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Down With Downtown Plan

Dear Editor:

I am confused by your article about the Downtown Far Rockaway project and statements by Deputy DDC Commissioner Eric MacFarlane.

Mr. MacFarlane says that the pipes are 80 years old. I believe that the pipes on my street are over 100 years old, but DDC is not replacing them even though the water mains are so corroded that it is impossible to see through them. Likewise, the discussion about flooding is absurd since the downtown area is one of the highest spots in Rockaway—some 20-30 feet above sea level. I’ve only lived here some 69 years and I don’t ever remember flooding in the area. Beach Channel Drive between Hassock Avenue and the Nassau County line is another story. That location floods in a light drizzle at high tide.

Also, it is interesting to hear Councilman Richards say that we have very narrow streets when part of the plan that he developed with DOT is to narrow the streets further.

And you conclude the article with “DDC Director of Infrastructure Herve Mathelier, ended [the tour] at the Q22 bus layover at Beach 22nd Street and Mott Avenue. Mathelier exuberantly expressed that the area will soon be home to a sparkling new plaza with an event space and stage.”  You failed to mention that the buses will move from their off-street location to the street, further reducing parking. And, no doubt the plaza will be another hangout for children to harass and menace shoppers as is the one on Beach 20th Street.

I feel sorry for the merchants, but it is their own fault. They should have closed down RDRC and appeared at the Borough President’s City Planning Commission’s hearings on the STUPID Downtown Far Rockaway plans. As for me, I have a car and ready access to the Five Towns, as do my neighbors.

Eugene Falik


Cat Fights

Dear Editor:

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. Yet cats are a perpetual hot topic on social media groups in Rockaway. Hundreds chime in about these feline vagabonds.

“Crazy Cat Ladies” are in abundance. These kind souls seek to provide sustenance to the resident grimalkins on the peninsula. Clowders begin to appear and take residence on various blocks and areas along the boardwalk. Their daily congregation becomes a nuisance for neighbors. The burn marks on lawns and pungent ammonia smell make backyards unusable. Nocturnal scavengers, such as raccoons begin to frequent the area, further infringing on the enjoyment of outdoor living space. Conflicts ensue.

Neighbors argue, causing friction on blocks. Conflicts escalate to vandalism and even police involvement, yet both sides feel justified. Kindly, cat ladies are vilified, as are concerned residents advocating fines and penalties for residents who feed cats. What is the solution? No idea, but the overabundance of any animal is never a good thing.

As Carl Van Vechten observed, “The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city.” Cats are definitely living their best life here.

Kay Sullivan


Shut It Down

Dear Editor:

I would hope that the Public Service Commission shuts down National Grid.

This is the company that, after it lost its contract to manage the LIPA electric system, used Sandy as an excuse to turn off power to vast areas of Long Island that hadn’t had a drop of flooding “for safety.”

National Grid is a crooked company that should not be allowed to do business in this state.

Eugene Falik


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