Farewell to The Frenchmen

Bill Koniuk at the store in 2009
Photo by Sabina Mollot

We recently received word that Bill Koniuk, owner of The Frenchmen on First Avenue, has closed the store due to some health issues.

The Frenchmen, an air conditioner shop, is well known to residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village and Gramercy for its annual Christmas party for neighborhood kids.

The party, a decades-long tradition, included free horse carriage rides, live music, toys and a holiday window display that rivaled midtown’s department stores. Koniuk has told Town & Village that during the winter season, when demand for air conditioners is low, he would focus pretty much entirely on creating the display and party.

“After Christmas, I’ll think about selling,” he once said.

Party guests go for a hayride at a recent holiday party thrown by The Frenchmen.
Photo by Sabina Mollot

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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 6

‘GOP and GOPier’ cartoon ‘offensive’

Dear Mr. Hagedorn:
I have lived and raised my children in Stuyvesant Town for the past 32 years. And I have been a subscriber to Town & Village for all those years, enjoying the community news and reports. These past years I have noticed a certain tilt to extreme left political views in your articles and opinions such as the column of Mr. Wally Dobelis. I choose to skip over his writings.
However, I draw the line with the extreme left cartoon insulting (“GOP and GOP’ier,” depicting two men named Romney and Ryan, the Republican Party nominees no less, beating on an elderly woman lying down on the street grounds). This cartoon by J.Meadows is very offensive to those of us that are Americans and GOP’ers.
Furthermore, I am a senior citizen, recently retired and very much involved in the running of our beloved country.  The extreme left has taken over the Democratic Party and no longer hides its goal: to do away with the Republican Party and eventually turn our beloved country into a dictatorship. Those in the extreme left Democratic Party no longer hide their distaste and their hatred toward their fellow Americans in the Republican Party.
Contrary to the Democratic Party, we (the GOP’ers) do not wish harm to our fellow Americans. We believe in our Constitution, our Two-Party system and our freedom. I am therefore asking you to balance out the cartoons you so liberally shove down our souls by printing a cartoon just as offensive to “Democrat & Democrat”iers showing President Barack Hussein Obama bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, or telling the American people that “They did not build their business” or how he granted presidential immunity to Eric Holder to save him from being impeached for lying to Congress for the “Fast and Furious” cover-up scandal. Or how he robbed the Medicare Program by 725 billion dollars to help pass Obamacare.
While President Obama is running our nation’s debts by the trillions of dollars each year since he took office and in the pretext  of wanting to redistribute the wealth in this country, he has taken our tax money and give it to his rich pals to finance their failed businesses such as the Solyndra fiasco. Posing as the president that cares mostly for the “poor,” he rubs elbows with the super rich of Hollywood and the likes of multi-billionaire, America-hater George Soros. Oh, and let’s not forget the entire leftist media starting with WCBS, WNBC, WABC, PBS, CNN, HBO etc… NY Times, Daily News, Washington Post, etc… that carries this president’s water in the fear of appearing racist.
I expect my neighborhood newspaper to give me the news concerning my neighborhood and not to insult me and other Republicans citizens by publishing the hateful cartoons of J. Meadows. Have the courage to be fair and balanced.

Jeannette Shuck, ST

Editor’s note: This newspaper appreciates the points made. We hope that the cartoons we run show this publication’s willingness to spoof all politicians and parties equally.
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