Daily News from New York, New York on January 5, 1957 · 241
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Daily News from New York, New York · 241

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Saturday, January 5, 1957
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DAILY NEWS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1057 STEIN'S PLAN FOR SUBWAY CASH Engaged io Navy Man lK Wiife!l Utilize Extensions ?irS belters, He By MARY OTLAHERTY In a move to obtain federal funds to speed action on the long-delayed $100 million Nostrand Ave. and Utica Ave. IRT subway extensions, Cijgf Councilman Morris J. Stein of Brooklyn proposed yesterday that the two spurs be planned for secondary use as "desperately needed" air! - fsiiigliain Matt tiic same idea raid shelters. Blasting the Transit Authority for its "shortsightedness' in apparently overlooking this dual use. Slein told The News he would present his proposal to the City Council at its Jan. 15 meeting. Stein, who represents a large part of the southeast Brooklyn area that would be serviced by the extensions cold-shouldered by the TA, disclosed he is now drawing up a resolution asking swift action by the Council. If the Council gives its okay, the next sten nrobahly would be Ample precedent exists for Councilman Morris J. Stein to use subway stations as bomb shelters. A similar proposal was made in a $104 million city-wide bomb shelters plan submitted by engineers of the former Board of Transportation to Sidney H. Bingham, then chairman, in 1950. The program, which called for federal financial aid, pointed out that most of the transit system's underground areas would provide protection against shock waves and air blast and from the heat and nuclear radiation of an atomic bomb. r ' 1 ' ? L' ii'liiinn ilMWHIi ...silk Councilman Stein formation of a comntittee to study his proposal and discuss it with federal, transit and other authorities. Stein said. Stresses Need of Shelters "I think the city should act as quickly as possible," Stein said. "It is important to provide not only transportation that is urgently needed, but also to provide bomb shelters which in that part of Brooklyn are desperately iieeded. There are no large buildings there and where would the people living in one-family houses or small apartment houses go for protection in case of a bomb attack. "In this day of hydrogen bombs, the Transit Authority should be concerned not only w ith its financial returns and profits but also with its opportunity to provide a desperately needed protective facility that might mean the saving of thousands of lives. It was proven in London in World War II that subways provided the principal means of protection in air raids in densely-populated sections." Stein's suggestion that the city take steps to get federal money towards the cost of the controversial spurs' construction is the result, the councilman explained, of recent reports from Washington that the Eisenhower administration is considering a multi-bitlion-dollar program for construction of nuclear-age civil defense shelters. Seeks Fair Contribution Stein is confident, he said, that if the federal bomb shelter appropriation program goes through, New York City could obtain some of it for use in joint subway-bomb shelter construction. "I think the federal government would be willing to make a fair -contribution," Stein said. "The slight additions, I think, that would be necessary to make these t w o extensions usable as bomb shelters would not cost much more than building them without these provisions. I would say the city would save money in not having to buy land and build the shelters separately and the federal grant also would help cut the cost of the extensions' construction." Cites Lack of Protection Stein believes the use of subways as bomb shelters should be considered on a citywide basis. However, he emphasized, he is particularly concerned W i t h Brooklyn's southeast community, which includes parts of Flatbush, Flatlands and Marine Park, because of their close proximity to Monsignor Speaker at Girls' Home ! 7 V ... : v-; The Kt. Her. Msgr. Edward P. Hoar, administrator of the Brooklyn Diocese, spoke at an entertainment given by girls of St. Joseph's Hall, Brooklyn, for members of the Emerald Association and their families. With him are Supreme Court Justice John E. Cone, association president' and Mrs. Cone. - Yh117th annuals Emerald Ball will be held March 1 at the Waldorf-Astoria. . Floyd Bennett Field and the Marine Park Bridge. "The air field and bridge area might be a military target area," Stein said. "This part of Brooklyn is one of the few densely-populated areas of New York Cty that do not have the protection many other areas have against bombs and radioactive fallout. I would like to see it get transportation and protection at the same time." Stein also pointed to Brooklyn's disastrous waterfront fire in November as added reason for preparedness to take care of communities locally in case of an air rail. Traffic was so snarled, and bfficials and emergency vehicles delayed reaching the blazing pier to such an extent, Stein recalled, that the city's civil defense corps was confronted with the need for re-evaluation of air raid evacuation plans for the city's millions. The Transit Authority's most recent stand on the $44,500,000 Nostrand Ave. Extension was to include it in 1958-62 long-range city planning. The $57700,000 Utica Ave. spur was not included in the overall planning. Stein predicted yesterday that the delays will increase construction costs. A Bonaparte Story Called Not Bonafide William Bonaparte's story of fighting oft' a holdup man who tried to steal his last quarter tailed to convince M a g i s-trate Albert D. Schanzer1 in Flatbush Court yesterday when he was charged with sounding a false fire alarm. The 65-year-old narrator, of 2930 W. 30th St., was accused of bringing four pieces of fire apparatus to Pa cific St. and Franklin Ave. 1:30 A.M. He told the magistrate he was waiting for a bus, the quarter clutched in his hand. "Suddenly this robber came at me out of the dark," he said. "He grabbed me and threw me against the alarm box. I thought it was a police alarm so I pulled the handle."" "Well, you tell a pretty good story," Schanzer remarked, smiling. Bonaparte's record showed eight convictions, including two for false alarms. Since the last one was in 1940, Schanzer let him off with a $25 fine or 10 days in jaili. Bonaparte mc-nt-'ta jail the . quarter still in his pocket. Magistrate Schanzer at Mr. and Mrs. William Ziegler Jr. of 28 Wallord Court have announced the engagement of their daughter, Edythe Smith Ziegler, to Stephen J. O'Brien Jr.. son of Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien of 48-53 44th St., Woodside. O'Brien, a graduate of Bryant High School, is in the Navy. .At Playroom Is Set Up For Child Patients A children's playroom, complete with toys, games and books, has been opened at Kings County Hospital for the enjoyment of some 5,000 youngsters treated each year m the pediatric wards. The latest addition to the big gest city hospital at 451 Clark-son Ave. was made possible by the Junior League of Brooklyn which provided the equipment, a professional part - time recreational supervisor and a corps of volunteer helpers. In the past, Dr. Morris Cohen, acting superintendent, pointed out, the league and other agencies and individuals contributed playthings for the child patients. But there was no play area, and the kids took the gifts home with them when they left. League-Inspired Plan The league, active in borough community work since 1910, came up with the plan to help them through their painful and often lonely stretches in the hospital. Dr. Cohen and other hospital staffers decided to set aside a spacious porch adjoining the wards. The city paid to have it glass-enclosed and refitted, and the league members did the rest. Their annual ball will be held Jan. 25 at the Heights Casino, 57 Montague St., for the benefit of the project. Children's puppet shows at Kings County and other borough hospitals also will be be financed by the proceeds. 14-Story Fall Kills Man, 70 A 70-year-old tenant of the new Coney Island housing project jumped or fell to his death yesterday from the roof of the 14-story building in which he lived at 3030 Surf Ave. Police said that Joseph Koen-igsberg, a retired manufacturer, left his 13th floor apartment, went to the roof and climbed over a five-foot protection railing. His body was found in the courtyard. - His wife, Dora, told police he had been in good health and had no financial troubles. He left two daughters and a son, all married. Teachers to Meet Sunday school teachers and officials of the Arlington Division of the Brooklyn Sunday School Union will hold their third annual convention at 8 P. M. Jan. 19 at St. John's .Lutheran - Church, New Jersey and Liberty Aves. " Signal Flop Stalls INI Moie than 3,000 Manhattan-bound subway riders were delayed during yesterday's morning rush hour when an 1ND express train was halted by a signal failure at the Lafayette Ave. station. The A train and . two others behind it wrere halted 13 minutes, beginning at 8:35 A.M. Expresses following them were rerouted to local tracks until repairs were made. j Boro Auto Toll Of 197 Worst In City for '56 Brooklyn, with 197, achieved the dubious distinction of leading the city in automobile fatalities in 1956, Police Commissioner Kennedy revtaled. Although 'the citywide , total dropped from 652 in 1955 to 503 last year, Kennedy said, the Brooklyn death toll was 18 higher than that of 1955. Automobile accidents in Brooklyn also rose in 1956, Kennedy reported. He listed 11,126 during the year, in contrast to 11,081 in 1955. The number of injured, however, dropped to 14,906 from the 1955 total of 14,933. He also listed 740 arrests in Brooklyn for drunken driving in 1956, as compared to 479 in 1955. The increase was attributed to more rigid enforcement as part of the 1956 police safety campaign. Model Railroad Exhibits Slated Two weekend displays of the Ridge Valley Railroad, described as one of the largest "HO" gauge units jn the country, have been arranged by its operators, the Bay Ridge Society of Model Railroaders. The shows will "be held next Friday through Monday and Jan. 18-21 at the clubhouse, G81G Fourth Ave.

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