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High Marks for the High Line

Re: The Downside of the High Line (February 20, 2014)

I have run Moran’s, a restaurant across the avenue from the High Line, for many years. I saw first-hand a significant increase in my business when the High Line opened nearly five years ago. Foot traffic — by both New Yorkers and visitors from around the world — has increased, and in response we expanded the restaurant to include more café seating along Tenth Avenue to accommodate the increased number of customers. I’m proud to support the High Line and the positive changes it’s brought to Chelsea. I have seen first-hand the positive effects the High Line has had on the local community, and the beneficial economic impact it has created for businesses both old and new. The High Line has brought vitality and life to the avenues that were once isolated and dangerous. Vacant parking lots are now being filled with residents, rowdy night clubs have been replaced by apartment buildings, and at least three dozen new businesses have opened up on Tenth Avenue alone.

I would have to think that all of this new development has generated an enormous amount of tax revenue for the City of New York, at a time when the city really needed it. It is really not all bad news here. Colleen Lydon, Moran’s Restaurant

Neglecting public school needs

Re: Public Financing for Private Schools (February 6, 2014)

No doubt Mike Bloomberg saw a need in his community. His administration developed a program to meet that need. But Blooomberg’s milieu consists almost solely of those who send their children to private schools. As he said in 2011 of the rest of us — those who send their children to public schools — they “don’t understand the value of an education.” From his limousine, Bloomberg neither knew nor cared what “value” public schools offer, and so he neglected them. While the Department of Education bureaucracy enjoyed an large expansion of budget, schools saw their budgets cut every year. Sadly there is no Build NYC Resource Corp for the vast majority of New York City’s children. Bloomberg didn’t see the need. NYCviaFLA

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