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  • Proposed park at the Upper East Side waste transfer station

    Proposed park at the Upper East Side waste transfer station

    Residents who have long opposed a waste transfer station on the Upper East Side are now trying to make the best of the situation. [more]

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  • Asphalt Green Park and the waste-transfer site

    Asphalt Green Park and the waste-transfer site

    UPDATED, 11:45 a.m., July 22: One opponent of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station has accused one candidate of using children as “human shields” to support the site, DNAinfo reported.

    On Wednesday, Manhattan Borough President hopeful Julie Menin wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News defending the controversial station as “the right thing to do.” In the op-ed, Menin said that: “the facility will be visually barricaded from the surrounding residential community by Asphalt Green.” [more]

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  • From left: Battery Park City Authority President Gayle Horwitz and Asphalt Green in Battery Park City

    Following delays in opening the Asphalt Green community center at 212 North End Avenue in Battery Park City, downtown residents have taken to a petition to demand answers for why the facility is not yet open, DNAinfo reported. A local resident named Erika Teresko posted the petition online last Friday and it has already gained 225 signatures and numerous angry comments. [more]

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  • An Albany state appeals court signed off on New York City’s plan to rebuild a controversial marine waste transfer station at East 91st Street and the East River today, throwing out a challenge from a local community group.

    That group, the Gracie Point Community Council, opposed the city’s plan to locate the facility — which would process at least 1,860 tons of garbage per day or, according to the group, enough trash to fill eight trucks per hour — in the densely populated residential area, adjacent to Asphalt Green, an indoor and outdoor sports complex used by children and adults. … [more]

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  • The Asphalt Green Battery Park City, originally set to open at 211 North End Avenue last month, is being delayed for a third time, this time indefinitely, according to Downtown Express. The original November opening date for the sports and fitness complex was changed to next month followed by Feb. 1, and now no date is being given. “Construction completion is now likely to go past the last projected opening date of Feb. 1 because essential approvals and permits from city regulatory agencies are still pending,” said Matthew Monahan, spokesperson for Battery Park City Authority, which is in charge of the construction and picked Asphalt Green to manage the facility. Plus there is more construction work to be done at the Asphalt Green Battery Park City, which has a facility at 555 East 90th Street, and then it needs time to move in and open. [Downtown Express]

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    Battery Park City Authority CEO Gayle Horwitz and a rendering of ball fields on the community space
    After 43 years as the lead developer of Battery Park City, the Battery Park City authority is nearing completion of its last projects on the neighborhood built on landfill from the excavation of the original World Trade Center site.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that a $50 million community center and sports facility will open in February, and later in 2012, the redevelopment of Pier A will be complete.

    “We are closing one chapter as real-estate developer and opening a new chapter as a building manager,” said Gayle Horwitz, chief executive of the authority. … [more]

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  • Yorkville residents were dealt a setback last week when an appeals court cleared the way for the city to reopen a waste transfer station adjacent to their beloved Asphalt Green athletic complex. But they’re not getting down in the dumps just yet — opponents have amassed more than 8,000 petition signatures and gathered in protest this past weekend, according to the New York Times, arguing that the plant’s proximity to children’s recreation space and to several public housing projects — among them, John Holmes Towers and the Isaacs Houses — presents a health hazard. A new bill introduced in the State Assembly would prevent waste transfer stations from being built within 800 feet of a public housing project and is scheduled for a vote today. … [more]

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  • The city obtained court permission to build a marine waste-transfer station off the East River and East 91st Street without legislative approval, Reuters reported. The city had been angling to construct the station as part of a solid-waste management plan that would contain some of Manhattan’s waste on site to prepare it for export. Nearby residents, led by former Assembly member Adam Clayton Powell IV, sued in 2006 claiming that the city needed legislative approval because of the proposal’s interference with the Asphalt Green and Bobby Wagner Walk, a stretch of promenade along the East River. But by ruling that the two spaces are not public parks, and thereby not subject to the Public Trust Doctrine, the court prevented the city from needing approval. … [more]

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