Monday, April 15, 2013
Flushing Meadows development conspiracy continues
Exactly one month ago today, this blog published a post entitled, "How phony park groups, the press and elected officials are conspiring to develop FMCP". It generated a bit of buzz within the activist community, but the media coverage of the Flushing Meadows issues unfortunately has not changed. In fact, it has only gotten worse. We can now add Claire Trapasso, reporter for the Daily News, to the list. Here's what she wrote about FMCP this past week:
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall came out in support on Friday of the $500 million proposed expansion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park — provided the USTA make some significant concessions. The plan must still be approved by the City Council.
The USTA, which holds the U.S. Open in the park every year, has come under fire from community advocates who have accused it of being a “bad neighbor” and seeking to use 0.68 additional acres of parkland in its expansion — without being required by the city to replace it elsewhere.
Notice how there's absolutely no mention of the fact that the USTA does not need to take additional parkland in order to build what they want to build. Also, real park activists have called for disapproval of the project, not approval if the USTA replaces parkland.
Holly Leicht, executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, called Marshall’s conditions “a good step forward.”
“It’s an important precedent” that privatized land be replaced, she said. “Otherwise, it becomes too easy to privatize public parkland. We have so little parkland.”
But she said she would like Marshall to take it further and require the USTA to make annual contributions toward the upkeep of the park.
There's Holly Leicht promoting the privatization of parkland again, when she is supposed to be protecting it from development. Another "park defender" who fails to mention that the USTA doesn't need the land, but if they want it, it's ok, so long as they replace it and throw a little money around. This is unacceptable and dangerous.
Not quoted are NYC Park Advocates and the Save Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Coalition. I can only assume that was deliberate.
What's also been left out of all this coverage is that the Parks Department is the one that said the USTA should not be required to replace the parkland. It actually wasn't the USTA!
Dana Rubinstein of Capital New York also did a piss-poor job of covering the USTA issue again this month.
We know that we get the representation we deserve. Do we also get the press coverage we deserve? Or is something else going on here?
Kudos to the Times Ledger and the Queens Courier for at least publishing Op-Eds by Bob Harris and Geoffrey Croft that are critical of Flushing Meadows development even though all the local papers save for the Queens Chronicle seem to think that the projects in the park are just peachy.
Posted by Queens Crapper at 12:27 AM
Labels: alienation of parkland, Borough President, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Helen Marshall, ny4p, Parks Department, privatization, USTA
It comes as no surprise that a lot of news rags aren't doing their job. The Queens offices of the daily papers are filled with either lazy, ignorant or compromised "reporters".
Then you've got the weeklies (weak lies press) like the Ackerman-Nussbaum Queens (whore ads) Tribune.
It's downright crooked!
Thank heaven for Queens Crap! The truth be told here!
Good morning, Mr. Apelian...had your coffee yet?
Yeah, more developments in Flushing. It will become more and more beautiful, just like what I saw from IronMan 2 scenes.
Is it not funny how western Queens tries to fight the same railroading and everyone smirks and says lay back and accept your fate.
Now the shoe is on the other foot for the rest of the borough and you wonder why you are being ignored.
You helped form the template, folks.
The borough historian is eastern Queens. The Queens Civic Congress is eastern Queens. The History Advisory Committee is eastern Queens. The Four Boro bullshit is eastern Queens.
The fact of the matter is that no one will come to your defense - as a group you have no juice. All of your bowing and scraping you do to the politicians gives you this.
WHAT IS NEEDED IS A BOROUGH WIDE CIVIC GROUP WHOSE MEMBERSHIP IS CLOSED TO POLITICIANS - AND WHO ARE WILLING TO KEEP THE POLITICIANS AT ARMS LENGTH.
A GROUP THAT GOES BEYOND THE PROBLEM OF THE HOUR AND IS WILLING TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF POOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, BIASED PRESS COVERAGE, LAUGHABLE QUALITY OF LIFE COMPLIANCE, TWEEDING, OVERDEVELOPMENT, ABSENTEE LANDLORDS - IN SHORT ALL THE CRAP THIS WEBSITE EXPOSES OVER AND OVER.
AND PLEASE, HURLING SOPHOMORIC COMMENTS AS SOME POSTERS DO HERE IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE - IT MAKES THE RESISTANCE LOOK JUVENILE.
YOU NEED REAL ACTION AND BACKBONE.
What tries to pass itself off as "civic leadership" in the Civic Assns in many parts of the borough these days consists of meetings where nothing gets discussed in depth by the organization leaders and members and they just parade pols in as their speakers who just say a whole lot of nothing. What a difference from back in the day of the great Queens civics that built this borough.
There is no civic leadership in Queensburgh!
It's an illusion run by the usual suspects.
Queens Civic Congress is largely a collection of gas bags, who think they hold real power, just because they mouth off loudly.
Decibel levels are no match for action!
If leadership emerges, it quickly gets stifled, by the presiding political crooks...through fear or the promise of $$$$$!
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