Tag Archive for Randalls Island Sports Foundation

Randalls Island Bulletin (2010-2014)

Firefighters Sworn In By Mayor at Ceremony on Randall’s Island – NY 1, December 29, 2014 Ex-Parks Department employee claims she was fired after accusing bosses of sexual harassment, raunchy holiday parties – New York Daily News, December 20, 2014 Buffalo man pleads guilty to sale of ecstasy tied to 2013 Electric Zoo death on Randalls…

What would a free and open Randalls Island mean for me?

It would mean that I could run and bike and walk and play as fast and as forcefully as my spirit can go. It would mean that I could travel quickly from home and school and work to a more natural and holistic environment without having to pay dues and tolls and political favors. It…

Free Grass for the Working Class!

I grew up at 2030 Lexington Avenue, in a narrow, walk-up tenement owned by my grandfather. Today, when I stop by the community garden where our building once stood, I am filled with both hope and despair. I am saddened because even though the lot has been classified as a permanent “green” space, it remains…

Randalls Island decision; public school children win!

Courtesy of Leonie Haimson In an important victory for public school children, parents and community members have won their lawsuit to stop the city from leasing the sports fields on Randall’s Island during after school hours to a consortium of 20 private schools for the next 20 years. As Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich concluded,…

Randalls Island Bulletin (2003-2009)

Randalls for rich: Mike, don't shun the poor children

Turf War: Why the fight for private school access to public land isn’t over yet (West Side Spirit, January 13, 2009) Court Decision: Citywide Council on High Schools, et al. v. FCRC et al. (Amended, December 29, 2009) Judge Rejects City’s Private Ballfield Plan For Randalls Island … Again (Gothamist, December 23, 2009) Randalls Island…

The New Randalls Island: Separate and Unequal?

Under the Randalls Island Sports Foundation’s “New Deal,” local public schools would have priority access to 20 ball fields from 3 to 6 pm. What this actually means is that the majority of children in East Harlem and the South Bronx would have to skip their school lessons or their dinner in order to play…

Marie Dickson: The Eastern Star of Community Board 11

East Harlem mourned the loss of veteran community advocate Eulalia “Marie” Dickson, who died January 5 at the age of 83. Hundreds of local residents, friends, and colleagues of Ms Dickson attended a viewing held January 11 at the Johnstone Funeral Chapel in East Harlem. The service was presided over by Father Mario Guarino and…

Alienation of Park Land Continues with Water Park “Development” on Randalls Island

The New York Times again reported on the alarming friendship between New York State Senate’s majority leader Joseph L. Bruno and Jared E. Abbruzzese, an investor with Empire Racing Associates, which was awarded an operating franchise for the state’s thoroughbred horseracing tracks. According to the Times, Abbruzzese’s nanotechnology firm, Evident Technologies, also received $500,000 in…