Heat improvements in STPCV
I recently read a letter about the heat, or lack of heat, in PCVST.
Here’s my take. I’m a resident of the complex for 28 years. Over the years, I’ve had different devices that have told me the temperature in my apartment.
Up until there were sensors put in some apartments, the temperature in my apartment would hover around 80-83 degrees in the winter. That was with windows open.
I’m on the 10th of an 11-floor building, so I accepted that my apartment would be hotter than those below. But I always wondered, if my apartment was 80 degrees, was there really someone in my line on the first or second floor who was cold?
In previous winters, it was sometimes hard to dress appropriately for the outside temperature when it was tropical in my apartment. It was hard to put a sweater on when I was sweating!
I would sleep with windows open and sometimes with the air conditioner on in the dead of winter.
The issue of overheating did get better when sensors were put in apartments. There were still times when my apartment would be hot and times when it would again reach 80 degrees. There were times when I’ve called Resident Services to tell them of the overheating and I’d hear back saying that there was a problem with a sensor in my line and the temperature in my apartment would soon drop.
Everyone wants their home the perfect temperature for them. But as I’ve wondered, is there really someone on the second floor who’s freezing? I also have to wonder, don’t these people see all the windows open in the complex?
In this time of being green and being woke, isn’t it better to put a sweater on if you’re cold?
This is the first winter in 28 years that my apartment temperature has stayed in the low 70s. Personally I’m happy, but I’m sure there’s someone on the first or second floor who’s freezing!
The ‘crab’ that’s not really crab
To the editor,
I wish to alert my fellow residents to some deceptive advertising taking place at Paris Baguette on First Avenue.
The shop has a popular product called a “Crab Coleslaw Sandwich.” I made the mistake of purchasing this sandwich recently. It did not taste like crab.
The next day, I asked a staff person, “Is that crab really crab?” She said, “No, it’s imitation crab.”
Customers should know that this shop is selling fake crab labeled as crab. This is not only deceitful, but it is a violation of the New York City Consumer Protection Law, which prohibits this kind of mislabeling. It is a violation of NYC Administrative Code § 20-700, which prohibits any deceptive trade practice in the sale of anything to consumers.
I am urging Blackstone, Stuyvesant Town and the STPCV Tenants Association to look into this matter and ask the shop to remove the item from the shelves or label it “Imitation Crabmeat Coleslaw Sandwich.”
The changing nature of medicine
Some twenty years ago, I asked my dentist what he thought about recent reports that the mercury in amalgam fillings could be toxic to patients. He visibly bristled and informed me in a stern voice that dentists had been using amalgams for over one hundred years and experience and science had proven that they were safe. He would, he said, continue using them. I understood that if I disagreed, I could find another dentist. I found another dentist.
Fast forward to Nov. 13, 2019. I’m in an immaculate white cubicle in Columbia University’s Dental School waiting for my student dentist to gather the tools he needs to install a gold crown on one of my molars. As I look around the cubicle I notice a colorful poster on one wall just above four trash receptacles. One receptacle is for used gloves, another for soiled swabs, another for used floss. The fourth is the only one with a lid on it. I lean in to read the caption which hovers under a picture of a bloody tooth with a large amalgam filling in it. The caption cautions the student to wear gloves and a mask when disposing of amalgams in that trash bin. Did yesterday’s quackery become today’s orthodoxy? (Actually the argument continues to this day.)
Now I must correct myself for misquoting Senator Brad Hoylman in my last letter. I mistakenly recorded that he said that his personal doctor was his authority for pushing through legislation mandating forced mass-vaccination. Here is an excerpt from the article containing his actual words after he was challenged by a protester that politicians shouldn’t dictate how parents provide healthcare to their children. “Hoylman shot back, ‘You’re right, doctors should, and they have.’”
Still, the authority for this law is plainly doctors, or I should say, the medical/pharmaceutical complex. Today, hyper-vaxxers do their victory dance through the halls of our state legislature and across every media outlet I encounter. Their contempt for “those people who are still out there” is casually displayed.
As this will be my final letter on this issue, I will say goodbye with a quote from Dr. Benjamin Rush, a co-signer of the Declaration of Independence who was much admired during his life for his intelligence, integrity, meticulous science and compassionate treatment of his patients:
“Temperate, sincere and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them.”