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FW: CYBERGARDENS: bulldozers, again

  • Subject: [cg] FW: CYBERGARDENS: bulldozers, again
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 10:40:20 -0400

Friends and American Community Gardening Association Board,

This  is a dispatch from the front line. Developers are trying  to illegally
bulldoze the JD Wilson/Project Harmony garden on 122nd Street in Harlem.
Garden activists and a representative from State Attorney General Spitzer's
office are on the scene.

This is a news report you will not see on CNN.

Adam Honigman 

-----Original Message-----
From: HAJA216@aol.com [mailto:HAJA216@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 10:10 AM
To: cybergardens@treebranch.com
Subject: CYBERGARDENS: bulldozers, again

News from the CYBERGARDENS mailing list 

It's a tired story; I can't even get up even an SOS.  Except I'm livid & if 
they try it again will lie down in front of the gd bulldozer.  

We're talking yesterday: At 7:15 we hear the unmistakable roar of  a 
bulldozer.  I call the hotline, get out there.  The guys have begun on 123rd

again, and,yes, their intention is to come all the way through to 122--the
Wilson/Project Harmony garden.  To make  a very long story short, Francoise 
got Tom Congdon from Spitzer's office to come, TRO in hand.  Tom & I were 
sitting on the stoop, about 1:30 pm, looking over documents--suddenly the 
bulldozer comes racing down the street, swings toward the ["old," HPD] gate 
which is closed & rams it.  Tom flew down the stoop, TRO in hand, Waving his

arms, got the guy to stop,then went to `128th  Street to meet site
"Q" who promised they'd put the fence & gate back.  (They haven't)  

This AM, 6:34, bulldozers again.  Aren't they supposed to start no earlier 
than 8:00?  We call the pct.  Nobody knows; they direct us to "Highway 
control." a recorded message directs us "in case of emergency" to 911.  
Aaaaahhhh.  So that's the number.  911 directs us to "quality of life" 
police--888 something.  
Indeed quality of life cops drive by--it's 7ish now.  The "big" guy says
almost outa here.  Cops smile, wave, move on.  After all, asthmatic & 
otherwise disabled neighbors who don't fall asleep till the wee hours can 
sleep till nooon, right?  To the tune of cranes & jackhammers.

So where do we stand?  On guard.

Someone from CB 3 ( a nice but misguided person) told me the other night
"gardens are nice, but they raise the value of real estate too much--make it

impossible for East Village people."  Hmmm.  So are developers destroying 
gardens to keep R.E. prices down????  And, following that reasoning & trying

at once to be oh so democratic--what should we do w/ Central Park?  Move it,

maybe???  Move it far away--into the mountains w/ nary a house or coop or 
condo or apt in sight.  Now THAT'D. bring R.E. prices down on either side, 
no???  Seems like NYC willl eventually be one smooth landscape of 
"low-income" luxury housing, a nice communial society, void of green but
of [asphyxiated] dead people  & a couple power plants, maybe--to keep Wall 
Street going... .

Anyway.  An aside: Felder says Giuliani's only "worth $7000.00".  Hm.  In my

book that's an awfully high estimate.  I'd have said he was worth spit
 Maybe.  But that's only an estimate.

We're tired y'all.  But they won't get the JD Wilson Garden.  Ever.


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