CW, pols should help with Con Ed night noise
I’m writing to you at the suggestion of Sherman Sussman, whose complaints about noise from the Con Ed plant were recently the subject of an article in T&V.
I live in the same building as he does and would like to see Stuyvesant Town management and our local representatives (such as Dan Garodnick) take the issue of noise at the southeast corner of Stuy Town seriously. There is a guard booth at the intersection of 14th Street and Avenue C that is never staffed.
If a guard were on duty, he or she could monitor the area for unnecessary noise and help to prevent it. Noise comes from trucks entering and leaving Con Ed at all times of night. It also comes from other traffic at this busy intersection, including many ambulance and fire truck sirens. And it comes from pedestrians who tend to feel that at this remote end of 14th St., they can yell, shout and let off steam at all hours. Finally, it comes from construction work, often associated with Con Ed.
I feel it is the duty of Stuy Town management, as a landlord renting living space at this intersection, and of the city government to make sure that sirens are not louder than they need to be, especially at night, that cars do not honk their horns due to traffic congestion (station a policeman, if needed, to help with traffic flow), that pedestrians do not make undue noise.
Finally, I am waiting for the day when city buses will become quieter. There is no reason why, in 2014, they need to sound like freight trains. I hope you will follow up on Mr. Sussman’s complaints and the issue of noise pollution at Stuy Town’s perimeters.
Livia Tenzer, ST
De Blasio is not returning tenants’ support
To the editor:
It is quite astonishing that in the heat of the mayoral campaign, the Tenants Association had an “all hands on deck” approach to getting Bill de Blasio elected the mayor of New York City. TA officers and directors were canvassing Stuyvesant Town tenants, and “De Blasio for Mayor” tables with posters were set up at Oval Cafe. De Blasio stood on the corner of 16th Street and First Avenue and said he would stand with tenants.
Now, we learn that the TA never obtained a promise from candidate de Blasio to support the most important initiative the TA has ever undertaken: the tenant-led non-eviction condo conversion. Nearly a year into the de Blasio administration, the Mayor’s office coyly told this newspaper that the mayor “still has not taken a position” on the condo conversion.
Well, Mr. Mayor, shame on you: we all know that “no position” is the same thing as a position “against” a condo conversion. And TA board: why did you fail to obtain a clear commitment from candidate de Blasio that he would stand with tenants for affordability and a seat at the table, and agree to do whatever was necessary to help tenants take charge of our destiny? TA: why did you put all that work in, when the first thing that Mayor de Blasio did was to sandbag our fiercest advocate, Dan Garodnick, in his campaign for council speaker, and now, the mayor is actively sandbagging the Tenants Association in its bid to take control of the property.
Name withheld, ST
Conversion will make things worse
Re: “TA: Yes, we’re still trying to go condo,” T&V, Oct. 9
Why are you assuming that everyone or almost everyone wants a conversion? These are very old buildings. No matter what the cost and initial maintenance will be there will be an escalation as soon as more and more infrastructure problems occur. This will lead to major assessments.
In addition, if NYU buys (which they will) and stocks with students (which they will), life will be a misery for those tenants in the two developments.
Finally, the “fights” and bad feelings engendered between those who want to “modernize” and those who don’t (for economic reasons) change the atmosphere of our homes.
Marilyn Levin, PCV
Soaking up one of life’s luxuries
Dear Mr. Hagedorn,
How I enjoyed your column, “Floating Ivory soap is sinking,” in the August 21 issue on the luxury of a simple bath.
When I lived in Stuy Town, I used to take nice, long baths — with Ivory soap — and read a chapter or two in a book. Where I live now only has a shower and I think having bathtubs are another great thing about Stuy Town and it is hard to believe there may come a time in the near future when Ivory soap is no more. Another kind of ivory being hunted out of existence.