Letters to the Editor, Aug. 25

Longterm plans for a pet-friendly complex

In an effort to increase the occupancy rate of ST/PCV apartments, Tishman decided to tap a new market segment: people who want dogs.  When they changed the rules to permit dogs, Tishman only looked at the short-term effect of permitting dogs. And ignored, or didn’t consider, the long-term effect of this decision.
The percentage of the population that doesn’t want to live with dogs is much larger than the percentage that wants to live with dogs. Tishman’s decision, therefore, initially increased the demand for ST/PCV apartments, by accessing this new market segment. But when ST/PCV became a very visible dog community, it became unattractive to the largest market segment: people who don’t want to live with dogs. Thus, ST/PCV’s long-term target market has been substantially reduced.
To improve the financial prospects of the community’s new owners, Rose Associates should prohibit new dogs in ST/PCV so the community can phase out of being in the smaller, dog oriented market segment and into the much larger no-dog market segment.
This can be done quite simply as follows: require all dogs to wear very visible tags identifying them as dogs licensed to be in ST/PCV; only issue the identifying tags to dogs that have been licensed in ST/PCV; have security check all dogs to see that they are properly licensed; don’t renew leases of tenants who persistently don’t get the proper tag and/or license for their dog; stop issuing new dog licenses; and change the rules to prohibit tenants from having dogs in ST/PCV that weren’t licensed prior to the date the issuance of licenses ceased. With these changes in effect, the number of dogs in the community will decline fairly rapidly, because many dog owners are younger tenants where turnover is higher.
In conjunction with these changes, Rose Associates should vigorously enforce the rules about where dogs can be on the property. This will help reverse the dog image of the property, and assist in moving it toward the larger target market.
To still retain some pet friendliness, that doesn’t conflict with the no-dog market segment, Rose Associates should continue to allow two cats per apartment. Cats remain quietly in their apartments and don’t disturb anyone or foul the property
Floyd Smith, PCV

Blame smoking ban for noisy nightlife

Re: “Is crackdown on noisy nightlife in the East Village hurting musicians?”, T&V, Aug. 18
As a lifelong musician and former managing partner of two East Village bars I am very familiar with CB3 and the nature of the noise complaints they have been inundated with. In fact sound generated by live music is not the origin of most noise complaints.
The noise complaints all began at a very specific point in time – With the introduction of the smoking ban. That has forced a third of nightly bar patrons out onto the sidewalks of residential neighborhoods throughout NYC. The result has been a major increase in street noise. And it’s all been totally unnecessary. The problem of second hand smoke could have been alleviated with modern ventilation, the same found in casinos. That’s why one can stroll through a major casino filled with smokers and smell nothing.
Unfortunately, the mayor was on a crusade to pressure smokers into quitting. That effort has failed but we’re left with a serious quality of life problem. Making matters worse, intransigent second hand smoke fanatics now control the debate.
Never mind that not one single individual with an illness of any kind attributable to second hand smoke has ever testified before the state senate or City Council. The fanatics aren’t interested, choosing instead to ignore common sense evidence and continue to equate second hand smoke with poisons like cyanide and arsenic.
Until they are pushed aside on this issue the noise complaints will continue, even if every music venue is shut down cold. What is required is a new mayor, one with the courage to put the junk science and all-or-nothing fanatics in their place, employ some common sense and allow bars and night clubs to install ventilation units.
Until then New Yorkers living in residential neighborhoods with bars can expect the excessive noise to continue infinitum.
Mark Suall, PCV

After the earthquake
I was standing by my dining room table when I started to feel this shake and a kind of a grinding, scratching sound that I assumed was coming from above.
Living in Stuyvesant Town, we are constantly being bombarded by the sounds of repair and renovation so I was just annoyed. Then my front door started shaking so violently that I wondered if someone was trying to break into my place.
After everything calmed down I started to think, that couldn’t possibly be due to repairs and immediately thought something must have happed in the subways. That’s when I went straight to my PC to inquire about a disaster. And bingo, I had all the info on the earthquake right away.
This was my third earthquake experience but my first one standing up and my only one in Manhattan.Couldn’t help but notice, there hasn’t been a single notice from Stuy Town security regarding the incident.
Name withheld, ST

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