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At this point, Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. They tend to be ignored, despite "the rules." So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Adam Purple 1930-2015



Not a Stuy Town story, but a New York one. Long-time New Yorkers will know him by sight. Another piece of NYC gone.

http://thevillager.com/2015/09/15/adam-purple-legendary-gardener-84-is-dead-was-biking-across-williamsburg-bridge/

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

A life well lived. Thank you STR for sharing his story. Thank you Adam Purple for sharing your sustainability, beauty, and authentic life. Living by example.
A life well lived.

Anonymous said...

He is the true definition of admirable.

Anonymous said...

would be nice if nyc started saving the community gardens

they are the heart and soul of the city

http://gothamist.com/2015/09/24/gardeners_abruptly_evicted_from_bus.php

BIGMO said...

A real New Yawk character. He made a bit of New York and in turn the world a better place. He will be missed. RIP Adam!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing him many times, though I didn't know anything about him. I just thought he was a colorful eccentric left over from the "flower power" age.

May he Rest in Peace. We need gentle souls like "Adam Purple."

Anonymous said...

Today embracing the Adam Purples of the world are Pope Francis' words

Pope Francis could not have had a more divided and needy audience than Congress to hear his creative, blunt demand to confront the problems of the nation and the world that Congress has made a political art of evading.

In an address of memorable passion and nuance, Francis focused widely on the divisive immigration issues at home and abroad, the economic divide driving poverty, the threat to the environment, the “brutal atrocities” and “simplistic reductionism” of the world’s continuing conflicts, and the need, above all, for “courageous actions and strategies” rather than “facile proposals” from leaders responsible for solutions.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/opinion/pope-francis-challenge-to-america.html?comments&_r=0

Adam Purples lost garden with ten year grief should be a reminder to us all to care - to care beyond ourselves.

RIP Purple

Anonymous said...

Langone killed him.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting Adam Purple's story, STR.

Adam Purple reflects the spirit of New Yorkers. The real New Yorkers.

Rest In Peace

Anonymous said...

We love Commodities Market. In memory of you and your love for your most artistic garden ever created-- Adam Purple we will get dinner and a candle from Commodities Market in your honor.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, he spent his life struggling and fighting for all the right things with all his heart. Thank You Adam Purple.

Anonymous said...

Yup. Saw Adam, and his ex, Eve very often in Central Park during the '60s and '70s, pedaling around to pick up the horse shit for their garden. But this isn't really anything but a story about time passing. Nobody lives forever, and Adam certainly lived a life that orbited or touched many New Yorkers. RIP Adam Purple, you were one of us.

Anonymous said...

His garden was spectacular. A true artist.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your garden, Adam Purple. RIP

Anonymous said...

Adam Purple
Took on a corrupt NY system with all his heart
Active activist to the very end
Rest in Peace

Anonymous said...

Adam Purple's legacy is more noble and honorable than all NY politicians combined.
RIP friend.

Anonymous said...

Adam Purple deserves a plaque in the middle of the bridge to remind us all to keep going, never ever ever let the corrupt system beat you down and stop you.

At least he lived to see the beginnings of Preet Bharara cleaning up the system.

Keep going Adam Purple!

Anonymous said...

The heights of Creating a garden seen by NASA followed by ten years of depths of despair when NY City Council very personally destroyed it.

Adam Purple is an example of great character and caring. In all sense of the word, great "Character".

Anonymous said...

No matter how many buildings, bridges, airports the entitled buy their way into slapping their names on, they will never live up to the way Adam Purple and his community garden left a historic mark honoring the beauty of the land and society.

Adam Purple is the real spirit of community and humanity.

Anonymous said...

Let's get NYC to paint the Williamsburg Bridge Purple and Green

Williamsburg and LES - let's propose to Mayor de Blasio to paint the Williamsburg Bridge Purple and Green. San Francisco has its beautiful Golden Gate Bridge and spectacular Bay Bridge, New York has the spectacular Verrazano bridge and what can be the symbol of the future, the Purple and Green Williamsburg Bridge. Purple to honor Adam's legacy and Green to honor his purpose, a sustainable, green, ecofriendly NYC.

He’s the 82-year-old hipster schooling a changing Williamsburg on how to stay loyal to its counterculture roots.

Adam Purple recently set up shop inside the Times Up bike garage on S. 6th St teaching today’s generation of plaid-wearing bearded cyclists about maintaining Brooklyn’s cool factor as developers carve up the borough into real estate gold.

The spunky senior - who pedals around town sporting a foot-long gray beard and gold aviator glasses - is a star in environmentalist circles because of e to his decade-long fight with the city over his community garden dubbed “The Garden of Eden” in the Lower East Side.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/original-hipster-adam-purlple-82-living-williamsburg-schooling-generation-bikers-vegans-environmentalists-article-1.1332493

Anonymous said...


Adam Purple fought for workers rights, affordable housing, sustainability, and got world wide headlines when corrupt NYC politicians destroyed his community garden of art!!

He fought our decades ongoing battles against the greed is good politicians stuck in the 1980's who now only jump on the affordable housing and workers wage rights bandwagon to get themselves headlines after these same career politicians denied us these very rights for decades.

"Purple made headlines in the 1970’s opening “The Garden on Eden” - creating a maze-like path of plants which took up five empty lots. The city razed it in 1986 sparking a barrage of criticism from around the world.Purple made headlines in the 1970’s opening “The Garden on Eden” - creating a maze-like path of plants which took up five empty lots. The city razed it in 1986 sparking a barrage of criticism from around the world."

Here is the full article:

He’s the 82-year-old hipster schooling a changing Williamsburg on how to stay loyal to its counterculture roots.

Adam Purple recently set up shop inside the Times Up bike garage on S. 6th St teaching today’s generation of plaid-wearing bearded cyclists about maintaining Brooklyn’s cool factor as developers carve up the borough into real estate gold.

The spunky senior - who pedals around town sporting a foot-long gray beard and gold aviator glasses - is a star in environmentalist circles because of e to his decade-long fight with the city over his community garden dubbed “The Garden of Eden” in the Lower East Side.

“Brooklyn is alright, but it’s been yuppified,” said Purple, who rarely goes by his real name David Wilkie. “What do they do that’s rebellious? What do they do that’s adventurous?”

Purple biked over the Williamsburg Bridge Wednesday joining a group of fresh-faced activists in Union Square participating in the May Day rally calling for worker’s rights around the world.

Purple made headlines in the 1970’s opening “The Garden on Eden” - creating a maze-like path of plants which took up five empty lots. The city razed it in 1986 sparking a barrage of criticism from around the world.

He continued battling officials over cheap housing in Manhattan up until this year and is now focusing on keeping Brooklyn affordable for freelancers, artists and others who don’t earn regular paychecks.

“What’s my key for making it to 82?,” said Purple who prides himself on surviving on a few dollars a month.

Anonymous said...

The rest of the article:

“No automobiles. Always ride a bike. No meat. Now cow’s milk.”

Hoping to pass his activist baton to budding revolutionaries, Purple is now a Times Up fixture helping organize an array of causes from eating healthy to protesting.

He is also helping Times Up open a bike-friendly garden on S. 5th St. where organizers tapped him to teach the neigborhood’s new deep-pocketed arrivals how to plant in hard-to-cultivate city soil.

“He’s the most famous environmentalist in New York City,” said Times Up director Bill DiPaloa.

“He’s a living legend. He’s been doing this before everybody. He brought a lot of ideas to the city.”

Purple also confessed his aging body keeps his devotion to cycling in tact because “I can barley walk.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/original-hipster-adam-purlple-82-living-williamsburg-schooling-generation-bikers-vegans-environmentalists-article-1.1332493

Anonymous said...

Adam Purple
Courage. Compassion. Common Sense.
R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

They don't make cool people anymore. He is the last of the cool guys. RIP

Anonymous said...

February - May 2014 lower level alleged criminals, owners of the dumping company and town parks officials, dumping toxic NYC construction debris in Long Island were caught and arrested.
Suffolk County DA caught 48 trucks dumping in just one day in a children's playground.

Political Damage Control went into full force to cover up toxic dig site that resulted in toxic dump.

There can't be a dump without a dig.

The dig site was tested, they knew the debris was toxic.

Political Damage Control to protect real estate interests of billionaire buddies and get themselves promises of promotions to higher office were exchanged.

Keeping constituents at dig site safe was never a consideration by politicians, lobbyists, and all with an interest in the real estate deal.

Suffolk County DA is prosecuting lower level criminals who dumped NYC construction debris.

No NYC DA is investigating or prosecuting those who dug it up and knowingly put toxic construction debris in uncovered hauler trucks and sent them blowing in the wind, to Long Island.

No law enforcement or authority informed People at the dig site on hazardous exposure.

Politicians made deals to cover up the NYC dig site to protect their interests in the property sale in exchange for career support and promotions.

The NYC DA did nothing to indict or arrest those involved at the dig site who knew the debris is toxic yet dug it up, released it into our windows, homes, walking paths then put it in uncovered trucks on its way to Long Island.

No one at the dig site, the thousands of People and Families, were informed of toxic construction debris, told to shut windows, or to relocate during the dig, or diverted from walking by the dig everyday.

http://www.walk975.com/news/2014/12/09/da-arrests-in-islip-toxic-dump-probe


LI News
WALK 97.5 Weekly


DA: Arrests in Islip Toxic Dump Probe

Six Arrested, 32-Count Indictedment Unsealed

Posted on 12/9/2014 7:09:00 AM




By David North

Central Islip - (WALK) Six people, including two former Islip Town parks officials, are under arrest and accused of putting money ahead of the health and safety of thousands, by dumping hazardous materials in public places, according to Suffolk prosecutors.

The six subjects accused in the massive dumping of toxic construction and demolition debris at four sites were arrested indicted at State Court in Central Islip Monday.

The 32-count indictement follows eight months of investigation, including prosecutors in the county Economic Crime and Government Corruption Bureau.

Among those arrested and indicted are Former Islip Parks Commissioner Joseph Montouri, Jr., 61, of East islip, who according to Spota, appeared to lament only a failed effort to hide the tons of toxic debris left exposed at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. Montouri had denied there was a problem at the park, but resigned from his post in May, after an estimated 32 tons of toxic materials were found dumped at the park in April.

"Each one of these defendants saw an opportunity to make money, and ignore the consequences of endangering the health of thousand of people," said Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, "leaving people with an environmental catastrophe."

Amid the debris found at four sites were cancer-causing materials including asbestos, heavy metals and pesticides. The debris, mostly from construction and demolition projects in New York City, were found at Clemente Park, at an environmentally-sensitive wetlands area near the Islip-Babylon border in Deer Park, at a U.S. service veteran's housing site in islandia, and at a site near Route 111 and Sage Street in Islip, said prosecutors.

The defendants avoided paying fees of approximately $1,500 per truckload to legally and properly dispose of the debris, and investigators say as many as 1,800 truckloads were dumped at the four sites, beginning sas early as April of 2013....

- See more at: http://www.walk975.com/news/2014/12/09/da-arrests-in-islip-toxic-dump-probe#sthash.7VLuWZZb.dpuf

Anonymous said...

February - May 2014 lower level alleged criminals, owners of the dumping company and town parks officials, dumping toxic NYC construction debris in Long Island were caught and arrested.
Suffolk County DA caught 48 trucks dumping in just one day in a children's playground.

Political Damage Control went into full force to cover up toxic dig site that resulted in toxic dump.

There can't be a dump without a dig.

The dig site was tested, they knew the debris was toxic.

Political Damage Control to protect real estate interests of billionaire buddies and get themselves promises of promotions to higher office were exchanged.

Keeping constituents at dig site safe was never a consideration by politicians, lobbyists, and all with an interest in the real estate deal.

Suffolk County DA is prosecuting lower level criminals who dumped NYC construction debris.

No NYC DA is investigating or prosecuting those who dug it up and knowingly put toxic construction debris in uncovered hauler trucks and sent them blowing in the wind, to Long Island.

No law enforcement or authority informed People at the dig site on hazardous exposure.

Politicians made deals to cover up the NYC dig site to protect their interests in the property sale in exchange for career support and promotions.

The NYC DA did nothing to indict or arrest those involved at the dig site who knew the debris is toxic yet dug it up, released it into our windows, homes, walking paths then put it in uncovered trucks on its way to Long Island.

No one at the dig site, the thousands of People and Families, were informed of toxic construction debris, told to shut windows, or to relocate during the dig, or diverted from walking by the dig everyday.

http://www.walk975.com/news/2014/12/09/da-arrests-in-islip-toxic-dump-probe


LI News
WALK 97.5 Weekly


DA: Arrests in Islip Toxic Dump Probe

Six Arrested, 32-Count Indictedment Unsealed

Posted on 12/9/2014 7:09:00 AM




By David North

Central Islip - (WALK) Six people, including two former Islip Town parks officials, are under arrest and accused of putting money ahead of the health and safety of thousands, by dumping hazardous materials in public places, according to Suffolk prosecutors.

The six subjects accused in the massive dumping of toxic construction and demolition debris at four sites were arrested indicted at State Court in Central Islip Monday.

The 32-count indictement follows eight months of investigation, including prosecutors in the county Economic Crime and Government Corruption Bureau.

Among those arrested and indicted are Former Islip Parks Commissioner Joseph Montouri, Jr., 61, of East islip, who according to Spota, appeared to lament only a failed effort to hide the tons of toxic debris left exposed at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. Montouri had denied there was a problem at the park, but resigned from his post in May, after an estimated 32 tons of toxic materials were found dumped at the park in April.

"Each one of these defendants saw an opportunity to make money, and ignore the consequences of endangering the health of thousand of people," said Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, "leaving people with an environmental catastrophe."

Amid the debris found at four sites were cancer-causing materials including asbestos, heavy metals and pesticides. The debris, mostly from construction and demolition projects in New York City, were found at Clemente Park, at an environmentally-sensitive wetlands area near the Islip-Babylon border in Deer Park, at a U.S. service veteran's housing site in islandia, and at a site near Route 111 and Sage Street in Islip, said prosecutors.

The defendants avoided paying fees of approximately $1,500 per truckload to legally and properly dispose of the debris, and investigators say as many as 1,800 truckloads were dumped at the four sites, beginning sas early as April of 2013....

- See more at: http://www.walk975.com/news/2014/12/09/da-arrests-in-islip-toxic-dump-probe#sthash.7VLuWZZb.dpuf

Anonymous said...

Political deals exchanging endorsements on pet projects and their upcoming runs for the next office in exchange for covering up an environmental crime the equivalent of a serial killer.

The dig site was tested and known as toxic and all those thousands living, walking, working around it were never told.

That is pure and unadulterated "selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity"

Anonymous said...

Politicians do not deserve promotions to higher offices when they use their Elected Office for "selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity"

They do not even deserve the office they currently hold

Anonymous said...

Are the undercovers on the property protecting the residents or Cuomo's real estate deal?

Anonymous said...

N.Y. leaders must go after corruption
Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board

Politicians, lawmakers impact every part of our lives, with power to make our lives better or make our lives worse, even ruin the best of innocent citizen's lives.

The more corrupt they are the worse they make our lives. This year at the top of the political ladder some of the corruption was taken down.

Latest poll "Quinnipiac University just found that only 26 percent of voters think state officials are capable of ending political corruption at the state Capitol."

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/09/26/ny-leaders-must-go-after-corruption/72801972/

"The erosion of the trust in government has to be taken seriously. State lawmakers control a more than $140 billion budget and have to make key decisions on school funding, economic-development endeavors and environmental cleanups. They decide how to shape mental health, law enforcement and privacy laws, in addition to a slew of other issues that ultimately have impacts on all New Yorkers.

Polls show the public has virtually no confidence in the system — nor the expectation that lawmakers can and want to fix it. And that should be a grave to everyone — elected officials and those they purportedly serve."


Today nothing is more corrupt than the NYU REBNY -- Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village real estate deal.

Anonymous said...

N.Y. leaders must go after corruption
Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board

Politicians, lawmakers impact every part of our lives, with power to make our lives better or make our lives worse, even ruin the best of innocent citizen's lives.

The more corrupt they are the worse they make our lives. This year at the top of the political ladder some of the corruption was taken down.

Latest poll "Quinnipiac University just found that only 26 percent of voters think state officials are capable of ending political corruption at the state Capitol."

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/09/26/ny-leaders-must-go-after-corruption/72801972/

"The erosion of the trust in government has to be taken seriously. State lawmakers control a more than $140 billion budget and have to make key decisions on school funding, economic-development endeavors and environmental cleanups. They decide how to shape mental health, law enforcement and privacy laws, in addition to a slew of other issues that ultimately have impacts on all New Yorkers.

Polls show the public has virtually no confidence in the system — nor the expectation that lawmakers can and want to fix it. And that should be a grave to everyone — elected officials and those they purportedly serve."


Today nothing is more corrupt than the NYU REBNY -- Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village real estate deal.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Cool dude

Anonymous said...

Was this the crap from the bunker?

Anonymous said...

The Pope is a smart man. He knows the Congress and Albany are acting in the very ways he decries.
The politicians are all enamored they were in his presence, while the Pope used his presence to send Congress and Albany a direct message. He knows.

Adam Purple is riding high in the sky after living a life caring for People and for the Planet.

Anonymous said...

People can take back the land the billionaires and politicians are stealing by disposing of tenants. Instead of tax breaks to developers who are causing homelessness of the working class, how about tax breaks to People for affordable housing.

A Community Land Trust

A community land trust is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services.

Anonymous said...

May Adam Purple's legacy of Compassion for the Planet live on!