Letters to the Editor, November 9

Nov9 Toon deBlahzzz

One man’s trash…

Dear Editor,

This is a reference to Brian Loesch’s letter to the newspaper (“Enough from the squirrels’ PR people,” T&V, Oct. 26).

His letter is very full of nonsense. All over New York City, squirrels seek food in garbage cans. This does not only occur in Stuy Town. Where are the squirrels supposed to go – to McDonald’s? If Mr. Loesch does not like it here, he can move out of the complex and let some poor family move in. I hope that he does no harm to the squirrels.


Maureen Kaine

Thanks for the wake-up call

Not sure what is going on but at this time of the night (3 a.m.). I am hearing intermittent back-up alarms. When I get up all I can see from my home is a flashing light on the backhoe in the construction site on Avenue C and East 13th street. Is the guard practicing operating it at this time of night?

Last night Con Ed had a delivery at 4 in the morning. With all of the structures they have built on the south side of the street, it is difficult for these tankers to maneuver and the back and forth of their trying to get into the docks is quite annoying at that time of the night.

Is it really necessary for such deliveries at that time?

Does this neighborhood need to be continuously subjected to this noise pollution?

Sherman Sussman, ST


Letters to the Editor, July 14

June23 Toon Everest

Time to do something about noise in Stuy Town

The following is an open letter to Stuyvesant Town management with regards to noise in the complex and following it is a response from Rick Hayduk, general manager. Both letters have been edited for length.

The violations of (city law on noise control) are as follows:

Beeping, powerful, motorized gas engine maintenance vehicles that are constantly travelling through the development.

The loud, echoing playground basketball courts (Playground #11) right beside the Avenue C Loop and several other buildings, and directly below apartment windows, that remains open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk, circus tented from November to April, which are absurd hours of usage and which is utilized by very few compared to the total number of 30,000 residents. Because there are basketball courts in Playground #9, the Playground #11 should be relegated to only volleyball courts, more of which can be added, and the current ping pong tables. PCV/ST is not a day camp, a boys/girls club, a country club, etc. It is meant to be a noiseless, unique community.

Loud, roaring leaf blowers, which create noises comparable to being in a construction zone.

Barking dogs, banging/flipping skateboarders, shouting residents in the late evenings or early mornings, and loud, noisy maintenance workers who have no regard for tenants’ quality of life.

Maintenance workers removing the garbage from in between the Avenue C Loop, in the morning hours, using loud, wheeled carts to transport the garbage to the waiting truck in the street, shouting while they do it, then loudly throwing the bottle filled bags onto the trucks. There needs to be different wheels on the carts and the workers advised to be quiet.

All the sounds, even conversations, travel up into the surrounding apartments. There should be an instituted policy, with rules, signs in the street and on the sidewalks, and written guidelines, including enforcement by security/NYPD, to eliminate undue noise nuisances. I have a home office and patrons visit my apartment on occasion. They expect a quiet environment and so do I.

Thank you for your prompt attention to these matters.

Stuart J. Levinson, ST

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Blackstone surveys tenants on concerns

Residents tell T&V safety, maintenance should be management’s priorities

Blackstone’s Nadeem Meghji, pictured with tenants at last month’s press conference announcing the sale of Stuyvesant Town, said the owner has been asked about students more than any other subject. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Blackstone’s Nadeem Meghji, pictured with tenants at last month’s press conference announcing the sale of Stuyvesant Town, said the owner has been asked about students more than any other subject. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Following Blackstone’s commitment to make Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village more conducive to families and longterm tenants, a rep for the new owner told Town & Village that steps were being taken to address tenants’ concerns about student apartments and noisy neighbors.

Blackstone doesn’t actually know how many students are living in ST/PCV altogether, since that isn’t information the owner collects, but a spokesperson for Blackstone noted there is currently a block lease to New York University for about 100 apartments and another 100 to other institutions (not all academic).

The company rep, Christine Anderson, added that management is aware there are many students beyond those units, but is still in the information gathering phase with regards to concerns about students and other issues.

This month, Blackstone began leaving surveys at tenants’ doors as well as the community center and some have been emailed.

In the meantime, the owner has plans to crack down on illegal subletters and monitor noise complaints.

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Robberies, K2 busts up in 13th Precinct

Cops also address noise complaints at new First Avenue pizzeria/lounge

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney giving crime stats at the meeting (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney giving crime stats at the meeting (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Robberies and felony assaults have increased significantly in the past month in the 13th Precinct, with crime overall increasing only slightly, police said this week.

The crimes, which included bank robberies, a K2-related assault on an officer and attacks on Bellevue staffers, were discussed by Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney at a 13th Precinct Community Council meeting this past Tuesday. Additionally, residents at the meeting expressed concern over noise at the new pizzeria and bar/lounge on First Avenue that recently replaced Adriatic.

At the meeting, Timoney also mentioned that a recent arrest made for K2, the synthetic cannabinoid that has started to be a problem for the precinct, especially around the shelters, contributed to the increase in felony assaults this month. This is after a man who was arrested for K2 managed to get his hands to the front of his body while he was handcuffed and punch an officer in the face.

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New command center offers better access to Public Safety

Public Safety Chief Bill McClellan at the new office/command center (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Public Safety Chief Bill McClellan at the new office/command center (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot
Earlier this month, Stuyvesant Town’s Public Safety department officially settled into its new home at what was previously a storage area at 2 Stuyvesant Oval.
Following a winter-long construction project, the resulting office, designed by architectural firm STV, is a 1,840-square-foot, glass-front structure with a similar look to the Oval Amenities spaces. Inside the space, past a small lobby, there’s a command center where dozens of new HD monitors allow officers to see everything that the 1,200 surveillance cameras located throughout the complex see in high-definition quality.
But the newer technology isn’t the only improvement. During an interview with a T&V reporter at the office this week, Public Safety Chief Bill McClellan said residents have been giving overwhelmingly positive feedback about the department’s more central location and the easier access to the officers.
“Now they can walk past and they see we take security seriously here,” said McClellan.
In fact, said McClellan, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the old office on Avenue C and Public Safety had to move to a temporary office at the old Oval Film space, officers began hearing that most residents found the location to be an improvement. So this was taken into consideration by CWCapital when planning a permanent address, as well as the need to keep the office out of a flood zone.
“We want people to come in and ask questions and interact with our Public Safety team,” said CWCapital spokesperson Brian Moriarty, who was also present during the interview, along with CWCapital Asset Manager Andrew Cain. “It’s more convenient for residents.”
It was in 2006 that ST/PCV’s security department officially became known as “Public Safety,” which McClellan said was done since the department is made up of peace officers, not guards.
That said, while preventing and stopping crime is the top priority for the officers, mainly it is quality of life issues that they’re responding to on a regular basis, such as loud parties and unregistered dogs. Dealing with the latter issue has been made a little easier since management introduced a brightly colored registration tag for dogs, eliminating the need to stop all dog owners as they walk through the grounds. When dealing with the former issue, McClellan himself will sometimes show up to the offending apartment with a member of the property’s legal team when a noise issue is particularly serious and persisting.

The new Public Safety office at 2 Stuyvesant Oval (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The new Public Safety office at 2 Stuyvesant Oval (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

McClellan, who’s worked for ST/PCV for the past eight years, previously had a 21-year career with the NYPD, and his last role was that of commanding officer of the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights. Since his arrival in ST/PCV, crime in the community has decreased, he said, a fact he credits to upgrades made to the property’s security system as the technology has improved. For example, the system was designed so that cameras can be added any time anywhere, and there have been many added over the past few years as the layout has changed to feature the new amenity spaces as well as the more recent construction projects like the extension of the leasing office. Some cameras also face outside the property, and that came in handy recently when police were looking for a robber who kept hitting a Dunkin Donuts shop on the west side of First Avenue. After the NYPD asked ST/PCV Public Safety to focus a camera at that location, the footage wound up being instrumental in the arrest several days later of a man who molested a young girl at the shop.
Crime tends to be higher on the west side of First Avenue than on the ST/PCV side, “and we’d like to keep it that way,” said McClellan, who also provided some interesting local crime stats. ST/PCV, which covers 10 percent of the 13th Precinct’s coverage area geographically and is home to 24.5 percent of the precinct’s population, only accounts for 5 percent of the crime.
But when there are crimes on the property, once catching the perps, Public Safety officers will typically turn them over to the 13th Precinct for arrests. Though 40 of ST/PCV’s officers are official peace officers with the authority from the NYPD to issue summonses and make arrests, there are still other limitations to consider. “We don’t have an arrest processing center here and we don’t have cells,” said McClellan.
Hours for the new Public Safety office, during which walk-ins are welcomed, are 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The command center is open 24/7 though and people can come in with an emergency after hours.
The construction of the office comes after CWCapital also invested in new trucks as well as three T3 motion scooters for the officers to make their rounds in.