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Friends Has Hired a Legal Team to Sue the City, If Necessary, to Stop It From Bulldozing Our Neighborhood Oasis
Friends has retained Michael Gruen, an experienced land use attorney with a proven track record litigating against New York City and state governmental entities. Gruen is president of the City Club, a good governance organization that recently won two important land use cases — Pier 55 and Flushing Meadows.
In the Pier 55 litigation, after the City Club’s major victory in federal court, NYC Parks management agreed to protect the river, and Governor Cuomo committed to “work cooperatively to complete the full vision” for Hudson River Park. For Flushing Meadows, the City Club’s litigation successfully blocked the development of a proposed shopping mall near Citi Field.
Our legal team has developed strong legal strategies based on compliance with the history of the Garden site and environmental law.
Friends is coordinating its legal strategy with Garden supporters in the community to achieve our shared goal of saving the Garden from development.
Friends Is Fighting to Save the Garden From Becoming a Building Site
New York City has plans to destroy the Garden for an affordable housing development, ignoring our community’s need for open space, the tremendous local support for saving the Garden and an alternative site on a vacant city-owned lot at 388 Hudson St. — where up to five times as much senior housing can be built without destroying treasured park space.
Don’t be fooled by fancy names and pretty renderings. Once the bulldozers come, our green oasis will be another paltry concrete slab with benches. The developer’s plans will reduce the 20,000-square-foot Garden to a tiny footprint, destroy the entire Elizabeth Street frontage, eliminate sunlight, and bulldoze lawn, trees and programming space. Additionally, these plans inflate remaining, open space by 33 percent; actual remaining, open space only meets zoning requirements.