Been a few seconds since we had a landlord/tenant debate as juicy as that now brewing at the Peter Cooper Village in the East 20s. MetLife, the landlord, is forcing a switch to electronic entry cards in lieu of keys?the better, some residents figure, to keep pesky subletters out. Residents strike back with the ol' police state card:
"This is not security, it is surveillance," said Steven Sanders, a state assemblyman who lives at Peter Cooper Village. "It smacks of totalitarian police state tactics."Should MetLife succeed in turning Peter Cooper Village into an armed camp, troops might then be redeployed at Stuyvesant Village to the south. Note the propaganda on the village's official website?80 landscaped acres, sure, but at what cost?
· East Side Tenants Oppose Electronic Entry System [NYTimes]
· Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town [pcvst.com]
· Security at Peter Cooper Village [pcvst.com]