NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A community came together on Saturday to rally against a proposed plan to take over part of Theodore Roosevelt Park on the Upper West Side.
Dozens gathered outside the Museum of Natural History to protest plans to expand by adding a new building near the entrance at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Saadiq Teague Arrested After Being Spotted With AK-47 At Times Square Subway Station
Locals, including tennis legend Billy Jean King, say the expansion would destroy their beloved park.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
“I don’t want to see this happen because we use the park, we use it every singe day we’re home, we use if for respite,” King said. “They’re gonna take trees down. These trees, some of them are over 10 years old we don’t want that to happen, we want to save the park.”
In response to the protest, museum spokesperson Anne Canty sent the following statement to CBS2:MORE NEWS: Discarded Tombstone Spotted On Empty Lot Raising Questions In Paramus
In the lawsuit brought to stop the Gilder Center, by many of the same individuals demonstrating today, the NY State Supreme Court ruled (December 10, 2018) decisively in favor of the Museum, finding that it had followed all the appropriate procedures and obtained all the required approvals. The Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will be a major new resource for science education for all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The inherent value of this project is reflected in the broad public support it has received from numerous elected officials, neighborhood groups, and advocacy organizations. We have every expectation that the appellate court will affirm the Supreme Court decision.