Neighbors can speak up about M23
In the May 19 issue of Town & Village (letter writers), Catha Grace Rambusch echoed my deep concern that the NYC Department of Transportation is considering the elimination of the M23 mid-block bus stop between Avenue C and First Avenue on its return west to 23rd Street. From Avenue C to the M 23 bus stop in question, the actual length covers the equivalent of Avenues B and A from Avenue C’s rest stop for the M23.
Having joined the ranks of senior citizens, while I’m still active in community affairs at Solar 1, the United Nations, and other environmental and civic groups, I depend on the mid-block bus stop opposite our apartment to get me around with a cane while awaiting knee surgery.
While I wait for the M23 there, I am joined by other seniors plus little children and their parents from both Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. We know we can count on a seat before the long line of folks comes on board at East 23rd Street and First Avenue for the return trip to the West Side.
A second issue is whether it is envisioned that the Select bus would skip certain stops along 23rd Street and, if so, would there also be a local M23 like there is for the M15 route on First Avenue?
The Transportation Committee of Community Board 6 will be meeting at Monday, June 6, 7 p.m. at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, 317 East 17th Street in the Loeb Auditorium. I plan to be there. It is open to the community as is the full Board meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at NYU Hospital.
I went to Google, typed in Community Board 6 Manhattan and found the timing for the next steps below. If you would like to speak at the June 8 full board meeting, come early to sign in to speak for up to three minutes after the political leaders speak in advance of the full board session.
April: Present draft plan to Community Board Four – Continue community outreach
April-June: Refine plan based on feedback
June: Present final plan to Community Boards Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7 p.m., NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 1st Ave, NY, NY 10016 Alumni Hall A
July-September: Project implementation
2017-beyond: Evaluate SBS performance, Study more robust options if supported by community, Continue community outreach.
As a former member of Community Board 6, I can say that the CB6 Board works extremely hard for us and I want to encourage others to get acquainted so together we can bring our experience and concerns to it to make our part of NYC the best it can be.
Joy Garland, ST
Cutting bus stop for speed isn’t worth it
Re: Letter, “Cutting ST bus stop would harm seniors,” T&V, May 19
I agree completely with Ms. Rambusch’s letter regarding the unnecessary removal of the 20th St. Loop stop for the proposed SBS M23 bus service. I am also sending my response to the MTA. Removing the East 20th Street Loop bus stop will prove to be an inconvenience and hardship for many of the residents that live near that bus stop, especially handicapped and older adults who would have to walk long avenue blocks to ride the M23 bus.
The distance between the two 20th Street stops, 1st Ave and Avenue C is three avenue blocks long – a much longer stretch then most of the stops on the SBS M34A bus.
The traffic on East 20th Street heading west is usually much lighter than the congestion that occurs on East 23rd St. I do not think keeping the 20th Street Loop stop with the new SBS will slow the bus speed. I do hope the MTA will reconsider and keep the 20th Loop bus stop in our community.
Barbara Bienenfeld, ST
About those ‘house rules’
To the editor,
Writer Gil (letter, “Appreciating Dog Days and Rick Hayduk,” T&V, May 19) lauded new management but failed to mention the new tyrannical “House Rules” which treat tenants like children.
Did you know that washing the outsides of your windows is grounds for immediate eviction?
Beware tenants. Big brother is working on ways to move you out and cycle your rent levels higher and higher.
Fortunately, the so-called “House Rules” are without legal effect and have no bearing on a rent stabilized lease.
Name withheld, ST