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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.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Free Advertisement!

I am presenting this "as is".... I'm sure the free advertisement will be appreciated.

Oh, and check this out if you were considering renting the River Room:

"Residents can rent this space by the hour and host parties, bridal & baby showers, meetings, functions, study groups, presentations, and more."

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


The noise from working on the "new" improved Playground 1 is unbearable. I live in another building, across the loop, away from that playground, and even I can hear the jack-hammering, drilling, pounding, etc. If I lived around that playground, I would have to go someplace else, it is so disruptive and LOUD.

Please, if you live there, ask for a rent reduction. Take sound files, evidence. I went there, even as it is drizzly, to make sure. I had to leave, the noise was so bad.

To hell with making money!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ah, the Good Old Days....

Open to debate whether days were good in general, but I took this photo near the Oval before it was taken down. Taken down, too, was a plaque which spoke of the affordability of this complex. The politicians promise that the plaque will be returned, but how long have you heard that promise? Hey, why not create a new one and mention affordability now?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Here We Go Again...And Again...And Again....

I see "the laws" disregarded all the time, despite the increased visible presence of PS officers. This morning, I saw, and took photos of, a mattress thrown out that is not properly wrapped for bedbugs. This mattress is different than the mattress I saw yesterday.

Also, what gives with placing a no-dog sign INSIDE the garden instead of near the fountain? The way it reads now (and there are two of these signs inside the garden), it can mean that a dog is not allowed in the garden. I've already seen infractions because the signs do not say what I think they mean. Unless this no-dog at the fountain rule has been discarded, the signs are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. Why is it that Management or Public Safety or anybody who works for Blackstone is not aware of this immediately?


I found this interesting and amusing and, unfortunately, predictable.

Here is a screen shot from Town & Village:

According to Town & Village, this photo was taken at the Stuyvesant Town flea market. When was that? It was April 21st. When was election? April 24th. Aside from the assistant, who is also proclaiming Epstein to be a candidate? Who should not be in Stuyvesant Town proclaiming with buttons and pamphlets any political candidate?

STR himself saw Epstein workers inside Stuyvesant Town on Election Day. Who was near those workers and did not say anything until STR said something? Epstein and our new councilperson, Keith Powers.

The message is: NO ONE CARES. At least those in authority.

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.