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Bay Terrace Civic Blasts New York Post Columnist

Group offended by writer's depiction of community in piece on Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'

The Wolf of Wall Street. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
The Wolf of Wall Street. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

The Bay Terrace Community Alliance is blasting the New York Post following a recent column that the group believes includes “hateful comments” about the community.

In her Dec. 9 piece “’Wolf of Wall Street’ Can’t Shake Queens Roots,” columnist Andrea Peyser describes Bay Terrace as a “soulless collection of identical six-story, red brick co-op buildings and attached garden apartments” and goes to write that, “These days, Bay Terrace is a graying ghost town as kids have grown up and moved on.”

In writing about Martin Scorsese’s anticipated new film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” she notes that Jordan Belfort, the movie’s titular character, “can’t shake Bay Terrace, which helped mold an upwardly mobile middle-class kid into an amoral, drug-loving crook.”

Peyser writes that she, much like Belfort, grew up in Bay Terrace.

A local civic, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, was not pleased with the Post columnist’s depiction of the community.

“Bay Terrace is the perfect middle class community for children, families and seniors,” Warren Schreiber, the civic’s president, said. “Along with some of the city’s best educational opportunities, it provides a safe environment where neighbor cares about neighbor. I can’t think of anyplace I would rather live.”

The civic is calling on Peyser to issue an apology for her column.

“The assumption that people who live in Bay Terrace turn out to be ‘amoral, drug-loving crooks’ is completely outrageous and offensive,’” a statement from the civic read. “Ms. Peyser might be writing that of an evaluation of her own flawed character, but it’s certainly not true of the majority of people who have lived or currently live in Bay Terrace.”

Michael Feiner December 10, 2013 at 02:04 PM
My gut feeling is NY Post columnist Andrea Peyser is trying to be nasty on purpose in order to stir up controversy. Her snide remarks about Bay Terrace of all places is ridiculous. I forwarded Warren Schreiber's complaint & request for a retraction to Community Board 11, Senator Tony Avella, Congressman Steve Israel, among others.
BlueRick December 11, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Bayside-Bay Terrace...ain't nothing better....
Betty December 11, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I live in Douglaston. I shop in Bay Terrace. The whole area is beautiful and safe. Our school district is rated the highest. This woman ought to offer an apology to all the people who live here and love it.
Harriet Brown December 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
She may have grown up in Bay Terrace, but she certainly didn't appreciate it. I am glad that she moved away. I don't want her as a neighbor.
BlueRick December 13, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Me neither...Bay Terrace is a great place to live...as is all of Bayside.
Our Streets January 18, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Do people still read the Post? With the Internet I don't know why anyone would stoop to reading the Post anymore. Haven't seen anyone with that for a while.

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