Playgrounds should be monitored
Re: Editorial, “That’s some key (card),” T&V, Aug. 10
I agree with you that “more boots on the ground” are needed in Stuy Town/Cooper Village, but that should be a 24-hour a day situation. The playgrounds are not open in inclement weather, and in fair weather they are only open from 9:15 a.m. to dusk.
Let us not forget that this was the first and (perhaps) still only “private, gated community” in Manhattan. We have no lobby concierges, and the fact is that there are many “outsiders” walking into this supposedly private community from north, south, east and west of the development. Not all are here to see our beautiful gardens and fountains! Many residents bring guests in, and that is just fine, as long as they are guests and not intruders. In my opinion, those guard posts at all entrances that cost thousands of dollars to build and stand empty year after year, should be manned, especially between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Back to the playgrounds: in the “good old days” (the 50s to 80s), each playground had an attendant, and our community was patrolled on foot. I would like to suggest that we go back to attendants in the most used playgrounds. However, these attendants should have first aid knowledge, i.e. the Heimlich Maneuver and resuscitation. I’m sure that by having them there, over the years, some lives could be saved by the attendants quick response in knowing how to handle dire emergencies, and just their presence would discourage problems with rambunctious kids and some obnoxious adults, as witnessed in the tennis court. In addition, in areas such as the tennis court, with very limited equipment (two nets), proof of residency is a must. I’m also sure that in the summer, you could even have an older teen volunteer program to man the playgrounds. Think how good it would look on their resumes for college!
Bottom line, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, despite the influx of obvious transients, is advertised as a “private gated community” and that is what we should have.
Barbara Zapson, PCV
The bad will overshadow the good
The following is an open letter to Council Member Dan Garodnick regarding the recent vote to support East Midtown Rezoning (“Council committees vote to support East Midtown Rezoning,” T&V, Aug. 3).
I completely disagree with the vote to support and undertake this initiative. The city is under undue distress from overcrowding and inadequate infrastructure to support the development that these plans represent.
The funds provided to “meet” the anticipated structural demands in order to facilitate implementation of such “improvements” will not provide for the monies that are really required to enhance and further the functionality of this part of our city.
I anticipate that this will become a similar boondoggle that the Second Avenue Subway is. For over 50 years, the downtown residents have awaited the arrival of this mode of transport. Instead, as we continue to wait, extensions of the subway are built to further development of 34th Street to further enrich the titans of the building industries at the expense of the poor and middle class citizens of the East Side.
A great metropolis should not neglect those who have remained steadfast in their commitment to their city so that the shiny new towers can rise over the western horizon of Manhattan.
Carol Barocas, PCV