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As we see, nothing much is being done about the many complaints residents have: the discarded furniture on the loops, including the illegal discarding of uncovered mattress; the outside dogs that are infrequently checked for that blue ST lanyard, and their owners escorted out if they don't have one; the lack of R7-2 clarity from our local politicians who seem to be delaying and delaying; the club cars that go this way and that, and many times against regular traffic rules; the failure of our TA to even address those issues, etc. On top of that, residents near the building of the subway extension on 14 Street have had to endure noise and health issues at all hours of the day and night. This is not the way to live. Because of these facts, and a few more, a new representation has to happen. This is where Stuyvesant Town Tenants Advocacy comes in. There are no dues, and plans are underway to get the group doing something proactive about our complaints. The time for submitting our complaints to Management, Public Safety and Blackstone is over.

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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:

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cold Break


Anonymous said...

I am so glad that CW has gone away because we have been getting constant heat during this vicious cold snap. CW parsed the heat out so stingily that they made sure that some of us were always cold. Even with the heat full blast, it is chilly because of the leaky windows that we are paying a perpetual MCI for! I think the MCI charges should include free adjustment of these non-thermal windows! Only the long term tenants will know what I am talking about.

Anonymous said...

True, the "new" windows originally had inert gas between the panes to act as an insulator. When the windows began exploding, Met Life ( the owner at the time) went about removing all the gas seals in all the windows. Doing this basically negated the insulating properties of the new windows.

That's why the inside pane feels cold and why they regularly fog up.

I think we all got a little money back after that fiasco.

Anonymous said...

Did not have heat problems under the previous owner either, haven't had them in 5 or 6 years. From what I understand, some apartments are cold, other lines get plenty of heat. It depends on your line.

Anonymous said...

Yes and 20 years no hear issues. Plenty of other problems.

Anonymous said...

"I think we all got a little money back after that fiasco."

Very little! These windows are absolute crap. They were even stupid enough to not put a hopper in the kitchen window. That resulted in a lot of gas hazards because the wind (or even a light breeze) comes through the kitchen window when it is open and blows out the pilot light on the old stoves that have pilot lights. There was never any real intelligence that went into the window MCI. Just greed and stupidity. This was after Bill Potter had retired and some jerk whose name I can't recall was at the helm. He didn't last long. I do remember that.

Anonymous said...

Never had heat problems under MetLife
Always had heat problems under Tishman Speyer BlackRock CW Compass Rock

Anonymous said...

My apartment was frequently cold and the pipes were cold tool. At the same time, neighboring apartments were overheated. There is something radically wrong with their so-called computerized system. One of my neighbors who has a sensor in her apartment would ask them to turn off the heat because her apartment was overheated, even though other apartments were like refrigerators. Their computerized system is a total fuck-up, just like the TS and CW mismanagements.

Anonymous said...

No heat problems. Too hot inside.