Saving Asphalt Green -- a Beloved NYC Park
"It’s an unsettling juxtaposition — a continual stream of garbage trucks so close to little children’s swimming lessons and soccer games, and a toddlers’ playground. " - The New York Times Editorial Board January 26, 2015
How ironic it is that Stanley Isaacs whom the public housing buildings across the street from Asphalt Green are named for is most famous for fighting Robert Moses in 1956 when Mr. Moses ordered bulldozers to tear up a playground in Central Park to make room for a parking lot. Mr. Isaacs suggested to frantic neighborhood mother that she rally together with local mothers and their baby carriages and demonstrate in front of the bulldozers. Rather than battle dozens of mothers, Mr. Moses had to give up.
Today 400,000 children use Asphalt Green every year. The Park is fighting for its survival as Mayor de Blasio wants to bisect the Park with a truck access ramp for a dump, a dump that will be situated right next to the Park and across the street from the Public Housing named after Stanley Isaacs.