Letters to the Editor, May 16

Limited choices for those of limited mobility

Dear Sirs:

Standing or sitting in one place at a Limited bus stop on 3rd Ave. enables me to choose whichever bus comes first…. one that can drop me close to my destination or a Limited which will require more walking. I choose according to how much time and strength I have.

This has become one of life’s little luxuries when compared to the Select Bus System on 1st and 2nd Aves. where the local and Select stops are half a block apart or, in the case of 1st and “23rd” St., where they are a block apart, i.e. the local is at 24th St. and the express (Select) is at 25th. (When your knees hurt, you have a walker, etc. you need the first door of the Select bus, which is lowered and is at 25th St.)

With the blue lights Select buses were visible about 8 blocks away… time to walk from the local stop and buy a ticket or vice-versa. The Select bus signage is rather small and readable only when it is pulling in… but you can still see people dashing to get a bus… any bus.

Beginning with NY Eye and Ear at 14th and 2nd and ending with NYU, which now extends to 38th on 1st, I count seven major hospitals/clinics. Ride the local buses in this area and see the many who have physical limitations or are carrying children and are clearly visiting the hospitals/clinics.

In my experience there are two Select buses to every local bus on 1st and 2nd.  I believe the MTA has deemed this system a success because it has shortened the ride from the Upper East Side to City Hall or Wall St. areas on the Select buses. (I suspect the MTA was tired of maintaining the blue lights anyway.)
It appears the local rider…even along this hospital corridor…has never mattered to the MTA.

By all means one can complain directly to the MTA, but this is mayoral election year. I haven’t chosen a candidate but Bill de Blasio has formulated a message of “Two Cities” to describe how many of our problems have been addressed.

The other day, I was going out a back bus door in the rain and struggling with umbrella and cane when the door shut on me.  After yelling, etc. I was told it shuts automatically after a set period of time. I have a big bruise on one arm where the door slammed into me.  Seems to me the MTA is focused on time tables and efficiencies which leaves me in the less fortunate, easily overlooked part of the “two cities.”

Joyce Ann Kent,
Gramercy Park


Tired of being kept awake by rude neighbors

Dear Editor,

Spring has arrived and I’m so glad:
– to put the winter clothes away – check.
– enjoy the beautiful blooming trees – check.
– open the windows a bit – check.
– try to sleep while the idiot students are smoking, drinking and cursing right under my window (NOT!).

The other morning, at 4-ish a.m. an upstairs neighbor finally had had enough and shouted out his window asking the boys to go inside. The subtle answer? “F- you!”

Where do these children get such disgusting manners, and why do we have to go through this year after year after year? Their behavior is predictable! Where are the security patrols? Why should I have to rouse myself, turn on a light, call security and wait, hoping they will show up?

An even better solution would be to not rent to these children in the first place. But I guess I won’t hold my breath on that one.

L. Hayden-Findlay, ST


Longterm effects of pricing out NYC businesses

Dear Mr. Hagedorn,

Another good restaurant bites the dust! I speak of Capucine’s, which for 33 years has faithfully served good food in pleasant and comfortable surroundings to PCV-ST and other residents of the area.
The reason? An exponential increase in rent. What is hard to fathom is the shortsightedness of NYC landlords. Good restaurants and interesting shops are tourist attractions and a major source of income for the city. Lower income will eventually mean higher taxes for all of us, landlords included.

To get back to Capucine’s, I am told that their rent was increased to $20,000 a month, an impossible amount for a labor intensive business to bear. Quigley’s is another example.

With block after block of empty stores, New York might well become a ghost town. Tourists may return, not to shop, go to theater and dine, but to view as they now view the abandoned mining towns of the west.

Name withheld, PCV


Timeline, please for Sandy repairs in PCV

The following is a comment left on the Town & Village Blog in response to the story, “Resident town hall gets heated,” T&V, May 9.

As a resident of 7 Peter Cooper Road, I echo the concerns of my neighbors. Like many in Peter Cooper we are without a basement with the result that we have no laundry room and our recyclables have to be placed in bins outside our building. The laundry situation is simply a nightmare.

The recyclable situation is an eyesore. To spend money on landscaping when the entryways of so many Peter Cooper buildings are marred with big, ugly plastic bins chained together, is inconceivable. Aside: Kudos to Tony, our building porter, for maintaining our building, both inside and out, as well as he does; without his hard work and “can do” attitude this place would be unlivable.

My building has only had one elevator post-Sandy. I believe 8 Peter Cooper Road is in the same predicament. As you can imagine this is a real issue for tenants, particularly when someone is moving in/out of the building. Supposedly, the repairs to or rebuilding of the other elevator are to be completed shortly. Great news… except that the building “buzz” is that the moment the broken elevator has been returned to service the other elevator has to be taken out of service for repairs. Who knows how long that will take? We have been given no news/updates on the matter. It is our sincere hope it is not another seven months!

Recently, our building got a working intercom. Unfortunately, not all the tenants’ names appear on the intercom list. I emailed the Management Office about this issue, but I never heard back. Also, I called service. I am awaiting resolution of this matter.

As to the quality of the lobby intercom, friends visiting from Stuyvesant Town asked me when the permanent intercom would be installed. I told them I thought that the intercom in the lobby was the permanent intercom. They replied that it looked cheap and appeared to poorly manufactured.
As to the transient nature of many of our newer neighbors, that is just one more affront to those of us who view Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village as a community. Simply put, it is sad.

In closing, I would like to ask Management to share an actual timeline on the post-Sandy repairs with those tenants in buildings still experiencing issues caused by the storm.

Moreover, I would like to suggest that perhaps one of the many elected officials charged with representing this community actually do something to get the ball moving. Your constituents will remember what you did/didn’t do come Election Day.

Mary Carroll French

4 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, May 16

  1. No one would believe the cheap junk which is installed now as the new intercom system. It is hard to fathom any electrical engineer designing a system where the LED readout of the occupants’ names appears to be about 1/8th of an inch tall. You need a magnifying glass to read anyone’s name, and a very strong one at that. What is more unbelievable is that someone “in charge” of building operations actually took a look at the intercom system, and decided to purchase this junk. Either someone was bribed to purchase those intercom units for the community, or they are malfunctioning individuals. There is no other explanation possible. It’s just complete garbage and anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that for themselves. I can understand if the units were chosen only as a temporary measure; otherwise whoever selected those intercom units is not qualified to be doing so.

  2. The hallmark of CW/CompassRock’s management style is unqualified. They are the most inept, stupid, greedy bunch of vermin who ever had the gall to call themselves “landlord.” They must have attended the Rob Speyer Academy of Residential Management.

  3. The New York City Police Department forced the MTA to remove the blue flashing lights from the Select buses because the City ordinance allows flashing lights on emergency vehicles only, or otherwise where the law specifically provides.

  4. FROM THE TA’S FACEBOOK PAGE:

    MID-LEASE RENT INCREASES: If you have received notice of a mid-lease rent increase and you recall a leasing office agent representing to you to get you to sign a lease, either verbally or in writing that you would not have to worry about such increase taking effect, please send a direct message to Peter Stuyvesant ( or contact the TA directly if you’re not on Facebook – 1 (866) 290-9036 or visit http://www.stpcvta.org/kb/contact ). Please include your contact information (phone and email) so we can gather the details for forwarding to the NY State Attorney General.

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