Photos: Hurricane Irene

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By the time Sunday morning rolled around, the coast seemed to be clear, at least for Manhattanites who’d hunkered down during Irene. The hurricane was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm, and New Yorkers went out and on with their lives. And of course, everyone took pictures of everything from downed trees to cleanup efforts. Thanks to everyone who took the time to pass on the results.

Thank you to all our readers for contributing pics! Find the full story in Town & Village newspaper.

An update on steam service for Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village residents

Rose Associates has just sent out an alert re: Con Ed steam service for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village buildings.

According to the alert: Con Ed has informed management that due to heavy flooding in the man holes steam service will not be restored until the afternoon of Monday, August 29th.  There will be No hot water until further notice in the following buildings:

605, 615, 625, 635, 645, 647, 649, 651, 653, 655 E. 14th St.                         

522, 524, 526, 530, 531, 540, 541, 601, 610, 620, 622, 624, 626 and 628 E. 20th St.

390, 420, 440, 510 and 530 E. 23rd St.                                                 

245, 271, 277, 281, 283, 285, 287, 309, 315, 319, 321 Ave.  C                       

6, 7, 8 Peter Cooper Rd.                                                 

6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 Stuyvesant Oval                                  


Management asks residents to stay indoors

Though Irene has been downgraded as a tropical storm, ST/PCV management is asking residents to continue to remain indoors due to issues such as downed trees and ongoing work on the grounds.

Rose Associates just sent out the following resident alert:

Fallen trees, dangling tree limbs and slippery sidewalks continue to make moving around the property difficult. Management is asking that you remain inside and do not venture out on to the property. Manpower is currently being deployed to begin removing fallen trees as well as surveying trees and removing branches.

In the meantime, about 50 buildings have had steam shut off according to Con Ed and will be without hot water until further notice.

In an e-mail blast sent out yesterday, the following buildings were listed.

PCV: 530 East 23st, 510 East 23, 440 East 23st, 420 East 23st  and 390 23 St.

541 East 20st, 601 East 20st, 8 PC Rd, 7 PC Rd and 6 PC Rd and 531 E 20 St.

530, 540 , 522, 524, 526 , 620, 610, 622, 624, 626 and 628 East 20 St.

18 Stuy Oval and 20 Stuy Oval

287, 285, 283, 281 , 277, 271, 245, 321, 319, 315 and 309 Ave. C

12, 14 ,16 , 6, 8 and 10 Stuy Ovals

655, 653, 651, 649, 647, 605, 615, 625, 635 and 645 East 14 St.


An alert for ST/PCV from management on hurricane preparedness

The following notice was sent out earlier by Rose Associates to ST/PCV residents offering preparedness tips and property alerts for this weekend.

Hurricane Readiness Tips

The National Weather Service forecasts that the impacts of Hurricane Irene will reach the New York Metropolitan Area this weekend, bringing tropical storm or hurricane force conditions, heavy rain and strong winds. To prepare for these stormy conditions, it is recommended that you:

– Check supplies: Food and water is available, emergency supply kit is stocked, “go bag” is ready, cell phone is charged, and battery operated radio with extra batteries is handy.

– Check on friends and neighbors especially those who are elderly or have disabilities or special needs and require assistance with their preparation.

– Stay tuned to local radio and TV broadcasts for the latest information.

– Minimize your exposure to the outside elements. Stay inside.

– Find a safe place in your apartment:

– Close and lock all window

– Draw all shades. Close all blinds and drapes

– Place folded towels on window sills to absorb any leaking water

– Stay in your apartment in a room with few or no windows. Locate the nearest exit stairway.

– Determine a location outside of your building for members of your family to meet in the event you are asked to evacuate. Follow any mandatory evacuation procedures issued by the NYPD or any City, State or Federal agency.

For additional information call 311 or go

Property Information 

On Saturday, 27, 2011 and Sunday, August 28, 2011 the following protocols will be in effect:

 Medical Emergencies:

Call 911 and Call Public Safety at 212-598-5233 option #3 in the event of a medical emergency requiring special assistance.

Maintenance Emergencies:

Call Resident Services at 212-420-5000 to report a maintenance emergency.

 Event Cancellations: The Green Market

Facility ClosingsAugust 27, 2011

OVAL Fitness will close at 3pm and all Playgrounds will close at 4pm.

Facility ClosingsAugust 27-28, 2011

Oval Kids, Film, Lounge, Study, the Oval Lawn, and the Community Center will be closed this weekend, August 27th & 28th.


Hurricane Preparedness: Parking Garages

All of the property parking garages are located within the City’s designated flood zone. IMPARK, the parking garage operator, has been advised by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management that due to the City’s flood evacuation declaration, residents should move their cars off-site to an area outside the flood zone, as soon as possible. Vehicles should be moved from the garages no later than 4PM on Saturday, August 27th.

Call IMPARK at 212-614-5895 for further information.


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 25

Longterm plans for a pet-friendly complex

In an effort to increase the occupancy rate of ST/PCV apartments, Tishman decided to tap a new market segment: people who want dogs.  When they changed the rules to permit dogs, Tishman only looked at the short-term effect of permitting dogs. And ignored, or didn’t consider, the long-term effect of this decision.
The percentage of the population that doesn’t want to live with dogs is much larger than the percentage that wants to live with dogs. Tishman’s decision, therefore, initially increased the demand for ST/PCV apartments, by accessing this new market segment. But when ST/PCV became a very visible dog community, it became unattractive to the largest market segment: people who don’t want to live with dogs. Thus, ST/PCV’s long-term target market has been substantially reduced.
To improve the financial prospects of the community’s new owners, Rose Associates should prohibit new dogs in ST/PCV so the community can phase out of being in the smaller, dog oriented market segment and into the much larger no-dog market segment.
This can be done quite simply as follows: require all dogs to wear very visible tags identifying them as dogs licensed to be in ST/PCV; only issue the identifying tags to dogs that have been licensed in ST/PCV; have security check all dogs to see that they are properly licensed; don’t renew leases of tenants who persistently don’t get the proper tag and/or license for their dog; stop issuing new dog licenses; and change the rules to prohibit tenants from having dogs in ST/PCV that weren’t licensed prior to the date the issuance of licenses ceased. With these changes in effect, the number of dogs in the community will decline fairly rapidly, because many dog owners are younger tenants where turnover is higher.
In conjunction with these changes, Rose Associates should vigorously enforce the rules about where dogs can be on the property. This will help reverse the dog image of the property, and assist in moving it toward the larger target market.
To still retain some pet friendliness, that doesn’t conflict with the no-dog market segment, Rose Associates should continue to allow two cats per apartment. Cats remain quietly in their apartments and don’t disturb anyone or foul the property
Floyd Smith, PCV

Blame smoking ban for noisy nightlife

Re: “Is crackdown on noisy nightlife in the East Village hurting musicians?”, T&V, Aug. 18
As a lifelong musician and former managing partner of two East Village bars I am very familiar with CB3 and the nature of the noise complaints they have been inundated with. In fact sound generated by live music is not the origin of most noise complaints.
The noise complaints all began at a very specific point in time – With the introduction of the smoking ban. That has forced a third of nightly bar patrons out onto the sidewalks of residential neighborhoods throughout NYC. The result has been a major increase in street noise. And it’s all been totally unnecessary. The problem of second hand smoke could have been alleviated with modern ventilation, the same found in casinos. That’s why one can stroll through a major casino filled with smokers and smell nothing.
Unfortunately, the mayor was on a crusade to pressure smokers into quitting. That effort has failed but we’re left with a serious quality of life problem. Making matters worse, intransigent second hand smoke fanatics now control the debate.
Never mind that not one single individual with an illness of any kind attributable to second hand smoke has ever testified before the state senate or City Council. The fanatics aren’t interested, choosing instead to ignore common sense evidence and continue to equate second hand smoke with poisons like cyanide and arsenic.
Until they are pushed aside on this issue the noise complaints will continue, even if every music venue is shut down cold. What is required is a new mayor, one with the courage to put the junk science and all-or-nothing fanatics in their place, employ some common sense and allow bars and night clubs to install ventilation units.
Until then New Yorkers living in residential neighborhoods with bars can expect the excessive noise to continue infinitum.
Mark Suall, PCV

After the earthquake
I was standing by my dining room table when I started to feel this shake and a kind of a grinding, scratching sound that I assumed was coming from above.
Living in Stuyvesant Town, we are constantly being bombarded by the sounds of repair and renovation so I was just annoyed. Then my front door started shaking so violently that I wondered if someone was trying to break into my place.
After everything calmed down I started to think, that couldn’t possibly be due to repairs and immediately thought something must have happed in the subways. That’s when I went straight to my PC to inquire about a disaster. And bingo, I had all the info on the earthquake right away.
This was my third earthquake experience but my first one standing up and my only one in Manhattan.Couldn’t help but notice, there hasn’t been a single notice from Stuy Town security regarding the incident.
Name withheld, ST

Governor Cuomo declares state of emergency in preparation for Irene

In preparation for the potential impact of hurricane Irene, Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency.

According to an official statement, Cuomo and his administration have been working with Mayor Bloomberg as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service to discuss the potential tracks of the storm.

“I urge New Yorkers to personally prepare for hurricane conditions and to cooperate with emergency officials if needed. By working together, we will all be able to face this storm in a calm and organized manner,” Cuomo said on Thursday afternoon.

Pat Sallin, a member of the Manhattan 6 Stuy Midtown CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), has recommended that community residents prepare for the possibility that they may be stuck at home for a while and make sure they have enough food and water as well as a go-bag at the ready.

Tips for preparedness and info on Irene’s whereabouts can be found on the city Office of Emergency Management website.


Week in photos

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This week, another (larger) painters union protest broke out in front of the Stuyvesant Town leasing office; Destinys Child’s Kelly Rowland kicked off the back-to-school-season at Union Square; the fountain and the bluestones of Stuyvesant Cove Park got a much needed make-over; “Best Pitcher” and “MVP” awards were given to two players in the PSLL Majors Division. Read all about it in Town & Village newspaper.

13th Precinct National Night Out Against Crime

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On Tuesday evening, in what has become a popular community tradition, civic-minded area residents and their neighbors and families, as well as members of local law enforcement agencies, gathered for the 28th National Night Out Against Crime. More of the story in Town & Village newspaper.

Photos by Sabina Mollot and Heather Holland

National Night Out Against Crime tonight

On Tuesday, August 2 the 13th Precinct Community Council will host the 28th annual Night Out Against Crime event. The event will take place in the playground behind JHS 104 on Second Avenue and 20th Street from 5-8 p.m.

The Precinct Community Councils were established more than 60 years ago in order to encourage community involvement in both public safety and quality of life conditions and to enhance community relations between the local police and the people they serve.

Members of the community who serve as officers of the 13th Precinct Community Council begin the task of coordinating this annual event several months in advance in order to bring a wide array of businesses, organizations and agencies together with community residents and local law enforcement for an evening of education, entertainment, information and fun.

The participant list, which is still growing, includes various offices within the NYPD as well as representatives from Community Board 6, the Midtown East-Stuyvesant CERT team, Beth Israel’s Karpas Health Information Center, M&T Bank, the Manhattan DA’s office, Bellevue Hospital and the NYS Public Service Commission.

In addition there will be three caricaturists, clowns and a bounce-around house for the kids as well as food and beverages from Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Met Foods, Sweet Olive and 7-Eleven.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Jo-Ann Polise at