2001-09-22 / Letters

Up On The Roof

Up On The Roof

Dear Editor:

   I was originally going to write a very different letter, complaining about the restrictive summer parking regulations, as well as praising the Wave for its diverse columns and writers, specifically The G Man and Kevin Boyle, who has come back, hopefully to write a column on a regular basis.

   Instead, since our lives have changed, I'm writing to express my gratitude to Danny Lopez, the superintendent of our building, and his wife, Tina for organizing a rooftop, candlelit vigil at 125 B. 124 Street.  Residents of this building assembled on the roof, where a large American flag was flying.  We got a view of the diminished Manhattan skyline, with smoke still steadily pluming across the sky.

    One by one, our neighbors said whatever words they could to share their sorrow or bolster our strength.  Then, David Seidner, having just recently finished a successful run in the orchestra of "Guys and Dolls" at the Rockaway Theatre Company in Fort Tilden, led us in singing from a songbook of patriotic songs.  He is also a music teacher and told us that was what he was doing all week with his pupils.  Many of us had trouble singing along, because the strong emotions were choking in our throats.   Phil Koprowski looked out at the devastation and gave word to all our feelings by saying a prayer for all of us.
   We looked around at each other, some only noticing others for the first time, and we were overwhelmed.    The candles kept flickering and going out; but we kept relighting them.
                              RUTH GRAVES

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