Letters to the Editor, Jan. 3

Weekly cartoon by Jim Meadows (jimtoon.com)

Weekly cartoon by Jim Meadows (jimtoon.com)

A bit of feedback

Dear T&V,

Steven Sanders’ article, “Obama’s cure for the common cold” in the opinion section of the Dec. 5, 2013 issue was exceptionally funny and insightful.

I don’t know what’s happened to movie critic Seth Shire, who I’ve always enjoyed. However, judging by four of his movie reviews, Michael Phillips is pretty good and very funny.

I am grateful that you thought my letter to you about my visit to Stuyvesant Town was worth printing in “The Soapbox” of your the Dec. 5, 2013 issue.

I love that the Third Street Music School is on 11th Street. Thank you, NYC.

To Sabina and Maria, it finally just hit me how many articles you two write every week! Where would T&V be without you? (It would be about six pages, mostly ads and columns and a couple of letters.)

Dear Mr. Kilik, your review of “Soul Doctor” was wonderful and I’m dying to see it but I’m here in Minneapolis. But you sure made it come alive in your terrific column.

Dear Mr. Hagedorn, you’ve done it again with your article in the October 3, 2013 article, “Subway grates: Urban Artifacts.” God, I love your column.

Most sincerely,

Richard Luksin
Minneapolis, MN

P.S. I’d give anything to go on one of Alfred Pommer’s (historical walking) tours.

Revisiting disappearance of Judge Crater

I submit that Democratic politics in New York during 1928-1930 were so divisive that when my grandfather, State Democratic Assembly Leader Maurice Bloch, died on December 5, 1929 it precipitated Judge Crater’s infamous vanishing on August 6, 1930.  “Judging Crater: Whither Bloch? Part I,” my 38-minute film, is New York’s most creative civics lesson.

Bloch died suddenly while reportedly awaiting a judicial appointment. But it now appears that FDR had bigger plans for him. After filing the spot reportedly slated for Bloch, FDR appointed Crater, “Senator Robert F. Wagner’s Law Partner,” to the bench.

But Wagner was Bloch’s rabbi. He had him made Assemblyman years before Crater came to NY from Easton, PA. Wagner was best man at my grandparent’s wedding in 1922. Bloch managed Wagner’s campaign for U.S. Senate in 1926. By all accounts Wagner foisted Crater on FDR. Had Mr. Crater vanished, it wouldn’t have been news.

This program is free and open to the public. Friday, January 10, 2014, 3:30-5 p.m., NYPL, 328 East 67th Street, between First and Second Avenues. Light refreshments will be served.


Billy Sternberg, ST

What happened to conversion conversation?

To the Editor:

I could not agree more with “Name Withheld” in the letter “What do the bondholders say?”, Town & Village, Dec. 26, 2013.

Looking back on the fan-fare around “going to the bond holders” sponsored by our TA and our councilman in past TA meetings, the silence has been deafening!

But there is more when one considers the number of general TA meeting that had as their sole agenda topic the purchase of PCV/ST. The whole thing smells of the sort that there was never a serious seller “at-the-table.” Indeed, as we have witnessed management’s rebuilding, apartment divisions, plantings, hall redoing and all the rest, why were any of us so slow to the thought that this management never had the intention to sell?

So it dawns on us, finally, to ask: What exactly were the TA and our local leader(s) doing when they held those public meetings and caused us to have all those ungrounded anxiety-hopes and questions? (And why are we never told about board meetings and resolves?)

Name withheld, ST

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