Letters to the Editor, July 19

Imagining the future of Old Psych building

In response to your Local Week in Review article on ‘Micro-units” (T&V, July 12)

Imagine that for more than 30 years…  the City of New York has refused to move ahead with renovating and preserving the historic Bellevue Psych Building on East 30th Street because it could not find  an alternate site for the shelter which now houses  more than 800 homeless men in conditions so deplorable that many floors are unused.

Imagine our surprise to learn of the City’s proposal  to conduct a contest to design a building with v-e-r-y small apartments on a City-owned site at 335 East 27 Street, a scant three blocks from the current shelter.

Imagine our surprise that the City hasn’t considered  building a state-of-the-art shelter there, relocating the men to more decent living conditions and then renovating and preserving the  Bellevue Psych Building with small apartments for assisted senior or disabled housing to benefit the community and return  the building to its original status as a medically-related facility.

Imagine.

Carol Ann Rinzler,  Louise Dankberg


Crazy weather more than inconvenient

The fact that we here in New York experienced unusually hot weather last week – in fact is not necessarily meaningful. Year after year these patterns undulate. But, the entire U.S. experienced 100 degree plus heat; Colorado had the most intense fires in its existence.

Tornadoes and hurricanes have become more frequent and intense. And, in other parts of the world: Two years ago France had extreme heat which caused the deaths of thousands; two years ago Russia lost half its wheat crop due to drought; also this past weekend both Russia and the U. K. had two months worth of rain and over 200 died in each country as a result.

Let’s face it: Global climate change is real. As carbon dioxide increases, the Earth gets warmer as the polar icecaps melt. So, the water levels increase. Our East and West Coasts (and many other parts of the planet) can lose land mass as the oceans rise.

Two hypotheses are mentioned: a result of natural changes or the carbon theory. Big energy wants us to believe it’s just normal changes as the GOP labels it a “hoax”; independent scientists believe that it’s the emission of carbon into the atmosphere. Which group has an ax to grind?

This is serious stuff! Just remember the unusual weather patterns in the recent past. Yes – serious – in fact it may now be too late to do anything to reverse the situation.

David Chowes, PCV


Flush this!

Dear Mr. Hagedorn,

This is a response to Bobbie Martowicz’s travails with her toilet (letter, “Toilet Flood Troubles”) in the May 24th issue.

Back in 1992 and 1993, the Metropolitan life Insurance Co. owned Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. The City of New York paid them one million dollars to install the present toilets. The purpose was to save water.They have, in fact, been a disaster. They accommodate the smallest amount of paper at a time, which requires constant flushing, using more water to flush the paper. Unless one is aware of this limitation, one can use too much paper at one time, causing a stoppage and an overflow.

I’ve had several stoppages. Only by throwing towels and clothes at the threshold to contain the water inside the bathroom were we able to keep the damage to a minimum.

All the renovated apartments have a one-piece toilet using even less water. This makes for even more stoppages and more floods. As a matter of advice to prospective buyers, they should look closely into the plumbing.

Name withheld, ST


Ode for an odor

To ye groundskeeper and landscaper of Stuy Town,
Please deodorize
What thou dost fertilize.
Forsooth, yon smell doth agonize.

Robert Bennett, ST

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