Bike dock will encourage trespassing
The following is an open letter to STPCV General Manager Rick Hayduk regarding the Citi Bike station that was recently installed in Playground 9.
I appreciate your keeping the residents apprised of what management is undertaking but I fear with the latest bike related undertaking you are working at cross purposes.
One of the more frequently heard complaints from the resident population is the plethora of bicycles on the premises. You have tried to establish rules governing their use that are blithely ignored. They are honored more in the breach than the observance. I don’t see how providing “quick and easy” access addresses the problem. We are already awash with Citi Bike docking stations along the perimeter of the complex. Why invite the interloper onto the premises?
As to the placement of the bike racks in Playground 9, that too is problematic. It is very convenient to outsiders wandering in from First Avenue. You do not mention having a guard on duty at all times to check resident IDs nor locking the venue at the end of the day. Is any of that in the works? Also, the location of the racks within the playground does not make much sense. You admit that it has co-opted the sprinklers. Assuming that, eventually, summer will arrive with 90-degree-plus days, this is a significant loss. Would it not have made more sense to put the racks in the easternmost section of the playground where the Christmas trees are sold?
I applaud your invocation of “affordable, zero emission transportation.” Very au courant. AOC would be proud of you. However, there is no avoiding the increasing commercialization of the property. It began with the vastly overpriced “farmers market,” continued with the 5 Stuy Cafe and culminated in favoring signage for Lyft over Uber. Somebody is paying you for all of this therefore you are gaining commercial profits. I know, you said you are relabeling the Lyft signs.
All of the above does not detract from my highly favorable opinion as to how you are managing the property. I have conveyed this to you multiple times in the past. You are far and away the best managers we have had and I’ve been a resident for a long time.
Judith L. Swearingen, ST
Remember who made this place
Stuyvesant Town was made for veterans coming home from World War II. Today there’s a poster about a gay pride parade on the Oval. Since I, a Vietnam veteran, have been here (40 years), I haven’t received one parade.
A lot of young people don’t realize Stuyvesant Town was made for vets. We should have had a parade a long time ago. Then people would know who served this country. People would say, “Hey that’s your grandpa. That’s my grandpa. That’s my dad.” It’s a slap in the face when this community was built for veterans and now it’s taken over by NYU.
Now they’re going to have a parade for gay pride. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we paved the way so they could have a parade.
It’s sad because the veterans, senior citizens, are being pushed out or dying and they’re not being replaced with new veterans coming home. They’re replacing them with students.
They should go back to the right direction.
Name withheld, ST