Playground is supposed to be for everyone
I recently had two unpleasant experiences at Playground 4 while supervising my grandchildren at the showers.
In one, children had covered the drain with a plastic bag, creating a pool. When I asked them to remove it because it is a drain and it created an unsafe condition for the little kids, their father got irate with me… calling me a grumpy old lady and that I shouldn’t be reprimanding anyone’s child and they were having fun.
Just today, I brought my granddaughter out. Every adult who had a toddler was sitting along the railing because a group of boys from a local soccer team were having fun running, racing and pouring water on one another. When I asked them not to run near my granddaughter, their coach (I assume) pointed out to me that “the playground was for 5-12-year-olds” and the baby shouldn’t be there. My reply is that it was a hot day and certainly we all could enjoy the sprinklers and the boys could run around in other parts of the playground. Later when I reread the sign – it was about the equipment – on one side it is for kids 5-12 years old and the other side 2-5 years old.
I get it; the older kids have other ideas about water and sprinklers… and they need to expend their energy, but these facilities Stuyvesant Town has beautifully kept up are for the use of everyone in the development. I feel there is utter disregard for responsible behavior towards one another. (And don’t let me get started on dog owners not picking up after their pets, letting them run around in fenced areas.) It is not just what you and your child or team wants. It is about respecting others’ right to enjoy the same space.
The unaffordable zone
As I run and walk around Manhattan, I can’t help but notice all the buildings being demolished so they could put up luxury buildings. In Brooklyn, the old Domino Sugar factory is now gone. On South and Pitt Street, the Pathmark is gone so they could put up a 65-story building.
What happened to all the zoning laws on height of buildings? Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport is gone so they could put high-end stories in. And right on 14th Street between Avenue A and B, they are going to put mainly luxury buildings with a few affordable apartments.
Now, we could blame the greedy real estate moguls and the Republicans but this is a Democratic town. I blame all the politicians who former Mayor Mike Bloomberg paid off so he could make New York the way he thinks it should be, besides other reasons.
Shame on all of them. Just look around Stuyvesant Town, how they are constantly eliminating parking spots. This only hurts the middle class, the very people they say they’re fighting for. Like President Reagan said many times, “I work for the people, not the other way around.”
Name withheld, ST
Just an observation on letters
Re: Letter, “Why limit topics in T&V letters?” T&V, Aug. 21
I read Mr. John M. Giannone’s letter and agree that he is fortunate that T&V publishes him. As many times as I tried to makes sense of his last two paragraphs, they came off as cryptic.
If, however, Mr. Giannone read the New York Observer-– a County centric paper that lapses into Brooklyn – cover to cover every week, his letters to T&V would soon be crisper.
Billy Sternberg, ST
A few suggestions on ‘petiquette’
Elevator etiquette: If an elderly neighbor, or family with a baby, toddler, or small children are on the elevator, take the following elevator. You might have to wait 30 seconds but you will communicate a considerate and caring concern for others in doing so.
When outdoors, always be mindful of how close you and your dog are to an apartment window or building entrance. Move along if your dog starts to bark or howl.
Always always always clean up. Forgot your bag? Ask a person walking their dog to give you one of theirs. Never leave a mess no matter what. Come back later if you have to and pick up.
Steer away from the Oval for your dog’s first walk of the day. Save the pleasure of an Oval stroll with your pooch until after she/he has already finished going and his/her bladder is empty.
Train your dog to never pee or poop where people walk. Head straight for the curb, gutter, or walk to the cobblestones on the perimeters of the PCVST property, or the border areas that separate the walking path from the black garden fencing.
Still, accidents can and will happen so carry a small squeeze bottle with water and diluted dish liquid (such as Dawn brand which is plant and wildlife-friendly). Squirt the mild soapy solution once or twice anywhere the dog pees or leaves a mark.
Don’t let a dog pee on or around park benches or seating. Practice odor-control. Never deposit any bagged pet waste in a trash receptacle near bench seating. Don’t use retractable leashes.
Name withheld, ST
Thank you so much, Town & Village, for featuring our beautiful four-legged friends on your photo gallery page of dogs (“The Dog Run,” Aug. 7). The article is fantastic as usual! We appreciate your continued support.
Cathryn Duhigg, President, Cauz for Pawz