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.
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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.