To the Editor:
I have been a lifelong resident of Hyde Park, and I am a business and property owner here. I understand the pulse of the streets, the heart of the people and the desperate need for growth. To watch the transformation of the 53rd Street corridor take place is electrifying and well overdue. I always dreamed of one day seeing upscale restaurants, boutiques and exquisite eateries on the 53rd Street “strip” as we called it — and why not?
Hyde Park is a community within itself. Unique in that its very fabric is woven by a diversity of people with an awesome flare — we are sophisticated, yet compassionate about our community. We are a community unafraid to roll up our sleeves and make something good happen. This flare, this sophistication is now sure to ignite. It allows the opportunity for outsiders and insiders to come out, eat, drink and shop and all have a good time. For us, it’s all about the quality of life.
As I reflect on my childhood experience in Hyde Park, and even when I have ventured away to find residence in New York and Europe, I always seem to find my way right back to this place I call home. Today, home is a great place to live, to take my daughter out to eat and shop. No longer do I have to go outside my community. It’s a sense of pride to be able to continue to give back to my community by shopping, eating and — yes, can you believe it — going to a movie in my own backyard. As a homeowner, and entrepreneur, I am so grateful for the new and improved Hyde Park community.
Lisa C. Pilot-Livingston