Continuing Battle

labrea_gwMarch 1, 2013

As a member of a community garden we have sought for years to have our parcel of land made part of the Parks Department,, to no avail. It was always assumed that the behemoth in the neighborhood NYU objected to a group of green strips, a playground & a dog run being removed from the transportation authorities control.
The ever continuing expansion of NYU into the surrounding neighborhood reached a critical point when the city Council gave the go ahead for a massive expansion over the local communities wishes.
Now former Parks Commissioner under Ed Koch & Rudy Giuliani has stepped in & come to our aid. It's interesting reading the WSJ version as opposed to the Villager version of the story.

The strip of land comes from a time when the city tore down the houses along it in anticipation pof the thwarted lower Manhattan Expressway that would have decimated a good portion of Chinatown Soho & Little Italy and brought even more cars into this congested city.
The current Mayor has done the opposite & narrowed Broadway put in bus & bike lanes to discourage people from bringing cars into town

Here is a link that might be useful: it breaks a Village

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tobr24u(z6 RI)

A contemporary David and Goliath...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 8:47AM
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The Goliath has continued to get around zoning restrictions building huge dormitories in residential blocks that dwarf the surrounding structures. Other districts have said they would be amenable to the gargantua to build in their neighborhoods. The village is also home to Cooper Union, The New School, Pratt, Yeshiva's Cardozzo School of Law, the school of Visual Arts a few of whom have also expanded in the last couple of years. Each effort to have our green strips to be assigned to the parks department has been thwarted. They provide signage pruning for the trees. They assigned another Community Garden near by to Parks status with no problem. Nearly every Dept within NYU has opposed this expansion. Looks like a park used as a park for years some how not a park! Very nasty business

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 9:54AM
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I so value living where I do... having the beauty and bounty of nature all around me. I hope there is some way to save those community parks and gardens from the hands of greed...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 11:22AM
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