Letters to the Editor, Feb. 14

Barriers blocked access on East 20th Street

To the Editor:

On the fifteenth of January when I went downstairs to find my car, parked in its usual place, the loading zone in front of 430 and 440 East 20th Street with my handicapped permit prominently displayed, it was all alone in the always full area and adorned with a notice giving the usual threats, towing etc. Large wooden blocks had been placed along with metal gates the whole length of the area from the parking garage to the corner Loop exit.

Since I am in my eighties and use a walker, having my car so available is extremely important for the conduct of my life. The barriers have forced me to park at some distance and to struggle along, sometimes with a shopping bag to get into my building.

Finally, since no sort of work is being visibly conducted I called the management office and was told that something or other will be done to my building at some future date. The supervisor I spoke to seemed rather confused about the project. I asked why they have taken the space two weeks ahead of the actual work, causing myself and other residents, some in wheelchairs, extraordinary problems. The five or six doctors’ offices in my building are surely receiving complaints from patients keeping their appointments while family members wait in cars. As for the delivery trucks, including the USPS one can easily imagine a lot of strong language in reaction to the loss of loading zone.

How long will this outrage go on until it gets worse?

H. Zwerling, ST

This letter was forwarded by T&V to a rep for management last Tuesday and the author said work began on 440 E. 20th later that day. CWCapital spokesperson Kara Krippen said the work was being done on the 20th Street Loop to stay in compliance with Local Law 11, which relates to facade inspections.

Local infrastructure needs re-evaluation

To the Editor:

T&V’s story on “The little solar-powered building that could,” Town & Village, February 7, 2013, is another heroic instance of how our neighborhood has struggled to survive and attempts to get back to normal after the storm.

But “normal” was washed away by the East River and hopefully has shaken up our thoughts about how we live in proximity to the water. Serious consideration needs to be given about plans to build, and re-build, any structures that close to the water’s edge. For that matter, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village complex itself will have to assess how it operates major housing in a designated flood evacuation zone.

The state and federal governments are proposing buyout plans for homeowners who are much further away from the water than our present neighborhood structures and this should give us pause to see that common sense dictates that we re-evaluate as well.  Borough President Scott Stringer has proposed a “Blueway” on the East River in our neighborhood where wetlands are to be constructed to protect those areas upstream. This plan deserves our considered review and should take precedence over any proposed vulnerable structures to be built. Let’s not forget that this entire community is built on former swamp and wetlands and that has to be respected.

Charles Sturcken, ST

High praise for Cafe Green

Re: New T&V series of articles, “Shopping Local”

Since I live directly across the street from Cafe Green, I first visited the place shortly after it opened about three or four years ago. Small and unique, I was impressed with it.  During the ensuing years, I have become quite friendly with its owner Shah Miah. He came from Bangladesh. He has a wife and two children and works practically 24/7.

He is one of the nicest and friendliest people I have met since moving to PCV over 35 years ago. He is truly an example of a person who has pursued the American Dream.

I am pleased that you included him and initiated “Shopping Local” as so many merchants were adversely affected by Sandy.

David Chowes, PCV

People will vote with their wallets in mind

To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing the cartoons by J. Meadows. I particularly like the one with Obama thanking the 47 percent of the population who don’t pay federal income taxes for their vote. This is a very insightful cartoon.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, in writing about the fall of the Athenian Republic said:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy.”

The loose financial policy that leads to collapse is driven by the need to raise money to provide benefits to the supportive voters. Increasing the national debt weakens the nation’s credit standing and increases its cost of borrowing. Higher taxes weaken the nation’s ability to compete in the world markets, reducing the nation’s standard of living and increasing its unemployment.

The young bear the burden of trying to correct things as the tax base is broadened to increase tax revenues, the standard of living is lowered, and unemployment continues high.

Floyd Smith, PCV

One thought on “Letters to the Editor, Feb. 14

  1. Mr. Zwerling might be well served by investigating if CW/Compass Rock has obtained the proper permits to eliminate the on-street parking and loading zone. 20th Street (even inside the marginal island) is a city street, and I doubt that even if a sidewalk shed permit was issued for the building, it likely does not allow for the street to be blocked. Is this another example of ST/PCV management putting themselves above the law ? Lord knows, they’ve done it dozens of times before.

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