Manhattan: Dear Mayor Adams: For many New Yorkers, myself among them, Central Park is the green space where you can enjoy beautiful surroundings, get some well-deserved exercise, relax and unwind. loosen. In recent years, however, Central Park has become stressful and dangerous. It takes a lot of courage to enter its limits.
Mopeds, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards and complete motorcycles now dominate the bike path, competing for space in what was once a recreation area. Now it’s a highway. Also on this lane are horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs, park employee vehicles, speed cyclists and in-line skaters. Electric bikes and scooters operate at dangerously high speeds. When crowded, wheeled device drivers have no qualms about moving into the much smaller walk/run lane – sometimes even in the opposite direction!
The Bridle Trail, which is probably the only place riders can be on the ground, as opposed to concrete or asphalt, attracts dozens of clueless cyclists. No bicycles are allowed! This policy is never enforced, and I have seen many cyclists ride past a manned police SUV with impunity. The other day, I was crossing at the park by 59th Street and Broadway, and a car drove through a red light and nearly hit me. I looked up at the police cruiser parked across the street. They didn’t see it; they were too busy looking at their phones. I know that the mayor cannot be expected to manage all the problems that arise in our great city. However, it is an element that I think deserves his attention. Denis Kim
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: I enjoy reading Leonard Greene and enjoyed his column on Ed Koch (“Even With All His Flaws, Koch Deserves His Privacy,” May 15). Yes, Ed deserves his privacy and so does everyone else. Who cares about someone else’s love object or sexual partner? Really, is it that important for the public? I have a particular point of view on Koch. From 1985-90 I was the weekend chef at Gracie Mansion (BTW, despite the newspaper reports, there are no ghosts or spirits there). In addition to cooking for Ed and his guests, part of my duties included making his bed and collecting his laundry from his room. Should I have looked for signs of “gay activity”? I really liked cooking for the mayor and I respected his work. I also found him to be authentic, meaning he had the same personality in public as he did in private. I can’t speak to his sexual orientation as it was irrelevant. Maybe people need to work on improving their own sex life instead of worrying about other people’s. Steven Goldfinger
Maspeth: On Voice Cecilia Rella: You are so right! People have misinterpreted so many innocent remarks or a friendly touch. Watching old game shows on TV, I’ve noticed many hosts (including our beloved Alex Trebek or “kissy” Richard Dawson) give a hug, put an arm around, or offer a compliment to contestants. I have never once seen lascivious behavior in these actions. People need to stop seeing harassment everywhere. Believe me, having experienced both types of behavior, I was clearly able to discern what was friendly and what was not. Veronique Kwiecinski
Brooklyn: To Voicer Don Schwarz: Didn’t you read the part of the story that says turd Payton Gendron was wearing a bulletproof vest? What would a “Saturday Night Special” have done? june lowe
Brooklyn: The NRA and its allies constantly claim that having good guys with guns is the best way to stop the killings. The last two massacres have shown this to be false. During the Buffalo incident, a trained officer had a gun but was killed. In a church in California, an unarmed individual put an end to the massacre. The timing is the most important element, not the weapon itself. Alan Podhaizer
Staten Island: People get shot every day. It doesn’t matter where – in California, New York or elsewhere – people are being killed. After Buffalo shooting, President Biden calls for unity and prayer, not a word about gun control. I would have thought this subject would be at the top of his agenda, but it was not. Whoever writes his speeches should be fired (I don’t want to sound like President Trump) but doesn’t he read them before he speaks? The Democrats control Congress and nothing is being done about gun control. Instead of fighting Republicans, try to do what’s best for our country. Same for the Republicans. Are there more true Democrats or Republicans? Thomas Bell
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Staten Island: I may echo many others, but there’s no way in hell, if the shooter’s scumball had been black, the police wouldn’t have torn it to shreds with gunfire seeing him. Yet this guy is alive without a scratch. So try telling me that the police aren’t squarely on the side of white supremacist bullshit. The evidence is simply too overwhelming and glaring. Tom McGuire
Newton, NJ: Does Fox News offer mental health counseling to its employees? Because Tucker Carlson desperately needs it – or better yet, a lobotomy. Michael Schnackenberg
Camden, NJ: Following the Buffalo shooting tragedy, on my personal social media page I suggested that we nominate Benjamin Crump for the next class of Nobel Laureates. His consistency in responding to the concerns of our black community is exceptional. Wayne E. Williams
Bronx: I work in the State Office Building on 125th Street in Manhattan. This building is open to the public for many services, such as mental health. When I arrived at work on Monday, I noticed that one of the security doors wouldn’t close and notified the authorities in place for the security of employees of color. It’s unfortunate that Albany didn’t find our concerns significant and didn’t even bother to respond to the email or fix the door. Glad to know that Albany makes the safety of its workers a top priority. Kenneth Joe
Howard Beach: Why would aliens contact us? We haven’t resolved our issues of violence or hate, many of us have given up the truth for political conspiracies, and mental illness is out of control. Many of us prefer recreational drugs to personal development. If extraterrestrials have one overriding directive, it might be to stay away from primitive planets like ours. Ernest Kienzle
Tarrytown, NY: According to your newspaper article (“Shooter Forbidden,” May 13), Officer Dennis Vargas had 39 work-related complaints, 12 of which were verified. Another man died at the hands of this officer, which may or may not be justified. Why is Vargas still on the force with so many past complaints? I hope the NYPD does background checks on the people they hire in the future. Barbara Angelini
Brooklyn: Frank Huyler’s heart may be in the right place (“Putin, Zelenskyy, and the Dangerous Stories We Tell,” op-ed, May 15) but he has no idea he’s dealing with Vladimir Putin. Huyler speaks of a “reckless Western escalation”. But Western powers have bent over backwards for more than two decades to accommodate Putin. How reckless is that? Huyler pleads for even more extensive diplomacy. The problem is, it doesn’t work when you’re dealing with a psychopath. War is what happens when diplomacy fails. Yes, it’s extremely dangerous, but everything else has fallen apart. Zelenskyy may not be as perfect as Huyler would like, but right now he is the best Ukraine and the world have. Huyler says Zelenskyy is “peddling a narrative”. Move on. Leaders, good and bad, always peddle a narrative. That’s what leaders do. Huyler fails to grasp the implications of human nature. Nick Smith