Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rally to save our neighborhoods

To The Editor:

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization that represents some 100 civic and community associations throughout Queens County, is planning a rally in front of Queens Borough Hall (120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens) on Monday, May 12, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The rally seeks to call attention to those land use issues that will maintain and improve the quality of life for all Queens residents. Queens residents need to make sure that City Hall and City Planning hear our voices!

Those issues include:

1) Contextual rezonings of those communities not yet completed in order to curb overdevelopment.

2) New zoning designations for under-protected neighborhoods.

3) Landmarking of deserving buildings, districts and scenic areas.

4)Making sure any placement of a community facility in our neighborhoods is appropriate and in context.

5) The consistent and adequate enforcement of zoning and building codes by the Department of Buildings.

The positions that the congress takes on these issues are found in its platform, Civic 2030 ( Elected officials and community board chairs who endorse the congress' positions on these issues will be invited to speak at the rally. They should read, sign and return the letter available at:

All community leaders and concerned citizens are urged to attend the rally to show support for the issues that affect our neighborhoods throughout Queens. For more information, please go to:

Henry Euler
Queens Civic Congress
Rally Coordinator


Anonymous said...

First boro hall, then city hall. Actually, boro hall will do good in the local press, but if you want citywide coverage, you have to take it to Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. This fight has to be taken directly to City Hall.

Anonymous said...

This is a small clique that only will help their group as opposed to the entire city or at least the borough.

They know that everyone can show up, but, like the blacks of WWII, certain neighborhoods can only peel pototoes for the army when it marches.

chizzzler said...


But did they have to hold the rally at 2 PM on a Monday so that only the elderly and unemployed may voice their opinion ???

Anonymous said...

Good one!

Anonymous said...

The day and hour that was chosen
was for the benefit of the lazy press corps I'm sure.

Do you think they'd show up on weekends to cover the event?

Mike Schenkler will be too busy stuffing his face or getting
(ahem) a "back rub"
in "somebody's" hot tub, no doubt!

Anonymous said...

Yawn....been there, done that!

Move the rally to the steps of Bloomberg's townhouse and I might consider attending!

Until then, I'm gonna catch the re-runs of the "Beverly Hillbillies"!