Don’t kick nonresidents out of greenmarket
To the Editor,
Six months ago, the Tenants Association said it was taking our case “directly to the bondholders.”
Instead, we learn this week that the TA is again fighting the farmers market, this time demanding the equivalent of a “gated community” – to prevent non-residents from enjoying our farmers market and purchasing fresh zucchini, blueberries, Finnish rye bread, cage free eggs or wild flounder.
In the words of New York City law, the farmers market can be held on the Oval because it is an “accessory use” which is “substantially for the benefit of residents and guests.”
If 10 or 20 people come in from East 12th Street, we should welcome them with open arms, not make them feel like second-class citizens. If we let the TA have its way, soon, the TA will be demanding identity cards from anyone who wishes to play basketball or to sit quietly by the fountain and read a newspaper, or sunbathe on the Oval lawn.
In fact, we need more diversity in the farmers market, not less.
We should be encouraging neighboring apartment complexes to patronize the farmers market, so that our farmers will sell more produce, not less produce. In the interest of diversity, we should ensure that at least 10 percent of the customers of the farmers market reside outside of ST/PCV itself. We should treat these customers as our guests and make them feel welcome. As long as the market is “substantially for the benefit” of ST/PCV residents, it can remain as long as we want it to.
If the TA dislikes fresh fruits and vegetables, and wishes to spend its time and energy on a quixotic effort to ban the farmers market, then it is more than welcome to shop at The Associated.
Name Withheld, ST
SBS ‘not in service’
To the editor,
I wonder if anyone can explain to the dozens of those waiting on First Avenue for a local M15 going north-bound why they must watch so many buses race by — express “select buses,” others with signs saying “next bus please” or “not in service” — either completely empty or half-empty?
As the fairs rise, so do the tempers of passengers in waiting.
Robert Kaplan, PCV
Kudos on columns
This is to commend Wally Dobelis on his usual fine job in the February 14 issue on the life and political career of Mayor Ed Koch. Well done, Wally.
Maria Rocha-Buschel also deserves some praise for the great series “Shopping Local.” Thanks, Maria.