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Coliseum should be demolished

Photo of the NYCB Live / Nassau Veterans

Photo of the NYCB Live / Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on June 16, 2020. It was announced this week that the Coliseum will be closed. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum was poorly designed from the start, and that’s a birth defect that can never be cured [“Nassau Coliseum closing barn doors,” News, June 17].

The sight lines in the arena are bad, and the arena is too small at 15,000 seats. The building’s height is insufficient and is not proportional to its width. I went to one event there decades ago and I never went again.

There is no public transportation to get there, and the parking fees are high and vary with each event, further discouraging attendance.

We missed an opportunity with Charles Wang’s proposal for the area. To throw good money after bad to renovate the Coliseum, to me, was colossally stupid. The best solution now is a few cluster bombs.

Daniel Okrent,


LIRR must prepare for new rush hours

Credit the Long Island Rail Road for cleaning and safety measures to address COVID-19 [“LIRR ridership still down as NYC reopening starts,” News, June 9]. It has added cars on scheduled trains to promote social distancing. It’s possible when not running the same number of rush hour trains as pre-COVID-19.

The problem I see is a lack of capacity to add more cars to trains when returning to 100% rush hour service. The LIRR has a limited spare fleet of electric cars. As ridership returns to 50% or more of pre-COVID-19 numbers, it’ll be more difficult to maintain social distancing on platforms and trains at rush hour. Who would want to occupy the center seat or sit face to face with another passenger?

A long, hot summer with air conditioning malfunctions could add to equipment shortages. The LIRR will still face periodic equipment malfunction, inclement weather, switching or crossing gate woes, and storm and signal problems contributing to disruptions resulting in canceled and combined trains. People will need to stand in the aisles. Trips will take longer with longer boarding time needed. Imagine the crowds at Penn Station shoulder to shoulder waiting for the next train.

Larry Penner,

Great Neck

Editor’s note: The writer worked 31 years for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York office.