Letters, Week of Nov. 20, 2014

“The New W.T.C. Scene”

(POSTED, Nov 6):

The big problem to come is going to be all the tour buses that will have to be “credentialized” and then searched on Trinity Place. (see blue and yellow lanes on bottom right of NYPD map above) The west lane of Trinity Place along side our two high schools will be filled with idling buses waiting to be searched to go into the WTC garage all day 7 days a week. The east lane of Trinity includes many adjacent bus stops that service our 39 city and commuter bus lines, plus any tour bus from anywhere in North America at any time that decides to drop off it’s slower moving non-urban tourists. Our own DOT allows for this to take place. 

That leaves the middle lane to Trinity Place for all the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel traffic and all the local traffic heading up the only street that goes straight up Manhattan Island from the Financial District all the way to Central Park. Not only is this a traffic nightmare that is being planned but the air quality is going to get even worse for residents and workers and particularly for the 800+ students of the High School of Economics & Finance and the 600+ students of the Leadership & Public Service High School who (on top of the MTA and commuter buses) will have have non-local buses all day long outside the entrances to their school. 

DOT need to move the non-local buses out of our bus stops on Trinity and NYPD does not need to screen the buses into to site right up against the only schools or residences directly adjacent to the site. 

There are better ways to handle tourism. They really should be getting around like we do here – mass transit.

Mary Perillo

“De Blasio Weighs In On Seaport Tower & Museum As Opponents Look For

Alternative Sites”

(POSTED, Nov 12):

The Howard Hughes planned 600 foot tower they wish to build on the site of the New Fish Market Building is NOT affordable housing. It would be a luxury hi-rise condo hotel tower. It is too extravagant to build a 50 story residential building on a pier. The article points that out. It is cheaper to build a mix of luxury and affordable housing on LAND. duh. The community, most of it, the country and the world, do not want a hideous tower blocking the view of the historic Brooklyn Bridge, and the historic ships, and the historic South Seaport district. This holds a complete assortment of the the commercial history of NYC’s buildings, residential and commercial.; the original world trade center, from 1810 to 1940. The tall ships, the schooners, all add to the maritime component of the commercial history of NY. 

They even secretly and illegally outfitted slave ships for the “Blackbird” trade there at South St., and the slave traders ate and drank at Sweets, now a part of the South Seaport Museum. This tragic site must be preserved for African American history. Tourists come from all around the world to see the Bridge. The view is anenvironmental view corridor, and needs to be preserved.


“Farina Says Yes To Pre-K At Tweed, But Resists Relief For Peck Slip”

(POSTED, Nov 13):

Ask the DOE how many tax payer dollars were spent subdividing those rooms – something they had to do twice!

Downtown parent

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