Blackstone not required to provide polling places
To the editor:
Although I am disappointed that some voters will have to cross 14th Street to vote, we must remember that Stuyvesant Town management is not at all obligated to provide space for voting. Voting is a right but one that a landlord is not required to facilitate. Should the government seek to compel management to provide the space, the Fifth Amendment would require that “just compensation be provided.”
A walk down memory lane
I moved back to Stuy Town after a few years and to my amazement, I am still discovering places that are gone but I used to love. On First Avenue, for instance: on the corner of East 20th Street was the big Emerald Card Store. A delightful store and a nice owner. Next door was the Red Cross Shoe store where one could buy any shoe, especially the nursing shoes. It was a very busy store considering all the hospitals in the area.
Next door to them was the Village Clothes, which emphasized clothes of the period. I loved that store. Then along came a big restaurant known for its good food. Across the street was Frank’s Trattoria, the Italian restaurant, which was small but nice. They would advertise on TV with the young daughter doing the ads. Also across the street was a small coffee shop. It gathered much excitement after Robert Redford went in for a cup of coffee after filming a movie here, some of which was filmed in Peter Cooper.
The bus stops here now are added additions, as the only stops were at 14th and 23rd Street. There was a small drugstore near East 22nd Street and a small dry cleaning store, not to mention a small grocery/fruit store next to them. On 23rd Street, it was a Chase Manhattan Bank, approaching Peter Cooper Village.
I can’t believe I still remember these places after all these years but walking up First Avenue brings back fond memories for me.
Management has the wrong priorities
I am concerned. With the recent reports of crime on the property, I am giving cause to pause and think: what are the priorities here? I watched countless hours and dollars going into the Veterans Memorial when a nice plaque would’ve cost less, taken less time and been just as adequate a way of honoring our veterans.
I look at the signage at the entrances to the property that put walking your dog on a leash and bicycle safety above the warning that there is security on this property. And the signs are small. We need a large signs at each one of the six entrances to Stuyvesant Town and the entrances to Peter Cooper that remind strangers that this property is patrolled by private security and has security cameras all over the place.
We need a presence at the entrances. I’ve lived here 27 years and I cannot recall a moment that I have seen a security guard patrolling the perimeter of this property. And I rarely see them in other places as well. We have cars. We have mall cop vehicles and bicycles. For my way of thinking, there should be a constant patrol around the edge of the property, around the Oval and possibly someone stationed at each entrance way. This is where dollars need to be allocated; not on elaborate memorials but on a more security officers and a constant presence.
Additionally, the emergency call boxes around the property are wrapped in caution tape because they are not working. This is another priority in my book.
Money, time and energy was spent on last year‘s new Christmas decorations. The ones that we had before work gorgeous: a winter wonderland. Now the new decorations were tacky, ugly and sad, plus an expenditure of funds that was unnecessary. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Which lastly brings up the new atrocious stop signs on the loops. Those flashing lights are unnecessary. Adding stop signs is very nice to create new pathways for residence but there are thousands of stop signs all over the city and none of them have the flashing lights. Unnecessary.