From the Times Newsweekly:
Christina Wilkinson, the president of the Newtown Historical Society, informed residents that efforts to create a public park at the former site of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth continue to hit a brick wall.
According to Wilkinson, the mayor’s office recently informed the organization that it will not agree to a proposed land swap with the current owner that would allow the city to take control of the former church site.
“Apparently, previous protests are the reason they don’t want to work with us there,” she said. If the city does not get involved, the society president said, the community would need to raise the $8 million needed to purchase the site on its own.
“We saved the church. It’s going to a different neighborhood,” she said, referring to the Juniper Park Civic Association’s plan to rebuild St. Saviour’s Church at All Faiths Cemetery. “But we want something for Maspeth.”
There's life under Bloomberg in a nutshell: Choose between your first amendment rights and getting city services. (If you live in Queens it won't matter, anyway, because your money is going to Manhattan, so you might as well protest.)
Also got word that DOB is allowing the owner to dig up the property with a backhoe despite a shabby construction fence and falling-apart retaining wall for which violations were served. Documented contamination and possible graves are also not considered to be problems by NYC (at least not when the property is owned by a developer).
Oh, and the stalled construction site program is a joke.