Letters to the Editor, Aug. 8

Good fences make good neighbors’ debate. This week’s letters are all in response to letters recently published in T&V that were critical of the recent installation of fences around green areas being landscaped in Stuyvesant Town.

There are other areas to walk besides lawn

Re: Three letters in the July 25th issue

As a resident of both Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper who, along with many friends, have brought up children here that were not allowed on the grass, I found the three letters to the editor in your July 25th issue to be ridiculously comical. First, let me reassure these folks and based on personal experience, that their children and the residents will probably survive quite well not being able to run through the grass, which is watered and fertilized each day by the many dogs in the area. Nor will they feel as if they are “living in cages, etc.” Wow, talk about an extreme comment.

I do wholeheartedly agree with M. Deren, that going through the many transitions here in PCVST are somewhat difficult, but I would like her to rethink her criticism and consider that in this case, perhaps management’s reasons for such action regarding the fences are quite valid.  Also, enforcing the rug rule is nothing new. It has always been part of the lease since the complex was built. The problem is that a lot of people just don’t read the fine print in the document.

My own personal transition has been to witness the decline of the property and quality of life from what it was, to what it has become. If people had respected our park-like grounds, it would not have evolved into a sandy, unkempt and overgrown property that was starting to look like a neglected and unattractive neighborhood.Personally, I am very pleased that management has taken action to restore our grounds to reflect what it has always been – a unique and beautiful oasis in the center of a thriving, busy and noisy city.

As for the black fences, I can reassure “name withheld” that there will be people who agree with him/her and won’t take the fences as a way of protecting our environment. Those folks can join the group of sunbathers in front of 510 East 23rd who actually climb over the fences in total disregard of what they are they for… some people just don’t believe that rules and social manners are important… at least as it pertains to them.

Perhaps going forward, our residents should pick their battles with management on more important issues such as questioning the safety of the buildings and basements, which were impacted by floodwaters in Hurricane Sandy and the insanity of increasing the people population within each building without providing the necessary amenities and services to keep it clean, safe and functional.

M. Full, PCV

Continue reading

Op-Ed: De Blasio: City has an obligation to ST/PCV

In a press conference proudly accepting the Tenants PAC endorsement last week, I expressed my deeply-held belief that, while Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town is privately owned, the city has an obligation to keep its homes affordable for hardworking New Yorkers and their families.

PCV/ST was created through the power of the city and its use of eminent domain – therefore, it’s the responsibility of the city to ensure that these homes and other affordability housing are never beyond the reach of middle class New Yorkers.

This community and others like it are precious and rare assets in New York.

That is why I believe the next mayor should play a key role in helping to foster the next generation of affordable housing — in PCV/ST and around the city — while also tackling concerns of current residents.
Tenants at Stuy Town have lived in limbo for too long and deserve a say in the future of their community.

Residents need stability in their lives again, not endless speculation by real estate developers who are only concerned about their bottom line.  PCV/ ST needs to be preserved as a community where middle class New Yorkers can afford to live and raise their families, and as mayor I will work to make sure that this community and other affordable housing units are protected and preserved.

National Night Out Against Crime turns 30

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

By Sabina Mollot

National Night Out Against Crime, an annual event aimed at getting communities and law enforcement agencies to work together, celebrated its 30th anniversary on Tuesday night. The event, which has evolved into more of a block party for the public, is organized by various NYPD precincts’ community councils.

In keeping with tradition, the NNOAC organized by the 13th Precinct Community Council took place at St. Peter’s Playground next to the Simon Baruch Middle School, and according to its head organizer Jo-Ann Polise, had an impressive turnout of 400-500 people throughout the evening.

“People look forward to it each year and we have a lot of repeat people,” said Polise, who’d noticed that when handing out flyers earlier in the week, many passersby responded that they’d be there and had gone in previous years. “So it’s nice to see people have that reaction,” she said. “We put a lot of work into it and hopefully it gets a little better each year.”

Continue reading