By Sabina Mollot
In case anyone was wondering how Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper measured up with the rest of the city in terms of snow removal during last month’s “Snowmageddon,” the answer is that the roads and sidewalks were more ice-free than anywhere else.
More specifically, it got zero 311 complaints, according to a study by apartment listings company RentHop. In contrast, the East Village was the iciest and snowiest nabe in Manhattan, according to the study. The stats came from a 311 complaint count which was then adjusted to reflect the calls per square mile so that it wasn’t simply a matter of the biggest neighborhoods automatically being the worst offenders.
Shane Leese, a “data scientist” for RentHop, explained the adjustment seemed necessary considering that some neighborhoods in Queens which were two or three square miles long dwarfed many neighborhoods in Brooklyn, which then dwarfed many in Manhattan that were just a few square blocks. Additionally, the study noted that 311 complaints were not accepted while snow was still falling.
When looking at each borough, it was residents of Brooklyn who were the least fortunate by far, with landlords in that borough being the pokiest at snow removal. A total of 1,121 calls came from Brooklyn, making the second worst borough, Manhattan, seem quite a bit clearer with only 338 calls.
The worst areas for snow and ice being left on sidewalks in Brooklyn were Park Slope, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. With the stats used, Prospect Heights was ranked at the worst neighborhood in Brooklyn despite not even making it to the top ten on the complaint count list, while Park Slope made it to the top three on both lists.
Looking at last winter’s numbers, both ST/PCV and Brooklyn’s Starrett City received zero complaints while the worst neighborhoods in the city were Queens’ Forest Hills (with 212 complaints) and Park Slope (204). The East Village was the worst neighborhood in Manhattan, but with a comparatively a low-complaint count at 24.
RentHop, which actually has over 40 ST/PCV apartments listed on its website, cheered the property’s 2016 post-blizzard maintenance.
“Although it’s hard to know for sure, it seems the place is receiving diligent care,” the company said. “In good time too, after the many years of controversy, we hope the new owners can keep the streak going.”
RentHop also warned that anyone thinking of moving to the community may want to act fast as rents have been on the rise. “Rents here have been trending upwards faster here than elsewhere,” they said while units were quick to turn over.
In response to RentHop’s study, new ST/PCV General Manager Rick Hayduk had this to say:
“We are happy to hear that residents of Stuy Town have been pleased with the snow removal services provided to date. It is new management’s intention to continue to deliver such top-notch snow service to the residents going forward.”
As Jonas was pummeling its way through the city, Hayduk had sent residents emailed updates on the status of snow and ice removal, at one point noting that some employees on the maintenance crew had worked 24/7 through the storm to keep the property’s paths and roads clear.
In December, RentHop conducted another neighborhood-by-neighborhood study, this one revealing where the most heat complaints (over lack of heat) came from last winter. ST/PCV residents called 311 56 times last year. East Village residents however made nearly seven times that many complaints, at 396.