Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Preserving Udall's Cove
Score a major victory for open space — or what's left of it — in the concrete jungle of Queens.
The city has arrived at the final stages in the process of using eminent domain to acquire nearly 3 acres of Udalls Ravine, a steep and heavily wooded upland gully overlooking Little Neck Bay, officials from the Parks and Recreation Department said.
City acquires 3 acres of Udalls Cove
Nestled in the northeastern corner of the borough and surrounded by residential development, the 14-acre ravine carries a largely developed-over stream — known as Gabler's Creek — down into Udalls Cove.
With intense development pressure threatening the borough's ever-dwindling stock of undisturbed land, community leaders hailed the impending acquisitions of environmentally significant land.
Official NYC Parks Department policy:
Eastern Queens = money = use eminent domain to create new parkland
Western Queens = no money = tear down trees in existing parkland and replace with astroturf