We need to encourage new after-school programs for kids

I recently had an article in The New York Daily News about the importance of after-school programs for kids, here in New York and around the country. You can read it here

We’re looking for someone like Andrew Carnegie to help fund the Playgrounds for Young Minds all around the country for kids.

The Trump administration has cut back on after-school programs, of course.

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by Cy A Adler

In June  Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a talk at our local Democratic Club, (TPID). I asked him to help place a drinking fountain on the Broadway Mall at 96th Street.

He said, “That’s a good idea. How do we do it?”  I said, “I don’ know.”

In May I attended a Sierra Club meeting on water issues. One of the speakers, Lucy Robson from New Yorkers 4 P​arks, spoke about drinking fountains (DFs) in parks. This was a subject about which I knew little,​except that DFs are wonderful and lifesaving when one is hot and thirsty. ​Lucy gave a history of drinking fountains showed pictures of fountains in various cities – including NYC. Her talk caused me to wonder why some parks have lots of DFs, while others have none. I asked Lucy why, she said, “I don’t know.”

Water in all its aspects has always fascinated me. The US Patent office issued me a patent on an ocean wave measuring device. In 1982 I formed an organization called Shorewalkers to walk along water. We explored over a thousand miles of waterfronts in and around New York City.

A beautiful skinny park called the Broadway Mall runs through my neighborhood, north of 72nd street in the middle of Broadway. ​It has no DFs.

Why we don’t have a drinking fountain at 96th Street and Broadway where there is lots of room for one and where thousands of people pass every day, puzzled me.

Water is available from a nearby brick building on the Mall which once was a public toilet. Now used by the West Side Arts Coalition, the building has a working WC. ( PHOTO)

People with whom I spoke agreed that a DF was a good idea, but they had no idea of how to get one. In May, 2017  ​I proposed Community Board 7-P​arks Committee consider a ​DF at 96th Street.  My proposal was ignored….

​What to do? I organized FODF-FRIENDS OF THE DRINKING FOUNTAIN at 96 Street on the Broadway Park Mall.

My NY State Assemblyman Dan O’Donnell ​suggested contacting the NYC Parks Commission​er Mitchel Silver​.​ This seem​ed like a sensible idea since ​Silver probably had jurisdiction over the Broadway ​Park M​all.  On 2nd June,​ I emailed ​Commissioner​ ​S​ilver  and asked his help FODF get a drinking fountain​ on the  Park Mall at 96th Street. ​

At the 14th June TPID meeting, I asked help from Club members, and from New York City Councilman Mark Levine, who is the Parks Chair. He asked ‘How much would it cost? ’​ I said “I don’t know.”

Friends and politicians in a variety of organizations such as SHOREWALKERS, SIERRA CLUB, NY4P, BMA, CB-7, BP-Manhattan, WSAC, NYCC, NYSA… were helpful. Some contacted Silver  re installing a drinking fountain.

On 30th June, Steve Simon, chief of staff, Manhattan NYC Parks, emailed me. He wrote that Commissioner Silver had asked him to respond to my email suggesting that we install a drinking fountain at the Broadway Mall. He wrote: “As a matter of policy, we do not install drinking fountain on any of our malls. We place them near active recreation areas in parks…”

​In response we sent a letter to Messrs. Steve Simon and Mitchel Silver:

“Thank you for your reply… Water is essential to life, and a blessing when one is thirsty. It seems unhealthy to deprive citizens of water fountains in NYC malls.”

Kindly respond: 

  1. Re: the ‘policy’ forbidding placing drinking fountains on park malls,

is there any reason this ‘policy’ cannot be upgraded?

 There are two identical water fountains five feet from each other

 in Central Park near the entrance at West 93rd Street.(photo)

How much would it cost to move one of these fountains

to the Mall at West 96th Street?

 Would you help or hinder a kindly benefactor who wished

to donate a fountain for the Park Mall at  West  96th Street?

 Thank you and cheers,


On 16th July, on a walk along the Rockaway Park boardwalk, I noticed dozens and dozens of  new, neat water fountains.  See pix below. Why none on Broadway?

If anyone who reads this plea for live-giving water on Broadway can help,

please join  FODF. Send us your suggestions. Will we ever get a drinking fountain on the Mall at 96th street? ​“I don’t know.”

​(P.S. Send an email and ask Steve Simon <Steve.Simon@parks.nyc.gov> .

Send  us a CC  at mail@greeneagle.org.)

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Something Really New to Worry About


The belief of many that the environmental impact of new chemicals and processes be studied before being reWired into the environment is commendable in theory. But more than a million products now result from man’s activities. There are at least two million species of fauna and flora on the’ earth. Assuming that a team of biologists can assess the environmental impact of a man‐made product on a species in one‐year’s time, it would require some two trillion biologistperson years to complete this worthy evaluation.

New ideas and new products are delicate things. One consequence of unrestrained precautionary study of possible environmental hazards of new ideas will be to kill most of them before they are born. No child, no idea is born into this world without the possibility of causing harm as it grows older. Shall we then abort all birth and all innovation for fear of possible environmental damage? That is what some environmentalists would have us do, but such a tack would lead society down the road to sterility.

Civilization has resulted in worldwide conglomerations of large cities and increasingly efficient farms linked together by ships, trains, cars and planes. This is the ecosystem of man in the last third of the twentieth century, and it appears stable except for devastating eruptions of nature or international war. No one can predict the future: one can merely indicate what man may do to try to insure the survival of his kind.

The prospect of catastrophe is nothing new to human societies: the Black Plague killed 75 million people and obliterated entire inhabited areas during the fourteenth century; the famine of 1878 killed 22 million peasants in China; the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima wiped out 200;000 lives in a few hours; destruction of topsoil and forests by overgrazing and overfarming and overcutting have caused thousands of societies and hundreds of millions of people to starve or migrate.

From now on man will live in rapidly changing world in which technology brings comforts and longer life to more and more people. But it will be a world always under the cloud of great potential accidents such as nuclear holocausts, new virulent epidemics, and unpredictable global weather changes. It will be a tolerable world, in many ways more pleasant than the world lived in by our fathers. In the world of the next 200 years, governments will have to work together to manage social institutions and natural resources. And those few persons given to thought will continue thinking while the vast majority of mankind will continue to live intuitively—as has always been the case. It should be a world worth living in.

September 29, 1973, Page 31
The New York Times Archives

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