Three cheers for state Sen. Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for their efforts to stop the mega mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is, a sneaky plan by former Mayor Bloomberg and his rich friends to take valuable parkland and give it to private enterprises. They are throwing so much taxpayer money around they have all the politicians jumping through the hoops and giving us promises of jobs and housing. Councilwoman Ferreras has sold out her community and all the people that use the park. This mall will take away local stores’ business in Corona, Elmhurst and Flushing, and only bring more traffic and pollution to this area.
All we ever hear about is that the population in Queens has grown steadily. Don’t you think those people are going to want a park to have recreation? Once you take parkland away and build a mall it’s gone forever.
From a business perspective it doesn’t make sense to build this mall because everyone knows how bad traffic around the stadium is when there’s a game, concert or other events. When there’s a game traffic backs up on all the major and secondary roads and I try to avoid this area.
If they really don’t need that many parking spots then why not turn parts back to green spaces and plant trees? Trees would help absorb some of the pollution we breathe from the planes and all the highways that surround Flushing Meadows Corona Park.