From WNYC News Blog:
Mayor Bloomberg has rezoned large parts of the city to make room for population growth, but he’s had a hard time creating the open space where these new residents will be able to exercise. WNYC calculated how much more open space the rezonings will provide compared to how many more residents are expected to make those places their homes. It turns out that back in the 1990s, the city developed guidelines for this ratio: all large new developments, they say, should ideally provide 2.5 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents once they are fully built out. Taken as a whole, the rezonings fail to meet that goal.
It’s easy, after all, to allow developers to build residential buildings in formerly industrial spaces, or build taller buildings in places where low-rises prevailed. It’s harder to actually buy up private property and convert it to open space.
Well, creation of parkland would be one of those instances where eminent domain would be used for the public good. But we never seem to use it to create open space. Instead, the City uses it to give developers cheap land so they can overdevelop even more.