Performance on ice in Stuyvesant Town

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On Sunday afternoon, Stuyvesant Town residents gathered at the ice rink for a performance by the Ice Theatre of New York. Following the outdoor show, attendees of all ages headed out onto the ice for some skate time of their own. The (residents and guests only) ice rink will remain open for the season through March 3. Tuesdays are free admission days for residents though this doesn’t include skate rental.

Photos by Sidney Goldberg

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Residents celebrate Stuyvesant Town Christmas tree lighting

Dickensian Carolers stroll through Stuy Town. (Photo by David DuPuy)

On Friday evening, residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village gathered for the annual Christmas tree lighting on the Oval. Highlights from the event included Dickensian Carolers singing as well as General Manager Rick Hayduk reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Prior to the lighting, cookies and hot beverages were served.

In addition, Santa Claus will soon make his annual appearance on Monday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 13 from 5-7 p.m. for residents who wish to take pics with St. Nick. The venue is the ice rink (no rink admission required for photos).

The Hanukkah menorah lighting will take place on Tuesday, December 12. Rav Shoshana Mitrani Knapp will lead the blessings at 6 p.m. The menorah lighting will be followed by dancing, music, donuts and hot beverages until 7:30 p.m.

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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 13

Ice rink is still noisy

What chemicals are in the blue barrels stored in the ice skating rink? Are they hazardous? Fire engines responded to a call at 19 Stuyvesant Oval on Friday evening, October 24 around 8 p.m. (if not then Saturday evening). They were doing a sweep from the top floor on down. Response was perhaps to an odor of gas (not clear on the details of why they came, but I did overhear someone say it was due to the skating rink).

Follow up to the new tented recreational area on a playground that has been a basketball and volley ball court:

Welcome to my world! Those residents who are concerned about the noise level surrounding the new tented recreational area on playground, come to my apartment adjacent to the ice skating rink and you will find out what kind of noise levels that are in store for you! Every afternoon and mornings as well on weekends or holidays you can hear the screams and shouts of unsupervised children as they skate and slam into the boards for hours on end.

Where have you been, Tenants Association and our fave councilman Dan Garodnick regarding the constant disturbing noise level due to construction and deconstruction of the rink each year for months at a time and the daily noise level of the Zamboni cleaning the ice surface? There should be staff members on the ice at all times providing supervision and monitoring the children’s activities and keeping down the noise level. And please don’t scream out “Off the ice!” when a session is completed.

Why don’t they make a bubble or tent over the rink and keep the sound level enclosed as they are now providing at the tented recreational playground? Are we any less worthy of consideration in our neck of the woods?

And how about instead of being charged ridiculous MCIs in perpetuity, how about a rent reduction for the decreased quality of living due to the greed of making money on previously free playground space? Thanks for your consideration.

Richard Axel, ST

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 28

Moms aren’t the only fans of ice rink

Re: “Stuy Town moms hope to see return of ice rink,” T&V, Feb. 21
It’s not only “moms” that would like to see the ice skating rink back next year. I am a single tenant, childless and no longer able to ice-skate myself due to MVA injuries sustained last decade. (I loaned my skates to neighbors that can.)
I received many hours of joy just watching the skaters, that represented four generations, and remembering my younger days on the ice (once a lake froze, in my day, it stayed frozen for months). It was wonderful to watch skaters, be they not-quite-three or pushing 93, improve week after week. I spotted some Olympic hopefuls (figure and speed categories) out there!
Margaret Anne “Peg” Donohue

No misadventures in maintenance here

Re: “They plumb forgot my sink repairs,” Letter, T&V, Feb. 21
Greetings! I am a tenant at Stuy Town for over a decade and not once did I have trouble with the maintenance department. Let alone a horror story as described by Name Withheld of PCV about plumbers that came and went with unfinished business.
I feel sorry for the tenant’s trouble, but I also would like to take the opportunity and thank the team at the maintenance department for always trying to help and accommodate us quick as possible. It worked for us.
R. Condon, ST

What fracking means for New York State

To the Editor,
Sadly, in regards to fracking, it seems like Governor Cuomo is becoming as dishonest as the gas industry. In pushing to open New York to fracking, a process we know will endanger our health and pollute our environment, the Governor appears to be sacrificing our health and safety for gas company profits.
Ample evidence shows that fracking has contaminated drinking water and polluted the environment. In Pennsylvania, we’ve seen families who – before fracking came to town – had enjoyed clean water for decades. Now that drilling has invaded their communities, their water is no longer safe to drink, cook with or shower in. The gas industry is trying to cover up these problems, and they continue to deny the damage fracking has done. It’s clear that they have been, and will continue to be, dishonest.
Now, Governor Cuomo appears to be doing the same. The Governor proposed rules for fracking before the state has even finished studying its impacts to public health and our environment. How could we possibly know what rules are needed before we know the damage fracking will do?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Governor Cuomo cares. It looks like he’s in such a hurry to rubber stamp fracking that he’s cheating his own process.
Fracking in New York could mean more than just the contamination of our drinking water. It would also mean the destruction of thousands of acres of family farms and forests. Some of our most beautiful rural and natural landscapes will be leveled as gas companies reap the benefits. Governor Cuomo – do the right thing. Ban fracking in New York.
Alexandra Tsubota
Intern with Environment New York

Letters to the editor, Feb. 16

Black History Month is recognized in ST

Re: Letter, “Essential Black History Month,” T&V, Feb. 9

Dear Editor,
It is with great concern that I formulate this rebuttal to the recent reader comments that I read in your publication concerning Black History Month and Oval Essentials. Being one of the principals of the operations team that coordinates all programming, I take great pride in the offerings, service level and diversity of events that we put on monthly to enhance the entire resident experience here at Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town.

Let me start by stating that my intention is not to discredit these mistaken and misguided comments. But, rather to use this misinformed example as an opportunity to communicate to all of your readers the vastness of the offerings provided by the various teams working around the clock here at PCV/ST. Our goal is to develop and provide the most exciting and enriching programs at a minimum of cost to the participants, and quite frankly, I believe we succeed with flying colors.

For as low as $15 per month, residents have access to some 15 plus special events per month. We hold monthly How-To-Tuesday informative demonstrations that range from resume building to dating workshops. Recently we have held both salsa and tango dance classes. We put on free-for-all-residents parties centered on monthly pop culture and sporting events.  We also provide free tutoring for kids, monthly presentations from some of the city’s most interesting museums and our author lecture series. And, this doesn’t even begin to touch the surface of our myriad of children’s programs and fitness offerings. If the writer of these comments had taken the time to thoroughly explore all our offerings, she would have seen that in Oval Kids (just this week) we held an arts and crafts event centered around  Romare Bearden – the famed African-American artist and writer who worked in a variety of mediums including; cartoon, collage and oils. Upon further inspection of our monthly calendar, this writer would also have been informed of the two (2) Capoeira dance classes – the Brazilian dance/art form created by African slaves – that we are holding on February 22 and 29th. Continue reading

Garodnick and STPCVTA write letters questioning legality of ice rink

Letter from City Council Member Dan Garodnick to the Chair of NYC Department of City Planning Amanda Burden, dated October 28.

Dear Chair Burden:

In recent months, Stuyvesant Town residents have seen an increase in the amount of commercial activity taking place within the Stuyvesant Town Oval, which is in an R7-2 zone. The Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association leadership has asked me to investigate whether any of these new activities are in violation of the area’s residential zoning.

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