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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Rally against proposed Casino in Citi Field Parking Lot


From the Queens Chronicle 

In opposition to billionaire Steven Cohen’s plan to develop a casino next to Citi Field, community organizers rallied this past weekend in favor of their own proposal to convert the public land into an amenity-rich park with environmental considerations. 

Dozens of members of the Flushing Anti Displacement Alliance (FADA) marched from Flushing’s Lippman Plaza to Citi Field on Saturday, Feb. 3 to publicly condemn the casino proposal that they say would have devastating consequences to the community. They say that Cohen’s $8 billion “Metropolitan Park” proposal would hurt working class residents, arguing that it would lead to residential and commercial rent hikes, while exacerbating gambling addictions among Asian Americans.

Read more here.

There really is no need for a casino in the parkland of Citi Field. The biggest line that I have heard is that there is nothing over across the street. They broke ground and are building the soccer stadium, affordable housing, and school and retail spaces. Who wants a casino so close to a school and housing?

Mr Cohen, respectfully if you want to flip the parking lots into something make the parking underneath and parking deck and make the roofs into a park.

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