I read with great interest your May 23 editorial, “Build the soccer stadium in the Bronx,” regarding Mayor Bloomberg’s push to take parkland away from the low income and immigrant people who inhabit Corona, Elmhurst, Flushing and other neighboring communities and turn it over to the foreign “fat cats” who now have the New York Yankees as their poster child for the project.
Bloomberg has been a terrible custodian of the people’s parkland; just look at the fiasco in Highland Park. Then wherever he can he turns it over to the very rich. Frankly, I thought that Bloomberg would have restored the New York State Pavilion, now known as the”Rusting Relic” to its opening-day quality and appeal. Protecting our heritage would look much better for Bloomberg than alienating parkland to provide playgrounds for the rich.
And, as you point out, quite correctly, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras is a key player because that section of the park is in her district. Indeed, she should be on her feet screaming, “No soccer stadium in Corona Park!” But the only politician who always stands up for the people is Tony Avella. He understands neighborhoods and people and he never takes money from special interest groups, who look to profit off the taxpayer.
I applaud the Chronicle’s quest to help save Corona Flushing Meadow Park for the people. The park is the third-largest in New York City, but gets no respect when it comes to doing the “Budget Dance” at City Hall.