A royal screw-up on East 20th Street
I am deeply disturbed by the current state of our city. It appears from all indications that our dear mayor and his erstwhile Department of Transportation have absolute “Royal Authority” to change whatever they feel like without any community review or input.
Case in point is their recent removal of parking spaces along 20th Street between First Avenue and the FDR. To make matters worse they (without any notice or review) changed the traffic pattern on 20th Street. One can no longer access the FDR North by turning left at 20th Street. There is absolutely no explanation for this. There is no traffic coming from the opposite direction. What is the problem?
Now if you are uninformed you must turn right going south rather than being able to turn left to go north. There is absolutely no logic whatsoever that would explain this.
They have also in their infinite wisdom created all sorts of traffic by eliminating the parking spots on the north side of 20th Street. Now it is only one lane in both directions. They have also moved the bus stop from the corner of 20th street and First Avenue (which had been there for more than 40 years) further up the block and created an “island” which is absolutely absurd. Again the emperor without clothes is creating more pollution rather than less by reducing the amount of lanes thereby increasing the amount of time automobiles are idling waiting for the light or just stuck in traffic.
I think it’s high time to hold the emperor and his court accountable and have actual input from the community as these are the individuals that are directly affected by these changes.
It reminds me of the time they decided to change the lights on 23rd Street. One could no longer turn left at First Avenue to go uptown but had to proceed East towards the FDR. It took a while and many people got tickets because they were unaware of the changes. Finally after an uproar they changed it back. I guess they saw the folly of their ways.
These are just observations from the area I live in. I am certain they have created havoc in other areas of the city as well. One must speak truth to power!
Name withheld, ST
Resolve to be kinder to our planet
To the Editor,
For many people, myself included, it’s a time to look back at the old year and make some resolutions and try to carry them out in the new year 2019. Our children’s future depends on us. How do we live up to the name of our country — the United States of American or the United Nations located right here in NYC when we are so divided as a nation and as a member of the United Nations?
It was in 2013 that I read about a program called The Earth Charter at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. It was only a week long in January 2014, but I decided to go, and what I experienced there was not only the beautiful country with its spring-like weather in January, but students of different ages and countries, all concerned about the future of life on our planet. The course we came for was called The Earth Chapter — Vision, Ethics and Action for a Just, Sustainable, and Peaceful World.
The Earth Charter can be downloaded for free by going to Google and typing its name in to receive four pages dealing with principles of respect and care for the community of life; ecological integrity, social and economic justice, and democracy, nonviolence, and peace. It begins with a preamble about the challenges ahead and ends with The Way Forward:
“As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. Such renewal is the promise of these Earth Charter principles. To fulfill this promise, we must commit ourselves to adopt the values and objectives of the charter. This requires a change of mind and heart. It requires a new sense of global interdependence and universal responsibility… Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”
All best wishes for a new beginning in the New Year! Let the different political parties work for the common good for all people and may the governments of the world work for peace.
Joy Garland, ST
A ray of light in ST
As we end another year under the tutelage and management of Rick Hayduk, it deserves mention what a spectacular job he and, under his direction, his staff decorated Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town this holiday season, rivaling Rockefeller Center, if not bettering it!
I have heard comments repeated to me of millennials saying, “These decorations are so dope! I can’t believe I live here!”
This year especially, our community is outstandingly aglow and awesome with its lights and decorations. During a sometime dismal political climate, it is so uplifting to live in a community that thinks to please its tenants. This policy has been radically improved since the management of Rick Hayduk and the obvious staff philosophy of efficiency and responsiveness to tenants.
I have experienced this myself under very difficult circumstances I’ve had this year where he and the staff have been remarkably kind in helping me through some very dark times. Finally, Florida’s loss is our gain.
Manager Rick Hayduk and the entire PCVST staff deserve mention and appreciation for jobs so well done and markedly improving our quality of life. To quote a neighbor, it sure is “dope” living here! Happy New Year!
Dr. Bel-Michele DeMille, ST