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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.
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
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
It Never Ends
As predicted, that outdoor gym in back on the leasing office isn't used during the cold weather. Months go by, and it is dead or closed. Today was beautiful, brisk but sunny, and April 11th. At around 10:30 am, there was just one person using this gym. Now, tell me how many residents live in Stuyvesant Town? Once there is more warmer weather, there will be two or three more people using that gym, but I have never seen it used with even the small numbers that the photo op produced by Management and published by Town & Village. Residents were correct: This outdoor gym was just used as a promotional gimmick.
And the noise, the noise, the noise. Opposite one of our buildings, they have been working on something and continue to work. The noise is incredible. Remind me again about "peace and quiet." Ah, but "you chose to live in New York City," the latest mantra from Management. Of course, this "choosing" was before a money sign was emblazoned everywhere in Stuyvesant Town, and noise became a reality residents have to deal with. And then we have the mess that is happening on 14th Street, next to Stuyvesant Town. Luckily, I don't live there, but I do pass it by almost every day. And then...there is the shutdown of the L line and the many ways to "accommodate" that....
All over New York, you will see work being done, and redone, many times on streets where someone is getting paid well. In these troubled times, the best work (meaning getting paid) is to the "upgrades" that are done. And don't even get me started on the high-rises that are popping up. The City Council should be embarrassed by some of the high-rises that they are ultimately responsible for. But money talks.