I was reading the paper and was surprised that the New York State Pavilion has made a global list of most neglected sites. On June 6, the World Monuments Fund, a Manhattan-based nonprofit organization, released its list of 100 of the world’s most endangered sites. The pavilion is on this list and the 43-year-old relic, which is an icon to most of us in Queens — not to mention the world — is in serious peril. There are other structures on this list, like China’s Great Wall, Spain’s Aqueduct, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu in Peru and the list goes on.
As for myself and others who were there for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, we all hold fond memories of a time not forgotten. Now, there are those who consider the New York State Pavilion an eyesore. Well, I consider it a piece of history and one which should not be forgotten.
But more than that the site symbolizes the way we were and our hopes and dreams for a bigger and brighter future for humanity. Our Mayor Bloomberg wants to make our parks beautiful and more enjoyable. Well, let’s start with Flushing Meadows Park and the New York State Pavilion. The city has a $4 billion surplus, maybe a small portion, like $30 million to restore this icon.
What do you say, Mayor Bloomberg?
Day Of Recognition
As a resident of Woodhaven, and a six-times-per-week Forest Park runner, I want to tell you how much the park means to me. I run on the bike path starting at Woodhaven Boulevard and ending up at Queens Boulevard.
My enjoyment of the park is enhanced not only by the beauty of trees and the paths, but also the way the park is maintained. It is truly a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility for me. I walk to the park via Woodhaven Boulevard — and let me tell you, I am so delighted with the wonderful crew of workers, who almost daily are there, responsible for cleaning that area. Also, on Forest Park Drive, the area is nearly free of litter. I exchange pleasantries with the workers and I am so energized by their vitality and pride in what they are doing. I think they fully realize that by their efforts, they are making a statement of pride, not only for our community, but for themselves as well.
Since I do not know them by name, may I suggest that a “Day of Recognition” be held for them. I certainly would attend to join in and express my gratitude to a crew of people, who by their efforts, make that day just a little brighter for all of us “park people.”
Bloomberg For President
Let’s get real. … All this talk about Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president as an independent is sheer and utter lunacy and really makes me chuckle.
I’ll say it right now, if he does decide to run, I say that he doesn’t get one vote in the electoral college.
Mark my words, not one electoral vote.
Against Death Penalty
State Sen. Serphin Maltese’s campaign to restore the death penalty to New York State is ill-advised. His letter to Queens constituents, focusing on the murders of law enforcement officials, is emotional and, in some measure, appealing; however, to make one exception is to open the gates for a flood of others. I know this as surely as I am bound by affection for my two nephews who are New York City policemen.
As a member of the Steering Committee of New York State Religious Leaders Against the Death Penalty, I want to assure readers that Maltese’s proposal goes against the teachings of most mainline religions and ignores the commandment: Thou shalt not kill.
As difficult as it may be, God calls us to resist acting from your baser instincts of fear and vengeance and to cling to choices reflective of God’s grace. No one, neither individual nor state, has the right to kill. To deny this is to accept irrationality. Our law does not allow us to rob the robber or rape the rapist. Why should it allow us to kill the killer? Are we not called to a higher standard of behavior than that of those whom we condemn?
The late John Paul II clarified the Catholic Church’s position on the death penalty by insisting the only time the government can take a life is when there is no other way to prevent the killer from killing again. Life in prison without parole satisfies that condition insofar as it is humanly possible to do so.
The European Union, composed of nations from which many of our ancestors came, will not allow membership to any country that has a death penalty. It would exclude, for example, China, Iraq and the United States.
Sister Camille D’Arienzo,
Coming home at 9:30 a.m. Friday with the Queens Chronicle and my shopping, a group of us were nearly run down by two autos going through a red light on Roosevelt Avenue through Main Street.
Reading your paper, you list this as the most dangerous street in Queens. Repeated contact with our “part-time” elected officials to have traffic police there has been unsuccessful and unanswered. The rare times one sees a policeman, he is usually around the corner to ticket cars making illegal turns. Evidently, money for the city is more important than people’s lives.
I will also fault the locals who cross in groups against the lights holding up legitimate traffic. Why isn’t there police presence there all the time? This is the most dangerous crossing also due to the fact that the over 20-year talked-about bus terminal has never materialized for the land is being turned over to developers.
Another example of greedy politicians and business superceding the public’s welfare.
No More Gore
There is talk of the possibility of Al Gore running for president and winning. The very thought of it makes me cringe.
The last time he ran and “won” back in 2000, it was the prelude to one of the worst nearly eight years in our country’s history. Record surpluses decimated and replaced by record deficits, the trampling of American civil liberties, disregard of civilized human values, in short, earning the disrespect and alienation of the entire world, friend and foe alike. We’d managed to transform our once proud country, the beacon of freedom and justice, to a level not very distinguishable from those we once called the enemy.
No, Vice President Gore, do not win any more elections. Or country would not be able to survive another such win.
Amagansett, Long Island
Money For Merit Program
I’m sorry, but isn’t it the responsibility of the parent to get their child to school and to the doctor? We have three children who go to school on time, went to the doctor for checkups. And when they were sick, I kept them home so they wouldn’t pass it on to someone else. My husband worked very hard for our family. Thank God, our children are now all working members of society.
I have always liked Jerry’s (Seinfeld) comedy, but also have thought highly of him as a person. Of all the comedians, Jerry stays out of the negative limelight and is a pretty decent person too. His show was great for the years it was on, but now that he has a fund for young people to get scholarships, I will keep thinking highly of this person. Jerry also seems to be a great husband and a good dad.
Mark Healey Named Editor In Chief
Mark Weidler, publisher of the Queens Chronicle, has named Mark Healey the paper’s new editor in chief. He will oversee the reporting, editing and editorial production staff.
“I am pleased to welcome Mark Healey as our new editor in chief,” Weidler said. “Mark brings to the Chronicle over a decade of experience in the media and in the teaching of journalism.
“I am very excited about putting into effect some of the ideas that he has proposed.”
Healey, 39, has worked in all forms of media; print, online, magazines and broadcast. Most recently, Healey worked at the Associated Press, a seven-year stint at the wire service’s World Headquarters in New York City.
In addition, Healey is the executive editor and creator of Gotham Baseball Magazine, and has also spent time in the classroom, instructing students at Five Town College in the fine art of journalism.
A lifelong New Yorker and a graduate of Queens College, Healey is no stranger to the borough, having lived in Flushing, Woodside and Middle Village from 1983 to 2001.
He replaces outgoing Editor in Chief Dan Hendrick, who has joined the League of Conservation Voters as communications director.
“Dan has done an incredible job here, so I have big shoes to fill,” Healey said. “I’ll make it my business to continue to build upon the foundation of editorial excellence of the Queens Chronicle.”
Working in concert with Weidler and Founder/Associate Publisher Susan Merzon, Healey is also determined to continue to improve both the scope and style of the paper’s editorial content.
Starting with this week’s edition, expect to see more of a commitment to the kinds of stories that not only educate and inform, but engage the reader.
“Queens is full of interesting people who are doing their part to improve our way of life,” Healey said. “It’s our job to share those types of stories, too.”
If you like — or don’t like — what you see, drop a line to Mark Healey at MarkH@qchron.com or call (718) 205-8000 x127. The Chronicle is here for you.