From the Queens Chronicle:
The current New York Civic director believes that underlying racial and economic divisions are fueling controversy and limiting compromise as middle-class Queens residents fight efforts to replace the reservoir with ballfields — a plan favored by community groups representing the notorious East New York section of Brooklyn.
“Highland Park is a border park between a very poor neighborhood and a very rich one,” Stern said. “A lot of it is territorial: ‘This belongs to the uphill people, and the uphill people should decide how it’s used — not the downhill people.’
He later added, “They’re organizing to keep them down at the bottom of the hill.”
Stern believes East New York’s reputation as the city’s crime capital is mobilizing otherwise indifferent Queens residents behind preservationists in an effort to maintain a natural buffer with the Brooklyn neighborhood.
“This controversy is magnified by the racial aspect,” he said. “I’m not saying that’s the motive of the opponents — but why would they want a bunch of kids going in the park, lying down in front of them and hanging around the neighborhood after that?”
Let's remind Henry that:
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is black.
Rep. Edolphus Towns is black.
Comptroller William Thompson is black.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez is Hispanic.
All are in favor of nature over ballfields.
Community Boards 5 of Brooklyn and Queens both unanimously voted in favor of preservation.
Highland Park, Brooklyn is not a "very poor neighborhood." Homes there can be quite expensive.
Ridgewood, Queens is not a "very rich neighborhood" (and certainly not a very white neighborhood either).
Henry Stern lost his marbles years ago and this just confirms it. Why the Queens Chronicle would not only do the bidding of the Parks Department but leave unchallenged someone who obviously doesn't know what the hell he is talking about is beyond me.
Massive tweeding FAIL by the Bloomberg Administration yet again. Keep doing it and Queens Crap will just keep exposing it.
Photo from Newsday.