Permits not the solution to parking problem

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To the editor,

I have just finished reading the study on residential permit parking at">http://

Have our local elected officials?

Implementing residential permit parking is not a solution (“Bloomy’s pay-to-park plan pulls pols,” March 15). Basically, the study says there are not enough parking spots for everyone, no matter what you do. The options include market pricing for permits (meaning what garages currently charge) and wait lists if your household has more than one car or if you cannot pay the current market rate. What about all the people who work at the hospital and in our schools and in businesses and come here to eat and shop or use the park? Where should they go?

The residents who are cheering the plan may not have read it. The study also says that residential permits may contribute to pollution, while it is being touted as anti-polluting by our mayor. Why? Because more people would drive if they thought they might have a better chance at a parking spot upon return home. But the joke’s on us: the permit will just be a “license to hunt” because there are not enough spots period.

The new meters on Seventh Avenue are empty at night, showing that even residents can’t park there because they must move their cars by 8 am, and contribute to pollution by driving round and round.

Most cities have municipal parking, but ours sells the lots for condos. My parents were wrong to encourage me to get two Master’s degrees to teach our city’s children. Instead of paying for my education, they should have invested in a parking lot.

Sydelle Freed, Park Slope

‘Loco’ not loco

To the editor,

We’d like to set the record straight about a few misconceptions that some teens expressed in their remarks to your columnist, Wendy Ponte (“Is Club Loco too loco?” Park Slope Edition and online, March 8):

1. Club Loco does not censor or forbid lyrics that mention blood or the devil, or that challenge religion. Our instructions ask bands not to “perform lyrics that are blatantly sacrilegious or promote hate, inhumane acts, or violations of the law.”

2. We’re really sorry if someone was told not to hold hands. Holding hands is totally allowed. (We’re absolutely in favor of love.) The only expressions of affection we would discourage are those that any policeman or club owner would stop in a public place.

3. We actually like it when audience members dance (and it happens often!). We’re delighted that they’re enjoying themselves. We only discourage dancing that might cause physical harm — specificially, moshing.

We’re glad for the opportunity to clarify these issues.

Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, Park Slope

The writer handles publicity for Club Loco, the kids-only nightclub in Park Slope.

Deconstructing Henry

To the editor,

Tom Gilbert’s column on Henry Miller (“The tropic of Williamsbu­rg,” Downtown and North Brooklyn editions and online, March 15), has some glaring errors that seriously bring into question whether he really knows Henry Miller at all.

Most important, Gilbert states that Henry Miller “converted to Socialism” in the 1920s. Anybody in the least bit familiar with Henry Miller knows that he was totally apolitical, to the point of bragging to others about how he refused Gorge Orwell’s invitation to fight with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. In fact, he was apolitical to the point of social reaction, embracing such feudal schools of religious thought as Taoism. Writer Arthur Miller, who was mentioned earlier in the column, was, indeed, a Socialist sympathizer, but Henry Miller was not.

Oddly, Gilbert also called Miller’s writing “funny”; yes, some of Miller’s writing is funny, but much more of it is poignant and poetic. See, for example, the only book that Gilbert mentions, “Tropic of Capricorn.” Using only the adjective “funny” to aesthetically describe Henry Miller’s oeuvre belittles Miller’s staggering literary achievements.

Gilbert also states that Miller “lived with Anais Nin” while in Paris, implying that he did so the majority of his time there. In reality, their period of actual cohabitation was negligible.

While I appreciate that Gilbert brought to public’s attention the effort to preserve Henry Miller’s childhood home on Driggs Avenue, the column would have been of infinitely greater interest if he had gotten the facts straight about Miller’s life.

Patrick Tolle, Fort Greene

Tom Gilbert responds: Mr. Tolle objects to some of the opinions and vocabulary choices in my column. These are certainly not “glaring errors.” For the record, whatever his later political views, Miller was undeniably active politically — as a Socialist — as a young man. I said he lived with Anaïs Nin; he did. I defy anyone to read “Tropic of Capricorn” without laughing out loud a few times. Does Mr. Tolle think “funny” is some kind of put down? Far greater writers than Henry Miller can be funny. James Joyce is funny; Shakespeare is funny.

No fan of cheesecake

To the editor,

I was dismayed to see The Brooklyn Paper’s front-page juxtaposition of “Mr. Brooklyn,” a failed residential tower plan, and “Miss Brooklyn,” a local beauty pageant (“Ratner kills Mr. Brooklyn” and “Miss B’klyn is from … Manhattan,” both March 1).

Yes, the names invite the pairing, but the two stories present a sexist tableau that should have been recognized and avoided by this award-winning newspaper. The message: Men like Bruce Ratner build edifices with community-altering potential, while women parade in bathing suits to gain fame through their physical attributes.

I doubt it was the paper’s intent to reinforce sexual stereotypes, but I hope that more care is taken in the future to eschew this kind of detrimental display.

David Terhune, Boerum Hill

Cell on earth

To the editor,

I live by PS 185 in Bay Ridge and have been following the recent news about the cellphone towers placed across the street from the school by Verizon (“Ridgites complain: too many cellphones!” March 15).

At meetings about this issue it has been noted that California and Florida have local laws restricting the placement of these towers. While I appreciate the commitments of local officials like Councilman Vince Gentile and state Sen. Marty Golden, I believe that the crisis at PS 185 could have been avoided if such legislation was pushed sooner.

I do hope enough public pressure does force Verizon to remove their cell towers from across the street from PS 185 and I also hope that this local legislation is finally passed to avoid other parents and families from facing unnecessary stress and concern about their children.

Kelly O’Brien, Bay Ridge

Permits unneeded

To the editor,

If it weren’t for the city’s unchecked development and developers’ unchecked greed, there would be no need for congestion pricing and for pay-to-park permits (“Bloomy pay-to-park plan pulls pols,” March 15).

How many cars will Sheldon Solow’s new mega-development add to Manhattan’s hundreds of thousands. How many more automobile trips will this latest of Manhattan’s super high-rise developments generate?

Bob Ohlerking, Park Slope

Clean the Canal!

To the editor,

The Gowanus Community Development Corporation doesn’t care a hoot about the Gowanus Community or what it wants (“Revolt against this ‘Toll,’” March 8).

It has always been about how to turn the canal into money — all they ever do is tell you that the canal has been cleaned up and promote residential development. I know they thought it would be a slam-dunk, until they saw that there were people, organizations, that really cared about what happens along the canal. What stood in the way of the GCCDC is that the Gowanus Canal has serious environmental issues.

Bob Zuckerman, head of the GCCDC, was at the last meeting, where he must have heard the news that the canal remains toxic and will never be clean.

Yet Zuckerman keeps repeating the developer’s mantra to build, build, build (on brownfields and in a flood plain!).

When Toll Brothers proposal to build 12-story buildings along the canal, Zuckerman said that density creates advantages. For whom? For the pockets of the developers who do not have to live in the area?

More units creates more bucks — and when the sewers overflow, more sewage into the canal with every flush.

Margaret Maugenest, Gowanus

Fix the Boardwalk

To the editor,

After spending $ 1.45 million to light up the Parachute Jump, you would think that the Boardwalk between West 12th and West 16th streets could be repaired before the season is in full swing (“Marty: Pimp my ride,” Feb. 16).

For the last three to four years the conditions have been getting worse. The plan to replace the missing, splintered boards with composite boards has merit, but it’s too late! The Mermaid Parade uses the area as part of the designated route taken every year.

Plywood sheets cost about $20–$30 apiece. Let’s free up some money and correct this horror before somebody gets seriously injured. Do it now!

If times are too touch, I’ll even chip in for nails.

Paul A. Toomey, Bay Ridge

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