NYCCGC calls on members and gardeners to protest NYC Council’s approval of NYU Expansion

by NYCCGC on July 22, 2012

Council Hearing on Wednesday, July 25 @ 1:30 PM at City Hall

The proposed NYU expansion on the site of the Morton Williams supermarket (S.E. corner of La Guardia & Bleecker Street) will cast a permanent shadow on the LaGuardia Corner Gardens, destroying many of the gardens’ plants and trees. NYU’s plans to use the garden as a staging area for their construction site for the next 3 years will also disrupt and damage this thriving community garden.

NYCCGC stands with the gardeners and opposes any action that would damage this garden beyond repair or destroy it entirely.

According to an article in The Local, NYU is actively looking for a place to move the garden, to which Sara Jones, the chair woman of LaGuardia Corner Gardens, responds, “How do you replace something that’s been there for 30 years? How do you replace my apple and peach tree?”

Join us at the Council Hearing on Wednesday, July 25 @ 1:30 PM at City Hall!

PLEASE CALL COUNCILMEMBER CHIN AND SPEAKER QUINN TODAY AND URGE THEM TO WITHDRAW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE NYU PLAN – Chin’s office can be reached at 212-587-3159 and 212-788-7259; the Speaker’s office can be reached at (212) 564-7757 and (212) 788-7210.

PLEASE URGE FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS TO CALL AS WELL. More information here.

As Charles Krezel of Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS) and NYCCGC says, “Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS) is totally opposed to the takeover of Greenwich Village by NYU . This planned ‘educational’ expansion onto public lands and the complete disregard for the concept of open, green space is completely unacceptable.  NYU’s plans are an attack on the health and welfare of the gardeners and residents of Greenwich Village.”

For more information, see the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and for information about New Yorkers for Parks’ progress on increasing open space within the new development, see their recent newsletter.

 

 


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Jonathan Shorr December 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hi,
I want to help fight the NYU expansion and protect the garden on La Guardia and all other gardens too. Please let me know which petitions to sign and where to find them online so i can sign and post them.
Thanks
Jonathan

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