Letters to the Editor, Dec. 4

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

First comes ‘de-calendaring,’ then demolition

On Tuesday, State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan in response to the proposed LPC “de-calendaring” of potential landmarks:

Dear Chair Srinivasan:

I write to express my serious concern over the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) proposed “de-calendaring” of potential landmark sites throughout the city, including 14 sites in my Senate District, and strongly urge that the LPC reconsider this course of action.

I do not believe that the LPC has allowed for sufficient public input on such a drastic action and I fear that removing properties from the calendar may place many vulnerable potential landmarks at risk. Last year, after receiving notification that a former automobile showroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at 430 Park Avenue in my district was under consideration as a landmark, the owners soon thereafter demolished the property literally in the middle of the night, thereby robbing New Yorkers of an important part of our city’s historic and cultural heritage.

I am concerned that once LPC removes the proposed properties from the calendar, thus removing the protections that this preliminary designation imparts, the same fate will befall these properties and they, too, will be demolished with absolutely no recourse provided to the public.

Instead, the LPC should hold public hearings on the properties and carefully and deliberately consider each one on the merits of the proposed landmark, rather than on the length of time it has been on the LPC’s calendar.

It would be an indelible stain on New York City’s collective conscience for these historic properties to have survived so long, only to be lost to an administrative “clearing out” of longstanding calendared properties. The Commission should delay the scheduled December 9 vote and review each property through the normal landmark process to allow preservationists, community members and property owners time to review and comment on proposed actions.

Sincerely,

Brad Hoylman
State Senator,
27th District

Remembering who helped me when I needed it

“Can we all get along?” The title above is what Rodney King said. But, it has much relevance even though it came from a clearly troubled man.

I learned many years ago from my family that every person should be judged as an individual and this is sage advice.

I have been doing research and teaching at various colleges and universities for the majority of my adult life. About six years ago, I fell and suffered three fractures. It was the end of my working life. Not one of my colleagues offered any assistance of any kind – and all of them were well educated and my peers.Of course, family members and friends did. But a Muslim guy who has a store across the street was especially sensitive and empathetic.

I saw him twice in his car with his wife during the past week. He works so hard and is trying to be part of the American dream – which seems to be vanishing. But he has adopted something which is quite American in its inception. When he saw me, he stopped his car and gave me a high five.

I asked originally, “Can we all get along?” It wan’t a real question; it was rhetorical. Just think about it.

David Chowes, PCV

Can’t take the heat

To the Editor,

It seems management is turning up the heat, literally that is. After returning from a two-day trip I found the temperature in my apartment to be at 87 degrees F. Shouldn’t it be around 72 or 75 degrees? I spoke to several people both in my building and in other buildings on upper, middle and lower floors who agreed that there was too much heat, especially on milder days. Also, why do we have heat during the night when the temperature is in the forties?

On the other hand, there are tenants who say they don’t get enough heat. If that is true, something is definitely wrong with the heating system which seems to distribute excessive heat to many apartments while not providing enough for a few.

Something needs to be done about this.

Name withheld,
451 East 14th Street

Mr. Elonis regrets

The following poem was submitted by Stuyvesant Town resident Sidney Schneck. It was inspired by the case over free speech on social media being heard by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Elonis Regrets
Elonis can’t say
What’s going his way,
His lips are sealed
It’s the commonweal.

No way to vent
To unload his heart,
He’ll shoot himself
Til he does part.

 

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