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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:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Exodus of the Tree Rats

Sorry. You look cute, but you and your friends have to go!

(The pigeons are next!)


Anonymous said...

They're not the first things I would like to see go.

Anonymous said...

Someone on the Tenants fb (not the TA fb) said "Kill the Pigeons" as a response to a post showing a photograph of an elderly lady feeding squirrels and pigeons. If I see anybody do anything cruel to the squirrels and/or pigeons (and I'm out and about a lot every day on the property) I will immediately contact the ASPCA and the Humane Society. So sick of the fucking whiners and complainers. We have always had squirrels and pigeons because Stuyvesant Town and PCV were in a park setting and that was the winningest thing about them. Sure the rents (back in the day) were low, but we also didn't have a/c. The critters just come with the territory of living in a development that is in a park. Go live in a fucking building with not a tree or shrub or blade of grass within a mile of it and then you won't have to deal with pigeons and squirrels. I hate these crybaby idiots. They and their dogs are the blight on the landscape, along with the vomiting, pissing screaming students.

Anonymous said...

Soon only Pokémon will be allowed in PCVST. A virtual creature for the virtual crowd.

Anonymous said...

These idiots who walk with their heads down, fixated on their phones or tablets should all go ass-over-heels. Maybe cracking their heads on the sidewalks (or bumping into light poles) will knock some intelligence into their empty heads. It looks like the Zombie Apocalypse out there. Even the women pushing strollers are totally focused on their iShit. Same goes for the ones in the parks where the squirrels roam with the purpose of eating the zombies' babies.

Anonymous said...

Does Rick and Blackstone charge the squirrels for housing here too? Hopefully they're not getting renovations and an MCI monthly.

Anonymous said...

Normal, clean people who take exception to the puddles of piss at the base of garbage cans and other structures on the property, the strips of piss all over the grounds, the errant piles of shit and shit stains all over the property, the blotches of piss on the piss wall surrounding 5 sty cafe; and on the other side are dog owners who are totally fine with it. So it goes at the sty...... Clean people lose, dog owners living in the sty win. STR will continue to blog about it (because it's his blog ok?) and nothing will ever change.

We all got what we deserved. My 1 bedroom in the sty is $1523. I'm grateful I'm only overpaying by about a grand. No one forced me to take the apt, no one guaranteed it would stay a clean, habitable community. The sty is a reflection of this dump of a city as a whole.

Anonymous said...

75% pay twice that for your one bedroom. Feel better?

Anonymous said...

The article goes on and on about another politician who is "above the law". A headline saying no corruption found then the article body details how City Hall knew about the condo conversion and lied and to top it all off another lobbyist, an infamous one at that, wrote the official document, the "justification memo" for the deed removal. REBNY writes the laws for the City Council person and this lobbyist of St Vincents luxury condos infamy writes the LES luxury condo that replaced the community Rivington House health care facility. The article goes on to say how completely "clueless" but not "corrupt". It is hard to believe they are clueless, but so be it, if they are clueless then they are ill equipped for the job at hand. Voting them out for being unqualified for the job is the logical next step so we can get politicians who write laws instead of these politicians who let lobbyists write laws. Laws that the peasants have to abide by and the politicians and lobbyists are apparently above.

Anonymous said...

Lobbyists are doing very well for themselves under Bill de Blasio. Communities and Citizens, not so well.

And on the Tenant Association's relationship with the landlord. Both the Tenant Association and the landlord use the same lobbying PR firm. That is a very big conflict of interest and a very big problem for tenants. It puts into question whether the Tenant Association should continue to be at the negotiating table on the MCI deals we all keep losing big on.

"Mr. Rosen’s firm represented Blackstone, which bought Stuyvesant Town, in a deal that was partially negotiated and announced by City Hall."

U.S. New York NY Politics

Lobbying Booms at New York City Hall
Receipts hit a record $71.9 million in 2014, with some top earners in mayor’s inner circle

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>And on the Tenant Association's relationship with the landlord. Both the Tenant Association and the landlord use the same lobbying PR firm. That is a very big conflict of interest and a very big problem for tenants. It puts into question whether the Tenant Association should continue to be at the negotiating table on the MCI deals we all keep losing big on.<<

From what I see BerlinRosen uses a lot of upscale New Yorkers! I'm not that much in a huff over this, although I don't see why the TA needs, and pays for, a PR firm.

Anonymous said...

The reason two parties would share the same PR firm is so they can be on the same page with coordinated messages to control the public opinion. A PR firm cannot ethically have two clients who are opposing each other, eg in negotiations as MCI's.

Tommyboy said...

Vaya con dios

Anonymous said...

"75% pay twice that for your one bedroom. Feel better?"

75% being stupider than I am does not make me feel better. I'm still stupid. Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

From the Metropolitan Council of Housing webpage:

“When choosing a private lawyer, you may want to consider:

Does your lawyer represent only tenants, and never landlords? A lawyer who represents both tenants and lawyers may be knowledgeable about the court process, but there may be a conflict of interest. In most cases, housing lawyers will have many more landlord clients than tenant clients. Your own landlord may have hired the law firm in the past, and/or may do so again in the future. Also, the lawyer may be much more experienced in fighting for the interests of landlords and may be unfamiliar with many parts of the law that can benefit tenants. Met Council on Housing suggests that tenants find a lawyer who only represents tenants.”

IMO, the same rational should apply in picking out a PR firm as well. BTW, I see nothing wrong in having the TA use a vendor for PR. The question is as illustrated above.

Anonymous said...

" A PR firm cannot ethically have two clients who are opposing each other, eg in negotiations as MCI's."

In that case, the TA should either get rid of BR or disband itself immediately because it cannot possibly represent the tenants' best interests if it is sharing the same PR company as Management. That is totally unethical and probably illegal.

Anonymous said...

Could someone please explain, in very simple terms, what possible need a Tenants' Association might have for a public relations firm?

This makes no sense whatever. Moreover, a thinking individual might be able to understand why this is more than suspect, even were it a neutral firm.

Something, indeed many things, are very, very wrong here.

Anonymous said...

There is no Tenants Association here. Period!

Anonymous said...

75% not stupidier. They just need a home, like you. Pipe down on the cheap rental.

Anonymous said...

BR is also the PR firm for the Mayor. All around conflicts of interest and shady on the Tenant Associaiton's part.

Anonymous said...

Who in this project pays cheap rent? I don't know anyone who is. Real R/S tenants pay less than fake ones, but I don't know anyone who has a "cheap rental".

Anonymous said...

I know someone who pays less than $1000 for an non air conditioned 3 BR. They're moving out feet first.

Anonymous said...

I pay cheap rent! my place would be 4x what i pay if i leave.

Anonymous said...

"I pay cheap rent! my place would be 4x what i pay if i leave."

Riiigggghhhhhttt.......but that doesn't mean it's cheap, it just means it's 4x CHEAPER than what the next sap would pay. Take a deep breath now!!!!

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Anonymous said...

silly boy, if he,she is paying anything less than 1500 for anything here, it is Far below anything in the five boroughs. And that is cheap. sigh. ESL, adhd?

Anonymous said...

No complaingts here either - Our rent is LOW LOW LOW. Happy as shit.

Anonymous said...

Among the donors to the Mayor's now shuttered Campaign for One New York over the past six months were LLCs affiliated with Tishman Hotel & Realty – which gave a combined $20,000. One New York is exactly what he is building, one for the rich smattered with a small percentage of working class to clean and cook for them. Of course he is taking money from the person who made no secret of decimating and demolishing PCVST Middle Class. Never again for anything will he have our votes. "Tishman Hotel & Realty" to replace Middle Class PCVST residents with the types of people worthy of his One New York and it ain't us.

Mayor de Blasio’s non-profit that’s under multiple investigations released its last financial filing late Friday – showing $60,000 in donations and more than $370,000 in expenditures.

The Campaign for One New York took in more than $4.4 million since launching in January 2014 – largely from five- and six-figure donations from unions and firms with business before the city, which also made it the target of criticism by good government groups.

Among the donors over the past six months were LLCs affiliated with Tishman Hotel & Realty – which gave a combined $20,000 – and two midtown hotel giants that donated three weeks after being touted by the mayor for their involvement in an emissions reduction program.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Well, I feel totally like giving up. Maybe it's my mood, in which case I'll be back, but you've won. The "you've" is the City Council, our Mayor, Blackstone and their rep Rick, the "high" price of living here. You've all won. I just want to live in what peace I can have. You are welcome to fuck things up as best you can. (No doubt that is NOT what you are going for, but the result is the same.) Look around. If you are truly happy, I'm sorry. I can't feel that way. I just want to live and be left alone. I see "the rules" broken every time I go out, and not many people give a shit. STPCV is over and done with, and has been for some time, whether you are aware of it or not. Maybe if you are lucky you won't know or you won't give a shit.

I'm done with monitoring this blog. I don't even have the will to shut it down at the main posts. I just won't be passing anything through.

Good luck. You will need it. Maybe you will get it.