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To the Editor,

With reference to the letters from Elaine Kirsch and Victoria Hofmo regarding the overbuilding going on here, they are absolutely right. Things have gone way out of control. The new motto seems to be “build them bigger, build them higher.”

On the corner of Ocean Avenue and Avenue T there was a lovely Victorian house that was part of the St. Edmunds complex, The house is gone and in its place is another monstrosity going up. The last time I went by there, which was a couple of weeks ago, the building was either eight or nine stories, it was hard to tell.

On the corner of Avenue P and E. 19th Street, there was a very nice house owned by my dentist. The house is gone and in its place is a “mixed use” building, which probably means stores on the ground floor and apartments above. At this point, the building is seven stories high. Will either of those buildings have nough parking? Of course not.

As for Kings Highway, the less said the better. I remember the Kingsway Theatre. Although I am originally from upstate and then Canada, I have lived here a long time. I remember the Avalon Theatre at the corner of Kings Big buildings replacing beautiful homes Highway and E. 18th Street, now occupied by a Rite Aid drugstore with a manager, who said, when I questioned him why their price for an item that was in a magazine with the price printed, was higher than the magazine, said, “we can charge whatever we want.” I no longer go there.

I also remember Dubrows, where you could get something to eat any time of day or night. It became a Gap clothing store and when that burned, it became, of course, another bank. We also have another new schlock “dollar” store.

When was the last time you saw a cop walking the Highway? Maybe they would get rid of the bikers going full-speed on the sidewalks.

How sad to see the demise of a once-great street.

Rowena Lachant


Symbolism vs reality

To the Editor,

I often wonder about people’s obsession with the symbolism so-called leaders put before us, rather than all that is going on around us that is all too real.

Two fairly recent events: the reported “Isis-inspired Jihad” murders in Sri Lanka got far too little air time coverage, while the unfortunate fire that ravaged a part of Notre Dame in Paris got days of coverage.

Locals in Sri Lanka are seemingly left to help themselves with little international assistance while more than $1 billion was almost immediately raised to help rebuild Notre Dame.

The weekend following the Notre Dame fire brought some 30,000 “yellow vest” protesters to the streets in various cities in France, continuing their objection to a steep rise in fuel taxes and concerns about other taxes and low wages.

Where is the outpouring of donations from France’s wealthiest businesses and families to address the difficult economic problems in their country that clearly exemplifies the “class warfare” (my description), the huge economic divide that is ever growing?

This divide is equally as apparent where I reside, in a country of no-longer united states.

Isn’t it a shame that there is this small class of highly successful people choose self indulgence, and gluttony, rather than adopt a humane, altruistic mind and heart that endeavors to enrich the quality of life for everyone while having sustainability in mind that protects the health of the planet we live on? It truly is possible to create a world where opportunity exists for everyone to create (at minimum) a modest, healthy life for self and family, and to thereby live in peace.

Barry Brothers


Co-op coup

To the Editor,

My “posh” co-op is on Avenue Z, and is made up of a three-building complex. The buildings were under rent stabilization until a co-operative conversion occurred 31 years ago.

My corner building has not had a functioning intercom service for the longest time. It is repaired, and within the week, it breaks down again. This is a definite problem for people who have items delivered to them, have visitors coming, and, most serious, if they need an ambulance, the personnel would never be able to gain entrance into the building. Complaints to the management have fallen on deaf ears and now those of us who complain are targeted for harassment.

In addition, as apartments are vacated, they are subject to remodeling. The banging during the day is intolerable and, worse, it is causing a cockroach infestation, as the critters literally come out of the walls at night. Again, the management pays no attention whatsoever. They couldn’t care less, especially since our building has no representation on the co-op board. This has been going on for quite some time. We have been unable to have a quorum for the last 15 years, and as a result, no elections may take place. The same board remains in power for another year and as resignations have occurred, there supposedly, is no money to fix the intercom, but there is plenty of money to maintain a pool. Regardless of whether you use the pool or not, you’re charged for it. Now, they are installing a gym, and I’m sure that this will not be for free either.

Is there anyone out there who can help? We are facing taxation without representation.Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Electeds must act

To the Editor,

Majority Leader Hoyer’s statement that it’s not worth even pursuing an impeachment inquiry is reprehensible and a complete abdication of Congress and Democrats constitutional duty. Forget an election 18 months from now, we just had an election five months ago where tens of millions voted to hold Trump responsible. That’s the only reason Hoyer is Majority Leader now and not the powerless figure he apparently wants to go back to.

As a constituent of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, and Rep. Velzquez, I will not vote in future elections for Democrats who dismiss their duties to the republic. Every day Trump stays in power is another day for a further catastrophe. And even if not impeached or convicted, an inquiry will yield evidence of wrongdoing that will help prevent reelection. I urge my elected officials to do their job!

Ka Ming Wong


MTA misuse

To the Editor,

Gov. Cuomo originally wanted NYC Transit to hire yet another engineering consulting firm to perform an independent review of his proposed redesign? Now the MTA awards a $1.2 million contract to JMT of NYC Inc. to provide something different — oversee construction and operations. This just duplicates the work of NYC Transit’s own experienced engineers, operations planning, procurement, quality control and, quality assurance employees along with the MTA’s existing Capital Program Oversight Committee independent engineering firm. The same holds true for the FTA’s existing independent engineering consultant, who is usually assigned to monitor any MTA or NYC Transit federally funded capital improvement project over $100 million. In these times of multi-billion dollar MTA funding shortfalls, paying for another engineering consulting firm was a waste of scarce financial resources.

It made no sense for the MTA to reassign management of this project from NYC Transit to MTA Office of Capital Construction. NYC Transit has already successfully managed several Superstorm Sandy federally funded tunnel projects. For the most part, they were completed on time, within budget, accompanied by few design or change orders.

Contrast that with MTA’s Office of Capital Construction’s track record. Long Island Rail Road East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal, if all goes well with the most recent recovery schedule, will be completed 10 years late and $8 billion more than the original $3.5 billion budget. Check out the original 2006 MTA/FTA Full Funding grant agreement and see for yourself. Second Avenue Subway Phase One and Hudson Yards 7 train subway extension both suffered from delays, budget, scope and change order issues. MTA Capital Construction currently has their hands full trying to complete East Side Access by the most recent recovery schedule of December 2022 and begin Second Avenue Subway Phase 2.

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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Reasonable discourse

The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Still #CuomosMTA in a nutshell, with the Governor is aspiring to run for president in 2020 or maybe a fourth term as governor in 2022.
May 5, 8:21 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
The destruction of historic homes in Bay Ridge has to stop. I’m glad to hear the historical society is focused on this, but the landmark’s commission needs to act now, while some of the history is still intact. This applies to many Brooklyn neighborhoods, that just happen not to be Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope. Significant buildings and neighborhoods are all over Brooklyn.
May 5, 10:46 am
Joe from Greenpoint says:
It will be hilarious when these buildings are empty because everyone who can has left NYC.
May 5, 10:47 am
LaQwerty Jones from City of Industry says:
Yeah I know Henry, your rainbow flag is so welcoming of everybody from all backgrounds and opinions, especially conservatives
May 5, 4:54 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead Bay/Kings Bay says:
DeBlasio is doing to Brooklyn and the other 4 Boros what Robert Moses could not by totally lying about so called affordable housing and being under the thumb of the real estate industry and construction business. Police are now staying off the sidewalks to keep from being run over by the pedal pushers. Makes me feel real good that i have seen by 70th birthday and won't have to spend too many more years in the borough where I was born and raised before it becomes totally unrecognizable . Maybe Bill D will do us all a favor and run for president and leave our city forever. For the record, no former mayor of NYC ever won and election for any higher office.
May 6, 5:59 pm

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