Letters to the Editor, Jan. 21

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Con Ed blocking Ave. C parking spots

Dear T&V,

I have a complaint about a parking situation currently happening on East 16th Street just south of Avenue C. This street is located between two properties belonging to Con Edison. The block has public parking spaces for about 15 cars as regulated by D.O.T. signage.

For the last couple of weeks, Con Ed has been placing cones in the street prohibiting people from parking there. (Except perhaps their own employees or contractors.) They even employ an outside agency of some sort to have someone stand there and tell people they can’t park there. There are no work order notices or temporary suspension indication on the street parking signs. There is no digging or other signs of work taking place. They have parked a large generator on the street for some time and they recently added a second one.

Recently I sought parking there around 5:45 p.m. and the street was empty. The cones were out and I was told there was no parking allowed. Forty-five minutes later, still looking for a spot, I found several passenger cars parked there with cones placed on top. They were okay to park there, I guess? Friends of Con Ed?

I am a resident of Stuyvesant Town who uses a car for work each day. Parking is difficult enough without Con Ed taking over a public thoroughfare without any apparent permits to do so. Is Con Ed just doing as they please because they can? Have they secured the proper authority to take over public parking? Why are there no postings of temporary work permits? Do they intend to “take over” this space permanently and further diminish the availability of street parking? This would lead to a host of other quality of life issues.

Thank you for your assistance in looking into this matter.

Name withheld, ST

When asked for an explanation, a representative for Con Edison told T&V that the generators are in the spaces as part of the ongoing storm hardening work as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the utility wanted to apologize to the community for the inconvenience while the work is being done.

The rep added that the company is replacing substation switchgear equipment and replacing transformers, and the equipment is being placed on a new platform for flood protection. The generators need to be located where they are so they can be close to the electrical connections where the installations are taking place and they are to ensure reliability during the installation.

No further information about the spaces saved by the cones was available by T&V’s press time.

No location in ST/PCV works for a dog run

To the Editor,

In the paper’s most recent edition, it was reported that the ST/PCV pooch population is estimated at 1,200. I assume this figure is based on the number of dogs properly registered by their owners. However, as we all know, there are many unregistered dogs on the premises (people simply refusing to register them for whatever reason), not to speak of dog walkers with numerous dogs walking through the premises. I would therefore think that the number is considerably higher.

During the recent meet-and-greet events, requests for a dog run were brought up again. First of all, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are not parks, but residential complexes with playgrounds and the Oval space. Every playground is within a few feet of a residential building, and the noise emanating from the barking of multiple dogs would affect the quality of life of too many people. This has nothing whatsoever to do with whether one likes dogs or not. (I do like them a lot.)

Tishman Speyer had already tried out the possibility of installing a dog run, and after considering several options came to the conclusion that it was not a good idea. The noise coming from such a dog run would be heard not only by tenants living in the lower floors but farther up as well.

We have three dog runs within reach of ST/PCV: Union Square, Stuyvesant Park and Tompkins Square.  People should be happy they can have dogs which was not possible for so many years. You just can’t have it all.

Lore Munzing, ST

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