Letters to the Editor, April 26

Pigeons enjoy a meal in this photo that ran in last week's issue, alongside the letter, "The scoop on pigeon poop."

Feeding animals is part of life in Stuy Town

Dear Ms. Mollot,
Lately, there seems to be an increase in whining and complaints by miserable people, in Town & Village. Case in point: is the news item from “Name Withheld, ST,” (Letter, “The scoop on bird poop,” Apr. 19) grumbling and moaning about pigeons and squirrels and the animal lovers who feed them. This person is making a mountain of a molehill; and is one of a small minority of animal haters.
Most of us like the squirrels and pigeons; we feed them because we have enough compassion for other living things, that we do not want them suffering and starving to death; the same way that we contribute to charities like City Harvest and Meals-on-Wheels, etc.; which, I would think, provide meals to some of these very complainants.
Kindly note that there are many of us, especially the younger generations, who have no objection to people feeding birds and squirrels. In fact, the very attraction of Stuyvesant Town is that it is one of the few oases in this concrete jungle of a city that is populated with flora and fauna.
These birds and animals provide much needed balance and diversity in New York, which has always been a refuge for all life forms, whether animal, human, or vegetable. And their presence goes to show that New York City is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of humanity on this planet, where harmless animals can live in peace, without being mercilessly exterminated; turning our world into a sterile wasteland.
I hope you will avoid giving prominence to the kind of petulant nagging on the order of “Scoop on bird poop” and rather, write of the pleasures and enchantments of Stuyvesant Town, which include its birds and squirrels.
Tony Sangabo, ST

Enough complaining about ST/PCV

Re: Letter, “The scoop on bird poop,” T&V, Apr. 19
Your newspaper has become another tabloid in the city. I cannot understand why you always publish letters or comments of little importance to our community.
You always publish the letters of grouchy old people and the only thing they know how to do well is to criticize Stuy Town in all aspects: complaining about birds, pigeons, squirrels, dogs, delivery men, bicycles, college students, young tenants, ice skating rink, food vendors, greenmarket and etc, etc, etc.
Somehow they have this false sense of entitlement that because they have rented here for a long time, they can complain about everything. They are renters; they don’t own Stuy Town.
The new tenants paying for renovated apartments are subsidizing their ridiculous rents and they don’t complain.
Let’s remind these grouchy tenants, specially to “name withheld” of 250 First Avenue that what makes Stuy Town a nice place to live are the squirrels, the birds, the pigeons, and the new tenants, a new generation of people that loves and cares about animals.
Al Salame, ST

What would NYU’s role be in conversion?

I have several questions that I have tried to have answered but with no luck.
1. Why was Brookfield Asset Management selected when it has no history of owning or managing residential buildings in NYC (with rent protected tenants)?
2.  Re: NYU  a.  Does NYU rent the apartments and do the students rent their shares from NYU or do the students rent the apartments directly?
b.  If NYU is the renter will it be able to purchase these and or additional apartments if there is a conversion?
c.  Won’t college students bring down the value of the apartments?
3. Will all the tenants in “shared” apartments have equal voting right or will the votes be by apartment?
4. Although Brookfield claims it is concerned about protecting tenants rights, why haven’t they “put anything in writing”? That would not be considered as an offering or illegal in any way.
Marilyn Levin, PCV

How fracking would affect our community

New York State is considering whether to allow hydrofracking drilling for methane in upstate’s Marcellus Shale region. This gas releases radon and other radioactive stuff, some of which can’t be monitored by Geiger counters.
This fracked gas will service our (PCV and Stuy Town) ovens and stoves. Additionally, Con Ed’s 14th Street plant will use this gas. Now it turns out that the Newtown Creek sewage plant, just across the East River, has been designated to be capable to receive the residue from the flowback discharges from the frack well itself.
It can’t be processed but the plant in all likelihood will receive it. The sewage plant information is conveniently tucked away in Appendix 21 of the State’s draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Governor Cuomo has the power to ban hydrofracking in New York State and he should. Please.
Andrew Lawrence, PCV

State wants public input on fracking

In the past, Town & Village has covered the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a method of drilling for natural gas that uses millions of gallons of fresh water, sand and toxic chemicals. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is studying public comments and will consider these in adjusting their regulations for drilling here.
In other states where the process has been used drinking water has been polluted, air quality has been compromised. There is no safe way to deal with the waste water, which contains methane, heavy metals and radioactive materials.
Industry says fracking will create jobs, make us energy independent and bring in tax revenues. Is this true?
Is it worth endangering New York’s water supply, agriculture and tourist industries?
Wendy Byrne, ST

One thought on “Letters to the Editor, April 26

  1. With respect to Ms Levin’s questions to the TA…don’t expect any answers to tough ones. Here are some questions I copied from comments on the TA Facebook page. Questions like this are never answered. Are usually deleted. People are told that everything is answered on the protectstpcv page where there is no back & forth, the TA speaks ex cathedra and just provides the usual talking points.

    1) In November the TA announced it was going to place a bid to buy in the 2nd quarter of 2012, is this still the time frame?
    2) Why not enable more tenant 2-way communication with the TA on Facebook. What’s wrong with an open exchange?”
    3) Why did the TA not think it was important to ask the tenants, whom they thought we should partner with? Do you really expect tenants to follow your recommendations blindly?”
    4) As Co-op’s will take less time by at least a year if not much more, than Condos, why do you want to go condo?
    5) As the size of Down Payment is Greater for the condo and less for co-op, why do you want to go with a condo?
    6) The original statement was that we would have the plan for conversion ‘by late March/early April’. We’re into mid-April now. So when are we going to see the plan?
    7) What is the TA’s goal with respect to price? G-W told us he would price the apt at about $315 PSF, if he can tell us why can’t you?
    8) What benefit have you gained for tenants by “partnering”? In other words, why partner at all. Why not provide information so tenants can make up their own minds?”
    9) How can you expect tenants to trust the recommendations of the TA’s advisers when the advisers stand to gain substantially by being hired by the chosen sponsor?

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