2012-01-13 / Letters

Did Some Merchants Drop The Ball

Dear Editor,

As the writer of the very positive letter to The Wave (December 9 – “Kudos To Local Merchants”), in which I praised the taste, creativity and general improvements of our Beach 116 Street store owners and their window displays, I feel somehow justified in taking a step back and delivering a gentle slap on the wrist.

Long story short: The Christmas displays were beautiful … but there was another holiday that seemed to go unnoticed by some. Hanukkah is a joyous, week-long celebration, marked in a number of traditional ways by the many Jewish residents of the Rockaways. That it went unrecognized by some of the more prominent shops was, to say the least, disappointing.

The Blue Bungalow, in particular, could have exercised their impeccable style – perhaps with one of the beautiful, decorative menorahs available at this time of year. A small gesture, perhaps — but one that would have been most welcome by their Jewish patrons, and – I dare say – by the community as a whole.

To the local business people who chose to decorate their shops appropriately, a hearty “Thank You.” To those who missed the opportunity, this reminder comes a bit late for 2011. But to them, I offer up the Brooklyn Dodgers fans’ lament: “Wait ’Til Next Year.”

ROBERT JOSHUA

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Life is not fair and then you

Life is not fair and then you die. I like that the three rabbi's lit the HUGE Menorah on 116th Street. It is that the local community cares about both holidays that I matters to me. However, Merchants may take your letter to heart and I hope that works for you next year.

Long story short: The

Long story short: The Christmas displays were beautiful … but there was another holiday that seemed to go unnoticed by some. Here in lies the rub. Mr. Joshua was happy that the merchants had displays but was a little dismayed that 27.2234% of each store display was not equal in its display of each "countries/religion/holiday". If I owned a store and was a catholic and had a Christmas display I would not expect someone to come to MY store and say "Yo, Catholic store-owner you are not respecting MY religion/holiday celebration in YOUR store window I demand that you make space for me. Why can't we just have, "to each his own". I will either walk by someone's display and say "Gee that looks nice" or I will walk by and have no opinion. If someone wants a display of all the religions-holidays then please feel free to exercise your right to purchase or rent a property on 116th street and put whatever display you would like in YOUR window. Political correctness sucks.


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