Letters, Week of July 11, 2013 | East Villager & Lower East Sider

Letters, Week of July 11, 2013

Willful disregard for others’ safety

To The Editor:
Re “Drag-racing driver careens onto sidewalk, injures 4” (news article, June 20):

The article refers to the crash on Second Ave. as an “accident.” There was no accident. There was a willful disregard for the safety of others by an out-of-control driver. Calling this tragedy an “accident” seems inappropriate.
Liam Quigley 

Village View must let him back in

To The Editor:
Re “After fire, Village View man fights eviction effort” (news article, June 20):

Please, Bohdan needs help. He is trying very hard to keep his apartment. He lost his job. He got unemployment, but like many, he couldn’t find work. These jobs were outsourced and he ended up with Social Security. He got a thyroid condition, which gives him big problems. He was struggling along and his friends helped keep him from losing the apartment.

Now, due to the fire in his place, Village View has a good excuse to get an apartment that can be resold for a lot of money. Bohdan tells me every time we talk, that if he loses this apartment and what is left of his belongings, he will kill himself. Or he says, “I want to die in my sleep.” He has been waiting since March 1 for them to repair his apartment. He has no access to his home to get clothes or anything else that he needs. The management arranged to have his things put into plastic bags and thrown on top of his desk and other furniture, and also on the floor.

All his belongings were handled by strangers. He collected antiques and coins, which he used to sell to keep his place. All the closets and drawers were cleaned out by strangers, without him present.

Here is why I know this. I am his mother. I don’t live in New York and I am too ill to travel. My heart is bleeding and I am asking if there is somebody out there to save his life. He is a good person and is always very helpful to others. Please help.
Edith Rekshynskyj

Is this really the East Village?

To The Editor:
Re “Garden revokes his membership again, throws away the key” (news article, June 13):

I stand on the sidelines as a sentient objector to the ludicrous actions of not only the inept Dias y Flores board of directors — who can’t or won’t follow their own bylaws to govern the garden in fairness — but also Roland Choloutte’s unrighteous dictatorial decree to close membership to the garden. Is this even legal?

Hello? Are we still in the East Village, or is this some provincial, 200-person town ruled by cliques and good ol’ boy networks?

Our community gardens exist so people who live here can come celebrate nature, share stories and poetry and sing with friends and family with food and drink. Truly, if singing and playing acoustic musical instruments is considered disrupting the peace at 7 p.m. on a weekend, so be it! Can’t deal? Perhaps you should consider moving to the tranquil suburbs.

Our community gardens are not owned by private co-op boards nor by residents who border these plots of city property.

Jeff Wright, poet, artist and garden activist, has fought to protect community gardens for many years as a longtime resident, and this treatment he’s receiving is absurd. The East Village is home to many artists, poets, writers and musicians, and we will not allow our freedom of expression to be quelled by a few dowdy curmudgeons who would otherwise like to form their private social club at the garden.

We need more people like Jeff to push back against corrupt systems, to speak out and hold the people who make rules but do not follow them accountable. I’m happy to consider Jeff a friend and support him in his efforts.
Andrea LeHeup

Has ‘cultivated’ untold artists

To The Editor
Re “Garden revokes his membership again, throws away the key” (news article, June 13):

Jeff Wright is a generous-spirited person with a big heart. A poet himself, he has taken it upon himself to support countless artists and writers who are unsung in a city whose institutions champion mostly blue-chip, international art. For years he has published magazines and written reviews about artists’ shows that would likely have not gotten coverage otherwise. Jeff is loved and revered by hundreds of Downtown folks.

Many of us treasure the small, quiet barbecues he hosts at Dias y Flores a few times a year. (Jeff and crew meticulously clean up after these events. I once walked back to the garden a couple hours after a party had ended and saw no trace of any paper, plastic or food.)

Jeff Wright is the face of integrity in community gardens in New York. Though some board members routinely break the garden rules, he has not broken a single one at Dias y Flores. It is an egregious breach of his position that GreenThumb Deputy Director Roland Chouloute is siding with the elitist board. Wright has tried for 15 years to make Dias y Flores a model garden. He has spread the word and welcomed people of all stripes to join.

However Chouloute has now colluded with the board to thwart open membership. Without democracy the gardens are not truly public spaces. Inspired by Jeff’s enthusiasm to make this the “greatest garden in the city,”  I plan to join Dias y Flores and will vote against the exclusionary policies of the possibly corrupt board.
Gae Savannah

Proud moment for Sanitation

To The Editor:
This year’s Gay Pride March justifiably drew larger than usual crowds to the West Village. Unfortunately, a massive amount of garbage in the streets followed in their wake.

Amazingly, New York City’s unheralded Sanitation Department had it all removed by the next morning.
Jules Kohn

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