2015: A look back

A coyote (not the one pictured) was spotted in Stuyvesant Town in January.

A coyote (not the one pictured) was spotted in Stuyvesant Town in January.

By Sabina Mollot

Capped with yet another sale of Stuyvesant Town — this time with the highest price tag ever at $5.45 billion — 2015 was certainly an eventful year for the community.

Town & Village has taken a look back to find the top ten local events of the year.

1. The highly anticipated sale of course was a big one, with the deal being cheered as part of Mayor de Blasio’s campaign platform promise to preserve or build 200,000 units of affordable housing. The sale to new owners The Blackstone Group came as welcome news to many tenants due to its representatives’ willingness to listen to tenant concerns as well as a commitment to preserve 5,000 units of affordable housing. While for others — specifically, tenants in the other 6,200-plus units, the deal simply maintains the status quo of stabilized status with market rate tents. Blackstone has promised additional announcements early in the New Year, which hopefully will include a decision, made in cooperation with the city, of how people can get a lease to the affordable units as they become available.

2. Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, while always known as a bird sanctuary and a habitat for the world’s most well-fed squirrels, also managed to attract the attention of a coyote. The young female coyote, named Stella by Parks reps who rescued her, had been found wandering around the Avenue C side of the property near the Con Ed plant. She was captured by police officers, and then later released by the Parks department into a wooded area in the Bronx.

A Parks official T&V interviewed about the incident said that coyote sightings in the city are becoming more common, and she expected that this trend would only continue. Just a couple of weeks prior to the Stuy Town sighting, another coyote was found in Riverside Park, and in 2011, another coyote had wandered into Tribeca.

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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 31

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Climate research is often alarmist

Re: Letter, “Scientists largely agree on climate,” T&V, Nov. 26

David Chowes wrote that 98 percent of climatologists (and other scientists) agree on the relationship between climate warming and the production of carbon dioxide by humans. One hundred percent of scientists agree that carbon dioxide contributes to the greenhouse effect, including myself.

The disagreement comes in regard to whether that contribution is significant and whether it is harmful. The 98 percent figure that Mr. Chowes quotes comes from a survey whose validity has been widely challenged and whose results do not match many other surveys. Recently, for example, a survey of 1868 scientists conducted in the Netherlands found that just 43 percent agreed that “It is extremely likely that more than half of global warming from 1951 to 2010 was caused by human activity.”

Suppose, for argument’s sake, that 98 percent of climate experts did say that human activity has had a significant impact on global warming. Supposing those scientists made these claims because they truly believed them and not because their grant money depended on it.

Too much of the raw data does not agree with their predictions, including the fact that the poles haven’t melted. (In Antarctica the ice has grown.) This is true despite data manipulation scandals such as the Climategate scandal of Nov 2009 and the subsequent tampering of climate data reported by the Telegraph in Jan 2015.

The most important lesson scientists learn is to be skeptical. The Xhosa tribe which Dr. Isaac discusses in her global warming book The Roosters of the Apocalypse destroyed their cattle in a misguided belief that doing so would defeat the British. Their mistake was that they listened to what their leaders said instead of relying on common sense. Like the Xhosa who destroyed their economy, we are doing enormous damage to ours through global alarmism as Dr. Isaac’s shocking book demonstrates.


Gamaliel Isaac, ST

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