Just a note: This morning I saw dog crap on the way to Lenzi's, and more than one area near the Oval Fountain of dog crap (plural). And three bicycles running around the Oval. Just in a few minutes.
Oh, I also saw Rick smiling the other day.
11:35am. Now a mound of dog crap near Oval Amenities. Did I say I love this place?
5:15pm. John, it's nice posting photos on the TA Facebook that have nothing particular to do with STPCV; it gives you something to do when you are no longer (?) president of the TA; but could you also post photos of Hillary and her Democratic buddies (like your friend Dan) who are also getting money from big real estate concerns in New York?
7:40am Saturday. Rick, I think you better get the sand-blasters over at the Oval Fountain. More graffiti spotted on a bench. Also the area hasn't been cleaned in a while. The Oval Lawn looks fabulous by the way. A bit sparse here and there (the sun will do its thing), but overall the tenants and their "guests" will not mind.
2pm Saturday. You "wouldn't believe" what I'm seeing. Well, if you know this place, maybe you would. Now with Safety out there, it still is a free for all on bicycles. If the bicycle riders don't want to stop (and there were 3 of them joined up in one Oval rounding), how are you going to stop them even if you have a Public Safety badge on? I supposed you could try to stop them...or that one guy who whizzed past two Public Safety officers! But it's a foolish game unless management wants to pay for your hospital bill and have lawyers go after the offender or offenders. You lose.
Nice job, btw, on the Oval Lawn, Rick. I think I said that already, but it bears repeating.
2:10pm Saturday. Domino's. Two of them on bicycles going round the Oval. You know the company, you know the store (on 14th, near Stuy Town). You have the offenders on this one, and now it's up to you.... Make that three. Another just passed me by.
11:20am Sunday. Just a note that I do read the comments. As to getting this place "better," right now I can't try and try again. Maybe it's just me, but I'm very pessimistic and I don't think that many in higher places are helping at all; some are actually against us ... at least they let things slide.
11:30am Sunday. Ah, to be young again...and enjoy hot, humid weather on the Oval Lawn, basking in the sun!
3:50pm Sunday. So a bro and a bro-ette are tossing around a football inside the Oval Lawn, very close to the Public Safety office. I had to check, so I did: the signs say, entering the Oval Lawn, no "active play," which I guess means no ball playing. Of course we, as long-time residents, know that, but.... Now what's funny also is that they are playing so close to the Public Safety office. So far, no one is coming out. And it's at least 10 minutes that I noticed. And you wonder why I love this place.
BTW, a good number of bicycles going around the Oval, on the side that's away from the Green Market. No one is stopping them, because there is no Public Safety officer who I see. I do see, twice in 15 minutes or so, a Stuy Town golf cart going around. Why walk when you can ride!
There really should be "senior service," as in golf carts going around the complex just for seniors. These poor guys and gals are walking in the heat, and I feel sorry for them. If it's good enough for Stuy personnel, it's good enough for these seniors, don't you think? Some of them may be vets or have been married to a vet. And, yes, I heard about the lack of an after-hours' cooling center in the community building!
9:15am. Monday morning. To the question of if I will let the comments through, they take more time, which I don't have, and I'm sure I have the new management's number by now, and you do, too. They, management, will make certain things better and make certain things worse. Yesterday I saw with my own eyes a Public Safety officer on a moped turn purposefully away from two bike riders around the Oval because he didn't want them to stop, for whatever reason.
So what you hear, if you're absent from the Oval, is part bull and management should know this. Oh, and the "graffiti" still hasn't been cleaned from the Oval Fountain area. (But the Oval Lawn is pruned weekly.) And Domino's is still bike riding around the Oval if they can get away with it.
So this is the way it is. And this will remain. Dogs in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper? Let's bring them on and not care too much about size or breed requirements and crap/piss on the sidewalks. We can clean it up, maybe. Bicycles around the Oval? Sure, as long as you are not seen or acted upon. The recycle area in your building? Where do think all that has to go?
Anyway, what's it to you?
12:00 noon. Monday. Overheard while heading into Stuy Town: "This is the fuckin' projects!"
12:30pm. Monday: "Peter Stuyvesant". I may as well spread the news: "Community Center hours will be extended until 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
due to the extreme heat. If you don't have A/C or know someone who
doesn't and needs relief, please spread the word."
3:15pm. Monday. What bicycles? On the Oval. Two bikes passing by, quite openly, a Public Safety officer on a moped. "All clear, chief."
10:15am. Wednesday. Nice write-up by Bruce on TA Facebook's page. Check it out before it sinks. Where I disagree is that I think it's is way past the time of bringing anything really decent back. The object here is to make money, so the student body will continue. And the dogs.... I passed several little crap spots in Peter Cooper and Stuy Town. New ones and old ones already turning color so they can't be seen. The people that are happy are because don't know what it was like. Ignorance is bliss.
7:15am. Friday. From Rick:"With everyone's help, StuyTown-PCV will continue to be New York City's clean and quiet oasis." He must travel a different beat than I.
9:30am. Friday. I'm going to ask for a respite from this blog. I've completely lost interest in this complex. The bull that these new owners is telling us (aside from some of the good) is depressing, and I don't want to be depressed. You know what the story is, nobody has to tell you. Dogs, bicycles, scooters, crap on the ground, overflowing garbage/recycle areas, 4+ thousand dollars "rent-stabilized" apartments, messy laundry spaces, bs-ing, loud neighbors for some, it's all here and will remain that way. If it changes, let me know.
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