Recap: NYCCGC Rally & Parks Dept. Public Hearing Regarding Proposed New Rules

MANY, MANY THANKS - to the 300+ community gardeners and supporters who came out to the rally & public hearing regarding Parks' proposed new rules. It was an amazing day!

Read testimonies, media reports, interviews & editorials, and blog posts below.

NYCCGC President Karen Washington energizes the crowd at the pre-hearing rally, August 10, 2010. See "IMAGES" below for more photos from the day's events.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Testimony
Former Assistant Attorney General and 2002 Community Garden Agreement author Christopher Amato Testimony

NY1 (video & story) Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Rules...
New York Daily News Gardens of Fear
The Wall Street Journal City Gardeners Vocal Over Proposed Rules
The Huffington Post Brooklyn Farms, Then and Now
Mott Haven Herald Community Gardens Brace for New Rules
Queens Courier Controversy surrounds proposed garden rules
The Villager Gardeners say city’s new rules will sow disaster
Crain's New York Gardeners voice concerns over city garden rules
The L Magazine Are NYC Community Gardens Really in Jeapordy?

New York Post Protecting Gardens and Communities
Editorial by Commissioner Benepe, responses by NYCCGC and others
WNYC - The Brian Lehrer Show Your Community Garden
Interviews with Commissioner Benepe, Time's Up's Ben Shepard,
and NYCCGC's Karen Washington, plus listener comments
New York Daily News Stop The City's Garden Grab

Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito Melissa Testifies in Response to Proposed Community Gardens Rules (includes hearing testimony) Christine Quinn Joins Calls to Safeguard Community Gardens
Swithcboard - NRDC Staff Blog You've Got to Fight for Your Right to Garden ...Garden Supporters Turn Out in Scores for Public Hearing on Their Fate
The Indypendent Activists Call to Safeguard Community Gardens Against Development ...Rules Offer Weaker Protection Than 2002 Agreement: NY State Lead Attorney

Gallery of images from the Aug. 10 Rally & Hearing by Magali Regis;
More photos by photographer Diane Greene Lent