By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Local residents noticed a recent change in the neighborhood at squirrel-level: new fencing around the grassy areas and tree pits in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.
Stuy Town resident Jerry Alperstein saw the old wire fencing rolled up on the grass with a new, shorter fence installed along the 18th Street Loop near his apartment at the end of last month and ST-PCV general manager Rick Hayduk confirmed that the fences on the interior of the property are being switched out.
“It’s more decorative than what’s there now and it’s more like the original fence that was up,” Alperstein said when he noticed the new fence.
Hayduk confirmed that the new iron wickets were indeed a bit of a throwback, but “we feel they are architecturally appropriate for Stuyvesant Town in 2018 and beyond,” he said.
Kay Vota, who has been a resident of Stuyvesant Town since 1971, also noticed the new fencing and felt it was an improvement for the neighborhood.
“It makes for a lot more elegant look for the community,” Vota said.
Hayduk noted that the “years-old temporary” fence is taller than what it’s being replaced with so residents will need to be more mindful of keeping their pets from hopping the wickets.
“We will also place signage consistent with the new signage package asking residents to keep their dogs off the grass or out of the gardens,” he added.
Hayduk told Town & Village that it will take about three years to replace all of the fencing in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper, which spans about 11 miles.