Letters, Week of Jan. 31, 2013

Groove isn’t in landlords’ hearts

To The Editor:
Re “Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.” (Clayton, Jan. 24):

It’s not just the East Village. I remember when my landlord doubled my rent in the East Village because my building had less than five units. I wrote them a letter asking about artists adding value to the neighborhood. They never replied. I eventually lost the apartment.

I moved to Flatbush and reduced my rent to an affordable and comfortable position, and guess what? Their trick is — don’t cash the tenants’ checks. Hold them for as long as possible and then cash them right after Christmas or right after tax time.

At present, my landlord has not cashed a check since April. The money sits in the bank. They are hoping at least two will bounce and that’s all it takes — two months late and the judge will order me to be evicted.

They’ve evicted eight people already in one year. Housing Court says there is no way they can force my landlord to cash my checks in a timely manner.
Lady Miss Kier (from Deee-lite)

New York’s endangered artists

To The Editor:
Re “Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.” (Clayton, Jan. 24):

Landlords are the scum of the earth. Bloomberg is a fascist piece of garbage. New York City has no soul. It has become a black hole of corporate greed and mindless consumers. Artists are an endangered species in New York City, ignored and taken for granted by clueless inhabitants with no interest in helping them. That’s why I left New York City after spending most of my life there. Living in New York City is a form of suicide. Taylor Mead, a national treasure, is being martyred by landlord greed.

Nick Zedd

Where’s the Warhol Foundation?

To The Editor:
Re “Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.” (Clayton, Jan. 24):

I believe that the Warhol Foundation, which is ever growing and doing good work, should look at the life of Andy Warhol’s acclaimed second superstar. Find him a home and support him for the rest of his life.
Suki Weston

Hard to hang on in N.Y.C.

To The Editor:
Re “Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.” (Clayton, Jan. 24):

I just saw Taylor Mead give a hilarious performance in a film (from ’68) at the Museum of Modern Art this week. Laughed my ass off. Also saw him read poetry last year. I’m a New York City artist hanging onto my residency here by a thread. It’s tough. Thanks for the article, Clayton, from your former neighbor. (We used to live on the same block back in the day!)
Katrina del Mar

Mead deserves a monument

To The Editor:
Re “Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.” (Clayton, Jan. 24):

Great article, Clayton. Taylor Mead should have a monument of him in that neighborhood. An absolute tragedy of epic proportions. They will not be happy until Manhattan is renamed “N.Y.U. Island.”
Drew Stone

Use an existing space

To The Editor:
Re “Good guys getting bounced by liquor license politics” (talking point, by Clayton Patterson, Jan. 17):

Clayton, I think your column is totally misguided. We don’t need more bars. Let your friends take over an existing establishment if they want to open a place so badly. Many mistakes have been, and no doubt will be made, in issuing new licenses. That’s a poor reason for adding a license here to the list of mistakes.
Aaron Sosnick

Split zone was unbalanced

To The Editor:
Re “Zone split O.K.’d for Village schools; Reaction split too” (news article, Jan. 24):

It was a difficult decision, but in the end it was the right decision. In a zone as overcrowded as the P.S. 41 / P.S. 3 zone is, parents can no longer be afforded the luxury of “choice” — which, for the families turned away from P.S. 41 each year, isn’t a choice at all.

By splitting the zone in two, the Department of Education ensures P.S. 41 and P.S.3 will share the burden of overcrowding as equally as possible. As it stands now, up to 80 percent of all families in the shared zone rank P.S. 41 as their first choice each year. Because D.O.E. tries to accommodate as many of those families as possible, this leads to a large and ever-widening imbalance in annual enrollment numbers, which, in turn, compromises the education and safety of the students at P.S. 41 and saps the time and resources of administrators there, who are forced to juggle the wait list and deal with the many families trying to get off of it.

School choice was an admirable idea but not a sustainable one. It is time that we as a community accept that reality and move on.
Hillary Sterne

Keep up the coverage

To The Editor:
Re “L.E.S. confronts youth violence; ‘Unity Rally’ on tap” (news article, Jan. 24):

Thank you, Villager, for the in-depth coverage. If we fade in our efforts, please keep us at this!
K Webster

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