TA: Stand up to Blackstone
“Name withheld” writes that Blackstone doesn’t have an obligation to provide polling sites. This is incorrect.
In 1946, a vibrant neighborhood with streets, schools and polling places was seized under eminent domain and turned over to Metropolitan Life, and became Stuyvesant Town.
In return, Met Life promised to maintain municipal streets, remove garbage, and provide places for citizens to vote. The Tenants Association needs to stand up to our property owner to ensure that Blackstone honors these obligations. Bring back the polling sites!
Help fight voter suppression
Many people in the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper community are concerned about the change in our polling places. I know some of our local officials are looking into this, but if you’d like to bring national recognition to this problem, please go to the website, www.fairfight.com. Register your complaint with this organization that is working nationally on voter suppression.
Each of our voices is needed to bring change.
Don’t change bike lane in Stuy Cove
To the editor:
I fully concur with the letter from the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association about the city’s plans for Stuyvesant Cove Park (“City’s plan will hurt Stuy Cove,” T&V, Sept. 19). However, I’d like to bring up an issue which has been largely ignored.
That is the location of the bike path, whether on the park side (east side) of the water barrier, or on the inland side (west side). The presence of the constant traffic along this lane from early in the morning until late in the evening provides real security for those in the park. The constant flow of their eyes and ears keeps criminal activity (robbery, assault, etc.) out of the park. If the park were on the outside of the barrier without the bike lane, we would be sitting ducks, cut off from not only Avenue C traffic, but from the constant presence of the bikers and runners. Moving the barrier to the west side of the bike path, between the present bike path and the parking lot (which, by the way, is almost always nearly empty) is the place to put it.
And knowing the city, they might say something like, “We will need the space in the park for our heavy equipment to put in the wall.” This is nonsense. As anyone who has walked or taken a vehicle along 23rd Street or 14th Street lately knows, there seems to be constant construction or destruction along the outer lane of the avenues. The workers just fit their activity into the space available and don’t destroy the whole avenue to do it. With a nearly-empty parking lot right to the west of the bike lane, they would have plenty of room to do the job.
If the city gets it way in this small park, we would suffer the same fate as the East River Park under the totally crazy plan the city proposed for that park.
Former Executive Director, Stuyvesant Cove Park Association
Easy fixes for neighborhood safety concerns
I must bring to your attention several things.
My neighbor frequently forgets his ID card and often has to ring Security. Security doesn’t even verify that he is a tenant, but they “cordially” always buzz him in. This loophole must be closed. It’s an easy fix.
Growing up in Stuy Town, there were security guards everywhere. We could not hang out in the building lobby (they were locked) to warm up in winter, nor could we walk on the grass, without fearing our parents would be notified. And we were okay with that. We knew the security guards by name and they us.
This development was a haven for police officers, fire fighters, FBI and other law enforcement employees (and war veterans). Let’s bring them back and offer affordable housing to our civil service colleagues. And let’s not forget the Judges and DA staff.
This summer I sat on a bench at Playground 1 for about four hours. Not once did a security guard pass by. Easy fix: 12 playgrounds with 12 security guards or 12 human playground monitors stationed at each playground. Occasionally asking residents to show ID is also a good precedent, especially when word gets around to the non-resident public.
Property lighting: another easy fix. The property surrounding the playgrounds are quite desolate and dark. As winter settles in, more hours of darkness set in, along with safety risks. Let’s get some brighter, better lighting, sooner rather than later.
Management has spent a lot of time and effort on property beautification. Now management must address additional property security and safety for all residents.
I have other ideas if you would like to do a “one on one,” I’d be happy to share.
Michele A. Masucci
Edward M. Zanetto