Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21

NYU’s ‘suggestions’ for Stuy Town students

For anyone whose apartment is within earshot of a student apartment in ST/PCV, you might find the following information valuable. In fact, this is important information even if you have no students nearby because it can happen at any time.

In case you do not know, Stuyvesant Town is listed on the NYU website as a residence hall. The site is full of valuable information for incoming students including the following: Twin beds are provided, but students must bring their own linens. The apartments have kitchens, but students must bring own cookware, dishes and other kitchen supplies. Apartments have hardwood floors; students may bring rugs.

Did you see the difference there? “Must” for linens and cookware but only “may” for rugs! And, in the very same paragraph, students are told to bring headphones to be used with TVs and stereos… to allow use without disturbing roommates.”

Wow! This just keeps getting better and better. The message here is loud and clear: You should avoid disturbing your roommate but don’t worry yourselves about your neighbors – upstairs, downstairs or next door.

As luck would have it, the website also provides contact information for both the NYU residence hall director and resource manager and I think it’s time we demand that NYU either insist that students purchase area rugs with padding that adequately cover the floors and absorb the sound or that NYU carpet all apartments they lease in Stuyvesant Town for student housing. The school is supposed to be preparing their students to become part of a larger community and what better time to start than right now in our community. And if they are unwilling, then I would urge any NYU alumni living in the ST/PCV communities to withhold contributions to the school as it is becoming increasingly clear that they have lowered their standards.

J.M. Polise, ST

No point to hallway sprucing up project

Re: “Hallways in ST/PCV to get a Makeover,” T&V, Nov. 14

Get ready for still more MCIs down the road covering the costs of our hallways getting “an updated and clean look.” If any of the powers to be are listening, we don’t need a hallway facelift. Instead, we need tenants to abide by their leases and cover their floors. We tenants would love a quiet, clean, environment with neighbors who respect property and fellow neighbors. These needs require not a cent and would immediately uplift our quality of life.

Hallways and elevators looking shabby are related to dogs sharing our apartments. Since the dog issue is not up for revision, spruced up hallways will very quickly deteriorate.

Name Withheld, ST

Improving credibility and communication

I cannot over-stress my allegiance to our Tenants Association. Yet, that allegiance does not exclude doubt and disagreement.

I noticed that in the November 7 edition of Town & Village, two neighbors had their names withheld in the letters section, and that brings me to my point. We cannot continue with the practice of avoiding our adversaries.

Voting for our friends, thanking our supporters in Albany and applauding speakers who are experts in generalities have their place — maybe, but when done to the exclusion of more dramatic actions, reveal both our limits and the clear road to (unwarranted) MCIs, cumulative rent increases, and what-the-market-will-bear rent philosophy.

Which brings me to Dr. King and the question, “What, if anything, have we learned from him and those who acted in his lead?”

My point is not to depict landlords and management as out-to-do-us-harm. I don’t believe that their actions are personal. Rather, it is to put forward that while we ourselves continue to claim that our existence is at stake, we have not acted as if we believe our own words.

Unlike a neighbor who asked meekly: “What is going to happen to the middle class?,” the children and adults who struggled in the face of obscene laws, state law enforcers, dogs and water hoses, and went willingly to jail, had a much better understanding of action-as-life and the lurking dangers that attend politeness and cooperation.

John M. Giannone, ST

Thanks to MCI letter writer

This letter was originally published on Town & Village Blog in response to a letter printed in the Nov. 14 edition of Town & Village, “It’s time for some MCI reforms.”

Dear Mr. John Cappelletti,

Thank you for your letter to T&V. Since MetLife began converting ST/PCV to “luxury units” this weekly newspaper has had more letters concerning the animals we share the community with (pigeons, squirrels and now dogs) than what I will label as “the big rip off,” which been exacerbated since Met…to Tishman… and now CWCapital.

People must realize that these 65-year-old developments were built primarily for returning World War II veterans and their families with partial tax abatement from the City of New York.

So, thank you for writing and being forthright in giving your name… which makes your comment more credible.

One question: How many people at Tishman or CW have served in the military relevant to the prime purpose that these developments were built for?

David Chowes, PCV

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next issue of Town & Village will be delivered on Wednesday, November 27, instead of Thursday, November 28. Deadline for letters to the editor must be submitted by Sunday, November 24 to editor@townvillage.net.

2 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Nov. 21

  1. NYU’s page for our “grad hall” is here: http://www.nyu.edu/life/living-at-nyu/on-campus-living/explore-the-residencehalls/grad-halls.html.

    If you’re having a problem with NYU students, feel free to contact the residence hall director. Her name is Tera Nakata. Her phone number is 212-998-4971, and her email is tn24@nyu.edu. You could also contact Olga Sanchez-Eltell, the residence hall resource manager. Her phone number is 212-998-4210, and her email is obs200@nyu.edu.

  2. Response to No point to hallway sprucing up project

    Re: “Hallways in ST/PCV to get a Makeover,” T&V, Nov. 14

    I agree there shouldn’t be money spent on hallway renovations; however, you’ve got to be kidding to blame the hallways looking shabby due to dogs being in the building! Dog or no dogs, the halls should be vaccumed on a weekly basis. The marks on the walls are due to people moving in/out of apartments. Let’s starting looking at ourselves instead of also blaming others…. some of our neighbors drop garbage or paper in the halls and never pickup after themselves. I will pickup if I see litter in the hallways – just as I do outside. We’re also supposed to be part of a community.
    I do find it an issue that aggressive dogs are now allowed in PCV but as a fellow dog owner, I cannot take blame for shabby hallways. Our rents should cover regualr basic cleaning of public areas.

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