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John Coyne is the MTA real estate fellow.
There's strength in numbers, folks! The UES is severely in need of green space. Let's give the MTA as little wriggle room as possible!
Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting Date:
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 6:30pm
On the agenda:
Final planning for 2016 events to promote the desired de-privatization of the Queensboro Oval Park and the conversion of 1190 Second Ave @ 63rd St. to a public park.
Brick Presbyterian Church
62 East 92nd Street (Madison-Park), Carnegie Room
New York, NY
Hi all, Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee (now headed by Peggy Price) is now actively pursuing the possibility of having this land set aside as a park and plans to hold meetings in winter 2016 on the issue. It is quite urgent as it's virtually the last potential new public open space on the Upper East Side -- and the MTA will vacate in 2018, with rumors that they hope to allow building if possible. Please check the CB8 calendar (http://cb8m.com/calendar-meeting_date) for schedules and come show your interest! The next CB* Parks and Recreation meeting is in early or mid January. You can also write to CD 5 Council Member Ben Kallos to express your interest in the issue, as he is an advocate for East Side open space.
Sam - You can reach out to Peggy Price at Manhattan CB 8 and see if the board is interested making that meeting with MTA happen!
Wrote to Mr. Coyne about using space for gardening and this response received yesterday:
Thank you for your interest in this property. However the MTA is currently using 1190 Second Avenue to support construction of the East Side Access Project, a long-term initiative that will bring LIRR commuter trains through newly-constructed tunnels into a new station at Grand Central Terminal. When the property was acquired, with the City’s participation in the 1970’s, it was contemplated that it would eventually support both transportation uses (including permanent ventilation and tunnel structures) and future development, the proceeds of which would partly offset the cost of said structures.
Be that as it may, however, given the MTA’s continuing need to use the property beyond 2020 for the East Side Access Project, it is premature to discuss its disposition for any purpose. At the appropriate time, we will be pleased to review your request in the context of all then applicable fiscal, operational and legal requirements.
The last time I spoke with Peggy she let me know that she was trying to schedule a meeting with the MTA but wasn't getting a response. The community board is currently busy working on another project (trying to get Hunter College to open up some of their land to the public), so once that's completed they'll focus on this site again - maybe in a month or two.
I just spoke with Peggy Price, a member of Manhattan Community Board 8 Parks Committee, who spoke with John Coyne a few weeks ago.
She was encouraged that he liked the idea of turning this space into a park. It's being used as a staging area for MTA construction until 2022 but the CB is planning to put in a request for this park to the MTA Commissioner in the coming weeks.