How we can help the homeless around ST
I am writing in response to the letter that was sent in about the homeless people sleeping on benches in Stuyvesant Town and the lack of actions from our security department (“Homeless around ST,” T&V, July 30).
I’d like to focus on the word people for a moment. Yes, there are people sleeping on benches in Stuyvesant Town and begging on the street along First Avenue and other places in the city. We do have a big homeless problem but the problem is not with the security department at Stuyvesant Town. The problem is so much bigger than that.
These are people. People like you and me who have met with hard times or a mental illness that they did not ask for. And they are people. People who need shelter, a place to sleep, food, companionship and meaningful work. This problem needs addressing from a perspective so much bigger than the security department here. I’ve seen countless articles and interviews on TV from our mayor addressing the horse drawn carriages and their plight.
I’d like to see a focus on humans over horses at the moment. I’d like to see our politicians addressing this homeless problem and how we can offer useful help to these people so that we don’t have to feel uncomfortable about encountering them in our community and more importantly they have a place to sleep each night that is sheltered, offers them nourishment and encouragement to better lives.
My small Band-Aid of the solution is to carry breakfast bars in my handbag. Along with the breakfast bars I carry a referral card to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen where they offer a daily hot meals and counseling to help people get off the streets.
When I encountered homeless people in our neighborhood or in other places that I walk during the day I’m able to offer them an immediate solution of something to eat and a longer-term solution of a place to go where they can find solutions if they want them.
I encourage anyone interested to join me on this mission. It’s just one small way that we can help address this problem while forces with resources bigger than ours can address a long-term solution.
Susan Turchin, ST
Sorry Cove concerts had to come to an end
To the Editor:
Jo-Ann Polise and the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association presented a fantastically diverse and crowd pleasing free musical performances this 2015 season!
The choice of professional groups each week was met with great enthusiasm, and each week the audience was expanding. When the chairs were all filled, people sat on the boulders or brought their own folding chairs. The music encouraged some adults to dance, plus the little children in the audience to join in, to the delight of the crowd. We were so fortunate with the beautiful weather, dramatic sky, barn swallows flying overhead and the setting sun shining on the buildings on the East bank of the river making them glow.
Not only was the summer program aesthetically enjoyable, but I believe from talking to my friends, that it was a healing balm for stressed and super busy New Yorkers. The only concerns I heard were, “Why can’t the program continue through August?” Thank you for all the effort you put in to make the program such a growing success each year and thanks to the Board and supporters of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association whose financial support made it possible.
Joy Garland, ST
Seriously, why are people following Trump?
Re: “Politics & Tidbits” column: “Theater of the absurd,” T&V, July 30
In Town & Village’s July 30 issue, our former Assemblyman, Hon. Steve Sanders asks, “So what is the fascination with (Trump) and why is he leading in the early Republican polling?” But instead of offering analysis he goes on for six paragraphs of unadulterated bashing before repeating the initial question. He agrees that voters want candidates to offer unparsed and unequivocal opinions. But he uses the rest of his column to conclude that the wackos (a borrowed phrase) who Trump appeals to may make Hillary Clinton president.
Mr. Trump schooled us all, however, when, in answer to the question of his bankruptcies, he responded that lenders aren’t novices. Got that right!
When I worked for a small, “entrepreneurial” TV company, the boss had to look as big as his competitors. After all, we courted the same clients. He had a car and driver yet we owed advertisers so much audience that, as opposed to the broadcast networks that were a week behind, we were years behind. The company went bankrupt but my boss kept his car and driver. Soon the company was merged with another. This Donald Trump wannabe could tell his new staff, too, that he’d appreciate their joining a PAC. That’s the American way now, right?
So I was hoping Steve Sanders would give us more of his insight on why “The Donald” is leading in the polls. After all, there are only two types of people: the ones who work for Donald Trump and the ones who want to work for him.
Billy Sternberg, ST