A legal action spearheaded by neighborhood group Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park has been rejected by the New York Supreme Court. GOTHAMIST notes that there is still potential for an appeal. New York Supreme Court Justice Lynn Kotler leaned on an 1890’s statute saying that the museum could build buildings in the park…unfortunately this statute does not describe a limit. Construction in public parks throughout the City not initiated by the Parks Department is nearly unheard of.
In a statement prepared by Community United’s Chairman, William Raudenbush, CU emphasized the importance of fighting the cumulative impact of these interventions. LW! previously testified on the expansion. Catch up on history HERE. You can read the court’s full findings HERE.