I read with interest and disbelief a letter written to you in which my name was mentioned, so I am responding.
In this letter (“Don't mourn Pop's” - 5/5/16), it stated that my "incessant complaining" of Pop's being destroyed and my resistance to reopening this restaurant is thwarting Woodhaven from moving forward in a direction that "improves our quality of life."
Yes, I do lament the loss of an ice cream parlor that survived since 1910 with tin ceilings, original floors and woodwork. It is no longer unique, it is another restaurant that in no way improves our qualify of life by replacing what many thought was a historic location.
Stating that Jamaica Avenue is in jeopardy of looking uninviting and unappealing to shoppers, residents and investors makes me think that you are speaking of some other commercial strip, not Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue.
I would suggest that you go to other commercial strips, they all have 99 cent stores and Chinese takeout, but they don't have all the other stores and businesses we have.
I do applaud all of our new investors that our WBID has brought to the avenue, but I do not applaud the replacement of our iconic Pop's Restaurant, which was destroyed and lost forever.
I would be applauding if they opened this restaurant at another location, and believe me I would have worked very hard to find them another location.
Now we have to Landmark Neir's Tavern before we lose more of our Woodhaven history.
Maria A. Thomson
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation