Friends’ Legal Team

During the Jan. 14 community board hearing, the legal team coordinating to save the Garden presented an overview of the legal case to stop development

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.

Friends’ legal team has developed strong legal strategies based on compliance with the history of the Garden site and environmental law and is coordinating our legal strategy with Garden supporters in the community to achieve our shared goal of saving the Garden from development.