Letters to the editor, Apr. 28

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Constant dribbling driving me crazy

Re: “Blackstone looking at ways to reduce noise,” T&V, Mar. 17

You were concerned enough to recently publish an article regarding the noise nuisances at Stuyvesant Town.  I am hoping you can stay on top of this.
It is outrageous to me that two full court basketball courts exist, from 9 a.m. to dusk (Playground 11), daily, directly below my building, 285 Avenue C, and several other buildings around the courts.

I am hoping you will continue to publish articles, op-ed pieces, etc., confer with our Tenants Association, and everything else possible to get them to severely cut the hours of operation, e.g. weekdays and weekends noon to 6 p.m.,  to eliminate one full court basketball court and add a second volley ball court, enforce a specific closing time by security, only allow one guest per resident, and enforce signs indicating no undue shouting, screaming, and cursing, which carries up to everyone’s windows.

I have spoken with at least 20 people in my building and others who feel the same as I do, that this is a clear noise nuisance, and violates the rules and regulations of our lease re: quiet enjoyment/noise.  To cater to a maximum of 25 kids and teens who use Playground 11 at any given time, compared to 30,000 residents, and eight 12-story buildings around the courts is simply absurd, inconsiderate, and off the charts.

Every weekday after work and all weekend, we are forced to listen to constant dribbling basketballs, shouting, screaming, cursing, clapping, etc., that under our lease, falls under “unreasonable disturbances…which are excessive and sustained for a long period.” If possible, I would have the basketball courts completely removed, and let them use the public courts which exist throughout our area.

We do not live on a college campus, school setting, country club, sports club, etc., and deserve as much peace and quiet throughout the day as logically possible.

Stuart Levinson, ST

Reassured by recent plumbing service

The following is an open letter to ST/PCV management from a resident.

Good Morning,

I know there are too many times when all you receive is criticism and complaints.  This email, however, is to praise the new management team and maintenance department. Sometime in the middle of the night last Wednesday, the 20th, there was a major leak from the pipe supplying water to my toilet bowl.  It completely saturated the bathroom until I discovered its source and used a waste bucket to continue to collect the fast-dripping water. On Thursday morning at around 6 a.m., I called the Service Department to report this emergency and within an hour or so two handymen were dispatched to try and address the problem. They were unable to fix it because it required the skills of a plumber to replace the broken part. Shortly after 8 a.m., I called service to schedule an appointment ASAP. The plumber arrived at around 11 a.m. – not only prepared to address the issue – but introduced himself to my husband and proceeded to work. He was professional, efficient and resolved the matter expeditiously.

I am feeling very confident about the level of service the new management team and Blackstone/Ivanhoe are committed to providing.

Thank you.

Barbara Chirse, ST

What a president needs

Re: “T&V column unfairly bashes Trump,” letter, T&V, Apr. 21

A letter published in T&V suggested that business success shows the ability to be a president of the United States. A person in public office must get results without being able to fire many of the people who do poor or harmful work. The president of the United States also needs to:

Lead by convincing people that what he/she wants is for the good of the entire nation,
Prompt Congress to pass the right laws,
Deal with foreign leaders who have atomic bombs or potential allies with those bombs,
Make the right decisions as to whether to send pilots and troops to kill people.

A candidate should have demonstrated, for many years, a deep concern for the entire country and for vast numbers of people beyond his/her current immediate family. An intention to choose excellent advisers is not enough. A president needs to understand complex issues when selecting a cabinet and when hearing conflicting advice. Elderly people can excel at using past experience, but after the age of sixty, the ability to remember new information declines noticeably.

Jenna Weart, ST

How was Stuy Town sale a victory?

On the same day I received an update from Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick with a front page article about the “Victory for middle class New York,” the web site Gothamist.com reported that “buried in the deal and curiously unmentioned during the press conference, is a further promise from the city to support (Blackstone’s) efforts to transfer unused development rights from Stuy Town to other appropriate receiving areas.

“This little detail opens the door for Blackstone to access one million square feet of air rights in New York City, air rights that are worth untold millions.”

What the Council Member also didn’t say was that the deal cost current New York taxpayers $221 million in lost fees and taxes and hundreds of millions more in development rights. Worse, it is City Hall that will control the 5,000 “affordable” apartments and not Blackstone.

Susan Steinberg, the president and spokeswoman of the Tenants Association, also endorsed the sale, saying, “I feel that we have saved our community as a middle-class enclave.” At $221 million in lost revenue, hundreds of millions more in “development rights” (presumably to build more expensive housing in other communities), no new protection for current tenants and City Hall control, how so?

Name withheld, ST

2 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Apr. 28

  1. The basketball courts were there when you moved in and there are still some of your neighbors who grew up playing on those basketball courts. There have always been volleyball courts marked off on both courts so if you want to play volleyball contact the recreation staff. Some of you don’t want any recreation for the younger tenants and that isn’t fair either.

  2. On Playground 11, above which I reside, in the 285 Ave. C Loop their catering to maybe 20-40 out of 30,000 residents, and it does not matter how long the courts have been there, it currently remains a daily noise nuisance. Put in 3 sand based volley ball courts there instead for exercise, which generates much less noise, compared to dribbling basketballs. There are loads of community based basketball courts within a one mile radius of PCV/ST, let the younger tenants play there, or join Asser Levy, that’s fair, rather than disturbing residents. It is bad enough to have to listen to beeping club cars in the AM, beeping delivery trucks all day, noisy high powered engines all day, and loud maintenance/garbage removal.

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