Letters to the Editor, Aug. 22

Why landscape fences make complete sense

A number of neighbors have voiced irritation at the presence of fencing now encircling much of the plantings. About that fencing, I agree, it is rather cheap, ugly and not the sort of fencing likely to last. In fact, in some places it is already compromised.

However, I find our neighbors’ expressed puzzlement a bit fictitious. “Why has the fencing gone up?” they ask. Really? Really? They don’t know?

Let’s provide some data from which they might construct a hypothesis.

First: “dog friendly.” Second: irresponsible owners of PCV/ST: No place for dogs to do doggie things. Third: irresponsible tenants: First: buying dogs when it is know that the place has no way to accommodate their elimination needs. Second: some irresponsible dog owners: putting it out that it is ok for dogs to urinate on anything that grows and anything that does not — grass, bushes, trees, garbage cans, street posts, bench legs, the walkways, the legs of pedestrians. (Ok, so the last is false!)

Third: making a common practice of allowing dogs to defecate on common ground. (Thanks by the way to the large dog owner who covered his/her doggy’s fecal matter with leaves on the south side of the paddle ball courts a few weeks back: I really loved the soft gushy slippery feel.)

So, about our neighbors who want the rest of us to believe that they are puzzled about the presence of fencing and the closing of the “open look” give an explanation your best shot!

John Giannone, ST

Fences don’t limit use of grounds

Re: Letter, “Fences ruin Stuy Town’s open setting,” T&V, Aug. 15

Dear Sir,

I have plenty of room to walk my bike through the complex every day without having to step aside into the plants and bushes that line the sidewalks. The fences keep said plants and bushes from being destroyed by dog urine.

Security cars and trucks always leave room for me and my bike to walk by and I thank them.

Name withheld, ST

What are impacts of planned projects?

The Ravenswood power plant on the East River is applying to the DEC to take 1.5 billion gallons of water a day from the river, tripling present withdrawal. What does that mean? Good luck finding out.

The DEC rules this a Type 2 action, or no review required and only two weeks to comment. But still, how does that relate to the proposed Blueway to the Diamond Sugar development to the Brooklyn Bridge “Park” to the Gowanus Canal proposal to the Newtown Creek development to the Long Island City river housing development to the new hospital proposals to the old “Big Alice” site to the 25th Street garbage site to the in-water Stuyvesant Cove ideas?

These obviously related projects scream for a federal comprehensive environmental impact statement of their effect on the East River. The overall negative effect could be horrendous for us, even in a half-Sandy.

And yet not one local politician is calling for oversite. We are still foggy from last year’s storm, but we need objectivity here, not a total and highly subsidized capitulation to disaster capitalism.

Andrew Lawrence, PCV

Concerned about air quality near garage

Thank you for your editorial of August 1st and the detailed article of August 15th.  They help our community to understand why this garage is a bad idea.

I would like to elucidate a few points. It is important to remember that this proposal is a consolidation of three current garages, making it a large industrial facility. It will hold approximately 150 trucks, which will also be serviced and cleaned there. At the June 25 DSNY meeting, we were told that 63 trucks will be sent out every morning at 6 a.m. to avoid later “rush hour” traffic. (Nothing was said about other shifts.)

Around dawn is a very common time for heart attacks. Ambulances travel up First Ave to Bellevue and NYU’s ERs. The sanitation drivers will of course try to make space for ambulances but they are not agile vehicles and it seems certain ER trips at this hour will take an extra 10 minutes, especially if they have to take Third Ave. The plan also appears to block Bellevue’s ambulances.

Now, imagine the air pollution. Sixty-three large diesel trucks have to spew exhaust. It will be concentrated right there next door to the VA, Bellevue, schools and residences as the day starts.

Again, at the meeting we were told they will return on a staggered schedule and will line up to refuel next to the garage… more exhaust as they idle. Low sulfur fuel and filters for particulates only achieve reductions and do not touch other toxic emissions such as benzene, formaldehyde and many others. It’s certain this will hurt all of us with lung and heart conditions and, remember, a particulate that gets deep into one’s lungs often causes cancer. This summer we who are west of First Avenue would have received most of this worse air, but most of the year the winds are from the northwest, i.e. to Waterside, PCV and more.

There will have to be a cost to the next door hospitals to do this effectively and they are the hospitals that serve everyone and always face government cutbacks.

Lastly, the sewers. This building would be built on landfill in a flood zone. They talked about raising things to avoid flooding, but some of the flooding from Sandy came from sewers backing up.

I assume the garage would hose down the trucks and bacteria and some petroleum will go down the drain. Where will the sewer lines connect and is there any danger the garage’s run off could back up into one of the hospitals during a Sandy – like flood? Check valves can fail.

Please consider where your mayoral candidate stands on this issue. Christine Quinn is for it.

Joyce Kent

3 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, Aug. 22

  1. Notwithstanding the fencing, there is some woman sprawled out in a deck chair on one of the fenced off grassy areas behind 435/445. I guess she thinks the area was fenced off specially for her sunbathing convenience. These self-absorbed, entitled creatures really get on my nerves! I don’t think PS patrols around that area very much.

  2. For all those who bring their little kids to the large grassy (near grassy) area by the small fountain at 1st Ave & 22nd st in PCV, please beware that even though the grass hasn’t completely died at the entrance, nonetheless people do walk their dogs through there and even though the main area is posted ‘No Dogs’, I’ve seen dog owners go right in and walk their dogs there. Might want to think about that the next time your child starts to walk in and trips face forward.

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