Letters to the editor, June 7

A lack of transparency on First Avenue

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the Stuyvesant Town renting office on First Ave and 15th Street has changed their windows. Yes, their windows are now darkened so it is difficult to see into the store, much like a movie star or drug dealer would do, or anyone else who wants privacy.

I feel embarrassed for the closed and small-minded thinking by management who, by darkening their windows, think that no one will notice what they are really doing.

They will probably tell you the sun is too strong, but the only people sitting in the front by the sun are the future renters, consisting of young college-age students and recent grads looking for an apartment with other roommates, dorm-style.

Seems that management is ok with that; young people doubled and tripled up to create a dormitory atmosphere in the community along with those bubble walls and exotic renovations just to be used by those who use their rooms as a college dorm. I wouldn’t mind that much myself if management would only show them what the compacting chute is so they can dispose of their kitchen garbage properly.

CW Capital and Rose Associates can do whatever they want.  They’re in charge.  It’s their game and their ball.  It could be that older family type people are too few and far between, as I rarely ever see older people waiting in the office (in the bright sun, of course) trying to rent an apartment.

By the way, if you go to the great lawn any sunny weekend, you will see all of they new tenants lying in the bright sun with their beachwear and blankets in tow.  Guess it’s not the sun!

Larry Edwards, ST

The real need for a dog run in Stuy Town

As those of us long time tenants are aware, pets (dogs in particular) were not allowed for many years in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village. I have no opposition to same; would love to have a dog of my own but honestly cannot figure out how I could raise one. Those who know me are aware, where would I put one?
Dogs are wonderful pets and company and truly much like families’ children. My parents always had dogs and often we were all brought to tears when we lost a pet.

Let it be clear “I have no dog in this fight”…

However, once management allowed dogs, it seems to me, as Mr. Hagedorn might say, some place for dogs to exercise should have been provided. They are not allowed on the grass, in the flower beds, around the Oval… in other words there are signs everywhere that say they are not allowed. The question is, “Where are they allowed”? We all know that they are walked in most all these spaces and there are brown spots to prove it – even though “they are not allowed.”

The problem is where to place the dog run… If it is too close to someone’s window, people will complain. If part of the Oval is used, people will complain. Perhaps if one of the playgrounds is converted, which is far enough away from peoples’ windows – that would not be a terrible idea.

I do not know what the answer is. As Abe said, “You cannot please all of the people all of the time”. I only know that something should be done. The purpose of this soap box is to start a dialogue with the hope that some plan will be made to accommodate pets who are now allowed but have no place to go.

We all know of instances where people have gotten angry. Certainly, we do not want children playing in areas where dogs have been. Also, we don’t want to have picnics around areas where dogs have been. Loads of dollars were spent on landscaping and all along the boarders of the grass became brown. We know how that happened. Dogs are now a part of our community. Does anybody know of any plan to accommodate the pets and the owners who love them?

I was asked to take on this project. I have herewith done my part. What is the answer?

Kay Vota, ST

Fine, feathered friends

I loved Ms. Lazarus’s letter (“Calling on Stuy Town bird lovers for help,” T&V, May 24). I have lush trees right outside my apartments windows on two sides (one of the wonderful things about living here that makes all the negative stuff less important) and I have noticed that there have been some unfamiliar-looking birds “passing through” lately. I’ve searched my “bird book” and can’t identify them. I have a couple of parakeets and save up their uneaten seed (that they ungraciously throw out of the dish) and feed it to the birds outside, but I often get nasty and even abusive remarks from people, so I don’t do it too often. I hope to go on one of those bird walks at some time in the future because these lovely creatures really fascinate me.

Frances Clarke, ST

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