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What Our Readers Are Saying, May 24

May 24, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Brooklyn Daily Eagle editors welcome opinions, both pro and con, on all subjects affecting our daily lives, as well as responses to the articles and opinion pieces published in this paper.

Here is a selection of some of the more insightful and engaging comments from the last week. Want to contribute? Please send your comments to [email protected] or use Disqus at the bottom of the Eagle’s articles.

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Re Take a look at Gowanus buildings that activists want landmarked (May 22)

Some great photos here, each showing off the amazing open sky of the Gowanus — also something worth historic preservation. Lets use the zoning law to save these open sky views of the Gowanus Estuary along with the historic buildings for all the future inhabitants of the city. – BOOKMARK2018

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Re Early 1900s Brooklyn Bridge film shown after many years (May 18)

The restorers think this amazing footage may have been shot in 1899, but the train across the bridge, originally pulled by a cable, was electrified in 1896, and I don’t see a third rail, and I do see what look like cables between the rails. That suggests it actually dates from 1896 or earlier. In any case, yes, the Brooklyn Bridge once transported many more people by having both elevated trains and streetcars crossing it and only one lane for other traffic in each direction. Of course, cars were still very rare at that time. – MOSHE FEDER


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Re Endless possibilities for last undeveloped piece of Brooklyn Bridge Park (May 17)

In the 2008 Binding Report by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which permitted the demolition of the Purchase Building, it says in part that “the ultimate effect of this (park) proposal will be to enhance the special architectural and historic character of the Fulton Ferry Historic District.” A Bryant Park size ice skating rink, along with the supporting infrastructure necessary to run it and shipping containers for concessions, does not meet that test. – FULTONFERRYRES


When the Purchase Building was torn down, I remember proposals for a skating rink there. Later the empty site was used during the summers to house the Brooklyn Flea. Then it became a storage site for equipment used in the Brooklyn Bridge restoration. Here’s a photo of it during construction. Its final use was sorting through debris from the World Trade Center site, looking for human remains. – ANDREW PORTER

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Re A tale of two e-bikes: City moves ahead to help rich cyclists, while thousands of deliverymen suffer (May 16)

Thank you for writing this article. While I think that racism and classism definitely play a significant part in the motivation of the e-bike crackdown, I also think it represents lazy enforcement by the NYPD. I commute by bike to work daily, and in the mornings I regularly see the NYPD setting up ticket traps on First Avenue stopping cyclists in the bike lane for running red lights — breaking the law and deserving of a ticket, yes, but in about the most innocuous way possible (in most cases, the cyclists stop and only proceed when the intersection is clear – an annoying but not particularly dangerous maneuver). – MARK5

 


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