Save Ruppert Playground.
A Grass - Roots Public Awareness Campaign
to Preserve Ruppert Playground from Development


"Since the park has proven so popular with the teenagers, many residents would like to see it become a permanent feature in the neighborhood." East Side Express - November 1978

 
Dear Neighbor,

On September 12, 2011, Related closed Ruppert Playground depriving the community with the least amount of public open space in the ENTIRE CITY of a valuable park.

The Related Companies has decided to ignore the will and needs of the community and try to go ahead and build a 35 floor luxury rental building on the site of Ruppert Playground, a beloved park on E. 93rd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues that has been an important part of our community since the late 1970's.

Related unveiled their irresponsible development plans on June 12th, which Community Board 8 promptly voted against - 25-5.

Related however can not legally build on the playground. The use of the playground CAN NOT be changed unless a previous-approved Large-Scale Residential Development Plan under the Ruppert Brewery Urban Renewal Area is amended which they are attempting to do now.

Related is seeking a zoning "text change" without getting the consent of the other property owners within the boundaries of the original Large-Scale plan which is required. This issue was heard by the City Council's Land Use Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises on September 30th.

Related disgracefully got away with claiming their massive development and the resulting dramatic change in land use from a community park to a 35-story, 231 unit tower complete with a school among other things - required only a "Minor Modification" as opposed to a "Major Modification" which the Department of City Planning Commission, as expected, and as usual, rubber stamped it and approved it.

Related is also attempting to avoid going through the full Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the public review process required for projects that are not as-of-right.

They must not be allowed to get away with these actions.

We have organized a broad-based public awareness campaign to preserve Ruppert Playground from being developed. We need your help to protect this vital neighborhood resource! If we are to have a chance in our fight we must be very visible to be able to apply sufficient pressure!!

 
Additionally, we need to put pressure on the current (and potential future) NYC administrations to get the Ruppert Playground property transferred back to the City and designated as a NYC Park. The City sold the property years ago in a behind closed-door deal to Related Company and the City can negotiate a deal to get it back!  One possibility is for the City to swap another piece of land in exchange for the Ruppert Playground property.  This is done all the time.

The Related Company is one of the largest real estate companies in America and is well connected politically. They are very friendly with the Bloomberg administration and are involved with many projects that involve the City. We need your help to defeat this irresponsible plan.  The park must be preserved exclusively for park and recreational uses. For more than 25 years the park - located btw. 92/93rd Sts. btw 2nd/3rd Aves - has played a vital role in the lives of countless people.  Community Board 8 is already the City's most densely populated community and yet it ranks dead last in publicly accessible recreational space.

We already have strong support from our local elected officials.   However, it is EXTREMELY important that you immediately contact (call and email) the few people who have the power to stop the irresponsible development of this park.   Please take a few minutes to voice your strong opposition and demand help!!

WE NEED YOU TO Contact:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg - (212) 788- 3000 or dial 311 in NYC
Email: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (212) 788-7210 
Email: speakerquinn@council.nyc.ny.us (click "Contact Speaker Quinn" to email her).  Also email Danielle Decerbo at Quinn's office.    ddecerbo@council.nyc.gov

The Related Company (212) 801- 1000
Stephen M. Ross - Chairman and CEO -  Email:  sross@related.com and Jeff T. Blau - President  jblau@related.com


They need to hear from hundreds of you.  Please call AND send letters/e-mails.  (Click here for a sample letter and talking points)   Encourage everyone to get involved:  Your children,  sisters/brothers, aunt/uncles, grandparents… Spread the word to playground users, neighborhood residents, businesses, the general public, school groups…etc.
 
The Related Company plans to destroy a popular park for a commercial development at the same time that the construction of the Second Avenue subway has already made living in this community a nightmare for many.  
 
We need the help and support of the community.  We must work together.  Please get involved.  For more information please contact save-ruppert-playground@googlegroups.com or NYC Park Advocates (212) 987- 0565.
 
We Need Your Financial Help too!

The Campaign to Save Ruppert Park will require considerable financial resources for printing, personnel, supplies, legal and other expenses. Please consider making a donation.


Online: You can use your credit card or checking account:  http://nycparkadvocates.org/contribute

or mail a check made payable to:
NY Park Advocates
222 East 93rd St. -Suite 40H, New York, NY 10128
Att: Geoffrey Croft

NYC Park Advocates, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN # 14-1883533.  NYC Park Advocates, Inc. is the city's only independent watchdog group for all city, state and federal parklands and open space in NYC. For more information please visit us at http://nycparkadvocates.org

For more than 30 years Ruppert Playground - located between E. 92/93rd Sts. between 2nd/3rd Avenues - has played a vital role in the lives of countless people. With more than 217,000 residents and only 1.7% of its total land area (653,750 sq. ft.) dedicated to parks and open space, CB 8 is the city's densest community, and ranks dead last in publicly accessible recreational space.

The Related Company plans to destroy the popular playground by building a 40 story luxury building. We need your help to defeat this irresponsible plan. We hope you will support the community in its efforts to have the property transferred back to the City and designated as an NYC Park. The City sold the property to the developer and the City can negotiate a deal to get it back! The park must be preserved exclusively for park and recreational uses.

The time has come to create a very visible public campaign to SAVE RUPPERT PLAYGROUND! During the second week of April boring equipment arrived in the park to take earth and rock samples. This is the first step of an impending construction project and the first public sign of Related Company's intention of proceeding with developing the site and TAKING AWAY our PARK!!!

We are organizing a broad based public awareness campaign to oppose Ruppert Playground from being developed. We need your help to protect this vital resource!

WE NEED YOU TO:

• Please take a few minutes and contact your local elected officials and city agencies to voice your opposition and ask them for help. Please also contact the Related Companies. (Click here for Contacts) This is imperative. Please call AND send letters/e-mails. (Click here for a sample letter and talking points)

• Spread the word to park users, neighborhood residents, businesses, the general public, school groups etc. Sign the petition. Encourage everyone to get involved: Your children, sisters/brothers, aunt/uncles, grandparents, neighbors…

• If you are interested in helping out further please contact us.

This community has the Lowest amount of park space and the Highest density of any neighborhood in the city. In order to stop this construction and preserve this vital resource time is of the essence!

The Related Company is one of the largest real estate companies in America. They are very well connected politically. We need the help and support of the community in order to be able to apply pressure. We must work together. Please get involved. For more information please contact save-ruppert-playground@googlegroups.com or NYC Park Advocates (212) 987-0565.


 
Listen to our rally to
Save Ruppert Playground
 
Hear our rally to
Stop Related Companies
 
A rendering of Related's proposed nightmare 35-story luxury tower (left) next to the "A" building (right) of Ruppert Housing.
Another set of renderings.
Proposed building entrance to massive building - 205 E. 92nd Street
June 27, 2013 - An excavator digs a hole on the basketball court to take more boring samples.
 

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE RUPPERT PLAYGROUND
A grass-roots, broad-based public awareness campaign to
PRESERVE Ruppert Playground from development.
Contacts: Please contact the following people:

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS
Mayor of New York City

Hon. Michael Bloomberg
NY City Hall
New York, NY 10007
212-788-3000, Fax: 212-788-2989
Email web form:
www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/contact_the_mayor.html

NYC Council Speaker
Christine C. Quinn
District 3 - Council Member – Democrat
224 West 30th St (Suite 1206)
New York, NY 10001
212-564-7757
E-mail: speakerquinn@council.nyc.ny.us

 

RELATED COMPANIES
60 Columbus Circle
New York, NY  10023
212-421-5333
Stephen M. Ross -Chairman and CEO
E-mail:
sross@related.com
Jeff  T. Blau - President
E-mail: jblau@related.com

AGENCIES
Rafael Cestero - Commissioner

Department of Housing Preservation & Development
100 Gold St, New York, NY 10038
212-863-6100 Fax: 212-863-6302
E-mail: lay@hpd.nyc.gov

 
Easy email list of everyone:
 


Quick Easy email list of everyone:
sross@related.com; jblau@related.com; lay@hpd.nyc.gov; garodnick@council.nyc.ny.us; lappin@council.nyc.gov; rep.carolyn.maloney@mail.house.gov; Minna.elias@mail.house.gov; serrano@senate.state.ny.us; nyssenate28@gmail.com; kellnerm@assembly.state.ny.us; lkrueger@senate.state.ny.us; NYSenatorLiz@aol.com; quartd@assembly.state.ny.us; bp@manhattanbp.org; info@cb8m.com, aburden@planning.nyc.gov

(Please make sure you also “cc” mail@saveruppertplayground.org as well as oscarfernandezjr@gmail.com)

 

 

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