Concrete Boardwalk a good thing for Coney

To the editor,

I have been living in Coney Island and running on the Boardwalk for more than 30 years. I have enjoyed every moment of it and would not trade it for anywhere else in the world.

There are, however, a few exceptions, and the poor condition of the Boardwalk is one of them that most disturbs me. I do not blame the Coney Island maintenance workers, who do a great job of cleaning and maintaining the beach. But it is just the sheer volume of traffic, cars, trucks, and people that makes it impossible to keep the boards down and not sticking up, and causing a tremendous number of accidents to beach-goers running, walking, and bike riding.

I do not know anyone who prefers the concrete to the wood, but when safety is included in the formula, the choice is obvious. There are those who romanticize about how beautiful the Boardwalk is when it is all wood, but they are seriously fooling themselves. They have seen the same accidents I have seen and experienced, and are just closing their eyes and ears to it. That does not make them bad or evil people, but just dreamers. I love to dream also, but if you have been a regular on the Boardwalk and have not seen accidents from wooden planks sticking up, well, maybe you have been on some other boardwalk in some faraway place.

I deceived myself a few years back and signed a petition requesting the city keep the Boardwalk, and not turn it to concrete. I have since come to my senses and now know it’s safety first and foremost. I also like how the light and textured concrete looks and how it lightens up the area, and I think that is a good thing for a beach resort.

How would you like to trip while eating a Nathan’s hot dog that cost $3.75 and have no money left to buy another one? Now that is what I call a serious problem — a tragedy even!

Ron Kriegel

Coney Island

Creep shoot!

To the editor,

I understand completely how Cronin Miller feels about the gun crimes in the city (“Citizen ‘vigilante’ sez: Make my day,” Letters to the Editor, April 27).

He is right! Desperate times call for desperate measures. Unfortunately, I’m afraid it might become like the Wild West here for a while — and it might get worse before getting better.

Although I agree something must be done about the bad guys with guns, I don’t see this solution as viable, even though these bottom feeders need to pay dearly for their actions. Most of the time these lowlifes have been in and out of jail for most of their life, with rap sheets as long as your arm. The judges must stop being so lenient with them, and keep them in jail, and let them rot there.

There is something really wrong when a $2 million bail is set for a madam in the city, while thugs with illegal guns are running free committing crimes, shooting at cops, and terrorizing the public. Either give all the good citizens of our great city a weapon to protect themselves, as Cronin Miller suggests, or keep the creeps locked away.

Franklin Forte

Sea Gate

Cop presence

To the editor,

The presence of a uniformed transit cop might have stopped the thieves who mugged a woman on the R train (“Train robbery,” Police Blotter, April 26).

The 95th Street station is deserted in the afternoons, and is a place that should be avoided if possible.

It would be more comforting for the riding public to see the police now and then.

Let’s call or write to the Transit Authority to protect us, if only in the afternoons, when most robberies are occurring at this station.

Joan Cicorio

Bay Ridge

Apples and plums

To the editor,

It is not “Plumb” Beach, it is “Plum Beach (“Plumb beach fixed blasted,” April 26). It was named that because of the sand plums that grew there. Can we finally get it right?

I am happy it will be cleaned up. It’s a haven. Even a bronze plaque there refers to it as “Plum” beach.

Please correct this error!

Rita Nanes

Plumb Beach

Gotts: ‘gotcha’

To the editor,

Thomas DePrisco, I can assure you my surname — Gotts — is not a pseudonym, as you suggest (“The ‘Gotts’ got it,” Letters, April 26).

It was shortened by my great-grandfather many years ago to make it more Americanized after immigrating to New York from Mecklenburg, Germany. I was named Stuart after him, and thankfully the last name had already been changed to Gotts from Gotzenghooler.

Anyway, I am happy that you appreciate the letters from my wife, and I will certainly try to keep it up.

Stu Gotts


Legal quagmire

To the editor,

Ignorance of the law is no excuse to the layman. However, ignorance of interpretation of the law is an excuse for lawyers and judges to be deadlocked in appeals, and in certain instances result in a reversal of the case.

Skillful lawyers are excellent at rehearsals.

Elliott Abosh

Brighton Beach

Teacher troubles

To the editor,

People don’t realize the ramifications of closing more and more schools. Those teachers who will not be rehired shall be placed in the Absence Teacher Reserve pool. In other words, they will be glorified substitutes.

These pedagogues did not earn master’s degrees to be relegated to substitute status. Right now, we have well over a thousand teachers in this situation. These are duly licensed teachers, many of whom have been teaching for 15 years or even longer. Instead of using these teachers in regular classrooms to lower class sizes, the Department of Education makes them do substitute work so that they will become disillusioned and leave the system.

The point here is that the mayor and his stooges are trying to circumvent the union contract. The union has only itself to blame for giving up seniority rights in the 2005 contract with the city. These teachers will now be shifted from school to school on a weekly basis.

No matter what anyone says, senior teachers are the core of the school system. They act as mentors to novice teachers in many schools, especially since far too many principals have never taught themselves.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Banking 101

To the editor,

Banks should replace statements in the mail with passbooks. It would save on paper and postage.

Makes sense to me!

Joan Mangano

Mill Basin

• • •

Cheers and jeers greeted our story, “CB10: 93 Lounge must go,” (BrooklynDaily.com, April 25). We raise a glass to some of the best comments the story received:

Ninety-three is fine, there is no drug dealing going on inside. It is now an older, bottle-service type crowd.

Matt from Bay Ridge

This place is a cesspool. They say it’s an upscale crowd, but all the pictures I ever see are of the hoodlums in the neighborhood who have just gotten a little older. These are bad kids who are more than likely doing bad things. They are smoking pot and it really makes the neighborhood look down. I have to say though, the establishment is nice, but the clientele is not a “bottle-service type crowd.” Just because you spend the money to buy a bottle does not mean you are of a higher class.

Frank from Bay Ridge

I used to DJ for quite a while at 93 Lounge and have never seen one drug incident or one fight.

Jerry from Bay Ridge

As a 35-year resident of 93rd Street, take it from me: this place has always been bad news. Unless it is no longer licensed to serve, it always will be, no matter who owns or operates the space.

El from Bay Ridge

This is absolutely ridiculous. Ninety-three lounge is an upscale neighborhood venue. When people get drunk, they get rowdy — this is anywhere you go, not one specific place. I’ve been a DJ for 12 years now, and I personally know the owners and staff at this establishment. They are good people. Don’t blame the place for some idiots that want to start a fight.

Danny Dare from Bay Ridge

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