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

Washington Weed Park

To The Editor:

Re “Drug dealers operating freely in Wash. Sq. Park” (talking point, by Bernard McElhone, Nov. 29):

Whoa, you mean college kids can go to a local park to find weed? That has been happening in Washington Square Park for the last 65 years! It’s a park tradition, always has been, always will be.

Dodge Landesman


Victim of landlord greed

To The Editor:

The Mobile Spa on Bleecker St., across from Murray’s Cheese, is yet another welcome, valued and trustworthy neighborhood support service that is about to close its doors because their lease is up for renewal again, and this latest rent increase is more than they can absorb. They have managed in the face of a series of earlier increases, but accepting this newest hike is not feasible.

Today’s landlords care only about lining their pockets, not the quality of the neighborhoods and life affected by their properties. Our government remains too mired in petty antagonisms to pass legislation to protect small businesses and their communities.

Sheila Haas


Landlords are the victims

To The Editor:

Re “Needed: A new Lower East Side Historic District” (talking point, by Richard Moses and Erik Bottcher, Nov. 22):

Why don’t you just confiscate these properties and pay a fair market value instead of slowly strangling their owners? Rent control, rent stabilization, every city agency ticketing owners for every excuse possible, so that we are overloaded with paperwork — and now talk of store rent control.

One-third of a building’s income goes to real estate taxes, then there is repair and maintenance, water and sewer. A big fat mortgage used to renovate the building, fix the roof, pay for pointing of exterior walls, hallway renovations, and now it’s $25,000 to change a window after making these small nondescript buildings landmarks. Then, after there are a few piasters left over as profit, it is taxed at 39 percent at federal and 13 percent for state and city. This is how you slowly strangle a class of people and eventually an entire country.

Sion Misrahi
Misrahi is president, Misrahi Realty Corp.


Animals ‘humanize’ Warhol

To The Editor:

Re “Ukrainian Museum show brings out the animal in Andy” (arts article, Nov. 29):

Delightful! Had not seen these wonderful Warhols! The animals are, for me, very different from his more familiar work and much more human, oddly enough, than his more-well-known work.

Gloria Sukenick



To The Editor:

Re “The core and shell of a pledge on Bleecker St. school” (talking point, by Terri Cude, Nov. 15):

What a travesty! As a member of the Community Education Council for District 2, I am deeply disturbed by this trend.

It’s yet another developer (and let’s be clear, N.Y.U. is a developer) promising scraps to the public in exchange for huge allowances, only to turn its back the minute it gets what it wants.

We have a city with crumbling infrastructure, including schools that are not suited for the last century, let alone this one. And yet we let the opportunity for a public-private partnership with N.Y.U. slip away? On whose watch? Shame on you, N.Y.U.! Shame on you, School Construction Authority! Shame on you, Councilmember Chin!

There should be as much pressure as possible put on N.Y.U. to make good on these promises to the community. There should never be a major land deal that goes through ULURP without serious consideration for a new school. (Essex Crossing, anyone?). When schools are built with private money it frees up funds to build (or refurbish) schools elsewhere.

Emily Hellstrom


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