Saturday, August 27, 2005

Taking parkland in Queens? Problematic. The Bronx? Not so much.

As reported in the Daily News (click headline above for article):

"Queens Borough President Helen Marshall wants the Jets to come to Queens and she doesn't mind sacking one of her
own parks to make the point. Mayor Bloomberg said giving up city parkland to build a stadium would be a tough
decision; Marshall said no one would miss the swath of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in question."

So building a stadium in parkland in Queens causes soul searching, while in the Bronx there doesn't seem to be any at all. Well, apparently in Queens the park is a dump:

"I went to the site," said Marshall, who represented the area around the park during her years in the City Council and
the state Assembly. "This is the Fountains of the something or other. It is really now just a big, big pool of stagnant
water, with garbage thrown in."

*Sigh* Yeah, some of our parks have seen better days.

"Bloomberg, who prides himself on the city's spruced-up parks, bristled at Marshall's description of the site.

"There'll be somebody there this afternoon," he said yesterday, while the two stood together at a ribbon cutting in
Rockaway. Sure enough, by late afternoon the once-brackish fountain sparkled.

Huh?! Gee. And to think we have money alloted to fix up our Macombs Dam Park which isn't being spent because they are going to build a stadium there. Makes you think.

"Bloomberg has yet to weigh in specifically on the Jets' proposal for Queens. "I'd love to see the Jets play in Queens. I'd
love to see the Jets play anyplace in New York rather than across the river," Bloomberg said. "The alienation of parkland
is clearly going to be very controversial and something that has to be looked at."

So, from Bloomberg's perspective:
stadium on parkland in Queens = contoversial.

In the Bronx? Not.


At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support the Jets coming to Queens and building their stadium at that dirty fountain site! At least I can't be accused of hypocrisy!


Post a Comment

<< Home