The stately, tree-lined sidewalks of the venerable Stuyvesant Town apartment complex have been turned into a disgusting dumping ground — strewn with dirty mattresses, soiled couches, broken TVs and rancid pizza boxes — thanks to new piggish, “transient’’ tenants who flout the East Side site’s garbage rules, outraged longtime residents claim.
“The past couple of months, it’s been out of control,” said one resident who has lived in the sprawling complex for two decades but asked that her name not be used.
“There are days when it looks like a complete slum.”
Fed-up residents have taken to posting photos of the vile “daily dumps” on Stuy Town Living, a blog run by a longtime denizen known only as “Lux,” in hopes of shaming their neighbors into cleaning up their acts and spurring a management crackdown.
Management officials “know it’s a problem, but they apparently don’t have the manpower to do much,’’ Lux told The Post. “They’ve posted the garbage schedule to remind people, but it’s clearly routinely ignored.”
The complex’s more than 30,000 tenants are supposed to put their unwanted items out between 8 p.m. and midnight the night before trash pickup.
But “sometimes, the stuff will sit there for days [before the official trash pickup], strewn everywhere,” Lux said.
Residents said they believe the problem stems from the complex’s $5.4 billion sale in 2006 to the developer Tishman Speyer.
Tishman defaulted on payments and handed the keys to creditors, who appointed the firm Rose Associates to manage the complex.
Before the Tishman takeover, tenants would take their unwanted furniture and other household items to a common “carriage room,” and staff porters would put it out on garbage days.
But the porters are gone, and the carriage-room doors now bear “No Furniture Dumping” signs.
Making matters worse, Rose is now actively courting young, less stable tenants — many with multiple roommates — to inhabit apartments, the residents said.
“They’re transients, and they do what they want,” Lux said. “They don’t read the signs, and there’s no penalty for them turning the place into a dump.”
A management rep for Rose said, “This is a constant effort of education of our residents as well as coordination of our operational resources.
“Management is taking aggressive steps to address this issue.”