REBNY whining. They are pathetic. The government subsidizes their members, subsidizes their businesses, subsidizes corporations and airlines and automakers and real estate developers. So why are they complaining about rent stabilization - the subsidizing of People. If we subsidize the wealthy why are the wealthy so angry about subsidizing the one thing that makes this country great, the People.

Anonymous said...

8:25 pm, you are so right! So absolutely right! Thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Edmund Dunn, J Sicoransa and Vickie are correct and brave for calling out Gale Brewer's inadequate work for Small Businesses on T&V.

Gale Brewer should be ashamed putting forward that low level of work result for constituents. She lost our vote for any public office going forward. To us, she is a big part of the problem, the old tired ways of NY government we reject, that got itself a grade "F" and is nothing more than a con on the people she is supposed to serve.

Her bill is as they say, nothing more than a "stay of execution" for small businesses. Small busi essess do NOT need a stay of execution, they need not to be executed and under constant threat of execution at every lease renewal.

Gale Brewer should be fired from her job for poor work performance, for either not understanding the priorities of the Public Office she occupies or deliberately refusing to deliver on them, etc. Her bill reads like it was written by REBNY President Banks.

REBNY President Banks says this is about a fear of change - so let's throw it back his way. Let's change the way the REBNY operates with their llc loophole and close it: let's eliminate 421-A because building in NYC is a lucrative privilege that needs no "incentive bribes" of taxpayer dollars (if the current developers won't develop here without taking millions of taxpayer dollars so be it, there are millions of developers lined up behind them who will); let's increase and strengthen Rent Stabilization Laws to Protect People that REBNY Banks wants to eliminate, and more!

Change that Mr Banks!

Worst Manhattan Borough President in History: Gale Brewer. What a big disappointment.

Anonymous said...

Blackstone’s real-life Gordon Gekko nabs 2 bedroom apartment, FLASH not in stuytown, it's a $30M Fifth Ave. pad

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/12/29/blackstones-real-life-gordon-gekko-nabs-30m-fifth-avenue-pad/#sthash.4MuYo0zQ.dpuf

Anonymous said...

To build on waht is all-wrong with the way Borough Presidents are operating, like Gale Brewer way of enriching the rich and robbing the poor and working class, this epitomizes the way they give millions subsidizing the wealthy while permitting the wealthy to rob the working class, in this example robbing them of Income Wages and Rent Overcharges:


http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/12/30/nyc-lets-building-owners-stiff-workers-and-still-get-421a-tax-break/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=popular_widget&utm_campaign=posts_popular

This should be punishable by prison, but in the unlikely event if the current regime even addresses it, they will make the wealthy robber give back the money long after the damage is done. It pays to be a white collar criminal in New York and it pays them well. The DA and AG should be ashamed and replaced!

Anonymous said...

"“When you know the government is giving out these big tax breaks and they do nothing for the workers,” Alphonse said, “it’s like you want to cry.”"

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/12/30/nyc-lets-building-owners-stiff-workers-and-still-get-421a-tax-break/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=popular_widget&utm_campaign=posts_popular

Anonymous said...

8:13 AM: that is a terrible injustice that is being perpetrated by these 421a landlords. If Stringer doesn't get off his fat ass and rectify this injustice, then he should be taken out in handcuffs by Preet Bharara. He is a landlord c*ck-sucking POS, just like his fellow NY politicians.

Anonymous said...

post it on yelp people. post it. no one listening, no one knows.

Anonymous said...

"Really sick and tired of REBNY whining. They are pathetic. The government subsidizes their members, subsidizes their businesses, subsidizes corporations and airlines and automakers and real estate developers. So why are they complaining about rent stabilization - the subsidizing of People. If we subsidize the wealthy why are the wealthy so angry about subsidizing the one thing that makes this country great, the People."

True. Our tax dollars go to every tenth rate piece of shit country in this world; we let in all the flotsam and jetsam of this world and they get everything for free, but we are being driven out of our homes by hungry, avaricious REBNY shit. No wonder so many people are rallying around Donald Trump. At least he speaks some truth, no matter how crude he is. He appeals to those who feel disenfranchised, just like Hitler did. Maybe our mainstream politicians should wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late.

Anonymous said...

this is our peter cooper now

http://abc7ny.com/news/couple-from-california-describes-bedbug-nightmare-at-upper-west-side-hotel/1144366/

Infestation on the 11th floor - how fast do they travel? I am so grossed out.

Anonymous said...

New owner same or worse than old owner. First no response yet to thousands of tenant surveys except to retain CW as property manager which we all know was exactly the opposite of what the vast majority of the tenant surveys wanted and second for days the rear door intercom in my building has been inoperable and now there is a sign that the front door intercom is also out. I am waiting for imminent shutoff of heat and water. Way to go TA Board and our politicians for doing a fantastic job for Blackstone and CW in connection with the sale !

Anonymous said...

re: In Case You Didn't Get the Letter: We have not received a letter.

Anonymous said...

For those who love Pete Hamill check out National geographic entry on our dear nyc.
Subject: A New York Writer's Take on How His City Has Changed | National Geographic

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/new-york-city-skyline-tallest-midtown-manhattan/article.html#

evg & forgotten ny should have this please forward.

Anonymous said...

Wrong as this owner, this new owner far far worse. Be very prepared.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the commenters on Town & Village who called Brewer out on her really bad small business bills. Garodnick did the same things with his really bad apartment inspection bills. These two are about headlines for themselves (albeit with ineffective bills) while they further the REBNY agenda, small businesses replaced by global corporate chain stores, middle and working class renters replaced with lots of empty hotel-style living towers, real musicians / artists like those that came from the East and West Village replaced by global commercial pop artists / events. REBNY is ruining New York with its generic commercialization.

Corrupt politicians and the corrupt system they run and operate, making laws for billionaires and against small businesses and people that they then use their appointed Judges to uphold in what is supposed to be the People's court is despicable. Brewer's bill is not only a stay of execution, it is a corruption of the courts.

By design it will serve only to obstruct People and their Small Businesses from Justice. So politicians like Garodnick and Brewer can shrug their shoulders and tell their constituents their hands are tied because as Dan likes to say to constituents who are being screwed out of their quality of life and assets "wellllll, it's legal"

The only reason it is legal is because the Dans and Gales are making laws to make it legal. Cuomo and his team and De Blasio and his team are REBNY owned and that pollutes our courts too since Cuomo and De Blasio appoint the Judges.

http://nypost.com/2016/01/05/de-blasio-rewards-judge-who-went-soft-on-cop-hating-thugs/

Completely agree with 5:13 and 8:13, the injustice perpetuated by incumbents from Stringer court house cabal to Brewer and Garodnick REBNY favoring bills to Cuomo and De Blasio polluting the courts New York is in CORRUPT CRISIS.

Anonymous said...
8:13 AM: that is a terrible injustice that is being perpetrated by these 421a landlords. If Stringer doesn't get off his fat ass and rectify this injustice, then he should be taken out in handcuffs by Preet Bharara. He is a landlord c*ck-sucking POS, just like his fellow NY politicians.

January 3, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Anonymous said...

TA BOARD DOES NOT EXIST! USELESS!

Anonymous said...

I didn't get the letter either. I'm longtime RS.
Conspiracy theorists - start your engines!

Anonymous said...

Finally got the letter. Still can't believe that Compass Crock is still running the show.

Anonymous said...

"TA BOARD DOES NOT EXIST! USELESS!"

There's a newsflash.

Anonymous said...

NY Post reports today that Blackstone acquired $625 million worth of air rights when it bought Stuytown and PCV. This is in addition to the millions in tax breaks they received.
More proof that the TA Board and our politicians ( all of whom have repeatedly congratulated themselves for their " great" work representating us tenants in connection with the sale , actually did a fantastic job for Blackstone ( and CW) while getting very little for the tenants. Please remember this when all of these people run for reelection . Schumer, Maloney, Kavanagh, Hoylman, DeBlasio, Garodnick and my " favorite" the TA Board all bear responsibility for their actions , not the praise they have been heaping on themselves and each other!

Anonymous said...

"TA BOARD DOES NOT EXIST! USELESS!"

Yes, we all know that. Again, stop beating a dead horse. Again, who is going to start a new orgnanization? That organization will also have to have an attorney on retainer who is skilled in NSY RS law for the inevitable wave of MCIs to come. Waiting.


Meanwhile, back in the real world, will Blackstone be CR 3.0? Looks like it. Go to Yelp, management is starting again to respond to one star yelp reviews. Here is their response to that great negative review re the latest Carnival Cruise crap, “The Courts”:

“please accept my apologies for the fact that the activities on The Courts are so disruptive, but thank you for your comments. I will be reaching out to you privately to inform you of any changes to the operation we may be able to make. Thanks again for your feedback”

So it seems that Blackstone, despite many negative survey responses to the contrary, has been sold the bill of goods on how great these so called Oval “Tenant Amenities” are. And I’m curious, did anyone who posts here get asked to participate in a tenant focus group? I doubt it . I assume, just like when CWC/CR did their focus groups, the vast majority of the age demo they picked was students and just post graduate millennials.

Anonymous said...

Blackstone using any negative comments to work in their favor. You don't like the courts or the dog policy? BAM, give them more of that... they'll move out sooner.

You don't like the no carpet policy or the worst laundry rooms or the leaf blowers? Bam, give them worse laundry, more blowers. they'll move out sooner.

You all know this. Why comment?

Anonymous said...

I'm breakin into my happy dance. Oh, by the way, the two front doors which lead to my building are soo scratched up, they are a disgrace. It looks as though I am living in the PROJECTS. AND, I pay for them FOREVER. F O R E V E R !!! Spoke to management 3 times about this, and NOTHING gets done. Luxury living my a%*!!

Anonymous said...

Re: Carpeting.

Years back we got a flyer from Met Life re tenant issues. Carpeting had to cover 80% of flooring (as per lease) with Thick Padding and when management came to inspect (yes, everyone had to schedule a carpet inspection) they actually picked up the carpet to check on the padding. My upstairs neighbors for 20 years had wall to wall carpeting with padding and I never heard a sound from them.
Of course STPCGV won't turn back t he clock because of the insane turnover of apartments and the type of tenant now moving in, but if anyone knows the name and number of the attorney who was able to get on family's upstairs neighbor to put down wall to wall carpeting , please post it here.

Anonymous said...

January 6, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Your building sounds exactly what mine actually looks like. They have their priorities in what they choose to maintain. From all the moving in and out of these students and God knows what else that's here. There is no excuse for the property to look this. New potential tenants have to shaking their heads when they see this. Buyer beware.

Anonymous said...

Carpets ? That provision does not and will not ever exist again because it will never be enforced. What a joke!! Like everything else here.

Anonymous said...

"but if anyone knows the name and number of the attorney who was able to get on family's upstairs neighbor to put down wall to wall carpeting , please post it here."


I second 12.22 PM's post. The attorneys I have contacted have been useless.

Anonymous said...

Poster re: lawyers - My better half is an attorney and I will say using an attorney for this problem is definitely on the rise in this city. Luckily we do not have this problem here, yet.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 2:35 on the uselessness of the lawyers who are out for themselves only. Do not give them your hard earned money. If your upstairs neighbors are continuing their noisy harassment after being politely told, and after security and management has been informed so there are records of the awareness of the noise but it continues then that is deliberate harassment to get you to move out. That is a crime.

Report it to 311 and give the neighbors names and address when you file the complaint. It is their job at 311 to take ALL noise complaints. Be sure to include the neighbor's names i your report.

Anonymous said...

Just received an e-mail advertising meet and greets with the new management. What a laugh. They are really big on PR.