Missing man found

David Hollister, 72, was found in good physical condition.

A 72-year-old man who went missing yesterday at around 3:45 p.m.,  within the confines of the 13th Precinct, was located by NYPD Transit Police today.

David Hollister, who is known to frequent local coffee shops in the neighborhood, was last seen at his residence at 10 East 16th Street on Wednesday, January 25, and was found in good physical condition the next day.


Letters to the editor, Jan. 26

Greenmarket is a business

A fall afternoon in Stuy Town greenmarket.

I am the writer of the letter that the “Stuy Town greenmarket should remain as is” letter writer responded to last week. To say that I selectively quoted the letter from the Department of City Planning’s Director, Amanda Burden, is simply incorrect and misleading. I quoted exactly what Director Burden said specifically about greenmarkets, which is – and I quote – that “greenmarkets that operate as an open commercial use would be prohibited on residentially zoned portions of the site.”

I don’t know how Director Burden could have been any clearer about the illegality of the current location of ST/PCV’s greenmarket. It’s a commercial enterprise operating on a residentially zoned area of Stuyvesant Town, which makes it illegal in its present location. Period. Continue reading

Guterman launches website to outline ST/PCV conversion plan

Image taken from Guterman's new site, http://www.stpcvfacts.org

As he promised in an article in Town & Village published two weeks ago, developer Gerald Guterman of Guterman Westwood Partners has launched a website aimed at explaining his plan to convert Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village into co-ops.

The website (www.stpcvfacts.org) is going to be interactive, with residents encouraged to send in questions that can be answered by GWP, and if the tenants give their permission, posted online with the answers. Continue reading

Snow alert issued for Saturday

Two to six inches of snow expected for this Saturday, January 21. (Photo by Heather Holland)

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a ‘snow alert’ for Saturday, January 21 starting at 12:01 a.m. Current forecasts indicate two to six inches of snow may accumulate.

A snow alert indicates the possibility of a snow event.  In preparation for a snow event, DSNY personnel begin initial equipment readiness, including loading salt spreaders, preparing tire chains, attaching plows, etc.  DSNY is coordinating with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocols in accordance with each agency’s written snow plan.

DSNY will continue to monitor forecasts and provide updates as the snow event approaches.

Letters to the editor, Jan. 19

Stuy Town greenmarket should remain as is

Re: Letter, “Issue is zoning, not zucchini,” T&V, Jan. 5
A letter writer incorrectly and selectively quoted (Department of City Planning) Director Burden’s letter to Mr. Garodnick in an effort to bolster the argument that fresh fruits and vegetables should be eradicated from Stuyvesant Town. The writer unfairly misleads the public.

It is true that Director Burden wrote that “open commercial use” is not permitted (page 2); however, she also wrote that commercial activities are fully permissible when they are “primarily restricted to residents and their guests” (page 1.) She specifically wrote that “accessory agricultural providers would not be prohibited.”

Thus, a greenmarket is in compliance if it is for residents – which it already is.  It would be a simple matter to place a sign at the market to say “this greenmarket is primarily restricted to residents and their guests.”   That’s all it takes.  There is no need to end it or move the market. Continue reading

Snow Alert issued

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a ‘snow alert’ for Thursday, January 19, 2012 starting at 6 p.m. Current forecasts indicate trace amounts to one inch of snow.

A snow alert indicates the possibility of a snow event. In preparation for a snow event, DSNY personnel begin initial equipment readiness, including loading salt spreaders, preparing tire chains, etc. DSNY is coordinating with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocols in accordance with each agency’s written snow plan.

DSNY will continue to monitor forecasts and provide updates as the snow event approaches.

Placard in car parked in ST compares Obama to Hitler

By Sabina Mollot

Placard found in a car in Stuyvesant Town.

“The Obama youth is coming for your children.”

That was the message written on a placard, the words surrounded on both sides with swastikas, that was placed in a car parked in Stuyvesant Town this week.

The dark blue car that had the sign in the windshield is often seen parked in the 20th Street Loop, according to one neighbor, though no one seemed to know who it belonged to when a T&V reporter asked on Monday.

However, once residents took a look at the placard, none thought highly of its message. Continue reading

Letters to the editor, Jan. 12

Modern look no match for historical building

Gramercy Park residents and other New Yorkers have for decades enjoyed the historic 19th century interiors of The National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South. I am very disturbed that in recent months the interiors of this National Landmark building have been substantially altered by a painfully unsuccessful effort to introduce modernistic design elements into its 19th century Arts and Crafts rooms, making them unsightly.

To be more specific, a decorator has lit the Club’s dining room throughout with teal blue fluorescent light, back lit the dining room’s historic stained glass with the same hideous blue light, and has replaced the dining room chairs with ones upholstered in loud teal blue leather. Continue reading

Letters to the editor, Jan. 5

‘Rand’ing and raving

In T&V, David Chowes’ strange description of Ayn Rands philosophies (The Soapbox column, “Ayn Rants,” Dec. 8, 2011) as “totalitarian” stands truth on its head. In the process he also refers to two of Rand’s books, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, but I find it hard to believe he’s read either title.

Ayn Rand [who escaped a totalitarian communist Russia] was commited, above all, to the maximum rights and freedoms of the individual. The usual criticism of Rand’s philosophies center on her purist opposition to any state interference in the lives of individual citizens. That explains why she is regarded as one of the founders of Libertarianism. Totalitarian societies are the exact opposite of such anti statist philosophies. Instead, they demand that all individuals subsume their ideas and ambitions to the demands of the state, by extreme violent repression if necessary. Continue reading