Mercer Playground was initiated by the Lower Manhattan Neighbors' Organization. NYU's current expansion plan includes tearing down two playgrounds, a community garden and a dog run and replacing them with skyscrapers. Local residents and Community Board 2 want the open space — which extend between W. Third and Houston Sts. — transferred to the Parks Department. Despite having an alternative location, NYU recently destroyed a row of more than a dozen trees along the same strip on Mercer street to build a despite community objections.
Park and community advocates say Mercer Playground is one of the few safe places for neighborhood kids to learn how to ride bicycles and roller blade. T
The LaGuardia Corner Garden has been at it's current location at the corner of Bleecker Street and LaGuardia Place since 1981. Neighbors of LaGuardia Place Park paid for landscaping and raised funds for a new toddler park themselves. Under NYU's plan, residents would also lose the Mercer-Houston Dog Run. (Photo: Elisabeth Robert/The Villager)
New York Daily News - November 1, 2010 - By Michael Wursthorn
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