Letters to The Editor, Week of Oct. 11, 2018

Start of a great Trip

To The Editor:

Re “Whoa, what a Trip first fest was!” (news article, Oct. 4):

It was a joy as well as an honor to be part of this first Village Trip annual festival of the arts, of which we hope there will be many more to come.

It was a whirlwind of creative energy and most important…fun for all ages!

The Village has been a magical place and reminds us that writers O. Henry and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as composers Duke Ellington and Edgard Varese and playwright Eugene O’Neill, all would be surprised by its ever-changing nature. But that indefinable spirit is still here and reminds us all of how we must honor the history in order to make the now more luminescent.

Looking forward to The Village Trip 2019 and beyond. Thank you, Liz and The Villager, for starting it off in such a wonderful way.

David Amram


‘A timeless tribute’

To The Editor:

Re “Kid in the Village who wrote ‘Summer in the City’ looks back” (news article, thevillager.com, Oct. 4):

“Summer in the City” is a New York anthem for all seasons and a timeless tribute to its muse, Greenwich Village. A cupful of kudos to you, Mark Sebastian, for creating a catchy little pop rock classic, and thanks to The Villager, for another rich profile.

Susan M. Silver


Summer in Sag Harbor?

To The Editor:

Re “Kid in the Village who wrote ‘Summer in the City’ looks back” (news article, thevillager.com, Oct. 4):

Mark is a gem…musically, and as a human being. I learn something new every time we talk, and it’s been a 50-year friendship. I could read this stuff all day! Come back to Long Island, brother! Sag Harbor misses you. Loved the article. Thank you.

Brad Beyer


S.B.J.S.A. suspicions

To The Editor:

Re “No legal memo needed: Pass the S.B.J.S.A. now” (talking point, by David Eisenbach, Oct. 4):

Corey Johnson wouldn’t be occupying the position he’s in if he couldn’t sense shifting political winds. Ask almost anyone walking down a New York street how they feel about this plague of empty stores, and prepare yourself for some heavy cursing. The politicos know this and that they must make a move, getting us to trust that they’re doing something about it. Ergo, a hearing for the Small Business Survival Act.

But Johnson owes the real estate billionaires plenty. Check their generous contributions to his campaigns. He’s got to tap dance his way through a serious bind — keeping the huge landlords happy while giving some hope to suffering mom-and-pop store owners.  Therefore, we’re getting a hearing for the S.B.J.S.A.

But hold on! Jane Jacobs warned us about most such hearings. Practically everything is decided before most of them even begin. And, yes, this one gives us hope. And maybe a bill will pass. But then the lawyers from the Real Estate Board of New York will be at it with a buzz saw and drag it out in court for God knows how long with its constitutionality possibly being decided by a Trump Supreme Court.

And is David Eisenbach the right man to be championing this bill? Eisenbach passionately wants the Public Advocate job. So, at risk again of conspiratorial thinking, I wonder how Johnson’s going to reward him at election time for bringing small business activists into intimate meeting with the Council speaker, mollifying them with the illusion of involvement.

Bennett Kremen


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