It has come to my attention that certain people (not on this blog) are contributing to the snarky and rude behavior that is exemplified on other ST/PCV blogs. We will have none of that on this blog.
Posts here are very encouraged by General Manager Rick Hayduk's moves to make signage a number one priority, and make ST/PCV a much better, if not nearly perfect, place to live through more personnel, both in front of the scenes and behind them. We appreciate the extra PS officers that walk the beat around the Oval and ticket the bicycles that are speeding through it, just as we appreciate the PS officers ticketing the dog infractions that they see. We appreciate the laundry rooms in working order all, and available to anyone should they choose, else a ticket by a friendly PS officer is issued. We appreciate all tickets, in fact, and are encouraged by the amount that's handed out, settling in a lifestyle that's commendable to all tenants.
We also appreciate Blackstone's harvesting of rules and regulations that make this a much better place than...well, we want to be positive. The guilty won't be named, but you know who they are. We appreciate the carpet rule and quiet time come the nighttime hours.
We also appreciate the lessening of a financial burden that many of our tenants had to deal with, and the lessening of "flex" apartments that are the bane of contemporary living here. It is nice to see, finally, apartments opened up to how they were truly envisioned, without those partitions that the DoB says are not additional spaces for extra tenants.
While we have had difficulties with the dog rules, we must say that the battle has been fought and won--by the dogs. So we welcome dogs into this complex, and if they are dogs from outside, what's your problem? And what's your problem with the dog piss and crap that you may see? They have to do it somewhere!
We love this place, in fact, and feel very fortunate to be here. Thank you!
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