Volume 18 • Issue 4 | JUNE 17-23, 20

Letters to the editor

River dogs

To The Editor:
I encourage you to promote converting one of the two totally unused piers on the East River (Piers 13 and 14 near Wall St.) to a dog run. One of the piers already has sturdy cyclone fencing on three sides. All it would need is fencing for the fourth side and water for rinsing off the dog residue.

A bit of shade would be appreciated as would a separate fenced off puppy/older dog/nervous owner area. Neither of the last two are necessary to provide a badly needed community facility.

There are only two existing dog parks in the area, Pearl St. and the Brooklyn Bridge, and Warren St. near West St. However they are small and there are quite a few dogs in the neighborhood, with more moving in with each new apartment building and con-do. Dog owners used Pier 16 in the early morning until recently when no dogs signs appeared. I understand one owner, with his dog on a leash, got a ticket, which was in the area of $200.

There are, I know, significant plans for improving all of the waterfront from the ferry terminals north (news article, June 3 – 9,“City unveils East Side waterfront plan”). The improvements needed cost little and the appreciation from both dog owners, who would use it, and non-dog owners, who would have fewer dogs in the parks, would be great. Even one year of use would be a great help and at the usual speed of such improvements it may well be 10 years before the area is improved.

Frank Mackey

Tower rises in the east

To The Editor:
Re “City and C.B. 1 say Tribeca tower design is too tall” (news article, June 10 –16):

When I saw the article by Ronda Kaysen about the Tribeca tower design I wondered why no one ever challenged building a 75-story building on Beekman St. It is a narrow street with no infrastructure to support such a huge building.

Having been to a Community Board 1 meeting, I see that next to Battery Park City and Tribeca, the area east of Broadway is a stepchild.  Southbridge Towers will suffer terribly with the construction of that 75-story building.

Phylis Salom  

Remembering Keith

To The Editor:
Re “Keith Crandell, 77, Noho activist/columnist dies” (Obituary, June 3 – 9):

I, too, am one of the many people who basked in the sunshine of Keith Crandell. Arriving in Noho before it actually had a name in 1978, Keith became my friend as he was helping to start the Noho Neighborhood Association. His keen wit, fine mind and open heart were so evident, well…it was an honor to be his friend.

He fought for so many good causes, including writing articles that led to the preservation of Liz Christy Garden. As part of his support group, I had the privilege to witness how a community can come together and actualize its potential in a most compassionate way. Ultimately, that’s what Keith gave us — the ability to experience ourselves in the larger picture, powerful enough to work for common good.

Thank you, Keith Crandell. I will never forget you.

Desiree Rodriguez

To The Editor:
It seems only yesterday that Keith Crandell was leading the march on Washington, D.C.— before the Nixon years — with a clown’s mask of Reagan and a busload of enthusiastic people from our community.

How long his political commitment goes back, and I am proud to say that I have shared his many causes!

This is a sad time now with many Americans still dying from the war.

Ann Soboloff

Stadium sense

To The Editor:
I am glad that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Joe Bruno have both agreed to say no to the West Side Stadium ( news article, June 10 – 16, “Stadium opponents do sack dance over Silver vote”).  I don't think that it's right for both the city and state of New York to spend nearly a billion dollars in taxes to build a football stadium on the West Side that we will never own.  Why can't the owner of the Jets just pay for it?  Also, I doubt that the International Olympic Committee will not let New York City have the Olympics solely because that stadium was cancelled. 

With 2.2 billion in tax dollars, that money can be used for more important things such as helping the schools, improving parks, reopening fire and police departments that shut down, fixing highways and tunnels that are long overdue, and building affordable housing for those who don't have a lot of money. 

Another important thing that this money can be used for is rebuilding the Twin Towers, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This is a public building and our taxes paid for their original construction.  I am sure that if people had a choice to use that money for rebuilding the Twin Towers or having a West Side Stadium, then I am sure that many would choose the former over the latter at all costs, because they know that the towers are something we would own unlike the stadium. 

Tal Barzilai
Pleasantville, N.Y.

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