Letters to the Editor: July 14

Keep NAC apartments affordable

The following is an open letter to new National Arts Club President Dianne Bernhard and the club’s Board of Governors, following stories in Town & Village and its sister publication Real Estate Weekly on plans to rent vacant apartments at NAC at market rate prices.

The Concerned Artists and Members of The National Arts Club write to you and the Board of Governors in response to your recent statement in Real Estate Weekly announcing your intention to rent or sell club-owned apartments for the maximum prices obtainable in the NYC real estate market. 

According to club tradition, the apartments were meant to serve as live-work studios for persons in the arts without regard to whether they were writers, visual, or musical artists. This policy changed dramatically over the tenure of Aldon James with no vote or discussion within the membership.

Our group feels very strongly that in order to not fall into the same bad management and cronyistic decision making of the past, the board needs to put up any new policy for a vote to the membership with full and fair disclosure of all the implications of the options (financial, tax, as well as for the benefit of the artists, and the selection process/criteria).

The Concerned Artists think that there is a need for the board to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the factual background to the development of the back (residential) building before the membership can decide policy for the apartments’ disposition. The board, as a result of its investigation, should fully disclose past apartment rental practices before the James administration, the original documents outlining their purpose, and the purpose of purchasing the back building. A key objective should be to discover if restrictions have been previously imposed on the use of the back building apartments. At a minimum, an investigation will produce the original documents and those around the back building’s purchase and any others concerned with their use.

Sincerely,Edward (Ted) AndrewsSpokesperson,
Concerned Artists
and Members of
The National Arts Club
(concernednac.homestead.com)

Quality of life? Where?

Re: Story, “Enforcing rules has helped improve quality of life in ST/PCV, says Rose,” T&V, July 7

Quality of life? What quality of life? As far as I’m concerned, the worst thing Tishman could have done was to allow dogs. Owners, both young and old, use the lawns as their bathrooms for their pets. It doesn’t make a difference that owners clean up their dogs’ defecation. Owners walk their dogs even in front of the signs that tell you the dogs should be kept off the lawns. G-d forbid you say anything to them. They open a mouth like a sewer.

Then there’s the people who don’t live in Peter Cooper and come from the outside. How about the nannies I ran into who walk down from Kips Bay, or the dog owner from 301 East 22nd Street who brought her dog in to do his/her business.

Of course, the fountain (joke!) abutting Peter Cooper Road is absurd. At least MetLife had what could definitely be called a fountain. Two weeks ago, as I was leaving, I saw a child with her bike on top of the flowerbed playing alongside the “fountain” with the parents sitting nearby. When I stopped at security and told them about the child, they said something to the effect that they weren’t supposed to do anything.

Additionally, the plantings around the perimeter of the fountain look as if they ran out of money. Sparse would be the correct word. Does Rose think that by ticketing and/or hauling away the overstayed parked cars the answer to numerous complaints?  If Rose thinks that by removing cars parked on Peter Cooper Road is the answer to “improved quality of life in ST/PV,” then they should go to the library and find out the definition of “quality of life.” I’m sure Rudy Giuliani could show them.

First, let’s talk about my phone calls to maintenance which started about three years ago. It seems the flooring in elevator #2 has been buckling. Calls got me nowhere. So, about two months ago when security happened to be in my building, I said something. This was reported to maintenance. Some time after that, I called maintenance and I was told that “yes,” there was the report from security. When I asked if they had a record of my numerous calls over the years, I was met with a “no” to which I responded that it was what I had expected to hear. The buckling floor is an accident waiting to happen.

Second, let’s talk about the recycling area which is a disaster. The garbage bins aren’t big enough to hold all that’s being put in there. Apparently some people don’t seem to understand that you don’t wedge pizza boxes into these bins. Then there’s the smell of food from containers that haven’t been washed out and the smell of beer bottles that haven’t been cleaned.

Marcia Robinson, PCV

The benefits of a staycation

In last week’s “Getting Organized” column in Town & Village, I wrote about wanderlust cluttering up your thoughts and what you can do about it.

Subsequently, I had a conversation with someone who indicated that financial reasons prevented them from even getting away for a weekend. That got me thinking and made me realize that I had neglected to tout the very real benefits of a “staycation.”
A staycation is one where you don’t actually leave town, but take advantage of what your own home or home environs have to offer.
The point is to do something out of the ordinary to break up your daily routine and recharge your batteries. Recharged batteries mean that you’ll be less stressed, more enthusiastic and productive and your life will be more enjoyable.

Here are a few recommendations for a staycation.

Visit local parks, museums and farmers markets. Watch your home movies! Have a family cook night; pick a new recipe and try to make it. Take those board games gathering dust off the shelf in the closet and play them. Schedule a Monopoly marathon or improve your skills with Yahtzee (math), Scrabble (spelling), Clue (strategy), etc. You’re going to have more fun than you think!

A. J. Miller, ST
Miller Organizing

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One thought on “Letters to the Editor: July 14

  1. Oh look, another person whining about the dogs (actually, she’s whining about everything). Did it ever occur to you that we were told there were (or would soon be) multiple places to walk dogs when we moved in? Yes, we were duped. But it’s certainly not my elderly dog’s fault. Look around…there are a lot of people with dogs, and attempts at a “crackdown” or ultra-restrictive “solutions” by the TA will result in dog owner action. Taking dogs outside of the gigantic community is neither fair nor practical.

    But you seem to be angry at much more than dogs. There is always a very easy solution. Call a moving company when your lease is up. Ahhh, but when given the choice between the ridiculously low rent they benefit from and some burned out grass from dog pee, I’ve found complainers usually stay put. My advice? Look the other way and have some empathy for we who were REALLY screwed by Tishman.

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