Several New York City community groups, led by State Senators Tom Duane and Eric Schneiderman, Assemblymembers Richard N. Gottfried and Scott Stringer and Councilmember Christine Quinn are conducting a midday press conference at City Hall, Sept. 20, to express their "opposition to plans for a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan, south of 34th Street."
A Hell's Kitchen community newsletter, HK Online, announced the event and listed some of the groups said to opposes the stadium plan. That list comprises the Clinton Special District Coalition, Community Board 4, Soho Alliance, Transportation Alternatives, West 45th St. Block Association, West 46th St. Block Association, West 51st St. Block Association, B.L.O.C. 19 Association, Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association, Coalition for a Livable West Side, Committee for Economically Sound Development, Housing Conservation Coordinators, Coalition of Chelsea Block Associations, Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Association, Chelsea Owners & Tenants for Neighborhood Preservation, Metropolitan Council on Housing, Ludlow Street Block Association, Chelsea Housing Coalition.
The construction and operation of a West Side stadium could have an impact on the Theatre District. West Side activists, including some of the groups listed above, were also influential during the hotly contested theatre re-zoning debate of 1998 and 1999.
Part of a bid to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York City, the stadium would be a home for the New York Jets and was described by the opposition as being integral to the creation of a Central Business District, which would cause dislocation and frustrate community planning.
-- By Murdoch McBride