Letters to the editor, Sept. 12

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Frustrating ‘rush hour’ M23 service

I am a senior living on East 20th Street and Avenue C near the SBS bus stop. I arrived at the bus stop at 8:45 a.m. (well within “rush hour”). There was a bus outside with the front door open.

I showed the bus driver my MetroCard and said, “Just give me a second to get a slip.” I ran to the machine that was about 5 steps away from the bus. While I was inserting my MetroCard, the bus driver shut the door and drove away.

During this “rush hour,” I had to wait an additional 20 minutes for another bus. If this was the first time this or a similar incident happened, I would let it go. But this happens frequently. The bus parks away from the stop, pulls up when there’s a red light and takes off when the light changes.

Marilyn Levin
Stuyvesant Town

Flood plan will protect Stuy Cove

To the editor:

Your Sept. 5 issue contains a full-page ad from the Board of Directors of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association criticizing the city’s flood protection plan for Stuyvesant Cove Park. The criticisms are that the park will be re-built at its same elevation, and that the storm wall will be built on the inland side of the park.

The overall concept of the city’s plan appears to have two objectives. One is to retain the park as an enjoyable place to walk and sit, with an excellent, full view of the river and the activities on the river. The second is to protect property and people from storm surges.

The re-build of the park provides the same enjoyability as it has now, but makes the park more storm resistant. Placement of the storm wall on the inland side of the park preserves the view of the river. If the storm wall were placed on the waterside of the park, that excellent, full view would be lost for people who are seated and for many of the pedestrians. The storm wall on the inland side of the park will protect the city’s streets, parks, and property; the homes, lives, and property of the residents; and the property of local businesses.

Floyd Smith
Peter Cooper Village

Grateful for the Boys Club

Re: “East Village Harriman Clubhouse sold to angel investor,” T&V, Aug. 22

State Senator Brad Hoylman praised the sale of the Boys Club to an unnamed investor for $32 million. Hoylman is unaware of the joy the club gave kids of the hood and still gives joy to today’s kids. What will the board members do with the cash and why did they put the club up for sale?

Hoylman concludes, “I wish the club was never put up for sale. They will have a space in the building and continue to provide essential service!”

George Yankoschuk
Stuyvesant Town

Quagmire in the making

Our sleazy mayor has a tendency to solve one problem by creating another: stop and frisk cessation exacerbated gun violence; school integration lowered academic standards; the unannounced influx of HRA recipients in Stuyvesant Town creates a quality of life issue.

Is this clouded judgment or a deep-rooted racial bias?

Jean Falzon
Stuyvesant Town 

Child Victims Act a hazard

State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal wrote that thanks to their legislation, survivors of sexual abuse have a longer window of time in which to sue their abusers. As a result of their legislation, they wrote, victims of child abuse can wait until they are 55 years old to sue the predators who victimized them. This legislation, ostensibly meant to help victims will instead lead to the victimization of innocent people. This legislation creates a window of opportunity for people to make false accusations against people they don’t like or don’t agree with.

In addition, this legislation increases the danger of false accusations from patients undergoing Recovered Memory Therapy. There are many innocent parents who have not only been abandoned by their children but also sued by them after those children underwent recovered memory therapy. Innocent people have gone to prison because of recovered memory therapy. Children who were really abused don’t need fifty years to file a lawsuit.


Gamaliel Isaac
Stuyvesant Town

4 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Sept. 12

  1. Aside from Ms. Levin’s encounters with certain(?) discourteous drivers (maybe Marilyn is just the wrong color), have found that service on M23, M34, and M34A has WORSENED considerably in all respects with introduction of SBS. This is based on very frequent personal experience therewith, not some pie-in-the-sky theory, as first promulgated by Billionaire Bloomberg, and then continued by Idiot De Blasio. But Brian You-Know-Who (Mr. Bicycle) eagerly promotes and anticipates the future arrival of SBS on 14th Street–that will be the literal climax of his weird erotic dreams.

    • Worsened as to what? No question that SBS speeds up the boarding process – 10-20 people boarding at once is much faster than one at a time.

      That said, complaining about it to a neighborhood paper doesn’t accomplish anything, I doubt Mr. Byford is a reader…

    • ” (maybe Marilyn is just the wrong color),”

      Did you really have to throw that in for your other POVS that had some cred?

  2. “Fast boarding” is useless when designated bus lanes are always blocked, the total number of buses is steadily decreasing(=frequency), and dispatchers formerly stationed on-street have been eliminated. Meanwhile, fastest boarding of all is done by those who don’t bother purchasing a ticket. Not to mention constant chaos throughout the whole length of an articulated vehicle as passengers constantly enter/exit at 3 different points. Byford is only a (highly-paid) puppet, who just like Bloomberg & De Blasio NEVER rides mass transit, except for ‘sanitized’ photo ops, accompanied by bodyguards. When the fare was 15 cents, everything ran better. And don’t make any stupid excuses about “inflation.” But many thanks, Mr. B, for those loud, unending, repetitious, superfluous “announcements” now heard on every bus and subway line. Am just responding to earlier posts here, because nothing I (or any other ordinary person) say(s) will lead to any improvement(s).

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