Time For Action Then
In response to my letter to the editor about the Saint Patrick's Day Parade from two weeks ago you would think I was blaming the organizers of the parade. Furthest thing from the truth.
My second sentence actually praised the parade and the organizers who work so hard to put it together. I applauded the parade organizers for all the hard work they have done and continue to do as Mr. Baxter so "eloquently" stated here last week.
Thanks for the history lesson on the parade and its origin. I too have marched in the cold and the snow and the rain in this parade and up 5th Avenue. It was not my intention to put down or disregard the history of this parade and the fine men and women who started it all those years ago. On the contrary. In fact the parade itself is bigger and better!
My intention was to finally say something about and raise the issue of what happens during and after the parade on the boulevard, the beach blocks and the beach itself, that for far too long has not been addressed by our local precinct and quite frankly many people don't see as part of the parade day. That is where my frustration lies.
As one reader stated it's the youth that need to be fixed and clearly that is an issue here and maybe a call to 911 may have prevented the stabbing. A patrol car wasn't 150 feet from that incident, that particular officer (one officer by himself) for over 100 kids did nothing to alleviate that situation as one of my neighbors has told me, one officer was not enough. And as I stated in my letter, most of the kids were not from this neighborhood (some were) so maybe they figure they can get away with it while at the parade, I don't know.
That responsibility falls on the parents. Unfortunately the actions of these do rain on our parade so something needs to be done. There simply is not enough of a police presence where it needs to be. Real cops not auxiliary are needed. The parade in NYC used to be a day where you couldn't enjoy the parade with all the drunken behavior that was on display. Not anymore! So if they can do it in Manhattan why can't we do it here? Again I am not blaming the parade and its organizers itself but if the parade is going to continue, all I am asking is that the parade organizers use some of their planning for this parade and get with the 100th Precinct commander and the community affairs liaison and get serious and demand more cops on the boulevard for our sake and for the safety of everyone who wants to ENJOY the parade!
You won’t see it from the reviewing stand so please do something, and then maybe we can go back to actually enjoying the parade again and be proud of what should be a great day in Rockaway.
PS: To Boyleing Points: By the way, John's of Bleeker Street is hands down the best pizza in the city! How could you not put them in?