Harlem River Railyard along the water front in the South Bronx while protestors sit in front of the gate. The DOT NY State-owned has been leased to the Galesi group for 99 years.
(Photos: By Leah Kozak via Twitter)
Nine people were arrested protesting the Bloomberg-era city and state subsidies being offered to relocate Fresh Direct and the community's continued lack of waterfront access.
The community is asking the de Blasio adminisration to drop its opposition the environmental lawsuit.
The public has long been denied acess to the waterfront in the South Bronx. Cut off by industry and pollution causing businesses.
For years this community has organized to prevent what they feel is yet another inappropriate use of public land and tax dollars.
The familiar BOYCOTT fresh Direct stickers can be found in many neighborhoods.
lack of waterfront access.
Neighborhood residents walk along E. 138th Street in the South Bronx. Harlem River rail yards at St. Anns Avenue near E. 132nd street. "Fresh Direct no es nuestro amo, No seremos tus esclavos!"
Este es nuestro espacio, he group arrived at the Harlem River Yard and placed sunflowers on the locked gate. The peaceful and exuberant event included traditional Puerto Rican plena drummers, a mariachi band, giant puppets, local children playing cello, and an interfaith reflection.
FreshDirect, if allowed to proceed, would bring 1,500 additional daily truck trips through the South Bronx. Critics argue that the plan is a Bloomberg-era relic attempting to give the diesel-intensive on-line grocer nearly $130 million in public subsidies to move to this public waterfront land from Queens.
Rubencito, pobecito Amiguito del Blumbito."
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