How can Helen Marshall approve, and Michael Bloomberg say, “they’ve sold parkland in Flushing Meadows so that a soccer stadium can be built?”
Parkland belongs to the state, and therefore the people. In the 1970s, part of Flushing Meadows Park was leased to a millionaire connected with the United States Tennis Association to build privately owned facilities. These multiple stadia are eyesores and are used for only a two-week annual event. David Dinkins was the mayor then.
Why is Gov. Cuomo silent about a proposed soccer stadium? Doesn’t he have the say about giving away or leasing the people’s parkland for personal enrichment? The public is being betrayed by him and other elected officials in order to satisfy millionaires’ insatiable greed. With the city’s rapidly growing population, we need more greenery, not concrete structures in a park.