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September 26th, 2006

A Toast to the 100+ Friends of NYC Parks

by SoHo Journal Staff

In the past several years, community boards, community groups, and just plain folks have repeatedly disagreed with Parks Department decisions regarding the use of City green spaces. Union Square and Washington Square come quickly to mind, as do the Brooklyn Bridge Park with similar situations in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

In early July, Carol Greitzer, Carol Schachater, Gary Papush, Pat Dolan and Carol Rinzler wrote the letter printed below outlining their concerns. Starting with five signatures, they have now collected more than 100; hence the name: 100+ Friends of NYC Parks.

When Wendi Paster, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried’s chief of staff, saw the 100+ Friends of NYC Parks letter, she asked if he could sign on. Mr. Gottfried has sent a letter to all NYC Assembly people asking them to join in the effort to write legislation that addresses the 100+ Friends of NYC Parks’ concerns. Manhattan Community Board 6 is expected to vote on a resolution reflecting the points in the letter and Council Member Daniel Garodnick has written to Council Member Helen Foster, Chair of the Council’s Parks Committee, to request oversight hearings.

“In recent years, communities throughout New York City have experienced increasing difficulty in reaching agreement with the New York City Parks Department on a variety of issues concerning the safety and maintenance of our Parks. As persons who care deeply about the Parks in our neighborhoods, we call upon our City and State legislators to hold hearings and to enact legislation providing for:

a. Transparency in the awarding of concessions through legislation that includes a lower threshold for triggering public review and legislative oversight of any such contract.

b. Assignment of monies collected from activities in parks to the maintenance and operations of City parks as an addition to, not a substitute for, city funding for parks.

c. Enforcement of the City’s duty to require public participation in and legislative oversight for any proposal for the alienation of any parkland in New York City.

d. Public review and legislative oversight for any transfer of a park’s management/operation to a private entity.”

Carol Greitzer, Pat Dolan, Carol Rinzler, Carol Schachter, Gary Papush

(signed/in alphabetical order/organizations for identification only)

Tim Abraham, member, Citizens Union

Joie A. Anderson, 300 East 77th Street Block Association

Fred Arcaro, president, Manhattan East Community Association

Elizabeth Ashby, president, Historic Neighborhood Enhancement Alliance

Martin Barrett, Stuyvesant Cove Park Association

Sugar Barry, East 10th Street Block Association (4th/5th Avenues)

Corey Bearak, Esq.

Allen J. Bennett, MD, Area 1 Chair, QueensCB8

Bunnie Blei, Manhattan

Miriam Bockman, former Vice Chair, Board of Standards & Appeals

Meryl Brodsky, District Leader, 73rd A.D., Part A

Arline Bronzaft, Manhattan

Stanley Bulbach, West 15th Street 200 Block Association

Neil Cohen, Concerned Residents of Bay Ridge

Geoffrey Croft, NYC Park Advocates

William E. Curtis, Turtle Bay Association

Louise Dankberg, District Leader, 74th AD, Part C, Tilden Dem.Club

Bess DeBetham, president, Local Development Corporation of Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens; board member, Federated Blocks of Laurelton

Maria De Innocentiis, chairwoman, Civic Association of Utopia Estates

Patricia Dolan, Queens Civic Congress

Marilyn Dorato, Waverly Bank 11 Neighbors

Al Doyle, Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association

Myrna Egeth, Friends of St. Vartan Park

Edward M. Fischer, Queens

Judi Francis, Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund

Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Joy Garland, Stuyvesant Cove Park Association

Alan Gerson, NYC Council Member

Ed Gold, member, ManhattanCB2

Aida Gonzalez-Jarrin, chairperson, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy

Dick Gottfried, NYS Assembly, 75th AD

Paul Graziano, Queens Civic Congress

Jonathan Greenberg, The Open Washington Square Park Coalition

Scott Greenspan, member, ManhattanCB6

Carol Greitzer, former City Council Member

E. Ronald Guy, president, St. Marks Methodist Church; member, ManhattanCB10

Lesley Nan Haberman, headmistress, The Family Schools (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza)

Jo Hamilton, member, ManhattanCB2

Bob Harris, president, West Cunningham Park Civic Association

Paul Hellegers, former president, Lexington Democratic Club

Richard C. Hellenbrecht, chair, QueensCB13

Michael Hirsch, Working Families Party East Side Club.

Tami Hirsch, President of Civic Association of Utopia Estates

Joyce Hogi, member, SaveOurParks

Robert F. Holden, president, Juniper Park Civic Association, Inc.

Ross Horowitz, Citizens For Union Square

Ellen Imbimbo, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

Garry Anthony Johnson, member, Manhattan CB11

Leah Kreger, Independent Friends of McCarren Park Inc.

Stan Koehler, executive director, Peace on the Street

David Kulick, Flushing on the Hill Civic Association

Alan Lawrence, 279 East 44 Street Tenants Association

Danyal Lawson, piano faculty, Greenwich House Music School

Jules Vigh Lebowitz, Manhattan

Aubrey Lees, former chair, ManhattanCB2

Perry Luntz, former president, Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club

Jessie McNab, vice president, West Village Committee

Donald Clark MacPherson, publisher, SoHo Journal

Rafael Merino, chair, economic development committee, Manhattan CB11

Andra Miller, Manhattan

Stanley Norwalk, Queens

Marina Ortiz, East Harlem Preservation

Gary Papush, Parks and Landmarks Committee, Manhattan CB6

Tom Payne, citizen

Irene Peveri, co-chair, East Side Rezoning Alliance

Ernest Raab, vice chairperson, Union Square Community Coalition.

David B. Reck, Friends of Hudson Square

Margery Reifler, Grove Street Block Association

Eugene Rodriguez, member, Manhattan CB11; CEO, PRIDE (Puerto Rican Intercultural Drama Ensemble)

Carol Rinzler, former co-chair, Manhattan Neighborhood Council

Lou Rispoli, president, 41-36 51st Street Owners Corp. (Woodside)

Carl Rosenstein, Trees Not Trucks

Margie Rubin, Disabled in Action

Jacob Ruppert, of counsel, Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association

Jeannie Sakol, Friends of Detmold Park

Jean C. Silva, Commissioner, NYC

Carol Schachter, president, Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Assoc.

Jon Schachter, member, Bellevue Hospital CAB; public member, Manhattan CB 5&6

Arthur Schwartz, chair, parks and waterfront committee, ManhattanCB2

Betty Schwartz, public member, Manhattan CB6

Seymour Schwartz, Briarwood Community Association

Shirley Secunda, Member, Manhattan CB2

Edy Selman, Emergency Comm.Org. to Save Washington Square Park

Edith Shanker, Campaign to Save Union Square Park.

Simone Sindin, president/board of directors, Coliseum Park Apartments

Harbachan Singh,president,Sikh American Friendship Foundation; member, Queens CB8

Teri Slater, chair, East 78th Street Block Association(Park/Lex)

Norma Stegmaier, Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association

Sean Sweeney, SoHo Alliance

Jack Taylor, board member, Union Square Community Coalition

Teresa Toro, Brooklyn

Joyce Tosti, Community Associate, Queens CB13

James A. Trent, Queens Civic Congress

Annie Vanrenterghem-Raven, member, Manhattan CB2

Sean M. Walsh, president, Queens Civic Congress

George Watson, co-chair, Chelsea-Village Partnership

Wilbur A. Weder, chair, legislative committee, Bellevue Hospital Center
Community Advisory Board; member, Manhattan CB2

Edwin Westley, Jackson Heights Beautification Group; member, Queens CB3

Christina Wilkinson, chair, Committee to Save St. Saviour’s; president, Newtown Historical Society

Kate Wood and Arlene Simon, Landmark West!.

Linda Wood-Guy, board member, Friends of Jackie Robinson Park; member, Friends of St. Nicholas Park

Phyllis Yampolsky, president, McCarren Park Conservancy

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