14th St. – the noisiest street in Manhattan?
A friend of mine living in New Jersey told me the other day, “I would give my eye-teeth to have a two-bedroom apartment in Stuyvesant Town on the 12th floor with a view of the skyline.”
Little does she know what is actually happening here now: 14th Street has become, not a street, but a super highway.
Ever since St. Vincent’s Hospital on the West Side closed to become yet another condo, all traffic from west to east has to go through 14th Street, or so it seems.
We now have every ambulance, every police car, every fire engine and, to top it off, every motor bike gang storming through our street. (I understand the fire engines because the firehouse is on 14th Street.)
It is impossible to listen to the radio/TV or have a conversation. To top it off, for six months, there has been an excavation on the south side of the Street between Avenues A and B, starting at 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., jackhammering and big cranes making unbelievable noise to build yet another condo.
This street is now the thorough street between west and east.
Is there no way to divert some of this to say, 23rd Street? I am sure the motorbikes which make unlawful noise would not mind.
Bridget Bogard, ST
Climate researchers and false prophets
Re: “Unique look at global warming in new doc,” a review of “The Anthropologist,” T&V, Nov. 12
Dear Ms. Mollot,
The upcoming showing of the global warming documentary, “The Anthropologist” at the SVA Theatre brings to mind a recent book by the sociologist, Rael Jean Isaac, about the same subject but from a very different perspective. She starts the book with an anthropological enigma, the story of the Xhosa tribe in South Africa who in 1856 killed a half million of their own cattle, ceased planting crops and destroyed their grain stores. By the end of 1857 half of their population starved to death.
The Xhosa acted on the prophecy of a 15-year-old girl who promised them that the British oppressors would flee if they destroyed all they had. Dr. Isaac writes that “just as the basis for the Xhosa economy was cattle, the lifeblood of our economy is energy. And we are strangling our own energy supply on the basis of an apocalyptic prophecy that has no more validity than the one that sent the Xhosa spinning into cultural immolation.”
John Coleman, the founder of the weather channel made a documentary called “How the Global Warming Scare Began,” which is available for everyone to view on YouTube. In it he says the prophet who was instrumental in creating the global warming scare was Al Gore.
He explains that Al Gore started billions of grant dollars flowing to researchers who would show that the action of mankind was causing catastrophic global warming. Researchers made predictions of melted ice caps and heating that never came to pass. Researchers traveled on a ship to the South Pole to study the melting of the Antarctica only to be trapped in ice in regions which historically had been free of ice.
Just as lack of evidence didn’t stop the Xhosa from believing, it did not stop the researchers on that ship and it is not stopping us.
Gamaliel Isaac, ST
Since its inception I have been enjoying the Math Museum (“MoMath”) a lot. I met their administrators at Baruch College – before they opened their building at 26th Street and Fifth Ave.
Monthly I enjoy the Math Encounters every first Wednesday of the month and sometimes I can attend a Friday Family program. Please, share this info and try to join the Museum of Mathematics.
Alicia Zanelli, ST