Yesterday’s column about Donald Trump’s signs on the Taconic Parkway which lead to The Donald J. Trump State Park, which does not exist at the present time, really riled the populace.
Here’s a sample of the some of the e-mail I’ve received.
E-MAIL NUMBER ONE
“One of the most annoying aspects of the Taconic signage is…. people think FDR Park is renamed for Trump. I thought I was in a Trump -free zone but I can look out my back door and see the complex on rt6 and Barger. and travel 200′ and see the Taconic signbehind my lovely new Taconic barrier at rt !32..”
E-MAIL NUMBER TWO
“Phil: I loved your 2/1/07 article on the Donald and those ridiculous signs on the Taconic Parkway. But then, I always love your articles. I really enjoy them and usually agree with every word. Oh gee, don’t let my husband know I said that!
Seriously, I believe in my nasty little heart that the signs are up to advertise, not a park with grass and trees, but for Trump Park Residences, now being built on Barger Street, just off Route 6 in Yorktown. They’re condos for seniors, priced “from the $400’s”. I think that should really be written $499’s. It started out with another name, then all of a sudden, we drive by and the new huge sign has Trump in the name. I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m not a bit surprised. Make of that what you will.
Thanks for all your great columns. I look forward to reading every one.”
E-MAIL NUMBER THREE
You should also take a look at the high income development in Shrub Oak at Barger St. and Rt. 6 which was developed by Cappelli but when they had trouble selling the units at the ridiculous prices they want 400k – 1.2mm, they got Trump to put his name on it and it became Trump Park Residences. His mug is prominently displayed on a billboard at the intersection for all to see. It’s gross! No one is unhappy that Trump is involved because his name lends a certain cache to the place, making it more marketable and the surrounding property value can only increase. The neighborhood also got sewers gratis for backing the Cappelli venture, but Trump’s unabashed, in-your face, look at me attitude is a quite a turn off.”
E-MAIL NUMBER FOUR (a personal favorite)
“Re today’s column about the signs posted to advertise the still-a-borning Trump State Park, a sharper picture of the self-aggrandizing mogul can be gotten by examining his recent $10,000 gift to subway hero Wesley Autrey.”
While Mr Autrey also probably will find a use for Trump’s “donation,” especially in light of his being the father of two young daughters, I am rather chagrined by arbitrariness of the mogul’s “largess.” One wonders whether Trump, after seeing, hearing or reading about Mr Autrey’s split-second rescue of 20-year-old Cameron Hollopeter, deliberated as to how he could bask in this heroic stranger’s glory. And what price does such basking command? Did Trump think, “A hundred-thou? Nah, too much. Five-thou? Makes me look too cheap. Ten thou! Yeah, that’s really cost-effective: exactly the right balance between expense and good press.”
Your comments on Trump are on the money, but they left me speculating if Mother Fatso, that corpulent cartoon character who goes by the name of Rosie O’Donnell is a confederate of yours.