Stop Sunnyside Yards and Runaway Development in Queens
We, the residents and small business owners of Queens and the 5 boroughs, demand that all public officials and city agencies, including the DCP and the EDC, immediately halt all plans to develop Sunnyside Yards and impose a moratorium on all major new developments and rezonings. We call on you to allocate the tens of billions of dollars intended to develop the yards instead to restore public housing, repair and expand our crumbling infrastructure, save small businesses, and restore habitability for all, not just the wealthy. Further,
STOP using public money to assist the 1% in creating luxury development that displaces, gentrifies, burdens, and discriminates against all but the wealthy, especially those of middle and lower income, of color, immigrants, the poor, the unhoused, the aged, and the disabled.
START to repair and restore safe and adequate infrastructure that serves the needs of our communities, including public transit, schools, sewers, power systems, hospitals, creative space and green space.
STOP the corrupt and undemocratic decision-making process perpetuated by the EDC, DCP and REBNY that only benefits the 1%.
START to reform the land use process and create a democratic system that is truly community-driven. To begin, abolish the quasi-private EDC and eliminate the involvement of real estate in city planning.
STOP using privatization methods like RAD that provide legal ways to evict public housing residents and allow private developers to take our land.
START to repair NYCHA housing and secure permanent, fair housing for all unhoused NYC residents.
Until these demands are met, we say NO to all new development in Queens!
View or download the letter here: https://stopsunnysideyards.com/uploads/SY_FINALPressStmt_11-16-19.pdf
List of demands letter endorsers (as of Nov 23th, 2019):
Art Against Displacement
Artist Studio Affordability Project
Bronx Arts Initiative
Brooklyn Anti-gentrification Network (BAN)
Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies
Coalition to Protect Chinatown & LES
Corporate Campaign, Inc.
Crown Heights Tenant Union
DSA Queens Housing Working Group
East River Park Alliance
Equality for Flatbush
Fight For NYCHA
Flower Lovers Against Corruption (FLAC)
Flushing Workers Center
Harlem Solidarity And Defense
Hearts Across Queens
Housing Justice for All
Justice for All Coalition
Met Council on Housing
Mi Casa No Es Su Casa
Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP)
New York Boricua Resistance
No New Jails
Not One More Block
Preserve Our Brooklyn Neighborhood
Queens Action Council(QuAC)
Queens Anti-Gentrification Project
Queens Neighborhoods United
Riverside-Edgecombe Neighborhood Association (RENA)
7 Train Plan
Showing Up for Radical Justice
Stop Sunnyside Yards
Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance
Take Back NYC
Take Back the Bronx
Woodside on the Move
Workers Unite! Film Fest