Letters to The Editor, Week of Sept. 6, 2018

Hopes they see the light

To The Editor:

Re “A united fight to preserve a beloved green oasis” (Elizabeth St. Garden special section, Aug. 30):

Many times in our city, political leaders have thought they were doing the right and brave thing, but they later realized they had tunnel vision instead of considering the needs and health of the community. Yes, senior housing is important, critical, in fact. So is an oasis and a community gathering spot. The word “compromise” sounds good. But instead of cutting the baby in half, why not compromise by taking the other site, on Hudson St., for housing — a site that had been promised as a park but not yet developed as such. I have not given up hope that the Elizabeth St. Garden can be saved, and that even de Blasio, Brewer and Habitat will all be among the saviors, because they will be able to leave the tunnel and see the light.

Keen Berger
Berger is Village Democratic district co-leader, 66th Assembly District, Part A


Special section one-sided 

To The Editor: 

Congratulations on your special section last week on the Elizabeth St. Garden! I can hardly wait for your follow-up articles on the numerous other parks in the surrounding neighborhood, such as the Liz Christy and M’finda Kalunga gardens, the First Park, massive Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and the soon-to-be-renovated DeSalvio Playground, along with interviews with the volunteers who have been working there for decades.

The special section’s headline, “How a Garden CHANGED a Neighborhood,” was also an eye-opener and explained why Little Italy is flourishing while no other neighborhood in Manhattan is being gentrified or upscaled. Obviously, the area benefits from the garden like no other community in Manhattan.

As a dedicated Villager reader, my only worry is that other Villager readers, more cynical than myself, might criticize you for a possibly one-sided puff piece pandering to a small, politically well-connected group, maybe including advertisers, and thus besmirch your stellar reputation for objective, professional journalism. I would really hate to see that.

So, I look forward to upcoming articles presenting all points of view and exploring the diversity of the neighborhood beyond the tiny, but beautiful Elizabeth St. Garden. Keep up the good work!

Alec Pruchnicki


‘Penn Station’ of gardens?

To The Editor:

Re “A golden garden nurtured by community’s love” (Elizabeth St. Garden special section, Aug. 30):

A city development agency and a city councilperson, Margaret Chin, despite the mounting outcry of many thousands, are about to tear down the Elizabeth St. Garden — just like their predecessors’ totally misguided affront to humanity in tearing down Penn Station.

Bill Rabinovitch


Give crowdfunding a try

To The Editor:

Re “De Blasio: Old P.S. 64 owner ‘exceedingly uncooperative’ on sale” (news article, Aug. 30):

It bothers me that whoever owns the building has set it to ruin by leaving it exposed to the weather. Is it right to destroy a building — demolition by neglect?

Eminent domain is difficult. There was supposed to be a definition of “community use.” Adelphi University, which had planned to take space in the old P.S. 64 under Singer’s dorm plan, is not community. Community is people who live nearby like neighbors.

Some of the college students who live here temporarily have been extremely unkind. They get loud at night. They pile up raw food in the garbage collection areas. They dump tremendous amounts of food garbage, furniture and cardboard packing every day.

Is there enough interest and enough wealth to establish a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money to purchase the building from Singer? Forget this government. This government is not being honest.

Anne Mitcheltree


Not wealthy, but concerned

To The Editor:

Re “Inclusive growth, not political horse-trading” (talking point, by William Thomas, Aug. 30):

I am not a “wealthy nearby resident” of the Tech Hub; I am not a “homeowner who ha[s] profited off Greenwich Village’s property boom”; I am not a “housing-secure millionaire.” I came into this world in a walk-up tenement on the Lower East Side and I have lived my entire adult life in a walk-up tenement in Little Italy.

Like the natural beauty of our national, state and city forests and parks, which belong to every member of the public — regardless of class, race, citizenship status, gender, sexuality, age or bodily ability — architecture belongs to us all. You do not have to own a building or part of a building to enjoy its beauty and to appreciate the way history imprints itself in that building’s character. That beauty and history is available to all who view the building from publicly owned city streets.

All New Yorkers and all who visit our city are robbed by this terribly shortsighted and self-serving giveaway to de Blasio, his campaign donors and the real estate Industry.

Georgette Fleischer


Cynthia’s Trump similarities

To The Editor:

Re “Why I’m backing Nixon and Williams on Sept. 13” (talking point, by Arthur Schwartz, Aug. 30):

Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has his faults as do most folks on this planet. But he is hardly a “mirror image” of Donald Trump, the profligate G.O.P. white nationalist who, among other autocratic goals, wants to “punish” women for having had abortions. Cuomo has defended women’s reproductive rights in his state and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood in New York and also by New York NOW. He has lots of union support.

It seems to me that Cuomo’s opponent, Cynthia Nixon, shares more similarities to Trump than Cuomo does. Both the actress and the president are from show business and had zero experience as elected public officials before seeking top jobs in government. Talk about yuuge egos and very little substance.

Mary Reinholz


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