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AN OFFER: PAY ME ONE DOLLAR FOR EVERY INFRACTION THAT I SEE--A UNCOVERED MATTRESS ON THE LOOP, DOG DO-DO NOT PICKED UP, OUTSIDE DOGS BEING WALKED INTO ST OR PCV. ONE DOLLAR FOR ONE PHOTO. I KNOW MANAGEMENT READS THIS BLOG, SO ACCEPT MY OFFER. BLACKSTONE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.

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.

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:



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Small Favors

TG, that we have those carts that residents can use!



67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rules in this place are nonexistent. Rick sends out emails about squirrel rules, but basic tenant decency rules are COMPLETELY ignored. Rick is quickly becoming the worst property manager in the history of this place... but wait, he responds to emails, so he can't be the worst. Give me a break!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Rick doesn't deviate from the company line, whether he responds or not.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Rick and Company represent Blackstone. That is understood. But we also have the TA which should represent tenants. Aside from the predictable MCI response, what has the TA done? Not much.

Anonymous said...

I don't even bring up the TA anymore, because as far as I'm concerned, they don't exist.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Just so people know, although it has been said differently many times before, I was sitting for a brief while near the Security booth at PCV, along 1st Ave. This was early evening time. I was not there to "watch," but I couldn't help seeing a good number of outsiders with their dogs going into PCV to make a "deposit."

This is one of my primary faults with this place. There seems to be zero or almost zero PS presence to escort these outsiders out of the property. Not my rules, but the rules of Blackstone and Rick. I've spent some time on this issue, even having an angry conversion (ultimately) with the PS office, who, of course, talked of their monitors.

For whatever reason, the dog policy is not enforced.

Anonymous said...

I've called numerous times and NOTHING, ALWAYS gets done! This place is run poorly.
It's an absolute joke. WAY too many people living here, and going in and out. It's not a safe environment here anymore. It's like a free-for all. Rolling suitcases EVERYWHERE!
Management is well aware what is going on, and really does not care. I've called several times about those carts, and Resident Services says there is nothing they can do. NOTHING THEY CAN DO? That's not the answer I want! I really hate this place.

Anonymous said...

THe monitors don't do a damn thing with outsiders. You are exactly right STR, PS needs to enforce in person. I highly doubt they are using facial recognition to identify outsiders bringing their dogs in and then sending them warning letters. PS needs to start doing their jobs and stop talking about those crappy monitors.

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares about anything anymore except about themselves. It's all about me!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I highly doubt they are using facial recognition to identify outsiders....<

Even facial recognition won't do it, unless there is enforcement. I see the same people heading into ST/PCV over and over again. Perhaps, just perhaps, they send someone a warning. The next question is how many? And the next, next question is let's see the figures. I'm sure they will answer that they can't show the list to tenants due to "privacy concerns"....

It's such BS that keeps going round and round. That's why a good TA is important.

Anyway, Rick was quite clear about what will be done to those outsiders with dogs. Quite clear. Again, his words not mine.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>NOTHING THEY CAN DO?<<

If they had the will, there is something they can do. But there is no will. Other than making money and keeping the plants and flowers in nice shape.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

As to those laundry carts, Management is not concerned, it seems, as the word is out that those carts will be replaced. So, despite the written warning on the side of the carts, the carts are free to use for anybody! I guess you can take these carts off the property and use them for your company's mail room.

Anonymous said...

Pot smoking, missing laundry carts, slamming doors, garbage all over the place, banged up doors, students partying everywhere, dog crap all over the place, packages being stolen, etc., etc, etc .... Well that's for sure not Luxury Living. That's called living in the Projects. Rick, you deserved to be fired. How can you run a place like this with so many things that need to be addressed? Collecting six figures a year for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! WOW! Just keep putting on that phony smile, and continue to nod your head and 'yes' us to death. I have had it also.

Anonymous said...

There is totally no enforcement of any rule here except that you pay your rent. Once you've done that, feel free to do whatever you like. Have a ho-down at 3 am in your uncarpeted apartment, throw your rotting garbage in the recycling bins, steal the laundry carts, rent out your apartment to strangers, take a dump in the stairwell (or at least let your dog do that), smoke pot in the hallways, prop the outside door open so that your friends don't have to buzz to get into the building to attend your party (and you won't hear the buzzer anyway because of the noise of your shrieking, braying party guests), run a brothel out of your apartment, sell drugs (even manufacture them!) in your apartment. Do all those things and I promise you that Management will not ever bother you at all. Just obey the one and only Cardinal Rule (or make sure Momsie and Daddy do) and that is PAY YOUR RENT! Once you've done that, the place is yours to trash. Rick Hayduk endorses this announcement (though he'll never admit it).

Anonymous said...

This DB should be id'ed and fined the cost of the cart.

Anonymous said...

Constuct them in the laundry room, a little larger, so they don't fit out the door.

On, I forgot , that's to logical!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

=>>run a brothel out of your apartment<<

Where? I've been meaning to get a happy ending, but I don't want to leave the property.

Anonymous said...

Good grief. So much hyperbole.

Anonymous said...

STR, were those photographs of a parking lot at Walmarts? That is exactly what they look like.

Anonymous said...

September 7, 2017 at 2:25 PM

That's really disgusting STR! You must be single.

Tommyboy said...

What we need are more signs!

Anonymous said...

Everyone should check their emails... Rick sent out a survey. I didn't hold back, and neither should any of you!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>That's really disgusting STR! You must be single.<<

LOL. Try better!

Anonymous said...

No. They are not brothels. There are no brothels. How old are you? They are online sex and dating apps and sites you order up on your smartphone and they are used by the young and the old alike.


Brothels can’t compete with easy online hookups
By Tamar Lapin September 7, 2017 | 4:10pm | Updated


http://nypost.com/2017/09/07/this-aussie-brothel-has-fallen-on-hard-times/

Anonymous said...

Confused. Try better for what? There are older females that do follow this blog.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

You know, sometimes it can be hazardous to joke. Some people can be so serious.

Anonymous said...

True, but it's better to keep it clean.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Ah, "clean".... Well, sorry but joking about "happy endings" is, or rather, should not destabilize anyone. You may want to read the "real" news about seniors and sex. Some of them do not run away, but rather toward.

I don't see a problem, as this was mentioned, among other things, not by me. Personally, if someone wants to give a "happy ending" to someone else, that is their business. Yeah, we can get real serious and talk about sex slaves, etc. But know that some men (even of the senior variety) would like a happy ending rather than an unhappy one.

Anonymous said...

It's not the clean vs dirty. It's your old habit of saying you were joking when clearly you're weren't. Likewise your nasty contempt for women. Really wish you could tone it down. But I don't thing at this point you can.

Anonymous said...

It is patently obvious STR was joking.

What is not a joke is the online Sex and Date APPS like Tinder or even ones that are invented right here in StuyTown and whose online businesses and APPS were plugged by these dubious ones, CompassRock and Oval Concierge.

FYI it looks like both these APPS have since been shut down for whatever the reasons.


"The app’s Stuy Town-based founder, Josh Wittman – a financial analyst at Amex who previously launched a cab sharing app – insists its intentions are noble: by doing away with all pre-date messaging, women are spared the “creep factor” of guys sending cock shots or asking for racy photos, and men and women weed out people who are, well, just dicking around online and have no intention of meeting IRL. (Wittman says he’s encountered a lot of this in his own online dating experience.)

That’s the idea behind Dapper, a new matchmaking app that arranges dates at Manhattan nightspots in three easy steps, and then treats you to a “free” drink at them."


http://bedfordandbowery.com/2014/11/this-tinder-alternative-will-score-you-a-date-with-a-gentleman-no-questions-asked/





According to Town & Village CompassRock gave Josh Wittman's Cab With Me APP a plug on the PCVST Living Website and the service was offered via a business arrangement with "Oval Concierge"

https://town-village.com/2013/06/04/st-resident-launches-cab-share-service/



Both APPS, Cab With Me started in 2013 and Dapper online "free drinks and meet men" started in 2014 look like they have been shut down. The links lead to nowhere.


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For more information follow: www.facebook.com/joindapper or www.twitter.com/dapperny"



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Anonymous said...

Hey, STR! This is YOUR blog. Anybody who doesn't approve of your humor should know they're welcome to leave the same way they came! This is not the TA fb where there are little old ladies monitoring for "bad words" and comments that they deem improper!

Anonymous said...

>>>
Constuct them in the laundry room, a little larger, so they don't fit out the door.

On, I forgot , that's to logical!<<<


Brilliant! Truly. I am not being sarcastic!!




Anonymous said...

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and should be equally respected.
Cheers :)

Anonymous said...

I also, do not particularly appreciate the tone of this conversation. Can we keep to the main topic? Somewhat surprised at the the person in charge of this blog. It does not take much to "ruffle" one's feathers these days.

I'm a wit...dim, nit and half said...

Let me add hopefully the final words on this sex subject from that eminent moralist and ethicist, the famous Dr. Bill Cosby:
"Make 'em moan fo' da' bone and scream fo' da' cream.
But first slip 'em a qualude to knock 'em out.
Then DENY, DENY, DENY."

Just a weak effort at humor folks. Nobody get out of shape please.
Maybe Mr. Huxtable can get a job with Management after he gets out of the slammer.
Have a great weekend all!

Anonymous said...

Happy Ending ? Try Robbie Speyer and Bob Benmosche jamming it up the butt of everyone who lived in ST/PCV... I'll show you a happy freakin' ending.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>It's not the clean vs dirty. It's your old habit of saying you were joking when clearly you're weren't. Likewise your nasty contempt for women.<<

If there is anyone with contempt, I would suggest looking in the mirror when you are standing in front of it.

A person who knows me better! And you are not joking. Go back to the TA,

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I should not forget that part of problem aside from intrusion into a playground meant for kids was seeing young women in bikinis. I believe this was a headache for the TA. My advice: Grow up!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I also, do not particularly appreciate the tone of this conversation. Can we keep to the main topic? Somewhat surprised at the the person in charge of this blog. It does not take much to "ruffle" one's feathers these days.<<

Back to your cages, seniors!

Anonymous said...

September 8, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Well said! STR's attitude has changed drastically from last year. Something changed him.
He use to be a lot nicer, and NEVER cursed.

Anonymous said...

So what if it his own blog. Grow up everyone and act like respectful adults.

Anonymous said...

Two different airbnb'ers on Friday at 5:40pm near the eastern flagpole in PCV. I know, because they asked me if I was Airbnb, and they had suitcases in tow. Great job Rick, total failure!

Anonymous said...

Careful blog guy. Your MRA slip is showing.

Edmund Dunn said...

Re the carts, I have been on the record at the TA FB page that the only way to stop this stealing of SPS property (because that is what it is, theft) is to equip the carts with electric fence technology (see link) that is over 10 years old. SPS, as has been pointed out, will not invest in this and will just replace the carts as they are stolen. Which leaves tenants SOL when there are hardly any carts available for use. Full disclosure, as I have also pointed out at the TA FB page, I never use the carts to place laundry directly in, I use my own basket which I never leave in the room. The carts are E Coli and vermin traps.

https://www.geek.com/news/electronic-fences-for-shopping-carts-555102/


O/T for this thread, as per the 9/7/17 T&V, Dist. 4 CC election candidate survey, only Vanessa Aron & Barry Shapiro have gone on the record (not even bothering with Bessie Schahter* whose party believes in zero rent regulation for commercial stores and residential housing) of supporting the Small Business Jobs Survivor Act (SBJSA) . All the rest of the Democratic candidates (in this survey) support the Band-Aid approaches that will do NOTHING to stem the tide of chain stores, vacant storefronts and the closing of the mom and pops. Therefore, my choice will be for Barry Schapiro (see his link which is also on the banner page of this blog) ) who has taken ZERO RE money.

https://town-village.com/2017/09/08/district-4-candidates-weigh-in-on-issues-affecting-stuyvesant-town/

*her talking point that the SBJSA is not a "fully legal doucemnt" is bogus


https://www.shap4council.com/



Anonymous said...

5:15
Does that also include the blog writer?

Anonymous said...

"So what if it his own blog. Grow up everyone and act like respectful adults."

If you insist, Church Mother. But you could start a blog of your own and then you would be in the right to lay down the laws.

Anonymous said...

Please. Let's stop criticizing STR for what some perceive as his lack of sensitivity and get back to discussing the important matters that this blog was and is all about. If STR wants to make a joke, it's his prerogative because it is HIS blog. If you are so puritanical and uptight, just get over it or go away.

The myriad problems and QOL infractions that we have to put up with in this nasty, dirty, unsupervised dorm are the most important matters. The slimy politicians who are up the ass (too bad if that offends you) of REBNY are our worst enemies and Keith Powers, a very much admired and touted chip off the Garodnick block, is likely to become our next representative on the City Council unless we don't vote for him.
It will be more of the same and then some if he wins the nomination. Because he is the most monied and is supported by the Old Boys Club of Tweeddom, we have much to fear from him. I strongly recommend either voting for Barry Shapiro or Rachel Honig.

Barry is a tenant of PCVST and has shown sensitivity towards the long-suffering tenants of StyDorm. He also has some very good ideas regarding the halting of the decimation of small businesses in favor of mega-stores that are turning New York into Sunrise Highway. If you don't want more of the same ole same ole, don't vote for a parasitic lobbyist who will deliver more of the same ole same ole. Vote for Barry Shapiro. We have been Garodnicked to death over the last 12 years and it's been as if Bloomberg never left.

Anonymous said...

How we got here
StuyTown and St Vincents
Same Story
Our Public Servants are Serving the Private Interests of Developers, one in particular

Rudin Management
345 Park Avenue
Blackstone
345 Park Avenue

Rudin ABNY and the State Senator who makes sure Rudin Management gets whatever they want
The Senator who used to work for Rudin Management
Not a coincidence Rudin just took over for Rob Speyer as head of REBNY

http://westviewnews.org/2012/09/would-the-real-brad-hoylman-please-stand-up/

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised the TA went down the tubes on John Marsh's watch. He is more interested in being an advocate for politicians than he is for tenants.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The Keith Powers people are out in full force along Stuy Town, including Powers himself. At this point, with the intrusion into the buildings by his workers, it can be considered spamming. Of course, most people who vote will not examine carefully, and will just vote for him because they "heard" of him. He should lose based on all this spamming and a "war chest" that, I believe, is the greatest of the people running to replace Garodnick. (And don't forget the hefty raise given to themselves by the City Council.)

Don't worry, though. If he wins, I will be there.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that has a major major problem with one of our council candidates being on the TA board?? I am concerned that he hasn't already publicly given up his seat on the board, and see this as nothing more than the continuation of the shady relationship between the TA and our current councilman. The TA needs to back away from the politicians, otherwise nobody will ever trust them again.

Anonymous said...

1:08 PM, which one is on the TA board?

Anonymous said...

I just looked at the TA board list and I see that Keith Powers is a member. No wonder the TA is endorsing him so aggressively. OMG! I hope he doesn't win the election because it will be Garodnick Redux.

Anonymous said...

Again the newspapers are remiss in reporting local news

The Westchester murder - suicide, Queens based real estate executive property manager, managed and / or co-owned two buildings across from Stuyvesant Town, 275 First Avenue and 277 First Avenue. Given the extreme murder-suicide, surely there is more to the story then $20,000 stolen.

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/28/steven-dym-financial-troubles-murder-suicide/607274001/

Anonymous said...

September 9, 2017 at 1:08 PM you are not the only ones.



"nobody will ever trust them again."

For many that ship already sailed.

Anonymous said...

STR, I was just reading through your posts for 2008 (before I was even on the internet!) and they were hilarious! I noticed that there were very few comments. Look at how many comments you get now! You really do have quite a following! Please keep up the good work and THANK YOU!!!!

Btw, the posts reminded me that the property really was much worse when TS reigned over us. It may not be perfect now, but it is so much better than it was when TS were busy driving it into the ground and terrorizing the RS tenants.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The TA=Powers connection is obvious to those who look, despite the refrain that the TA does not endorse anyone. And John Marsh should be embarrassed for himself, coming out of the woodwork, on purpose, at this time. Yeah, I know about "democracy".... Tomorrow I should have a main page post on this....

Anonymous said...

FYI How timely. Good thing we have the media including your blog to tell the truth about how these politicians operate.


"Firm uses loophole to secretly donate $60G to de Blasio campaign, lobbying records show

Constantinople & Vallone has a reputation as a powerful lobbying firm that gets its clients access to City Hall — but what’s not so well known is that it has helped steer $60,900 in campaign donations to Mayor de Blasio.

A loophole in the city’s campaign-finance law has allowed the firm to stay under the radar as a fund-raiser for the mayor, the Daily News has learned.

The only way to know that Constantinople & Vallone has raised so much money for de Blasio is through obscure filings with the City Clerk’s Lobbying Bureau."

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/firm-loophole-secretly-donate-60g-de-blasio-campaign-article-1.3483516



and this:

The Daily News reported the foundation — which has been represented by powerful lobbying firm Constantinople & Vallone — got $1.88 million in city contracts in the past year despite a string of criminal charges against employees, city probes and bad performance evaluations.

The group has twice been penalized for losing a child on a field trip, and is currently being investigated for payroll discrepancies and conflicts of interest.

Sports and Arts is set to receive 12 new grants, ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, from 12 different Council members, according to the budget documents.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/scandal-plagued-queens-non-profit-69g-city-council-article-1.3223907

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I'm not taking photos, but this morning in my walk I couldn't help but see near one of the Oval buildings a massive dog dump. Several--no, make that a lot--of trails. Thank you, Blackstone and Company, and our own PS, for being so observant and on top of the situation.

Anonymous said...

Anyone hear the commotion at 18SO last night? The Citizen app reports a possible explosion at that building, but there is no follow up.

This worries me, because I called Security last week to report a small gas odor, and nobody came. I eventually called fdny, and they came - still without security. A gas explosion is in the cards for the very near future for this place, and blood will then be on Blackstone's hands. I can understand turning a blind eye to some things, but reports of gas????? Really??

Anonymous said...

It seems like more dogs than children reside in PCV.

An immature transient neighbor's dog barks all the time and can't make it to the elevator without leaving trails of dogshit and dogpiss along the way. Then, unable to wait it just dumps whatever's left outside the elevator doors.

We have to watch out for dogshit whenever we step outside our apartment or exit an elevator. The stained hall carpet looks and smells like crap. It would be better if there was no carpet at all.

Blackstone Sucks!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The dog shit is still there. I checked. Between 11 and 15 Stuy Oval. No, I didn't call it in. I'm assuming (wrongly?) that one of the porters of those buildings called it in or the PS guard that's riding around on one of those Segway things.

"Boss, everything is okay."

Anonymous said...

9:52 AM, you say the FDNY came, but Security didn't? That is totally outrageous! At the risk of sounding like I'm repeating the party line, I really think you should call Rick about that, especially as Security didn't respond to your report of a smell of gas. That could have had catastrophic results. Are they cutting back so much on Security that we are now all in danger if there is a gas leak? Don't let them sweep that under the carpet. Please!

Anonymous said...

10:02 AM, take photographs (stomach-churning as it may be) and send them to Rick Hayduck.

Anonymous said...

12:43
I contemplated reaching out to Rick, but my wife told me that there have been at least 5 instances on the Stuy Town Moms Facebook page where people reached out to security to report a strong gas odor, and they never showed up. They reached out to Rick and he told them it would never happen again, but it obviously has.

It scares me to think this, but maybe they want an explosion to take out a building or 2. Than they can knock it down and rebuild to their liking.

Anonymous said...

To: 9/10 - 10:22 Am
What building are you in? We had a situation a couple of years ago in 635 with a dog who left his dump in the hall. We called security to document and called the Porter many times. Security has to be involved because surely this is so me kind of lease violation and the tenant should pay for cleaning up the rug over and over. and if it's a transient does the person have a lease?

Anonymous said...

September 7, 2017 at 1:39 PM

>>> Assembling a larger cart in the laundry room is a great idea. The only problem is they don't exist. I tried to search this and send a recommendation to management but was unsuccessful in finding such product....

Anonymous said...

3:49
They absolutely do exist. I work for a management company that utilizes carts that are larger than a standard door, and the cart is assembled in the laundry room. They may not be available on the retail websites you are looking at, but almost every supplier that management companies deal with do have them. Management here just doesn't care.