(An open letter to U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries)
Howard Beach took a substantial beating owing to Superstorm Sandy! Charles Park is the only green space in the entire area frequented by not only Queens residents, but by Brooklynites as well. It is part of Gateway National Recreation Area and under the domain of the National Parks Service.
Charles Park was substantially damaged by the storm, such that trees have been destroyed and numerous amounts of previously waterborne debrisstilllitter the area, including at least a derelict boat or two.
We implore you to make sure that sufficient moneyfrom the storm relief package be designated towards restoring Charles Park to a decent level of usage so that we, your constituents ( and others) can enjoy this unique urban space!