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Financing Public Parks

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Holly Leicht, executive director for New Yorkers for Parks, discusses the case of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the trend to finance public parks through private development.

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Comments [18]

alice keys from Queens

I believe we should be looking to expand and of course preserve our city public parks.
We have wonderful APP, Kissna Park, Forest Park, Cunningham Park and others. Some are beautifully maintained, others need help to clean them up. Why doesn't the mayor use his own private $, to hire folks out of work, college kids home for the summer who can't find employment etc to clean them up?. The mayor has plenty of dollars to spare, unlike most of us on tight budgets.

Aug. 03 2011 12:26 PM

UKA: The United Korporations of Amerika™!

Aug. 03 2011 11:33 AM
bt from queens

Ludicrous!! Sopport the park by giving away a piece of the park?? Have they gone mad? Horrible precedent! If it catches on the sheep meadow will be a high rise complex. This is a rip off of every new yorker. They're supposed to be preserving the park -- not giving it away. Find the money another way.

Aug. 03 2011 11:10 AM
Nick from UWS

A completely horrible idea; nobody needs more of those crappy eyesores sticking in their faces, and this droning shill for Bloomberg and the real estate industry, so careful not to answer any questions, cannot convince me otherwise.

That building will end up a white elephant, and the scale of the neighborhood will be ruined, just as Bloomberg has ruined so much else of NY.

Aug. 03 2011 10:58 AM

..." droning shill for Bloomberg", INDEED!!

I thought it was just me!

Aug. 03 2011 10:57 AM

P A T H E T I C!

Enough selling off the city to the rich!! Enough Friedman "free" market economics!!

Read Shock Doctrine http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine

Aug. 03 2011 10:54 AM
Larry in Chelsea from Chelsea

How about a compromise here. Let them build the tower, but then let the community use it for target practice?

Aug. 03 2011 10:54 AM
kitov from Jersey City

Why is this stuff under consideration and seen as a necessity for preserving public parks?

Because government is being systematically starved for funds by artificially low taxes on corporations, high income earners, and the non-working class whose luxury is funded by capital gains.

Aug. 03 2011 10:51 AM
Lars from Brooklyn

During commute hours, the park drive in Prospect Park is open to car traffic. It's a privilege, but most drivers don't drive like it is (speed, not yielding to park-goers, etc.). Why not charge a toll or a pass for park access? It would both cut down on the number of cars in the park, and raise money for the upkeep of the heavily used Prospect Park.

Aug. 03 2011 10:50 AM
Marie from cobble hill

I have become very interested in funding for parks.

In Prospect Park there is a severe litter problem. There is trash everywhere. Somehow our tax dollars do not pay to pick it up.

As a result I formed a volunteer group to target the area :

www.littermob.blogspot.com

Amazingly there are no paid employees of the park who sweep the park on foot with trash grabbers and bags. That falls to volunteers.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the other hand, is spotless. If a housing development helps pay for that, then I support it. Pier 1 and Pier 6 are superb parks.

Aug. 03 2011 10:49 AM
RLewis

Private building on public building is just wrong, and a clear sign that our leaders lack enough creativity to inspire private building on private land. This is just wrong, and those behind it should be voted out of office.

Aug. 03 2011 10:49 AM
kian from nyc

It's a real issue that so many new parks are these "elite" parks that demand so much public dollars and private encroachment. I wrote a blog post about the increased privatization of public parks on my blog recently, touching on Brooklyn Bridge Park and the High Line:
http://mvmtbldg.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/what-kind-of-park/

Aug. 03 2011 10:48 AM

Get used to it as everything is slowly being privatized. Thanks, GOP/TP for convincing some of us that this is a good thing.

Aug. 03 2011 10:48 AM
Laura Diamond from Brooklyn, NY

I oppose privatization of public resources, but I agree with the guest's argument about the particulars involving this park. I live near the park and am incredibly impressed by the thoughtful design. I think it is better to have the park with some housing than no park. From what I have observed, people absolutely love this park (particularly kids, since there are many areas designed only for children to use).

Some more thoughts on the waterfront and significance of its recent development in ways that allow people to get close to the water:

http://lediamondmarathon.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/waterfront-remembered/

Aug. 03 2011 10:46 AM
Dan from Sunset Park

Funding _new_ projects by capturing the increased value of real estate in the area or building real estate is a good idea. We should do the same thing with mass transit. That's how China's MTR (where our MTA Chairman is going) is funding its profitable operation.

Aug. 03 2011 10:46 AM
Jamison from Fort Green

Have you seen how much hi end housing has gone up in that area?
Seems they cant find people to fill whats there already!

Aug. 03 2011 10:44 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Ha! Someone in the last segment wrote that Manhattan is becoming a gated community. Here's the proof! Watch how this "public park" works out for those who don't live in those buildings!

Aug. 03 2011 10:44 AM
ursonate

where exactly will this tower be located? it's hard to tell from looking at the map

Aug. 03 2011 10:42 AM

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