ST native’s book an exploration of virtues
David Brooks, conservative op-ed columnist for The Times, and a regular commentator on the PBS Newshour and Meet the Press, has just published: The Road to Character (Random House, 2015). Brooks spent his formative years in Stuyvesant Town. He remembers these years with warmth and appreciation.
In his most recent book he speaks about two aspects of our lives: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues” which can be quite antithetical. The former deals with our accomplishments: wealth, fame and status; the latter deals with our integrity, kindness and bravery and who we are.
The dichotomous relationship of our worldly accomplishments and eulogy virtues both exist, but Mr. Brooks believes that how one is remembered is more important.
This reminds me of two persons here: Mr. Bill Potter, the resident manager of both developments who was very kind to me during my most trying time and others who remember him when he worked here always say the most laudatory things about him.
And then there was MetLife CEO Robert Benmosche who began the decline of our developments from ideal and rare apartments for the middle class to faux luxury and pseudo-upscale units. Benmosche, who recently died, must have made billions of dollars but sans many significant “eulogy values.”
Mr. Potter’s life mainly was left others with memories of his sensitivity and many kindnesses while Mr. Benmosche is now remembered as having made lots of money and lacked the higher spiritual values. And much of his wealth was made from the destruction of PCV/ST.
David Chowes, PCV
Bike riding should be allowed in Stuy Town
To the editor,
There seems to be a serious misunderstanding at CompassRock over exactly what city law says about bicycle riding.
The Administrative Code says that riding a bike on a sidewalk is prohibited. However, that law does not apply in the interior of STPCV, because those areas are not “sidewalks” within the meaning of the law.
Under Administrative Code 19-176(a), a “sidewalk” is the portion of the “street between the curb… and the adjacent property line.” Where things are unclear, a sidewalk is “that portion of the street between the building… and the curb.”
Moreover, a person under the age of 14 is fully and specifically exempt from the law.
Note that a “sidewalk” is not the paved pathways inside of Stuyvesant Town, or the pathways around the Oval. Police officers or public safety officers have no legal standing to stop a cyclist or delivery person from riding a bike in these areas.
Any time a public safety officer forces a cyclist to stop, that public safety officer is committing harassment, and could face legal action or arrest.
Name withheld, ST
Motorized bikes putting tenants in danger
To the Editor:
The plague of motorized bicycles in Stuyvesant Town, going at any speed, around corners, silently, is an imminent threat. Someone will die soon. Or suffer traumatic brain injury when their head smashes onto the concrete. Not to mention that the danger posed by regular bikes on sidewalks is of any less concern.
Apparently it will take tragedy, a death probably, for us to see any commitment by elected officials to protect residents and other pedestrians. Yes, they write letters and issue press releases. And when tragedy strikes, they will call a press conference, declare (for the cameras and microphones) that they “will not sit idly by” and demand action — presumably enforcement of state and city laws. Think that will change anything? Stuyvesant Town residents’ lives matter. Someone will die, because nobody takes this seriously.
Steve Kaufman, ST
Was anyone surprised by RGB vote?
To the Editor,
“Tenants hoping for the possibility of a rent rollback this year were disappointed…” (T&V, May 7).
Really? I’d say that rather than “disappointed” they were dreaming. After all, this is the same de Blasio-appointed Rent Guidelines Board that gave us a rent increase last year. Did people really expect things to be different this year?
So as far as “affordable housing” is concerned, the only difference I see between Bloomberg and de Blasio is that when a waiter asks me if I want bottled water or tap, I ask for Classico de Blasio instead of Chateau Bloomberg.
John Cappelletti, ST