2001-09-01 / Letters

Enough Is Enough!

Enough Is Enough!

Dear Editor;

The purpose of this letter is twofold. Primarily, I would like to address the building proposed for the P.S. 44 site. Secondarily, I would like to call John Baxter to task for some of his comments.

As a resident of Holland for 37 years, I am very concerned about the development on 92nd Street and Holland avenue. I do not think that apartment buildings are the best use of the site. I would prefer to see individual ownership of the units. Nevertheless, I also believe that it could be worse. I am told that the builder has a right to put up a high rise, low income building. Jonathan Miller, the developer, has assured the community that the apartments are not low income. There is a $40,000 minimum annual salary requirement for prospective renters. Perhaps he is lying or trying to fool us, as implied by John Baxter in his letter, "Don’t Be a Fool." I sincerely hope not. However, it appears that the buildings are coming, whether I like it or not.

This brings me to the second point of my letter. I am sick and tired of John Baxter presenting himself as the savior of Rockaway. He is always complaining about what somebody else has or has not done. What has he done? I remember three beautiful houses on the beach block of 92nd street, all owned by Baxter. They were left to decay into rat infested, crack houses that burned to the ground. I suggest that if he really wanted to improve Rockaway Beach, he could start with that eyesore of a hotel that bears his name on 116th street. I have had the good fortune of never being in there, but reliable sources tell me that it is a hellhole. I wonder if he lives there, I think not. The latest craziness is secession. I for one, wish we would. That would be an immediate improvement.

In conclusion, I appeal to Jonathan Miller to do the right thing by this community, because we deserve it. To John Baxter’s offer of help I say, "Thanks, but no thanks; because you’ve done enough."

STEPHEN O’SULLIVAN


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