Comment Policy

All comments to posts have to await approval. Approval does not happen immediately. NOTE: Comments reflect the opinions of the person writing them and should not be assumed to reflect the opinion of the blog.

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:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Blackstone Is Ignoring Its Own Rules

This fine morning I see several spots of dog crap near the PS guard booth, and bicycles freely going about the Oval. Not one of the staff--PS or workers--see this? Or they just don't care as long as the residents remain quiet? Speaking of PS (Public Safety), where is it?

Blackstone, and I include its representatives, you are showing that you do not care as long as the money keeps growing. You should be embarrassed to run this place if you can't handle it, which it seems you can't, despite all the rules.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Life Isn't Worth Living Without A Dog

Believe it or not:

Some rules to mention again:

"Although we are private property, remember that all New York City dog laws apply here as well. NYC law dictates that all dogs must be on a leash of 6’ or less at all times outside of your apartment.  If you don’t have an appropriate leash, you can pick one up free of charge at the StuyTown Management Office (276 1st Ave Loop)."

"When walking your dog, it is essential that you carry around bags to pick up after them. All residents will receive a portable container of 'doggie bags' when registering but after that it will be the resident’s responsibility to always carry bags and clean up every time."

And let us not forget this:

"We are pleased to announce a new way of identifying registered dogs on property which will allow our Public Safety staff to easily recognize registered dogs and more effectively enforce StuyTown's dog policies. Management will be providing new lanyards which residents should now use with their Dog ID Tag on the end and clipped onto the handle of the leash so that it is easily visible. After April 30th, 2016, anyone walking a dog on property without a lanyard and tag will be escorted off of property, including dog walkers.

"Lanyards and clips will be available for pickup at the Management Office at 276 1st Avenue Loop and Public Safety at 2 Stuyvesant Oval. If your dog is already registered, simply show your dog’s tag to the receptionist at either office and they’ll give you a lanyard, clip, and a few other dog goodies. If you have yet to register your dog, please see instructions below."

Um, when was the last time you saw a blue lanyard clearly visible?



And I love this--

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Photos Around the "New" Playground

Playground 7 is supposed to become a "gym" playground for whatever tenants live around there, and another selling point for Blackstone. Meanwhile, STR headed to the playground to see what's up.

Seems as if PS rarely goes to the east end of the playground, nor does it encourage "good behavior." No surprise.

Top photo: These guys with their dogs hang out in the playground area, as well as outside Stuy Town, but nearby. You've seen them. Stuy Town dogs? You decide! Middle two photos: Says it all, the dog area and a PCVST cart. Lovely. Last photo: "Oh, my poor doggie couldn't hold it in and I didn't have any bags! What's it to you, anyway?"

(Photos can be made larger it you click on them.)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (or whatever you use) and Cry?

A very popular event in the UK. Coming to the USA?

Thanks to a STR reader for alerting me to this show.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

From AirBnB With Love

You've seen this on the STR and then the Tenants TA Facebook:

Still up. And, boy, would I like to have this has my main photo. It says so much! (Click photo to make larger. Use Google Translate to get the full meaning.)

Update, in the evening: There's so much more. Too much for me to check!

Samples of various lovely apartments. Look familiar? Oh, and let me know if you see rugs!