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DeKovats Playground located on the Upper East Side. For years the community complained about the putrid smells originating from the sanitation facility and its operation. After vehement community opposition the station was finally closed in 1999 after nearly 60 years of operation.
The community is currently fighting the building of a new much larger waste transfer station as part of Mayor Bloomberg Solid Waste Management Plan, (SWMP). Opponents argue that no other community is being forced to house a waste transfer-station directly in the middle of a public park located in the City's highest density residential community.
As part of the legal proceedings, Parks Department lawyer Alessandro Olivieri stated that the Asphalt Green, parks managed waterfront esplanade Bobby Wagner Walk, and DeKovats Playground were not parkland.
Mayoral candadate Bill Thompson signed the Pledge 2 Protect at a press converance yesterday. Mr. Thompson was greeted by long-time E. 91 Street Marine Transfer Station
(MTS) foe NY State City Council candadate-Micah Z. Kellner.
The Bloomberg administration has long attempted to portray the opposition to the siting of the transfer station on E. 91st Strret as an "environmental racism" issue.
According to PLEDGE 2 Protect data however 62% more minority residents live in this area than at any other proposed site. There are more than 1,100 public housing units – only one other location has any public housing units, and that site’s total is 33. The area around E. 91st has twice the amount of parks, fitness/recreational areas and bike/pedestrian paths than any other site.
The Pledge 2 Protect coalition believes that major waste facilities do not belong in any residential neighborhoods in the city.
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