From the Queens Tribune:
Bloomberg discussed some development issues brought up in Queens, specifically Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows and St. Saviour's Church in Maspeth, both of which have been turned down by or ignored by the City for assistance in preserving the bucolic and historic nature of the sites.
"The Parks Department just does not have the money," Bloomberg said. "There is a fiscal reality here. We probably built more in parks than any administration in modern day. You'd love to do anything, but you can't do everything. You cannot turn every piece of ground in the city into a park; you can't turn every road into a bike lane - although there's a constituency for it- there's an overall concept that we want more parks. If an area is woefully underserved then we have to focus resources, but we are going into a very tough time economically."
Well, Bloomberg's own Parks Department agreed that Maspeth is "woefully underserved" but that didn't seem to persuade Mr. Mayor.
Now, if money is the only issue preventing him from acquiring more parks, why hasn't he gone along when council members and borough presidents have kicked in most of the cash? This is the guy who says that now is the time to plan for the future, recession be damned. With a million more people coming to the city by 2030, isn't the time to plan for adequate open space now?