Monday, November 14, 2011

Maspeth gets screwed out of park

From the Daily News:

The city has given up its long fight to acquire the land where a historic Maspeth church once stood and turn it into park space.

But the city and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) are now looking into purchasing a smaller parcel of land from the nearby Martin Luther School as an alternative to the St. Saviour’s site.

“It’s better than nothing,” said Bob Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, which represents Maspeth and Middle Village residents. But “it’s a small consolation.”

A Parks Department official told the Daily News Thursday that the city would not pursue the St. Saviour’s site, much to the dismay of locals who had been pushing for years for a park there.

But “we remain keenly interested in building a new park in Maspeth,” Parks Department spokesman Zachary Feder said in a statement.

An official from Maspeth Development, which owns the St. Saviour’s site, said the city’s offers were “significantly” lower than what the company paid for the property in 2006.

“I was willing to take a loss,” said company President Scott Kushnick. But “the price was way below anything I could accept.”

Sorry, Maspeth, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Benepe apparently don't think you are worth tens of millions of dollars like Williamsburg is. And how is 1/3 of an acre an alternative to an acre and a half, Dizzy Lizzy? Why is it that Brooklyn pols get amenities for their neighborhoods all the time, but Queens pols allow the administration to screw their constituents nine ways to Sunday?


georgetheatheist said...

Elizabeth Crowley = a veritable nincompoop. A non compos mentis.

"And Happy Thanksgiving To All My Constituents and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season"- Elizabeth Crowley community newspaper advertising [See her smile, smile, smile.]

Anonymous said...

Vote her out of office.

Jerry Rotondi said...

Et tu, Crowley?

And Uncle "Virginia" Joe's niece,
Liz "the lizzard"---
slinks off to find refuge under a "clubhouse" rock---
adding to the betrayal of Maspeth by former Councilman Gallagher!

So, another important piece of our borough's history bites the dust.

Where is the outrage of the "preservation" community?

Anonymous said...

Hey, maybe we can take the $50 million of the money for Queens Plaza that was taken out of our hospitals, librarians (the people not the bricks), schools, etc that went into getting a handful of developers rich and putting it back into the community that paid for it - and support things like St Saviours.

The problem are the toothless community boards full of honest graft and clueless front people.

Anonymous said...

Liz Crowley is a waste of space, a completely ineffective pea brain. Did you expect her to have the talent to broker a deal to save St. Savior's? She needed a job and her cousin Joe Crowley gave her one. Joe doesn't care how effective or smart they are, just as long as they win. Reject all Crowley-supported candidates.

Dump ALL Crowleys!!!

Jerry Rotondi said...

Don't take Liz Crowley's feigned stupidity as an indication that she's pea-brained.

She has good political street smarts and knows full well how to expedite the orders of her gang leaders---Bloomberg being one of them---in order to advance her career!

That's precisely how such snakes manage to climb up the ladder.