I am writing in response to Larry Penner's dispatch “Why Oppose a Hooters?” in the Brooklyn Downtown Star on May 31.
Until the citizens, residents and commercial interests of the Town of Great Neck allow a Hooters on it Main Street, and Mr. Penner supports a Hooters around the corner from his home, his comments are irrelevant and probably the jottings of an egotist.
Did you every notice that the Manhattan powers that be somehow always manage to knock down any ascendency of an outer borough neighborhood or community? Consider, the new residents of the Brownstone crescent of neighborhoods are affluent and educated and have built and continue to maintain strong neighborhoods.
Homeowners pay high taxes and many fines due to the army of traffic agents and other punitive representatives of New York City government. In exchange, we get poor city services and crumbling streets and are generally ignored.
Yet, these brownstone neighborhoods are seen as a threat and must be destroyed. Why else would the mayor, the speaker of the City Council and the debutante commissioner of City Planning allow for the construction at Atlantic Yards except to destroy four thriving neighborhoods?