Monday December 8, 2008 – 3:00pm
New York State Supreme Court
60 Centre Street, Room 432 (which is part 55)
Justice Jane S. Solomon
Oral arguments will be heard at 3:00.
We are encouraging the public to attend the hearing. A strong showing would be helpful. Background: Union Square Park Pavilion Litigation. In April 2008, the Union Square Community Coalition filed a lawsuit (USCC v. NYC Parks, Index No. 08/105578) challenging the Parks Department and Union Square Partnership’s plans to install a restaurant in the historic pavilion. The court issued a preliminary injunction, which prevents the operation of a restaurant, or the installation of fixtures for a restaurant, pending further order of the Court. In so doing, the court found that USCC is likely to prevail on its central claim that without state legislative approval, the restaurant would be an unlawful alienation of parkland once that claim is ripe. The City has moved to dismiss the case, claiming it is both unripe (because, allegedly, several steps remain in the process before a restaurant concession could be offered) and non-meritorious.
*THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 6:00PM, GEORGE WASHINGTON STATUE.
Are you hungry for public space? Do you want to cook up some change?
The campaign to stop the privatization of Union Square Park’s Pavilion continues! The court injunction against the conversion of that historic building into a private, upscale restaurant remains in place, but we need to continue to PUSH BACK against this scheme, and make sure that this magnificent public space REMAINS PUBLIC!
SO COME OUT TO PLAY IN YOUR PUBLIC SPACE!
Let’s give Danny Meyer and the Union Square Partnership their just deserts. While they feast at their PRIVATE, big-ticket, dinner in our PUBLIC park (harvestinthesquare.org), we’ll be surrounding the pricey party tent, banging on our empty pots and pans, demanding that they keep their hands off our public spaces. Bring your own pot and something to bang with! Meet us at the George Washington statue on the south end, at 6:00pm. This action will be brief, to the point, and festive. Come out and Play!
More Info: http://www.unionsquarenotforsale.org
We couldn’t be happier with Wednesday’s push-back picnic: hundreds of folks from the Union Square community and beyond came out to celebrate the natural right of our public space.
There was indeed watermelon. And theater. And action. The tide is turning, thanks to you and your ongoing support to hold on to what we hold most dear.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND
6:00PM – UNION SQUARE
Inside the north end by the Abe Lincoln statue
FREE (as a park party should be!)
Friends and Neighbors,
Celebrate this year’s national nativity party ye olde fashioned way…
COME TO THE PUSH BACK PICNIC, JULY 2ND, 6:00PM, BY THE ABE LINCOLN STATUE (There will be Watermelon.)
As the nation prepares to celebrate it’s 232nd Birthday, and the Union Square BID (Business Improvement District) prepares to privatize the LANDMARKED Pavilion building, come join the Community Improvement District (CID), along with your favorite radical heroes of Union Square for an olde tyme hoedown and radical auction action. Make a bid on your favorite national chain store franchise! Dance circles around stodgy, stogie-smoking, sell-out politicians! Marvel as the park pushes back against the greedy takeover artists!
Let’s push back the privatizers and keep Union Square a place for public gatherings, public rallies, and public play! PUSH BACK THE BID! UNION SQUARE IS NOT FOR SALE!
From yesterday evening at the pavilion with Reverend Billy:
SAVE UNION SQUARE – Banner Drop from Xris Spider on Vimeo.
And just a reminder: come out tonight for the big Rally + Surprise Party at 5pm! Meet us at the NW corner of Union Square. Join us — marching bands, hoola hoopers, soapbox preachers, park lovers, green growers, sun tanners, art vendors, likely a wingnut or two, and a walking tour performance by the ghosts of Union Square past. And Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Gentrifying!