AN OFFER: PAY ME ONE DOLLAR FOR EVERY INFRACTION THAT I SEE--A UNCOVERED MATTRESS ON THE LOOP, DOG DO-DO NOT PICKED UP, OUTSIDE DOGS BEING WALKED INTO ST OR PCV. ONE DOLLAR FOR ONE PHOTO. I KNOW MANAGEMENT READS THIS BLOG, SO ACCEPT MY OFFER. BLACKSTONE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.
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:
Tenants' Rights: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/renting_a_home/tenants_rights_and_obligations.html
Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Private Rental of Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Apartments?
The work here is not mine, but someone who has been linking these in the comment section of the "City Council" pay raise post:
As an example, here is a Stuy Town apartment listing at VRBO, which is a vacation rental site.
The average rental is $379 per night (weekend nights $399 per night), two night minimum stay, for a three-bedroom apartment that sleeps eight! Longer rentals are $2,650 for a week and $8,900 for a month!!!
Here are reviews from some people who have stayed at this apartment:
One review: "FANTASTIC LOCATION!!! The unit exceeded our expectations providing a fully equip kitchen, tennis courts, basketball and Bocche courts, There are quite a few children's playgrounds, a great lawn with huge beautiful fountain. Just a very comfortable place for our party of six to dine in and the sleeping arrangements for a party of 6 were great. In comparison to a hotel stay, it was also more cost effective. I would absolutely recommend this apartment for families, corporate functions, friends and the alike."
Hmm, a party of six? Related, okay, but if not, that makes it against the law.
Another review: "Very accommodating. our flight was delayed and we were 7 hours late for the agreed upon check in time. Antonio was understanding and waited for us until 22:00. The flat looked new and had everything you could possibly want in a holiday rental. very cool location east village and gramercy park just a few blocks away. the area has lots young professional families and some cheeky nyu students. lots of police around, a bit odd but you do feel safe. also very convenient to the metro, whole foods and lots of restaurants and pubs! we travel to ny two to three times per year and we've now found our nyc home away from home."
And this one: "I'm not one to post reviews but after Antonio contacted me to request i add a review and i saw what was written below i had to write about our wonderful experience. Our party of 6 LOVED this apartment and the location. David was a pleasure to deal with during the reservation process. He answered all our question in a timely fashion. Antonio the caretaker was AMAZING he was always available during our week long stay to answer any questions we had and came to the apartment immediately to help us with the internet when the Wifi went out. The beds are all good quality mattresses and very comfortable, as are the linens and towels. The appliances are all new and easy to operate. I can't say enough about the professional customer service we received from these guys. They are true professionals and they know how to take care of their property and how to treat their customers. We highly recommend staying in this apartment."
CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW: "We booked this apartment well in advance of our visit to NY for 21 Dec to 03 Jan 2012. My daughter, a student in NY, could only manage to secure a viewing a fiew days before our arrival. Althought the pictures were misleading (not the same furniture as on the listing) we thought the apartment nice enough to go through with it. On 27 Dec 2011, our doorbell rang, and the Manager, Lease Administration of Stuyvesant Town presented us with a court order, obtained the day before, to vacate the property!! "The owner" was not the owner, and he was busy renting this property out illegal. The court procedings took 9 months, and it was just our luck that it came to an end for this people right in the middle of our stay!! They even bypass the legitimate entrance code that we could enter without the legitimate cards (which we did not know of course) and they have changed the locks on the door too. We also had a recurring problem with a blocked toilet, and when I phoned Antonio for help, he suggest that we fixed it ourselves, seeing that he was out of town! We were informed afterwards, that, if this was a legitimate rental, our problem would have been fixed within one hour. I will do my utmost best to bring these people to light, look out, this review is just the beginning of it all. And now I know why we could not get an earlier viewing, they were not sure if they would have been caught out by our booked time."
The "owner" responded: "PLEASE DISREGARD THIS FALSE REVIEW. This is an erroneous review. This person clearly did not stay in our apartment. As you can see this review is two years old and we've had many other guests stay in the apartment without incident, since the date of this allegation."
Here's another one of interest. Note that FIVE girlfriends stayed here and there were complaints from a downstairs neighbor about walking on the hardwood floor with heels on!!!:
"We stayed at this apartment for 4 days/3 nights in town to host a surprise birthday party for one of NY girlfriends. Five ladies stayed at this apartment, although there is only one small bathroom. However, our transportation arrived late and Antonio, the caretaker, waited patiently for us. He provided us with directions and suggested eateries and even peaked our interest in exploring Costa Rica! He even came over to bring us a corkscrew. The pictures of the apartment don't do the apartment justice. They have upgraded the amenities to a modern contemporary feel. Loved that! The neighbors were nice and helpful, and the neighborhood was safe, which was very important to us. The subway and grocery store is in walking distance just down the street. The only issue was one of the neighbors leaving an anonymous note on the door asking us to not walk on the hardwood floor with our heels or put carpet on the floor, although we were hardly ever at the apartment and were usually exiting the apartment. We thought that was rather rude. Overall we had a great experience. David the owner was very responsive to our inquiries. We would definitely stay here again."
Some AIRBNB listings:
Check other PCVST listings from this link:
Note how the rooms for rent on these sites typically do not show any carpeting or minimal carpeting.