Letters to the Editor, December 3

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Our future (as witnessed on the 14th St. bus)

Standing in the front of a crowded 14th Street bus on the way to my physical therapy, I looked with envy at all the teens and twenty-somethings packing the seats and thought: “This is the future of America.” But I wasn’t envious because they were young but because they were sitting.

Next to me on this bumpy bus, a frail lady clutched a pole for dear life and an elderly man with a cane struggled to keep his balance. Other white-haired passengers looked on as the laughing youngsters competed for attention, shouting and sharing their latest selfies with their techno-savvy friends who were also busy on their phones, texting or talking animatedly or just staring at something on the screen, oblivious to the reality around them.

I found myself imagining these youngsters as adults standing behind podiums at a televised debate for the President of the United States, competing to get the attention of the TV moderators so they could talk about their many virtues and their life’s goal of helping and caring for the poor and middle class, indeed for all humanity — a verbal selfie, if you will, albeit a bit Dorian Grayish.

When the bus stopped at Union Square, the Future of America finally got up and got off, leaving their warm seats.

Then the elderly and disabled people moved slowly and shakily to the newly-vacant seats, eased their tired bodies down and sighed with relief.
Ah, the future of America!

I hope I’m alive to watch those candidates in a future debate which I think will be exactly like the current debates, just with different faces. I could use a little comedy before my final ride where I’m sure to get a seat or, more exactly, a bed.

John Cappelletti, ST

Step up security at Peter Cooper entrances

I live in Peter Cooper Village. My friend lives in Battery Park City.

Ever since 9/11, when I visit her, either by cab or private car, their gated security looks in the rear and has the trunk opened to look inside. That is because Battery Park City takes their security seriously, unlike PCV/ST.

The other night, we came home by cab. At the 22nd Street security booth (the only manned one!), the guard didn’t even look up from his cellphone, but saw the cab from the corner of his eye, and waved the driver in.

The cabdriver had never before driven into PCV. As we were driving through, he said “beautiful place. Many Jews live here?” Which got us thinking: Is this area a soft target?  Or “merely” a target for anti-Semitism?

It is all over the news that the terrorists are looking for “soft targets.” We have many unmanned gates in ST/PCV. I implore you to step up our security, at least as relates to vehicular traffic.


Barbara Zapson, PCV

Proud to be hard working New Yorkers

Re: Letter, “’Entitled’ to affordability?”, T&V, Nov. 26

I asked myself: Why even respond to the letter by “Benita Therock” that appeared in the Thanksgiving Day issue – but I am.

The extreme insult that residents living in rent stabilized apartments in the PCV/ST community are “proud to be poor” and implying they are riding on the backs of others deserves to be dealt with.

“Benita” judges that rent stabilized tenants are lazy. “Benita” ignores that fact that rent stabilized tenants and their parents and grandparents are and were hard working people who perform(ed) the jobs that serve(d) the people of this city; or small business owners providing livelihoods, often sacrificing their own, in order to provide company paid benefits to their employees. The residents of PCV/ST know hard work and carry their weight all right, “Benita.”

“Benita” may not know that most of us grew up in rent controlled or stabilized apartments when they were the norm and chose this community when your name was put on a list. You waited years to be called for an apartment that you moved in to, sight unseen, when PCV/ST had: crank out windows that leaked; un-renovated lobbies with no disability lifts; no carpeting in the hallways; elevators with bright green or red enamel interiors with push open doors; laundry machines that overflowed regularly flooding the floors ankle deep; and fewer transit options.

“Benita” should direct her insults towards those who are destroying affordable rents in NYC, not towards those who have them or who strive to preserve them for future generations of hard working New Yorkers.

PCV resident for 31 years

5 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, December 3

  1. Benita should also remember that before the sale to Tishman Speyer/Blackrock, PCVST was a profitable community with no debt. The market rate people who are paying ridiculous rents to live here are NOT subsidizing the rent stabilized tenants, They are paying off TS/BR’s investors who lost their money in the failed scheme to jackboot all of the rent stabilized tenants out of here by any means whatsoever.

  2. The Future of Anerica.
    Thank you for writing this. I thought I was the only one who felt this way.

    Parents, where are you?

  3. Re: Letter by Ms. Benita Therock (11/26) and the response to it (above).

    The overwhelming chutzpah evidenced by Ms. Therock was beyond astounding. I have lived in PCV for 40 years and my most prominent position was teaching at CUNY … and always at
    least two other jobs and I never made more than 100K combined (adjusted for inflation).. I was also a psychologist at a state hospital and a psychometrician in the South Bronx… And, I believe that I helped many youngsters.

    And, the main purpose for MetLife building these affordable developments was for the returning World War 2 veterans … with a tax abatement from New York City.

    Now after 66 years some of the free market tenants who took the very apartments that were intended for the middle class … somehow resent the very people who they usurped.

    Yes, we live in a far more materialistic and greedy nation now, But, somehow to believe that genuine class is based on money earned or wealth is the problem.

    I guess you believe that only the money changers belong in the temple.

    Ms. Therock, please comment:


  4. Re: Our Future
    I never have a problem asking people to move or make room for the more frail and elderly. I don’t think young people are being rude (not all of them); I think they just don’t “see” anyone else who’s not interesting to them. You can bet that I will also ask for that seat should I never need one.

  5. I wonder why John Cappelletti (re: 14th Street Bus) thinks the young people people he sees on the bus can be worse than the current crop of Republican presidential candidates. I can’t imagine that would be possible. I rather believe they would not.

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