Cutting ST bus stop would harm seniors
Re: “Stuy Town M23 bus stops may be consolidated,” T&V, Apr. 14
The following is an open letter to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg regarding the possible/closure elimination of the mid-block East 20th Street Crosstown 23.
I write to inquire the reason for/logic of the proposed consolidation of this bus stop. As well, I write to bring to your attention some other information which should be in the file, whilst the matter is being reviewed. Information perhaps not known to the expert sitting at a desk in an office devising a plan.
I live in Stuyvesant Town, just across the street (south) from the bus stop. As you know, 20th Street is very wide. There is ample room for other vehicles to pass a stopped bus. That is if the operator follows the rules and pulls into the curb. This rule is frequently not observed by drivers.
This is a very busy stop, serving diverse populations. I see the young with their hockey sticks and golf clubs en route to Chelsea Piers. I see parents with toddlers. I see seniors with their walkers — as many as three! They ride the bus over to Second to the grocery or Epiphany Church or the next stop to the Epiphany Branch Library and the Stein Senior Center. They could make it to the stops on Avenue C or First Avenue. To eliminate the mid-block stop would seriously circumscribe the possibilities for seniors. If not eliminate them entirely. Have you seen the New York Times science section this week on this very subject?
I am 80 years old and quite limber. I walked from the stop on Avenue C to the mid-block stop and then on to the First Avenue one. My stride I would estimate at 2.5 feet. Here are the number of strides; I’ll let your staff do the math. From Avenue C to the mid-block stop is 500 strides. From mid-block to First Avenue it is 200 strides plus 10.
I look forward to your reply. Or, if you prefer, I could come to your office to discuss the matter at hand.
Catha Grace Rambusch, ST
Appreciating Dog Days and Rick Hayduk
I wish to the thank Blackstone, Rick Hayduk and his team for the wonderful job they are doing at Stuyvesant Town. Never before have I seen such a transparent effort made by management not only to listen to tenant concerns and suggestions but to actually implement changes and improvements.
One recent addition was the hugely successful dog run events. My dog and I attended all four and I can say the dogs (and owners) were very well behaved. I have lived in Stuyvesant Town for over 20 years and consider myself very blessed for having secured a comfortable, rent stabilized apartment in one of the best cities in the world.
I wish the new management would be able to tell the chronic complainers (most of whom I’m positive are rent stabilized) there is a very simple solution to all of their problems. Give up your rent stabilized apartments and move to Green Bank, West Virginia. There, they can own a nice piece of property where they can ban menorahs, Christmas trees, ice skating rinks, ice skating rink music, egg hunts, Oval concerts and movies, half-naked oval sunbathers, college students, dribbling basketballs, bikes, skateboards, dogs, dog runs, Con Ed beeping trucks, ice cream trucks, etc.
Gil F., ST
Where are NYU Langone’s priorities?
Re: “NYU Langone expanding to 41st St.,” T&V, May 5
It is ironic and outrageous that NYU can so cavalierly move into an entire building for its faculty practice and give not a thought to improving, renovating, or expanding inpatient services, rooms and comfort.
Recently, I had the misfortune of being an inpatient at the hospital and it was like residing in a cesspool. Never again. The physical plant is completely disgusting for patients. Weill Cornell is a far better healthier facility. Shame on you NYU! Renovate your patient rooms already!
Dr. Bel Michele DeMille, ST
Bio on Benmosche
Washington Post reporter Peter Marks has written a new book concerning (the late) former CEO of Met Life and AIG, Good for the Money. It represents a positive and glowing portrait of Mr. Benmosche. However, I suspect that residents of PCV/ST would beg to differ on Mr. Marks’ description.
David Chowes, PCV