Letters to the Editor, Aug. 18

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Watch out for phony ‘guests’

Yesterday mid-afternoon, I was going to the Associated and saw two guys in my lobby. One could have been on a moving crew. The other wasn’t dressed as well as guys passed out on the street.

He did all the talking, asking me if I knew “Allie.”

I said to myself, “This guy better start doing better than that.”

Then my lovely 80+ neighbor came through the door and, entering a new scene, thought I was trying to help them, not get them out of the building.

She said, “Is Allie the first or last name?”

I laughed, Allie Sherman or Kirstie Alley? But “them guys” didn’t know which from which.

So I said, “Here. Look it up on this (outside) key pad. You said, 3B.”

He got smart: “I said I thought it was 3B!”

I said, “Step out here and do it from out here.”

He said, “No. This (indoor) roster is better. We’re just trying to find Allie so we can charge our phones.”

I thought, what kind of bush league sucker jive is this?

I was horrified for what might happen to my sweet neighbor. But I couldn’t call security with them standing there. I thought they could get violent.

And I couldn’t physically grab her and take her outside, leaving them inside.

So I left and before going to Associated went to security. Fortunately, when I told security that these guys resisted my suggestions to leave the building, security acknowledged that it was a problem.

But how did these guys get there in the first place?

The answer is that most people, despite all warnings, aren’t going to resist them.

Billy Sternberg, ST

ST vehicles need to follow traffic laws

I was born into a world where children were seen and not heard. I am not a child anymore; I have decided to speak up!

I see a safety issue every day on the 14th Street Loop. There is a stop sign at the crosswalk between Avenue A and B, which is also a one-way street. All sorts of carts, belonging to Stuy Town’s painting, plumbing, electric, carpentry, gardening or other service departments, routinely ignore both the stop sign and the one way directive. This is also true of the Public Safety Department vans and scooters. Some of these vehicles are electric and cannot be heard as they approach. I find them directly behind me too frequently.

I raised my own children to stop at stop signs, and lights and to travel in one direction only on a one-way street.

I feel that all Stuy Town vehicles should do the same. Obey the rules!

In doing so they will set a good example for today’s youngsters.

Irene Congialosi, ST

Squirrel letter wasn’t about squirrels

Dear Ms. Mollot,

William Kelly’s letter to the editor in the July 21, 2016 edition, headlined “Bushy tailed beasts have taken over” was obviously satirical.

The outrageous claim that squirrels were biting babies, citing “‘heard’ on the internet,’” as an established fact; the lurid predictions of future predations; the call to “stand up to this enemy;” the totally unrealistic, cruel and barbaric remedies proposed; and the proposal to recruit the entire populace, including children and dogs in the eradication effort, all mimic the outrageous false statements and proposals of Donald Trump regarding immigration. If the reader did not “get” the satire from the body of the letter, the P.S. was a giveaway: “Let’s make Stuyvesant Town great again!” clearly mimics Mr. Trump’s campaign slogan.

One does not have to disagree with the sincere feelings and opinions of Messrs. Salame, Cohen and Ms. Munzig (except their calls for censorship of letters like Mr. Kelly’s); but I ask them to recognize that Mr. Kelly’s letter was not about squirrels, but about Mr. Trump.

Mr. Kelly should be free to express his opinion on a national political matter in a way that Stuyvesant Town residents can relate to. Professors of literature may argue that Mr. Kelly’s literary skill in writing satire could have been more effective; let them engage in the endless debate on the question of whether satire needs to hit the reader on the head to make its point, but at least readers should take another look at Mr. Kelly’s letter.

I daresay that people who are against cruelty to animals may also be against cruelty to immigrants.

David Cook, ST

The chrome age in Stuyvesant Town

Re: “The graying of Peter Cooper Village,” letter, T&V, May 5

How vain am I to begin Mr. Lobenthal’s letter to the editor, in the May 5, 2016 issue of Town & Village, with the pre-conceived notion of being enlightened, in some respect, to the author’s observations of my (the me) generation? I am, indeed, a baby boomer and having chosen to age gracefully have never dyed my now “graying” crown of glory.

I was delightfully surprised to read this well-written, well phrased, witty and poignant selection of prose that detailed not the change in what surrounds our now distinguished temples but, rather, our ever changing housing decor. With respect to our “graying” decor there is an additional change on the south side of 20th Street, here in Stuyvesant Town, that went unmentioned. Recently renovated apartments have had the hardware, on their front doors, changed from solid brass to brushed chrome. The traditional brass doorknob was replaced with what I would describe as a shower door handle; it looks ridiculous.

Solid brass hardware is more than a tradition; it is a commodity.  It was an investment; what is the wear life of this new mistake? The new chrome not only looks inexpensive but also disrupts the uniformity of the appearance of our common halls. I am afraid to ask: “Will all of our doors be stripped of their brass in order to achieve the look of uniformity described in our recently released house rules?” Please, I was an economics major!

Counting $,

D.A. Teragram

P.S. Mr. Joseph Lobenthal of PCV, please consider being a regular contributor to the “Soapbox” column; your written work is a pleasure to read!

One thought on “Letters to the Editor, Aug. 18

  1. Thank you for this valuable article and anecdote, Mr. Sternberg —

    I often see lurkers waiting in the lobby to sneak in behind me to my building.

    Here is what I do. I go to the keypad, and type 100.

    This rings directly to public safety. I then say, “Public safety? yes, there is a gentleman here whom you can see on the camera is trying to sneak in to the building. Would you please send a security truck over right away?”

    The lurker begins to panic and leaves the building. I recommend that all of our neighbors do this if you see a delivery person or a stranger trying to sneak in behind you.

    It would be great if the naysayers at the Tenants Association were to advise all tenants about things they can do to ensure everyone’s safety — instead of getting the basketball courts banned, and circulating petitions to turn our community into a re-election committee for Mayor de Blasio.

    Happy holidays.

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