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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:

Monday, July 10, 2017

A New Phase

I've noticed that the TA Facebook, which is usually different than the TA itself, has voices that are not pleased with the way this property is run and the general inactivity of the TA. I applaud these voices And, yes, I am aware that these voices can get a "personal" message from a "Peter Stuyvesant" to basically behave, whatever that can mean.

What these voices and the many comments I receive on this blog tell is that certain residents are dissatisfied, even pissed, at the way this property is run.

I do not fault Blackstone for buying and running this property. I do fault them for not making sure that several quality of life problems are followed. It seems that Blackstone has a priority where the selling of rooms (and the more rooms, the merrier) is its top priority, but that certain "quality of life" issues are not that important, and can even be ignored. Even the attention paid on the greenery and the constant landscaping has its selling motive, as does the "new" playground. All of us can see the problems of this complex. There is no need to bullshit us, but generally these activities are meant for prospective buyers rather than those who already have signed on the dotted line. And meant for some who have signed (not all students, as can be the current meme) who are satisfied to have their expenses somehow justified.

Now let me state that I want the same things that Blackstone can want if we are talking about quality of life issues:

Case in point is the lanyard rule: I chose this one because its lack of enforcement is so obvious after TWO posts from General Manager Rick Hayduk. The messages, a year apart, say the same thing. Basically, if you don't have a lanyard and you are a legal resident, you will be shown where to get one; and if you are not a resident, you will be escorted off the property with your dog or dogs. I will not debate or argue whether 8,000 lanyard stops have been made in a year. A LOL will suffice as my answer.

Some people are afraid, and some have lost faith. And some don't care. And, yes, there are some residents who can go the opposite way, and want less rules and more "we can do what we want." We should also understand that most people do not want to get involved. Management is banking on this.

If you are senior, this is your chance, however. A senior vs Blackstone is very bad publicity. Yet if you are a senior, you must follow certain things....

Unless you have a hidden property in the Hamptons, unless you do criminal activity, you will be okay. Do not be bullied into thinking that you have no rights and that you have to be thankful of having a place over your head.

Also don't be bulled into thinking that you are alone. Yes, you can see many residents with oversized dogs, no lanyard stops, residents eating right next to a dog urinating or defecting, with no apparent concern. You will see residents willfully ignoring "the rules" and laughing in the process. Other residents can join in. Even worse, you will see Public Safety and Management not care too much about certain rules.

Please remember that you are not alone. Others feel the same way that you do. But it doesn't help the residents who care to be angry about the infractions to the point of fury.

For a while, I stepped "out of the shadows" to experience more of what the people representing property have to say. I've spoken to most of the "big boys" around here (and, yes, most of them are male), and they can know my identity if it's that important to them.

There is a saying, "Don't get mad, get even." I don't particularly like the "get even" part, because it sounds like payback, but I do like the gist of the message: which is not to let this place negatively affect you, but rather to do what you can to make sure certain rules are followed. Rules, incidentally, that Blackstone champions on its website and/or rules that are dictated by the city. Acknowledged that the city can be another major obstacle. Again, Management is banking on this, and you walking away.

So what do we do?

Keep a note of the infractions, the official response given, etc.

Know to that this phase will not be easy. (And I say this to myself, too.)

We have examples of residents who have won. Incidentally without the TA or our councilman.

Though she may wish to be "in the shadows," Caryn Chow won a legal battle against Management (CW Capital at the time) when she was able to prove that this complex was not providing the quiet, proclaimed by Management, that she needed to do her daily work.

Siddharth Dube also won a legal battle by suing the dog owner that put his dog's life in jeopardy. Both Chow and Dube won, though we can debate the monetary awards that were given. You can win, too, but only if your reasoning is documented, as are the responses.

In reviewing the above post, I came across the following on the TA Facebook, kinda hidden away but pertinent. From ex-resident, Siddharth Dube:

(I spent literally months and countless thousands of dollars on a law suit and on attempting to get PCVST's Rick Hayduk and council-member Dan Garodnick to merely have the dog that mauled my old Lorca muzzled, a reasonable and humane solution... but to no avail... so I've moved.... I hope you will all turn to Dan Garodnick to have the city law improved so that pet owners are held strictly liable. Why do NYC and NYS still have antiquated laws when other states have reformed pet laws? Come on Dan Garodnick I and others expect more of you. Senator Brad Hoylman you too -- your office didn't even bother to follow up. and  )

I don't know the current Management's take on these things, but it is very possible, that they are not sweating too much as long as the bottom line of selling rooms looks good. The individual lawsuits will go away, they reason, and they can keep on selling rooms to prospective tenants. And the selling of rooms is what they are most interested in.

My advice is to read and check what your lease says, to read the rights that you as a tenant have, and to try to "deal" with these infractions in a non-confrontational and possibly cheerful manner. The angrier you get, the more weaponry they have against you. If you do the opposite, it will get them...angry.


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Anonymous said...

Bet you they build that Pool? THAT'S NEXT! Oval Pool anyone? Then use it as an ice skating rink in the Winter! Yeah! Let's continue to ruin this place. Yeah!!

Anonymous said...

I've lived in Stuytown for 20 yrs now. Management allowing dogs here has made me hate dogs. However, I did see a security officer tell this woman in a fenced off grass area that she wasn't allowed in there with her dog. As she was moving off the grass she said " but I live here". Okay. If you live here then you should know very well what the rules of being a tenant here are. How stupid and how stupid of management to rent to stupid entitled people. Thanks a lot stupid management.

I have also lived here a very long time and I agree that the owners / Management allowing dogs here has also made me hate them and their stupid, clueless, entitled owners. I know I shouldn't hate the dogs because it's not their fault, but, honestly, I just can't help it. It's a pity because I used to love dogs. But the diminished quality of life that has taken place since their arrival, along with seeing dogs in every kind of store imaginable now - Bloomingdale's, The Gap, TJ Maxx, the Container Store, Trader Joe's, CVS, banks, etc. etc. - has turned me against them. I complained recently about a dog I saw in Trader Joe's and was told by the manager that if someone claims that their dog is a service animal, then it's allowed in the store. This coupled with the fact that I don't think a store can or even would ask for proof that an animal actually is a service animal has made the service animal claim by many dog owners one of the most abused designations ever.

The reason that Management rents to people who have dogs is they don't want to miss out on renting to anyone, which they would, if dogs weren't allowed here. With the huge amount they paid for this place, they can't afford to keep anyone out. It's a pure economic decision on their part. OK, fine, but, at least Management should force dog owners to follow the rules. By not enforcing them, they have created a very hostile situation between dog owning tenants and non-dog owning tenants.

Anonymous said...

And by the way, playground 7 layout looks horrible. Glad I don't live by that playground.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Oval Pool? An idea whose time as come!

Atomic Man said...

Walking home through PCV this evening, saw and overheard our third term councilman on his phone as I passed.

"Well, I'm officially undecided, until I get what I want"

Anonymous said...

Atomic Man, sounds about right for that person!

Brown Stuff Floating in the Pool said...

No doubt they will try to build an Oval Pool.
It will last a few years.
Then they will attempt to build a huge high rise on what was once the pristine and beautiful Oval.
Mark my words!
Word has it dogs will be allowed to use the pool on special Canine Days.
Management will call it Dog Days Floating Turd.
Not so far

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Coming, maybe not right now in the ST area, but it's the latest thing:

Anonymous said...

@9:44 This is not how real estate in NY works? Please enlighten us as to how it does work.

Real estate in NY absolutely does work this way. Developers and owners want to make the most money that they can on their investments, but that is hard to do when there are people living in their investments that are paying well below what they could be making. You take out a loan and get rid of those people.

It's really not rocket science, and I know RS tenants that have been bought out of their apartments over the past five years (though not here in PCVST). They come to me with the right price, and I'm out of here in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

Offer me a million dollars (tax free) and I'll be gone tomorrow.

Atomic Man said...

Offer me a million dollars

Think about it. Difference between typical RS and MR apartment is about $2500/mo, or $30k/yr. So, they'd get that million back in rent in just 33 short years!

Unless they're looking to bulldoze the property, and you're one of the last holdouts (not saying that might not happen in the very long term), you're not getting a lotto sized buyout offer.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't even be that greedy. The apartment right below me is paying roughly $4k more than me.

4,000 x 12 months = 48,000 x 10 years = 480,000.

Consider me gone at 500,000.

Jack Lalanne Turning Over in His Grave said...

Is there anything more absurd than the so-called "fitness" center being built at Playground 7?
Certainly an eyesore, tacky, cheap "equipment", a "track" too small for even rats in a maze, noise surely a disturbance to the neighbors, will become totally irrelevant after the novelty wears off...a colossal waste of money!
Just another nail in the dump that has become PigStuy Town.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Why not? We can take it.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

And if you can't take it, what are you doing in New York?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Hmm, even half a million, tax free....

Stuy Town Reporter said...

So, let's see: NYC is falling apart but we are still building high rise condos and getting rid of our mom-and-pop stores. The L line will be shut down for months and months and months. Instead, New Yorkers can take many (?) ferries to get from Brooklyn and Queens, and back when the work day is done. Subway cars that remain will now have some of their seats taken away, so more people can stand.

Here in our "community" we will have work/done finished near Lenz's. God knows when the work will be finished at the VA. Below us, we have the construction of two major condos at 14th Street, one of which should be finished soon. But wait, don't relax because we have a MAJOR project of a new subway entrance at Ave A. Not in time, but coming for those condo dwellers nearby. We have the possibility of losing Associated once someone with dough can be found to take over. We have a new "gym" playground where you can run around in a small wavy circle with no protection from the sun. And, of course, we have the usual dog turd and piss, speeding bicycles, etc. And don't forget the seasonal move-in and move-out of people from this "community." Mattresses, furniture galore outside. And the noise of apartments getting rebuild, a noise that has no end in sight unless we bulldoze everything. I'm sure I am forgetting some things, but how am I doing so far?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

A lot, and I mean a lot, of suits walking through Stuy Town. Something is up.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

BTW, the "something" is not good news for us. Just so you know.

Anonymous said...

Consider me gone at 500,000.

July 25, 2017 at 9:06 PM

LOL, ok. you'll never be gone. you're not gonna get 1 cent from PCVST. let alone half a million.
commenters here just feeding off one another's ignorance and naivete. but keep waiting for that 500,000. let us know when you get it-- pix or it didnt happen.

Anonymous said...

"that if someone claims that their dog is a service animal, then it's allowed in the store"

ah but see, that's not the dog that's problem. that's the person. the lying, narcissistic, entitled would-be victim, who can't go shopping without their "comfort dog," or whatever. people are shit. reclaim NY for the dogs! only rent to dogs! problem solved.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>ommenters here just feeding off one another's ignorance and naivete<<


Stuy Town Reporter said...

BTW, any posts that are bad tempered and insult the moderator (me) have an impossible time getting through. In other words, making it even more clear, you are truly wasting your time!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Is someone has a genuine service animal and is not bs-ing, I am sympathetic.

Anonymous said...

Our old overseer has done it, so why not our new one???

Anonymous said...

STR I follow your blog and know you do yeoman's work for the community. However your comment at 3:26 was probably one of the best things you have ever posted. I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in response to a one word post.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I just saw that the new subway extension along 14 St at Ave A will be finished in 2020! Yes, that's 2020!!!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

If you are lucky, you will hear the work at 14 St over at the new outdoor gym in Playground 7. For three years.

Alternate Side Al said...

What about all the lost parking spaces due to the never ending construction?
There are many people who need autos to get to work, elderly, handicapped, etc.
C'mon, Danny Boy G.
Help us out

Anonymous said...

Movie is so loud tonight. They have their nerve.

Anonymous said...

Where is proof that MGMT is 'ok with air bnb'?

Anonymous said...

I'm not the OP, and I haven't heard that management is ok with AirBnB, but I would guess that the large number of listings on the website coupled with the ever growing number of suitcases has something to do with the comment.

I find 20+ listings every time I look. If management cared and cracked down, that number would and should be zero.

Anonymous said...

As the DA said, the Mayor is giving away parcels of NYC to his developer friends as if it was his land to give; this while the Mayor rids of the citizens, his constituents in the way of his developer friends. The current DOI and DCAS lawsuit and investigation shows the Mayor's true character, a liar and a bully.

A liar and a bully who hinders investigations to cover up bad acts and crimes (just like another liar and bully in the Oval Office).

A liar and a bully who gets off on technicalities (just like Assemblyman Silver)

“Hopefully, City Hall will not unlawfully interfere in the current DOI investigation, like it did with the last one,” Kraus said.

He was referring to a July 2016 DOI report about the scandalous Rivington House nursing home deal in which the city mysteriously lifted a deed restriction that allowed the Lower East Side non-profit to be purchased for luxury housing at a $72 million profit to the buyer.

The report — which outlined how some de Blasio administration officials were complicit in the shady deal — noted how DOI’s probe was “hindered” by the city’s Law Department refusal to hand over documents or allow access to City Hall computers.

Both Morales and former DCAS Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch have accused the mayor and his staff of pressuring them to give Singh a break on his now-shuttered Water’s Edge Restaurant, which sits on city property on the Queens waterfront, because he was a big de Blasio donor.

In an extraordinary move, the mayor asked his top political aide, Emma Wolfe, to intervene with DCAS.

Morales has filed a $5 million notice of claim against the city — a precursor to a lawsuit — alleging the city “unlawfully” fired him in February in retaliation for complaining about City Hall’s conduct.

The firing was also retaliation for Morales’ objections to “City Hall’s lack of truthfulness regarding the lifting of deed restrictions on Rivington House,” the claim notice says.

A liar and a bully whose repeated bad acts, from Rivington to Water's Edge to StuyTown are catching up to him, exposing his true character.

Anonymous said...

The "suits" are nervous and scared, even petrified. Dalian Wanda is under investigation with at least 6 deals already found to violate China's rules. Investors in Dalian Wanda projects are running scared and they should be. Making up the loss of money is the least of their problems. Complicity Collusion Connivance

Anonymous said...

The Security light, on the terrace side, of 450 e 20th street, which is directly over the building address, HAS BEEN OUT, FOR 5 WEEKS NOW. Can you imagine that number 1., no tenant has phoned this in, and number 2., no one in management has reported and fixed this? This is just another indication of HOW BAD THIS PLACE IS! What a slum! WHAT A JOKE!

Anonymous said...

Rick, where the hell is security?? Someone got attacked by a group with hockey sticks outside a PCV building??

I haven't said this yet, but he needs to be fired. Blackstone needs to realize he's a failure and that they are getting much closer to a huge lawsuit and horrible publicity.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Someone got attacked by a group with hockey sticks outside a PCV building??<<

Seriously? This sounds like a joke.

Anonymous said...

Took a walk to Houston today along 1st avenue. People nodding out on heroin, tripping over homeless people, multiple beggars on every block, many blocks smelling like urinals. I'm reliving the 70's. This must be de Blasio's progressive vision I suppose. I always felt that this would happen after the anti cop protests put on by the BLM terrorists, but unfortunately, normal people also must suffer the consequences. Three more years until I can escape.

Anonymous said...

Not a joke, STY. It was reported in T&V. Where is PS when these things happen? Why are we paying an enormous MCI for technology that either doesn't work or isn't utilized? When is Rick Hayduk going to be fired for gross incompetence? When is Chief McClellan going to be fired for gross incompetence and dereliction of duty? When somebody is killed under a "security" camera?

This place is worse than a slum. It is worse than the Projects and this fact needs to be broadcast far and wide because the whole marketing model is a lie. Where is our useless self-serving councilman? Where is the useless TA? We have nobody in our corner whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

STR - it's in the Town and Village! The story was posted yesterday. No comment from PS or management regarding the attack.... not surprised.

Anonymous said...

Also, the TA has not addressed this on their Facebook page. They are busy giving us useless information about street closures.

I was going to post the story from T&V, but figured I would wait to see how long it takes for them to address it.

Anonymous said...

Now Peter Stuyvesant is posting about leaves. A guy was beaten and robbed by a bunch of teens in masks with hockey sticks on this property and they post about leaves???

Are they even trying to be a TA at this point???? I guess we know the answer to that...

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Okay, here it is:

It's a possibility that the victim lives outside of Stuy Town, but the place where this assault happened in not open to question, at least now.

More later.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

No wonder there is more of a PS presence lately.

Anonymous said...

I have not seen any increase in PS presence, and I am out and about around the property every night. What good does an increased daytime PS presence going to do when crime takes place at night.

If this occurred outside of 531, there are cameras that should have caught this attack.

Where is a statement from Rick? Where are Dan and the TA? This is now beyond ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Our politicians are in the news more and more and that is a good thing for the public to really see what these career politicians who are wreaking havoc on our lives are really up to. His true character is getting exposed. The Public will soon know what he is really like not that his disastrous results in this community didn't already speak volumes about his true intentions.

This career politician whose brother is a partner at the Tenant Association law firm and who gave the tenant's $2billion away to developers is trying very hard to cover up a lot of his and his peers actions. In the end he is not that much different than the extreme version of himself who occupies the Oval office. The career politicians stole the only true chance for tenant ownership and the way they went about it is as dirty and low-life as it gets.

This may read as national level, but it is a very local Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village issue. His priorities, as evident by our quality of life decline during his tenure, is that he puts wealthy developers and his brothers law firm profits ahead of his Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village constituents. Just as Senator Grassley says that our Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village New York Senator is putting politics ahead of national security.

Question remains to be uncovered is what he did that he is hiding and how it is directly related to the Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village deal.

June 28, 2017 cover up tactic

Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, lashed out at Mr. Schumer’s move.

“It’s disturbing and reckless for the minority leader to block the briefing,” the Iowa Republican said. “We’ve seen too many recent reminders of how unsafe the world is today. This is no time to play politics with our national security.”

This is the key:
"Turns out Democrats are willing to give up just about anything—including their Manafort moment—to protect Mr. Simpson from having to answer that question.

We know that Mr. Simpson is tight with Democrats. His current attorney, Joshua Levy, used to work in Congress as counsel to no less than Chuck Schumer.

Word is Mr. Simpson has made clear he will appear for a voluntary committee interview only if he is not specifically asked who hired him to dig dirt on Mr. Trump. Democrats are going to the mat for him over that demand."

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they are running down the neighborhood so it is so crime-ridden they can use that to justify demolition. But thanks to STR blog everyone knows this was the safest neighborhood in all of NYC 5 boroughs before Tishman Speyer BlackRock Blackstone Ivanhoe Cambridge moved in. They brought the crime with them.

Anonymous said...

5:08 PM, also MetLife used to get the Best Landlord Award every year. I think it was the Daily News that gave that award to landlords.

They are doing renovations in an apartment upstairs and the noise is deafening and nerve-jarring. Can't they even leave us in peace on Saturdays?

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