Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SAVE UNION SQUARE!

The north side of Union Square Today and a Protest in 1960.

For those who aren't familiar with Union Square - it is a public square and park in Manhattan and it was the site of the first Labor Day in 1882. Read more about Union Square on Wikipedia.

Of course, Union Square has been under attack for decades, slowly being eaten away by big chain stores and private interests who want to control the park so that they can squeeze profits out of the space in any way possible. But now, the most insidious and physical attack on Union Square in recent times is underway.

Labor Day Parade in Union Square in 1882


The park is being torn up to make it smaller. They are planning to add TWO MORE LANES of CAR TRAFFIC to 17th St. This cuts the farmers market space in half. The restaurant is going to be handed over to private interests to create another playground for the rich and worst of all, the public gathering space on the North side of the park will be eliminated.

May Day in Union Square, 2006

This destruction of public space, and gutting of history is being done without any transparency, without any public input or participation. It's one of the sleaziest things I've seen happening since I moved here and it's going on right in front of us. What can we do to stop it? Here's a list of how you can help to save Union Square from the Save Union Square web site. For more resources and updates, visit Rev. Billy's blog.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

We need to put some pressure on some of these players, and NOW!

Contact Rosie Mendez by calling her at 212-677-1077, or emailing her at rosie.mendez@council.nyc.gov. Tell her to reject the BID plan for Union Square.


Boycott Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café.
LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! Politely ask to speak to a manager at any of these places, and voice your displeasure with this land-grab. They will try and give you some BS. Ignore it.

Come out to Union Square each Wednesday at 5:00pm to gather with like-minded people and find out more about what's going on.

BIG ACTION COMING ON JUNE 5th. 5:00pm, Union Square. STAY TUNED!

To get updates on the campaign to Save Union Square, send an email to: saveunionsquare-subscribe@googlegroups.com

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