To the editor:
on The Red Shoes and your rating it as the top film of all
These film frames first
passed before my eyes in 1949, in Panama, where
I am now trying to
find my link to the company offering a DVD of Tales
I have also obtained
a magnificent DVD of Black Narcissus. The
January 21, 2004
To The Editor:
I somehow stumbled
across your City Review website a few weeks ago in
Living in Los Angeles,
where true architecture rarely gets more than
By the way, here's
a link to one of the very few West Coast buildings
firstname.lastname@example.org (David Gadd)
January 22, 2004
I write to you to express
my utter dismay at the LPCs decision to landmark
The Socony-Mobil building
is not only not a landmark, it is a positive eyesore
The idea that it should
be landmarked just because of its grotesquely
I support landmarking
in general, and testified in favor of the designation of
The fact that LPC is
suspected, by the going gossip, of having designated this
This building is so
bad that it provokes me to propose an idea: that LPC
email@example.com (Ian Fletcher)
Former Board Member,
Morningside Heights Residents Association
August 12, 2003
The boxy, stainless-steel Socony-Mobil Building is actually better than the metal-clad 666 Fifth Avenue and has better proportions. The notion of "eye-sore" designations for zoning bonuses is quite intriguing.
To the Editor:
Hello. My name is Chris Bush. I have been extremely involved and active in following the process of rebuilding Ground Zero and all of Downtown since Day 1. And I must say that The City Review offers some of the most intelligent, insightful, and optimistic viewpoints and suggestions to rebuilding. Your articles are very informed, and you look to find the most balanced solutions that accomodate as many ideas and desires as possible. This is a principle that I have tried to stick to when forming my own opinions of how and what should be done. Most important, however, is the sense of optimism you project about the future of the WTC site and of Downtown as a whole. The City Review dares New York to seek out its brashest and boldest possibilities, traits that are quintessentially New York, and traits that can not be abandoned so tragically in the face of fear. There is so much that needs to be done in Downtown and at the site, and if the decision makers can realize and utilize the maximum potential of Downtown and their resources, then they will realize that the many tasks at hand can all simultaneously be accomplished. The City Review it appears already has a hold on this concept. I especially enjoyed the recent articles and reviews of the NY Times designs and the New York Magazine designs. That is precisely the direction this process should be headed, and hopefully the LMDC and the city and state will recognize these innovative concepts.
Sept. 17, 2002
H. I. FELDMAN, NYC Architect
To The Editor:
I am the only surviving
child of Hyman Isaac Feldman (1896-1981) and for my
1060 Anthony Avenue (built
March 20, 2002
Slow Progress at Whitehall Ferry Terminal
To The Editor:
I'm attaching a recent
photo of the Whitehall Ferry Terminal under
I came across your
City Review website again recently and was
(See The City Review article on the proposed ferry terminal.)
And while I don't share
your lack of appreciation for the work of Venturi
Though I'm no longer
officially working on the Whitehall project (in yet
And I'm thinking a
lot about public space recently, as I try to make sense
Anyway, hope this is
interesting to you, somehow my Saturday afternoon web
Ronald Evitts Architect
1201 Broadway, Room
February 23, 2002
The Ellis Island of the West
To The Editor:
I have been researching
how to explain to a very apathetic southern California populace
the importance of preserving a place in San Diego, Naval Training
Where Ellis Island acted as a portal for the masses to come into a country of promise, Naval Training Center acted as a portal for those same masses to step up and put their lives on the line to defend the democracy they fled other countries to experience.
Naval Training Center also was the center of the hub of embarkation of our troops to fight the Pacific battles in WWII. Because of its location in the home port of our nation's Navy, adjacent location to Marine Corps training facility (MCRD), priceless property and climatic appeal and capacity for public reuse, it is the jewel of all military facilities made available for civilian reuse during the 1990 BRAC process.
And 80-90% of this $700 million facility is being demolished for condos and corporate offices with no appreciable return to the national or local taxpayer.
I appreciated your insight into the Ellis Island issue and
the care and concern New Yorkers have taken in preserving this
national treasure. My question is how
November 17, 2000
Why Not Me!!!
To the Editor:
The response (see below)
by someone who read the editorial on Darryl Strawberry "Why
It's true that children need good role models, and Strawberry's solicitation and use of cocaine are not things we want to teach our kids.
Or are they?
Perhaps parents and the general public should try the other side of the coin. We teach our children to read and write, math skills, the history of the world... but so many parents neglect the issues of emotional and mental health. "But we take them to church and teach them about God and how to be a good person," some might say. Despite good intentions, this often fails. Why? Because the ideas of goodness, compassion, and moral compass are too abstract for a child to fully grasp. The best way to explain it is that you can know something in your head without knowing it in your heart. They lack the experience that brings maturity. So the best we can do is show them the consequences of making the wrong choices.
If your child idolizes this man, then isn't this a great opportunity to teach him/her a lesson about right and wrong? Sit down with them and talk about alternative ways of coping with illness and death. Or are we all too lazy to give our children the guidance they need?
Darryl Strawberry is going through some tough times. How would you feel if you were diagnosed with cancer? He has shown a courage and attitude that few people have. I am not condoning the use of cocaine; I do feel that drug use should be a health issue NOT a criminal issue! Obviously his confinement to a treatment center is not solving his drug problems or his depression. I think the world and our government should leave well enough alone and allow him to make his own choice about his future. We cannot pretend to know what Darryl is feeling, whether or not he loves his family, career, or himself. People make mistakes and some are harder to overcome than others! After all, "you can lead a horse to water... but you can't make it drink."
Thanks for listening!
October 25, 2000
So what that Strawberry said, "Why not me?" (See The City Review article) Noble statement aside, he has done nothing to admit or overcome his drug addiction and continues to do what he wants because he is a professional athlete. He doesn't care about his wife, the young who idolize baseball players, the baseball profession, or most importantly himself. If he did he would have gotten off drugs a long time ago and stayed home instead of partying with friends and strippers.
So his noble statement, full of grace, just wipes out all the other negative actions by Strawberry? Please. Your article is liberalism at its best where no one needs to take responsibility for his actions, he just needs to make noble statements, full of grace.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Kay Jenkins)
Sept. 12, 2000
....more on Strawberry
Whoever, wrote that article glorifying daryl strawberry should be fired on the spot...
email@example.com (Kalter, Steven)
Sept. 12, 2000
...and a message to Strawberry
You don't know me. For some reason I was browsing and saw an article on recent happenings with Darryl and wondered if I could send him an e-mail. I enjoyed reading your piece "Why Not Me! The Amazin' Grace & Heroic Humility Of Darryl Strawberry" and wondered if you may have a way of getting this to him.
I read with sadness that he suffers from colon cancer and it appears that if he continues to have it treated in the manner he is currently doing, then his fate doesn't look very good. Proof of this is that a kidney has already been removed, what will be next?
On a physical level, cancer and all other dis-ease is due to one thing...blockage and toxicity. Colon cancer especially examplifies the blockage idea. Something (that was eaten...meat putrifies, and starch molds) is stuck (glued) in that part of his body, been there for a long time and is causing a poisining of the entire system. Surgeries and medication don't deal with this primary cause. What will? Colonic irrigations, drastic change in diet, rational fasting and complete physiological rest.
One can never afford to have vital organs removed from the body if one wants to remain whole and vital. Removal of the blockage and toxicity by natural means will result in a systemic change to take place. A rejuvination of the blood stream will take place allowing the body to begin to really heal itself.
You may not understand what I'm talking about here, but it is important that this information get to Darryl in some way, to see if his interest can be sparked. I can then refer him to people in NYC that may be able to really help him, help himself. At the end of the day, think of the many people that could benefit if he were to look at alternative therapies because of his public status.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sept. 12, 2000
To the Editor:
I fairly wallowed in your City Review Web site this afternoon. What a treat for those of us who must worship New York from afar.
I wandered by City Review looking for information on early 20th Century residences, as part of my ongoing research into the history of the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont.
Estey installed quite
a few residence pipe organs in New York, many of them with automatic
roll players. Among their clients were George C. Boldt; Henri
Bendel, 520 Fifth Avenue; Rapelje Howell, 140 West 57th Street
(current site of the Metropolitan Tower); and Chapel of the Holy
They also built a number of church and theater organs, including one for the Capitol Theater in 1919. I'm sure they are all gone now, and who knows what became of the organs. At the moment, I'm trying to determine if the organ they built for the old Waldorf-Astoria in 1911 was in the East Room or the Myrtle Room.
I learned a number of interesting things from City Review, and I thank you for providing such a fascinating site.
Rich La Voie, president
firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Lavoie) 2/27/00
Gum, Sticky Business
To The Editor:
I read your article about gum (See The City Review article) with the pleasure of knowing that someone else seems to be stuck on gum.
Of course, as a gum manufacturer, the subject matter was less than supportive of my life/business quest. Be that as it may, just as Rave's are not the cause of drug over-use, gum is not the culprit, just the vehicle. I like to say that gum does not spit people, people spit gums. The question is: how do we get people to curb their nasty habit of spitting gums in the wrong places? A tax? I don't think so. I do have a solution, though. People can learn about the true value of certain chewing gums over others, and with that heightened awareness, they will not spit their gum on the street. It's true. Our gum is called JungleGum, and it is the only certified organic, natural chewing gum in the world. It is harvested by hand in the jungles of Central America. It is not only certified organic, but it is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (a splinter group form your NYC Rainforest Alliance), an organization which ensures that the forests from which we harvest our chicle (gum base) are managed for sustainable production. We are also certified by FairTrade to ensure that the gum tappers are paid fair, living wages. All this makes for a very sophisticated and smart gum. A gum that makes people think. It costs a little more, but when people buy it, they essentially become part of the whole chain of custody of a very interesting natural resource...and they don't spit it on the street!
What do you think? Can a simple approach like this not only do some good south of the border, but also clean up those nasty wads?
By the way, those globs on the street (all other chewing gums) are completely synthetic, petroleum-based plastic gums...who, in their right mind would want to chew them in the first place? No wonder they spit them out!
Wild Things, Inc., proud maker of JungleGum
Movies that make me smile
To the Editor:
"Whiskey Galore" (Ealing)[Studios] belongs on the [Top 500 Sound Films of All Time] list, surely. The scene where the luscious Joan Greenwood teases her dear Sergeant into proposing in Gaelic is one of the sexiest ever filmed (right up there with - say - a pubescent Elizabeth Taylor in bed pretending to ride her horse Pie to victory in "National Velvet." Qualifying it for the list alone is one scene, without dialogue, where the news of the wreck of the whisky-laden steamer is spread faster than today's bandwidth-glutted age would deem possible. I believe "The Seven Samurai" is on the list twice. How about "The Magnificent Seven" as a substitute? Finally, may I suggest [Jacques] Tati's "M. Hulot's holiday" or Laurel and Hardy's "Way Out West"? I guess I'm a sucker for movies that can make me smile years after I've seen them.
August 30, 1999
Oops! "The Seven Samurai" was on the list twice, at Number 168 and 464. "The Magnificent Seven," the American remake of "The Seven Samurai" with Yul Brynner, James Coburn, Horst Buchholtz, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson was jolly good fun and while not a great movie it certainly had a cast that would go places and therefore is an interesting "document." Joan Greenwood, of course, is the star of two other films high on the list, "The Man in The White Suit," and "Kind Hearts & Coronets" in both of which she positively boiled over with feminity, she of the great fog-horn voice and mischievous eyes. In its heyday from 1939 to 1951, Ealing Studios produced the great English comedies that are among the finest in the history of film. I highly recommend Charles Barr's 1980 book on "Ealing Studios," a third edition of which was published in 1998 by the University of California Press and which I purchased at Coliseum Books in New York City for $19.95. It includes two photographs of Ms. Greenwood in the 1949 "Whiskey Galore" and much, much more. I am very tempted to add "Whiskey Galore" and many more Ealing films to the list, but then I would be accused of being an Anglophile, or some such terrible thing.
...All the Disrepair
To the Editor:
I am writing to say that my family and I were recently in New Jersey to visit some relatives. We are from Ohio. While there we went to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I would like to say that as an American, I would like to see Ellis Island fully restored to original as possible. It may be located on the East Coast, but it belongs to all of the United States. It broke my heart to see all the disrepair. I hope all will remember that this place meant hope, future and most importantly freedom to millions of people. I thank you for your time and may God bless you all.
August 10, 1999
To The Editor:
I enjoyed and agreed with your article on
the Central Park Children's Zoo (see The City
Review article). (Remember the dime-accepting turnstiles?).
Your observation pertaining to the accessibility of the animals that city kids (like myself) would not otherwise have had occasion to see (and how it shaped our views) was especially thought provoking. Nothing is as interesting to me as having cherished assumptions confounded.
I thank you for the time and effort you have obviously put into your site and your writing.
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