MILLSTONES TO REST AT THE L.I.C. LIBRARY FOR NOW
(ASTORIA TIMES OCT. 7, 2010):
MILLSTONES FIND A TEMPORARY HOME
(QUEENS GAZETTE OCT 20, 2010):
A quick glance at articles in the local press during the course of last year had Penny and George and Jerry telling the public that their concern for the millstones “vanished” when they were encased in a wooden crate as part of their “bitter fight to keep them in the Dutch Kills community” (W Q Gazette May 19, 2010).
The Queens Chronicle stated they claimed that efforts by others to move them indoors were “self-serving” (June 17, 2010), a sentiment echoed in the Daily News which reported that Penny and George and Jerry stated the stones were “safe” in the construction site. (November 20, 2009)
And finally we have their direct quote “We’ve made sure the stones are not leaving the Dutch Kills area and that they are protected. They are as secure as they can be and insured. And it’s been determined that they will not be moved until they are ready to be taken to their final setting.” (New York Post December 1, 2009)
Now Penny Lee of City Planning and Dutch Kills Civic are, in our opinion, blatently taking credit for our efforts (Gazette 10/20/10 par. 8) Look at them – standing next to the stones with big smiles.
The stones should have been moved away from the construction site all along.
But it appears that their support is down to one or two small newspapers and a handful of local elected officials who looked foolish (in our opinion) by not only fighting their own community, but leading experts on this subject both in New York and across the nation.
We have nothing to say about the library finding money to move and display them at a time when they were forced to let 40 librarians go due to funding shortfalls.