Three cheers for State Senator Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows 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 Michael 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 Julissa Ferraras has sold out her community and all the people that use the park. This mall will take away business from local stores 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.
Also, if they don't need the parking lot, why do cars park all over the grass for the U.S. Open and why have areas of the park been paved over?
If they really don't need that many parking spots then why not turn parts back to green space and plant trees. Trees would help absorb some of the pollution we breathe from the planes and all the highways that surround Flushing Meadow Park.