Holly Leicht Speaks at MAS Summit

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Last Thursday, NY4P Executive Director Holly Leicht participated in a panel discussion on preserving neighborhood assets as part of the 2013 Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City. Her presentation focused on NY4P’s advocacy to protect a true neighborhood asset for multiple park-starved neighborhoods in Queens: Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Our work with both Council Member Julissa Ferreras and community stakeholders – along with a study we commissioned to estimate the park’s current and upgraded maintenance costs – proved critical in delivering more than $25 million to augment the park’s budget and help seed a new nonprofit Alliance dedicated to its stewardship. Additionally, we’re hopeful that our opposition to a proposed professional soccer stadium in the heart of the park will encourage the new New York City Football Club to build the stadium elsewhere.

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