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‘Play street’ a dopey idea

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:09 am, Thu Mar 28, 2013.

Dear Editor:

Why was 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights closed to traffic? As I understand it, it was closed and turned into a “play street.”

Who instituted this ridiculous move? I think they are completely incorrect for introducing this asinine policy, which they claim is a “significant victory.” It will, for one thing, lower the property values of the co-op apartments in this area. I can imagine what people will think when they come to view my co-op for sale. This will not help us sell it.

I remember last year that many times on Sundays there was a very small number of children using the “play street,” and sometimes none at all. The only people there were street peddlers selling all kinds of junk.

There is a large park on 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue. Why isn’t the park used for the purpose intended? It’s almost always empty. Why have a “play street” right next to a large park? And now I’ve heard that a politician wants to make the park larger and extend it to encompass the entire area of 78th from Northern to 34th. For what?

Teenagers bring their boom boxes to the “play street” and no one tells them to turn the music down. Who is going to patrol this area? Who is going to make sure it is used by neighborhood children and not gangs of unruly teenagers, as has happened in the past?

This is just another city government waste of power and money to disrupt the daily life of citizens and to seek kudos for doing something supposedly worthwhile and positive for the neighborhood. Many of the people who live in this area have not been asked to give their comments about closing the street to traffic and parking, etc. Shouldn’t the people who live here have a say?

I wonder how many of my neighbors have the same concerns as I do about this ridiculous idea.

James Solomon
Jackson Heights

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