Letters, Week of Nov. 11, 2014 | East Villager & Lower East Sider

Letters, Week of Nov. 11, 2014

Helped save St. Mark’s

To The Editor:
Re “Judith Edelman, 91, pioneering female architect” (obituary, Oct. 30):

Thanks for the wonderful remembrance of late architect Judith Edelman in your latest issue of The Villager. She and her husband played a major role in restoring St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery after the devastating fire in 1978 (not 1969 as stated in your article).

St. Mark’s is still going strong under the leadership of Reverend Winnie Varghese. I joined St. Mark’s in the aftermath of the fire and am still a parishioner there. Jimmy Fragosa, formerly part of the Youth Preservation Project sponsored by St. Mark’s, is our longtime sexton.
Katharine B. Wolpe

She’s N.Y.C. ambassador?

To The Editor:
Taylor Swift?… Are there no New York City songwriters or musicians who could write a song and be a face representing the city? There is no talent in New York City?

What is the message being sent to struggling or successful artists? Where are our politicians on this corporate insult to New York City talent? Where are the agencies that represent our local talent? What is the message to the average New Yorker?

Tell me de Blasio is different from Bloomberg. It is one thing to make New York City into a corporate mall filled with cookie-cutter corporate businesses. But now we have an individual with almost no relationship to New York City as the face and voice representing the city.

It is like we have lost our mind.
Clayton Patterson

Who’s blurring the issue?

To The Editor:
Re “Famed actress’s cousin is charged in Stuy Town elevator attempted rape” and “Novel plan to save ‘dysfunctional’ former squat” (news articles, Oct. 23):

Lincoln Anderson made the link between the crime issue and the building on E. 13th St. because Juan Scott lived in this infamous building. Juan Scott has allegedly attempted to rape one woman and sexually abused two others recently in the neighborhood, and for this he is now in jail awaiting trial.

The building at 544 E. 13th St. was supposed to be completed as an H.D.F.C. for low-income people years ago, and UHAB has been unable to complete the task.

Aggressive and unfounded hate comments about Annie Wilson are inappropriate responses to these articles.
Trudy Silver

Sobering thoughts

To The Editor:
Two years after Sandy, what is being planned will help. But it won’t solve the long-term problems of climate change and storm surges.

And the problem keeps getting worse. Congress refuses to deal with the problem. The National Weather Service is woefully understaffed. The insurance companies are not writing flood insurance policies. The repair work from Sandy is taking much too long, and it is questionable if much of it will ever be completed.

Why is Europe so far ahead of us in dealing with its flooding problems? They have 50-year plans for the future that they are dealing with now. They are not playing catch-up like we are.
Robert Trentlyon

A better berm and bridge

To The Editor:
Re “New storm-surge berm for L.E.S. could begin taking shape by 2017” (news article, Oct. 30):

Does anyone know if the berms will be placed on the west side of the F.D.R., effectively making the park bigger by the Grand St. co-ops? Or will they be built on the east side, on existing parkland?

Also, has any thought been given to widening the bridge over the F.D.R. from Corlears Hook Park to East River Park, effectively making the two parks into one large park with the bridge serving as part of the berm?

Building the berm on the west side of the F.D.R. and widening the bridge to join the two parks together would not only provide protection against flooding, but would also give the LES a much larger — and needed — park.
Joseph Hanania

Lost without labyrinth

To The Editor:
Re “Union Square pavilion restaurant could be cooked, local pols say” (news article, Oct. 16):

I have long mourned the fact that the public no longer had free use of the pavilion in Union Square. I remember sitting there having snacks and quiet conversation with neighborhood friends back in the early ’70s. Later on, we never got over being stopped from entering the structure unless you paid to get in. 

It is a community park, after all is said and done! Community life is not all about money, kids and dogs. 

We also are saddened that the wonderful labyrinth, which used to be just to the north of the pavilion, was paved over and never redone. Many people actually took meditative walks in that labyrinth — at all hours.

Once you began the walk, it was amazing how the traffic sounds and city’s bustle retreated as you centered your thoughts and energy away from them. It had become a tradition for many — now it is lost.
George Jones

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