Letters, Week of July 19, 2012

N.Y.U. is giving back already

To The Editor:
Re: “High time N.Y.U. gave back” (letter, by Robin Rothstein, July 12):

Robin Rothstein’s letter to the editor correctly notes that N.Y.U. has a responsibility to give back to Greenwich Village and the larger New York City community of which it has been a part for more than 180 years. That is, in fact, precisely what the university has done throughout its history; N.Y.U. is very proud of its distinguished record of community service.

Last year, N.Y.U. students, faculty and staff provided more than 1.4 million hours of service through numerous local and national programs. To give a few examples:

• N.Y.U.’s American Reads/America Counts program is the largest in the country and provides nearly 1,000 tutors working up to 12 hours a week in the New York City public schools;

• The N.Y.U. Dental Van travels throughout the city providing free dental care to low-income children, and N.Y.U.’s dental clinic provides low-cost dental care to 50,000 people every year;

• N.Y.U. contributed significant support to both the renovation of Washington Square Park and restoration of the Arch;

• N.Y.U. provides annual support for the summer Washington Square Music Festival;

• The N.Y.U. Civic Team arranges for more than 300 students each semester to work at 20 nonprofit agencies where they commit to a minimum of two hours of service per week;

• N.Y.U.’s Jumpstart program places seven teams of 10 tutors each in Lower East Side nonprofit agencies to help preschool children;

• Every year, N.Y.U. sponsors a team in the Greenwich Village Little League;

• And the N.Y.U. Community Fund has raised and distributed more than $2 million since 1982 to support local nonprofit organizations.

This is just a partial list of the many local programs and services where the university works with nonprofits and other organizations to improve the larger New York City community. Because of our record of community service, in March N.Y.U. was named with “Distinction” to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes schools that “reflect the values of exemplary community service.” As we move ahead with our N.Y.U. 2031 expansion, we look forward to working with the community to create a better N.Y.U. and a better New York City.
John Beckman
Beckman is N.Y.U. vice president for public affairs

Just a lame punk bully

To The Editor:
Re “Peed-off crusty threatens senior, trashes his glasses” (news article, July 12):

I am not sure what a “crusty” is but I know a lame punk bully when I see one. I made a film about this sort of violent behavior in Washington Square Park back in 1994. Sad to see that the tradition lives on.
Lawrence White

Get real about Lynne Stewart!

To The Editor:
I call your attention to an article on Fri., June 29, in The New York Times, “10-year sentence for lawyer in terrorism case is upheld.”

Your paper in the past has published articles favorable to Lynne Stewart.

Puff pieces!

Please print the truth about this woman who has aided terrorists!

Her accomplice got 20 years! Ten is not enough!
Joseph Marra

Color her a Chupi fan

To The Editor:
Re “Pompeii Red redo at Palazzo Chupi” (news article, July 12):

Loved it pink and love it Pompeii Red. Glad photographer Toni Dalton tracks our evolving museum in the West Village.
Miriam Chaikin 

Imagining the damage

To The Editor:
Re “Chin must reduce N.Y.U. 2031 project’s scale” (editorial, July 5):

N.Y.U. has spent a tremendous amount of money trying to push this expansion play down the throats of the Village. I didn’t say “superblocks” on purpose. Our entire community would be damaged.

The strips are public land but the university has treated them as if it has the right to own and change them. Thousands and thousands of hours have been spent making these open-space areas what they are now. Isn’t that effort worth something?

The lives of the residents in 505 LaGuardia Place are under a cloud with the specter of losing their ability to pay for their homes. What about those people who worked hard and spent their lives’ income to live on Mercer St? What will compensate them from losing their piece of the sun?

I could repeat a score of reasons why N.Y.U. should not be allowed to build its N.Y.U. 2031 plan. Let us hope that the scales of justice are working in the City Council because if they aren’t, the courts will have their way.
Ray Cline

Purple shame 

To The Editor:
Re “ ‘It’s gone too far’; Broderick brings down the N.Y.U. house” (news article, July 5):

New York City needs to take a lesson from San Francisco, which, starting back in the ’70s and ’80s, elected progressive officials (mayors, supervisors, planning commission members) who believed in preserving the beauty and character of the city’s skyline and old Victorian neighborhoods rather than “Manhattanizing” them.

It is not surprising that New York University continues its bulldozing mentality of targeting the Sasaki Garden, the community gardens, the majestic trees along Laguardia Place, etc., when it has already wiped away the historic Edgar Allan Poe house and the historic Provincetown Playhouse, rather than realizing the importance of preservation and restoration. Shame, shame.
Ralph Swain 

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4 Responses to Letters, Week of July 19, 2012

  1. Judith Chazen Walsh

    Perhaps Mr. Beckman believes we do not know what is going on

    NYU students in professional programs must do practicums or give servce or internship Those are the people
    NYU points to as 'giving service' The students pay for it

    The dental van and dental clinlics are also part of dental education and NYU gets state funding for the van and for the clinics

    It is my understanding that Federal funding is given to colleges that have America Reads programs

    The Community Fund grants come from NYU employees' contributions

    Our local businesses support Little League and other sports teams

    Just a few things NYU contributes — like public spaces they do not own

    Judith Chazen Walsh
    Washington Square Village

  2. The NYU Community Fund is money raised by NYU faculty and staff donations (not the NYU administration or board of trustees).

    Although NYU may sponsors a sports team, the NYU faculty volunteers countless hours and money to youth sports and school organizations.

    NYU students provide the manpower to fulfill internships and community service.

    When was the last time Sexton, Beckman or the NYU Board of Trustees actually give anything to enrich rather than impoverished the community?

    Maybe the NYU administration and board of trustees could start with fulfilling their past and current promises to give the community a long-overdue public school.

  3. Mr. Beckmann you must have drunk the purple cool aid. You are sorely misinformed if you think NYU has done more than a pitince for the community. If you think the community has fair access to Coles you are dillusionsl. If you think the dental van is a trade off for stealing city public land you are for lack of a better word out of your mind. If you think anyone not affiliated with NYU in the community is satisfied with what NYU has done you better go back and reexamine your resume. You are obviously not a stupid man, so seriously now….why don't you man up and say what is really going on….you are a well paid henchman to get what you can for the company that you work for. NYU has ruined its reputation and is certainly not a highly regarded educational institution. John Sexton certainly cannot believe NYU is on the same level as Harvard or Columbia, but more of a mid sized state university. You should really be ashamed of yourself, and embarrassed to be part of such a disingenuous institution. I suppose in a different time you might be supporting Philip Morris is saying cigarettes are safe. If you think this is a nasty comment you are right. I would expect nothing less from NYU as it has screwed the community forever, but equally unbelievable is that you and your comrads have the city government in your back pocket. Shame on you, shame on our city. Cloing firehouses, raising subway fares, freezing teachers salaries, and the city gives NYU more than 70 million dollars of public land to build another ugly NYU monstrosity. If NYU cared about the community and the city they would be creating public land, public parks, community schools, inviting the community into their fold. Instead,….well we all knowbwhatvis instead. Again shame on you.

  4. I commend their service to the community via this initiative of dental on wheels van. It is a model for dental implants colorado to follow as this is an endeavor on helping people who barely can afford even the most basic dental services.

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