It appears the hype over the Mayor's "PlaNYC 2030" is just that - hype. This was sent in to the Crapper by a sharp eyed Daily News reader:
"This article proves that Bloomie has absolutely no intention of acting on his supposed goal to have all residents within 10 minutes walking distance of a park.
The city, said mayoral spokesman Jason Post, 'is working with members of the community concerned about the St. Saviour's site.'
The city is working with members of the community? Well that explains why the LPC withheld information about the site's archaeological potential from the group who is trying to save it.
'The city does not currently have plans to purchase the St. Saviour's site, which is privately owned. The community is served by nearby Frank Principe Park, formerly known as Maurice Park, and Reiff Park and Playground,' said Post.
Reiff and Principe Parks are both more than a 10-minute walk away from St. Saviour's (a Mapquest search shows they are both just under a mile away; .4 miles is considered a 10-minute walk by most standards). Both parks are good destinations if you want to play baseball or ride swings, but not the best places for the majority of park users to find respite.
This property is a ready-made park that is for sale. It contains historic structures and pristine land. And the city just reported an unexpected $3.9 billion budget surplus. There is no excuse for the city to drop the ball on this one except that perhaps the mayor is full of shit. Or maybe his TLC Commissioner, Harry Giannoulis, lobbyist for the Parkside Group, asked Hizzoner for a really BIG favor. And I like the way Gallagher is portrayed in the headline as being in favor of saving the site as a park. What a crock. They think we are stupid down here."
- J.S. from Maspeth