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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.

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

Meanwhile: Freedom of Information:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Truth

First off, let me state that I don't know if I'll be coming back on a regular basis to this blog. Right now events have dictated that I hunker down on matters that are of personal importance to me, which does include work that should get done and that will take some time to accomplish.

As to the purpose of this blog--well, I'm repeating and repeating myself I find. While we have seen some improvement with the new management (having the head honcho actually live here with his family is a significant improvement), there is much that, almost half a year on, is predictable and the same old/same old...with a nicer face. The wall partitions are continually being given to new refurbished apartments, the dog situation may have gotten worse (by now we may as well give up on management clamping down on dog infractions despite their desires), garbage is still a problem, etc. Just last Sunday I saw two dogs inside the Oval grass area being "hidden" from the Public Safety officer who showed up once in three hours during peak time, spending the rest of the time indoors at the Public Safety office. This, again, is just last Sunday. The new management has been around for months.

And now we learn there are going to be authorized smoking areas for residents.

Basically, make sure your rent-stabilization is secure and live the best life you can in the city. I hate to see the new high-rises go up (thank you City Council and Dan Garodnick), but such is our fate at this moment in time and probably until the shit hits the fan. I have a feeling that for most of us it won't get better and that the squeeze will continue, slowly but surely.

It's not bad living here, however. Let's at least try to find the good, even when we find the bad.

... And thank you City Council and specifically Dan Garodnick, who campaigns the REBNY way, for giving us more CVSs, Duane Reades, etc, at the closure of more and more Mom & Pop stores....


Anonymous said...

We miss you terribly because yours has been the only voice of truth since the TS days, but we know you have your own life and have to do what is best for you. I hope you will not abandon the blog completely. God bless you and yours.

Anonymous said...

We will miss your useful insights, especially regarding the corrupt politicians we are cursed with. Was looking forward to what you were going to say about Garodnick. I hope you still come back when you can.

Anonymous said...

These are frightening times, STR. Donald Trump, the fascist, may become the next Prez; DeB under investigation; Cuomo's pet boy under investigation; Hayduck forbidding political volunteers on the property. Things are shaping up very ugly.

Would love to hear you weigh in on some of these issues.

Oh, and we can't put up colored window shades or treatments anymore. Or hang decorations on our doors. Jackboot nation under way!

Anonymous said...

mistake if you stop entirely. please post at least once per month. even if you're just asking what's on people's minds now.

Anonymous said...

Garodnick is an asshole. So is that Mark-Viverito woman!

Anonymous said...

so good to see you back !!!
you are such an important resource but understand needing more time to do other things
please try to keep this going
ty for all your time and the help and connection you have given us

Stuy Town Reporter said...

It might take me a while to catch up. I will on most things. :-)

Anonymous said...

OOOOO we miss you so much. WE have no voice. If you're busy, as I'm sure you are, is there a way anyone else can take over? Can we discuss this openly sowhere as to a new or alternate blog taking some of this off of STR?

thank you str.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

As of now, I'm still around, though maybe not as much as before. I'd love for there to be an alternate, however. At least the two Stuy Town blogs, one of which is the TA's official one, the other unofficial, manage to deal with some of the issues.