Attention must be paid to Greenwich Point

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am disheartened by the little reaction to Greenwich Point’s loss. I have heard little on the tower since its demise.

Only “town historian” Carl White has written an article, dated Sept. 6, 2012. Titled Plane Spotting in Greenwich, on his blog Historically Speaking, Mr. White ends his article with a basic observation, “No doubt the tower” will be there for years to come.

Mr. White’s article has a different slant on the tower and its lineage, then the Reilly’s. Yet none the less, Mr. White is a professional who stresses its “historic value.”

For years I have been saying that there should be more consideration to the average point goers. For years the whims of a few have dictated much of the change at Greenwich Point. From nature preserve to fancy city park, it’s been subject to such change, a small example, I point out as a aesthetically big example is the replacement of the 1950s metal and wood bunches that last forever. The new teak bunches, that glued joints will not last long.

I thought at least one yearly meeting on the Point should be held for citizens to hear about and comment on major work in regards to landscape/aethetics’s change and updates on the Point.

Yet what’s the deal and/or use if the people and the local media are not going to push subjects like the destruction of the coastal watch tower. And other examples, like the lack of speed in rebuilding the north concession after Sandy because of the upcoming restoration by the Greenwich Point Conservancy of the entire building.

Sandy could have been capitalized on with insurance and government funds. Why not rebuild the concession separate from restoring the whole building!? This would of save GPC fund raising efforts and, in rebuilding right after Sandy, the concession would be ready for business now.

What’s with the plan to have a lunch wagon at the north concession? And then where did the money come to destroy the coastal watch tower? Especially when the original Tod’s estate carriage shed that was destroyed in Sandy has not been rebuilt.


Jim Reilly

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