Rowdy tenants need to be reined in
Stuyvesant Town has become a pub crawl every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights into the wee hours of the morning. Living at 19 Stuyvesant Oval has its perks as from 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. from two to six young people, “twenty-somethings,” make their way home, screaming, shouting, cursing, talking and singing loud, like it’s Santacon or Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Studies show that young people, age 18 to 29, go through a stage of life called “emerging adulthood,” as they make choices that will define their adult lives. Is the current management enabling these rowdy adults to have arrested development at our expense?
This disturbance of the peace wakes me and my family up each night and I’m sure it has a deleterious impact on all the hard working tenants, parents who have put their kids to sleep, senior citizens who suffer from a multitude of illnesses, who once awakened find it difficult to regain sleep.
There are numerous studies that depict how sleep deprivation leads to stress and illness.
Can security deploy its troops to meet these twenty-somethings at all the entrances by First Avenue and 20th street or 14th Street and escort them until they reach their apartments, instructing them to treat paths to the Oval like a hospital quiet zone. If they are rowdy, names should be taken and they should be evicted for disturbing the peace.
A show of force is required to demonstrate that you are going to control this form of abuse to “older-than-twenty-somethings.” If you are going to lease apartments to students you must also take some compensatory measures to monitor their behavior. I know a number of college graduates who were raised in this community and are aware of its unique value.
On the Stuy Town Peter Cooper website, management advertises how STPC is pet friendly. How about being decent citizen/tenant/ human friendly? Did you miss the young man one night who screamed three times at the top of his lungs (because it was too quiet?) or another guy who belted out the song “Downtown” by Petula Clark as if he were auditioning for the Voice or American Idol? Clearly not appropriate at 3:30 a.m.
Security officers need to be on the scooter or in cars with the windows down or walking the beat at these hours, not asleep in the security booth. I hope that our security officers are not “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to meeting the needs of the majority of residents in our community.
Which brings up another issue: Are the paths around the Oval and in the community a sidewalk for pedestrians or a street for automobiles?
I have logged hundreds of times that I have been almost run down by security cars drag racing, careening bulldozers, maintenance carts, bicycles, motorbikes, scooters and skateboards, all while being just one of the hundreds of men, women and children pedestrians in our community daring to walk on what we might take for sidewalks each and every day.
Name withheld, ST
Forget politics, get MTA to act on blue lights
To the Editor:
It’s nice that our very reasonable elected officials have started the months-long process of asking their colleagues if they might legislate a way to turn the Select Bus lights back on. And it’s nice that our community board of local citizens has, after months, managed to pass a non-binding resolution asking the state legislature to take up that business.
Now compare all that pious democratic effort to how the lights got turned off in the first place: Two Staten Island politicians wrote one letter to then-MTA Chair Joe Lhota, and that was it. The flashing blue lights that so many people relied on were instantly dark.
The bloc of people who want the lights back on should play that way. They should forgo patience and faith in Albany’s will to do anything. They should instead call and email the MTA every day, and tweet to @MTAinsider every day, until the MTA reacts. Interested readers can visit https://www.facebook.com/TurnTheSelectBusLightsBackOn to learn more that they can do. No Facebook account is required to view the site.
So maybe flashing blue is technically illegal. So what? Change the color. Stick a gel in front of the bulb.
But the MTA must restore this essential amenity to thousands of SBS customers just as quickly as it leaped at the absurd bidding of two suburban-district politicians.
David Dartley, ST
Verizon forcing switch to FiOS service
To the Editor:
My wireline phone has not worked since April 9. Using my wireless phone, I called repair. After performing the suggested check at my network interface and finding that the problem was in Verizon’s line, not my equipment, the company agreed to send a repair crew.
When the technicians arrived the next day, they told me that they could not fix my phone, but they could “upgrade” me to FiOS. This appears to be a classic “bait and switch.” We live in a flood zone as demonstrated last October by Hurricane Sandy. Our building had no power for 10 days, but our phone worked. FiOS offers only an eight-hour battery backup.
I declined the “upgrade” and insisted that they repair my phone line. They called the office to establish another repair ticket and told me they would check in the basement and the central office to see if they could fix the problem. The repairmen told me they would let me know the status of the problem later in the day. I never heard from them again. When I called the repair number that evening, I was told that a cable was malfunctioning and that my phone would be fixed by April 29.
I contacted the NYS Public Service Commission and Verizon sent another repair crew on April 16. They told me they could not fix the problem because of asbestos abatement in the basement of the building they needed to access, and left. After confirming with building management that this information was false, I again contacted Verizon, which sent yet another crew on April 18. They said they fixed the problem and that I would hear the phone ring within the hour. Later, one of the repair people called me on my cell to say that he was not getting cooperation from the “network people” who were “dragging their feet.” Since then, I have received two more calls on my cell from Verizon customer service people saying that they could not repair my wireline phone unless I switched to FiOS. Yesterday, I receive a FedEx letter saying that if I did not agree to FiOS by May 13, my account would be terminated.
This is unacceptable bullying from a company that has been disingenuous throughout the entire process. I am not opposed to new technology, but I refuse to accept a system that provides less stability (eight-hour battery backup) than the one it replaces. If Verizon powered FiOS as it does the current copper wire system, I would accept the switch instantly. Verizon’s efforts endanger people, particularly the elderly who may not have cell service. Regulators should prohibit Verizon from making these changes until it can guarantee service with the same reliability as copper wire technology.
Joe Lisanti, PCV