2007-12-28 / Letters

Running For City Council

Dear Editor,

My name is John Patrick Larkin. I live in Rockaway Park, have worked in this district for years, and I'm going to be a candidate in the next NYC Council Election for District 32.

I'm writing to talk about community, not politics. I'm both disappointed and frightened about some of the things I read and hear regarding the revitalization of Beach 116 Street. While I think we all agree that 116th needs improvements and that the old Lawrence and the movie theater need to go, I strongly disagree that we need to replace these buildings and others with skyscrapers. Actually, about 85 percent of the people I talk to at community events, or simply in the community, feel that we need more stores, not more homes. The few that I hear in favor of skyscrapers are usually those who stand to make money off them.

We can't fill many of the buildings that have already been built. The traffic that these buildings on Beach 116 would cause would bring both the street and intersection to a halt. Another concern is that even with the "100 percent" parking that will be provided to each unit, that still means that any tenant who has more than one car (which I'm sure will be 75 percent of them) will have to find parking somewhere else.

Do you want all these cars on Beach 115 Street? Beach 114 Street? Not if you live there.

Lastly, I'm concerned about our infrastructure. No matter how many skyscrapers you build (or high-end stores that will serve very few), it still doesn't change the fact that our infrastructure is geared toward a low-density community. There are only two ways back to the five boroughs, and only four main roads across the peninsula. That isn't going to change.

Let's try to build our community up based on the needs of those who already live here, not necessarily those who might live here.


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