7 thoughts on “Manhattan Parcel with Murky Origins Could Frame a Debate Over Parks and Development in the City

  1. The aloenation of parkland/playgrounds is disgraceful, given the research and evidence showing how important parks are to the health and well being of urban dwellers.

  2. EVERYTHING in modern Manhattan has a “murky” origin. Why is a “gentlemen’s agreement” for a public park suddenly in question? If that’s the case, then let’s demand the restoration of Seneca Village in Central Park!

  3. If the park is allowed to be alienated and used to benefit development, an awful precedent will be set and parkland across the city could be threatened. Public spaces such as Marx Playground provide great value to promoting clean air, free access to recreation, stormwater retention, and sanity in an ever increasing crowded city.

  4. When is it a park, when is it a playground? Semantics aside, public spaces need to be strictly protected from developers who minimize the importance of free recreational space for people to enjoy their neighborhood. If our neighborhoods don’t include space for play and recreation our city will be bleak place indeed.

  5. “From 1947 to 1947… the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) [spent] at least $10,000 to assemble the Marx Brothers’ comfort station, wading pool, softball diamond, children’s play area, and roller skating-ice skating platform. … (HPD) just spent $900,000 there installing new synthetic turf, creating animal artwork, and refurbishing the landscape in 2001.”
    Wasting public funds and the precedents of privatization of public lands mentioned here (Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Flushing Meadows) should make this a no-go. All served the well-off. Even Bill Moyers weighed in: http://billmoyers.com/content/bill-moyers-essay-yankee-stadium/
    And…I’d like to add my vote for returning Seneca Village to the ancestors of the families who were evicted. Reparations?

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