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RE: Rudy Giuliani Fibbed Again - Gardens do not displace homeless

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Rudy Giuliani Fibbed Again - Gardens do not displace homeless
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 16:46:53 -0400


We have 10,000 empty, rubble filled lots in the five boroughs of NYC. There
are currently 400 community gardens under the aegis of NYC's department of
Housing Preservation and Development ("HPD") slated for sale. Eliott
Spitzer, NY State's attorney general has a gotten an injunction from the
State Supreme Court to stay the sale of these gardens which has held for
over a year.

Mayor Giuliani has not presented plans or answered key questions that the
judge, Judge Huttner wants to know:

Actual statements by Judge Huttner why the injunction is being upheld
the city's  argument:

"Out of the 400 community garden sites, how many developers have submitted 
concrete housing plans? And then out of this number, how many gardens have 
negotiated with the developer to work out solutions to either incorporate
garden into plans or relocate to a new site?"

The mayor and the administration are stonewalling.

Now they're lying to the press.

Best wishes,

Adam Honigman

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Call [mailto:jimcall@casagarden.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 4:40 PM
To: 'Honigman, Adam'
Subject: RE: [cg] Rudy Giuliani Fibbed Again - Gardens do not displace

Please give me your Reader Digest's version on the relationship between
community gardens and politics (including Rudy's position)in NYC.  I'm
not sure how the homeless fit into this.   

                                                Many thanks, Jim

FYI - scheduled to review the new garden landscape
      design tomorrow with CASA Exec. Dir and city officals. I
      have been told they encompassed everything I've
      asked for.  Amazing...  We shall see.  

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com] On Behalf Of Honigman, Adam
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 1:19 PM
To: 'cybergardens@treebranch.com'; 'cyberpark@treebranch.com'
Cc: 'community_garden@mallorn.com'
Subject: [cg] Rudy Giuliani Fibbed Again - Gardens do not displace


If you listened to the radio in NYC today, read the Post, "What's
homes or gardens? Rudy: Homeless shut out by community green thumbs" (
4)by Angela E. Allen and David Seifman  or the NY Daily News: "Rudy Dig
city gardeners: Says land should be given back to help house homeless"
Michael Blood ( page 29) you know of  Mr. Giuliani's smear of all
gardeners and gardens. 

Rather than blowing off steam about Mr. Giuliani's attempt at
disinformation, I will share with you the contents of a Fax that I just
received from Patrick Markee of NYC's Coalition for the Homeless. The
Coalition of the Homeless is in the forefront in the advocacy of the
Homeless in this NYC.

Press Release:


89 Chambers Street - 3rd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10007
(212) 964-5900
Fax: 212-964-1303

Coalition for the Homeless 
Regarding Mayor Giuliani's August 1st Remarks About the 
Record Number of Homeless Families in New York City Shelters

The coalition for the Homeless objects,  in the strongest terms, to
Giuliani's recent
statements implying that the construction of affordable housing in New
City must come at
the expense of community gardens.  Over the past many years, the
sector of the
city has developed myriad models of cost-effective, mixed-income
Given that the City
has other parcels of land at its disposal,  it is simply not necessary
encroach on the precious
few remaining green spaces for new development of affordable housing.
community commitment and manpower exist to deliver significant numbers
constructed homes.  What has been lacking over the past few years is the
fiscal commitment
by the local government. "

community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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