THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: City Council wants mall on parkland -
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Originally published in the March 2016 Juniper Berry Magazine

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: City Council wants mall on parkland

The NYC Council never ceases to amaze. In December, they passed a resolution, almost unanimously, that authorized their lawyers to submit an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief supporting the appellants in the Flushing Meadows parkland alienation case which, if won, would allow Sterling Equities and Related Companies to construct a gigantic shopping mall next to Citifield.

The resolution claimed that the Council had voted on the Willets Point project in 2008 and that it would be a shame if it were not to happen. What is not mentioned is that the Council had absolutely no say on the mall aspect of the project and they seem to be ok with that. That part of the plan was not introduced until 2012 and because the City claimed a State law authorized it, the Council was bypassed completely. Instead of making an attempt to bring transparency to the process or showing self-pride, they decided to back a development plan that was found by an appeals court to be illegal.

And yes, in case you were wondering, our city council member, Elizabeth Crowley voted along with the rest of the pack.

March 2016 Juniper Berry Magazine

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