Service roads and islands around Stuyvesant Town getting $200G renovation

The project is aimed at making the streets easier to manage for disabled pedestrians as well as anyone pushing a stroller. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The project is aimed at making the streets easier to manage for disabled pedestrians as well as anyone pushing a stroller. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The streets surrounding Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village are getting a $200,000 facelift.

The project, which is being paid for with funds allocated by Council Member Dan Garodnick, isn’t just cosmetic, however.

Service roads around the property from 14th to 23rd Streets will be repaved as will any curb cuts in need of smoothing, and the medians or islands on 14th Street, 20th Street and First Avenue will be repaved to make them wider for wheelchair users. Some, though not all of the cobblestones along with islands will be removed in order to do this. Currently, obstructions for anyone in a wheelchair user include signs and bus stops. Additionally, any cracks along the medians will be filled.

Garodnick said the project was planned a year ago after taking a stroll around the property to see what street improvements were needed. He also said he’s gotten “periodic complaints” not only from disabled people in the neighborhood but anyone who has to run for the bus while pushing a stroller.

“My hope is that this will significantly aid the pedestrian experience around Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and make life easier for seniors and people with kids,” said Garodnick.

Council Member Dan Garodnick, pictured at the work site at 14th Street and Avenue C with Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association and Howie Levine fom Garodnick’s office Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Council Member Dan Garodnick, pictured at the work site at 14th Street and Avenue C with Susan Steinberg, president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association and Howie Levine from Garodnick’s office (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Monday was the first day of the project, and the work along 14th Street, which is being done first, is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

As of Monday, a corner island across from Stuyvesant Town’s southeast quadrant at Avenue C had already been dug up, while the 14th Street one from Avenue B to C had been prepped for work by getting lined with orange and white striped cylinders. That block is supposed to be finished by Friday, August 12, followed by the next two blocks up to First Avenue over the next two workweeks.

As for the expected noise levels from the project, Garodnick said he doesn’t expect that it will be “overly disturbing” to neighbors.

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20 thoughts on “Service roads and islands around Stuyvesant Town getting $200G renovation

    • Of course it will… and those smiling faces in the photo will claim to be our saviors when those MCI’s are implemented. Hopefully Garodnick and Steinberg will be long gone by then!

      • The only funds that Dan Garodnick would have the authority to allocate to this project would come from the City. Therefore, no MCIs will result. This also falls under the category of usual and customary maintenance so, again, not MCI-able. Steve, for you to advise people by presenting your opinion as fact and not the proper information continues to make you look foolish and ill-informed.

        • Is this the same city that has given $30,000 to the STPCV Tenants Association Foundation?

          There are many things that we have been told were non-MCI-able by this crappy TA and Dan, and you know what??? We were hit with an MCI!!!

          And who did I advise at any point? I have stated an opinion that I believe there will be an MCI from this… nothing more.

          Thank you again anonymous (Susan Steinberg/TA)!
          Steve Anderson

  1. Now that the STR Blog is shut down, I will continue to fight for the tenants against Dan Garodnick, Susan Steinberg and the TA, and management. Most of us just want to live in our apartments peacefully, but this is no longer possible. The TA has done nothing to stop the things that affect our everyday QOL (no, the Greenmarket is not a burden on most of us). Until Dan and the TA show some fight against the REBNY (instead of hugs and kisses), I have no faith in them.

    • STR was a font of misinformation. So now that is over, you’ve migrated here with typical STR-style misinfo (MCI for resurfacing roadways isn’t happening) and bombast (fighting for the tenants really? More like keyboard commando crap).

      • Steve,

        Ed works for either Dan or Brad so take what he says with a grain of salt. Both Hoylman and Garodnick hated that site because it nailed them over and over again. Keep the faith that STR will be back and keep up the good fight. Both of these politicians rely on the TA to be their paid liars to tenants with the T&V reporting the lies.

        John Doe

        • T&V relies on actual reporting, unlike the STR. And your accusation is wildly off the mark although I do think Brad’s working hard on our behalf.

      • Eddie boy… how long have you been around? The same thing was said when management revamped all of the sidewalks around the property (which cracked almost immediately).

        Most of us do not have time to physically stand on 20th street and fight for what we know is right, but what has Dan and the TA fought and won recently?

        1) Bunker? Nope, they were in on it (yes, I was at meetings about this!). Hell, they didn’t even help the tenant that had to fight management regarding her MAJOR QOL issues. Thankfully, she won.

        2) Commercialization of the Oval – Oval Amenities, Movies, Concerts, Ice Rinks, Basketball Tents, Security Office. This also led to the destruction of the Oval.

        3) Apartment Divisions and MCI’s – I am in a true RS 1BR and many of my friends are in a RS (MR) 1BR. Why are we paying the same amount in MCI’s if they are in an apartment that has been knowingly divided by management AND DOB??? It’s because Dan and the TA cut a deal for this.

        4) Dormification – It speaks for itself. Dan and the TA have done absolutely nothing to fight this.

        5) Hurricane Sandy – The “deal” that the TA got is less then I got with my own attorney. Next.

        I absolutely plan to speak up and voice my concerns regarding the TA and Dan in the very near future. When it does, it will be with a full legal team that will demand to see what is truly going on with the TA, Dan, management, and this property.

        Steve

        • I’ve lived here for over 25 years and I know what an MCI is and what “funds allocated” means.

        • OK Mr. Amame, we shall see. If those service islands are deemed to be property of PCVST, I can guarantee and MCI will be following.

  2. “There are many things that we have been told were non-MCI-able by this crappy TA and Dan, and you know what??? We were hit with an MCI!!!”
    Okay… I’ll bite… like what?

  3. Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, so does the vermin of the STR jump onto the nearest host. My apologies Sabina, that you’ve been infested by the crazies. You might just want to shut down commenting until they can slither onto someone else’s blog. At least STR kept all the loons restricted to one corner. They’ve been shaking their fists, rattling their sabers, spittling on their keyboards, and otherwise doing nothing for years and years.

    • All we ask for is transparency. Show the financials and meeting minutes, and I will completely shut down all of my comments. I work for a non-profit (and have my whole life), and nobody has been as secretive about things as the TA has been.

      You can blast people, but for the most part things are true.

    • Peaches777, you are advocating the censorship of dialog you don’t like. Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t give you the right to control and direct the content of an open blog. I don’t think Sabina needs directions from you.

    • Hey, rotten peaches. Who are you to criticize the STR blog? You are a sock puppet of many names. You pop up on the TA fb all the time as Toni or Inger and most people are fully aware of who you and your compadre are. Get a life. Get a job.

      • I’m entitled to an opinion so have that right- it’s called different strokes for different folks. I have lots of compadres and don’t spend much time on FB as I have both a life and a job but your concern is touching.

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