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FreshDirect Dumps Fleet of Damaged Trucks on South Bronx Waterfront

 

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, FreshDirect discarded its fleet of trucks destroyed in superstorm Sandy on the South Bronx waterfront.  Upwards of 65 diesel trucks were disposed of by the company in a neighborhood itself reeling from the damage of the storm, where calls from South Bronx residents to DEP for an investigation of toxicity from storm surges in the area went unanswered.
“FreshDirect has no respect for our community,” stated Monxo Lopez, Mott Haven resident and member of South Bronx Unite.  “Last weekend, our community gathered aid for victims of Sandy, and two days ago, we attended a fundraiser for a local business that was flooded.  Why would FreshDirect dump 780,000 pounds of their garbage on our waterfront when we, too, are trying to recover from the storm? added Mychal Johnson, resident and Community Board 1 member.

FreshDirect offloaded its destroyed vehicles on the South Bronx waterfront over strong objections from environmental lawyers for the community suing the company for a full environmental impact statement of the effects of the proposed project which would add upwards of 1,000 daily truck trips through a neighborhood where asthma rates are already eight times the national average.
Stop dumping on the South Bronx!

Riverdale Press – It is your fault

Riverdale Press – It is your fault

It is your fault

Editorial Comment – Posted 9/19/12
 
Feb. 13 — That’s the
date the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. made an agreement with
FreshDirect to provide more than $130 million in subsidies for its warehouse in
the Bronx. April 30 — that’s the date the City Council approved living wage
legislation that would require companies like FreshDirect receiving large city
subsidies to pay $10 an hour with benefits, $11.50 without. 
On Monday, Mr. Diaz had the nerve to appear on BronxTalk with
Gary Axelbank
 and dodge responsibility for FreshDirect’s hard-labor jobs
that pay $8.75 an hour — less than a living wage and not much more than the
minimum wage.
Mr. Axelbank read a job description  — from an ad endorsed by the
Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, which has been handing out
flyers for FreshDirect at job fairs with your tax dollars — for work in a
freezer, with mandatory overtime and 12-hour shifts. 
When he confronted Mr. Diaz for supporting the poorly paid
positions, the champion of the living wage whined. 
“[It’s] not my fault,” Mr. Diaz said. 
Mr. Diaz, the man who rightfully scuttled a Related Companies
mall deal for the Kingsbridge Armory because it would not guarantee living
wages, somehow tried to escape responsibility for the poverty jobs he helped
create at FreshDirect in the South Bronx. 
The borough president can take credit for his tough
stance on the Armory, which eventually lead to the passage of living wage
legislation in the City Council, though the final bill was watered down. 
But he made sure to get the FreshDirect
deal signed before the bill was passed and then blamed the City Council for not
moving fast enough. 
Nice try. 
Now he can also take credit for poverty jobs at FreshDirect.
You can’t have it both ways, Mr. Diaz. And it is your
fault.

Lawsuit in the News

  

Bronx Residents Protest $130M Subsidies For Online
Grocer

Law360, New York (September 07, 2012, 4:06 PM ET) — A group
of South Bronx residents on Thursday challenged the legality of some of the
nearly $130 million in subsidies made to online grocer FreshDirect LLC for its
planned 500,000-square-foot shipping facility, as well as the constitutionality
of its sublease at the site.

In an amended complaint filed in New York
state court, two community groups known as Friends of Brook Park and South Bronx
Unite and a group of individual residents allege that the city and Empire State
Development Corp. overstepped their authority in approving.

See the entire article here:
Aerial view of the Harlem River Yard in the Bronx.
Harlem River Yards

FreshDirect Critics Continue From the Bronx

 

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FreshDirect Critics Continue From the Bronx

 

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Published: May 23, 2012

“They would serve the Bronx better by not coming in,” said Kelly Moltzen, a Mott Haven resident who is also a nutrition coordinator for Bronx Health REACH, a community program working to reduce obesity and diabetes. “There are a lot of other ways to get healthy food to people without giving a subsidy to a private company that is not part of the neighborhood.”

 

When FreshDirect received a $128 million package of cash and tax breaks in February to move to the Bronx, residents of the borough, the city’s poorest, protested loudly about a peculiar indignity: the online grocer did not deliver to most of their neighborhoods.

Ángel Franco/The New York Times

Vendors, like this one on Fordham Road, and supermarkets sell produce in the Bronx, but options have not always been plentiful.
This week, after months of criticism, FreshDirect expanded its service to include every corner of the Bronx.
Though the move was hailed by city leaders, the effort has drawn mixed reactions from residents, who say they cannot afford FreshDirect prices on their small incomes, and from community advocates, who say that any benefit will be outweighed by more truck traffic and exhaust fumes and a loss of waterfront access and green space at the company’s new site in the Harlem River Yard.
“They would serve the Bronx better by not coming in,” said Kelly Moltzen, a Mott Haven resident who is also a nutrition coordinator for Bronx Health REACH, a community program working to reduce obesity and diabetes. “There are a lot of other ways to get healthy food to people without giving a subsidy to a private company that is not part of the neighborhood.”
FreshDirect is expanding its service in a borough that is already striving to improve access to healthier food. Although home to the famed Hunts Point produce market, the Bronx historically saw little of that fresh food in its own supermarkets and bodegas. In recent years, city officials and community groups have worked to expand farmers’ markets and green carts across the Bronx, and persuaded stores to stock more fresh produce.
But Bronx residents like Oscar Rivera, a father of three in Mott Haven, say that while there is plenty of produce at his supermarket, Western Beef, the quality can be so poor — mushy tomatoes and brown bananas — that he does not want to eat it. His wife tried to order from FreshDirect as an alternative only to discover that it did not deliver to their address.
Mr. Rivera, 35, said they might give FreshDirect another try. “If it’s too expensive, we can’t get it,” said Mr. Rivera, who was laid off from his maintenance job last month.
Myrna Maldonado, 45, who is diabetic, also said she would consider using FreshDirect for food that she cannot usually find in her Morrisania neighborhood: Granny Smith apples, seedless tangerines and specialty pears. “But if I can get it cheaper elsewhere, I’ll go there,” Ms. Maldonado said.
Jason Ackerman, chief executive at FreshDirect, would not say how many orders had come in during the first few days of the expanded service. But he said that the company’s prices would be “very competitive” in the Bronx, and that certain foods may cost less than in Manhattan.
By the end of the year, he said, the company will also accept food stamps from some customers in a pilot program meant to reach more people in poor neighborhoods. The standard delivery charge of $5.99 (and a fuel surcharge of 47 cents) will be waived for those using food stamps, but not for other Bronx customers.
In the past, FreshDirect served some affluent neighborhoods in the Bronx, like Riverdale and Woodlawn. Mr. Ackerman said he saw the expansion of service to the rest of the borough as a small, first step toward helping residents eat healthier. “It’s not just access,” he said. “It’s also knowing what to buy and getting people in the right mind frame.”
But critics say FreshDirect’s efforts do not justify the $128 million subsidy it received for its new headquarters in the Bronx, which the company said would employ residents for a third to a half of the 3,000 jobs there. Critics say the money FreshDirect is getting could have been used to help many poor families.
“FreshDirect didn’t come here to help the people of the Bronx,” said Heidi Hynes, executive director of the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, which started a food-buying club this year to provide $25 bags of fresh produce and grains to the community. “They came here because they got a subsidy, and they’re only serving the Bronx because the people got mad,” Ms. Hynes said. “It’s insufficient to need.”
At green carts and produce stands around the Bronx, many shoppers said they had not heard of FreshDirect. Some said it was not an option because they did not have a computer with Internet access. Others said it could not match the bargain prices in the Bronx.
“This is my FreshDirect right here,” said Ali Rivera, 56, a former cook who spent $3 for four pears and five nectarines at a stand in Fordham Plaza.
A bustling green cart at East 167th and Gerard Avenue in the western Bronx looked more like a dollar store this week, with offerings like a bag of five tomatoes and a bunch of extra-large carrots. Frances Sosa, a green cart worker, said she had more than 100 customers a day, about half of whom use food stamps.
“Every day, the same people buy here,” she said. “In supermarkets, you get it for $5, here it’s $1, where are you going to buy?”

Congressman, state senator express doubts

 

Congressman, state senator express doubts about South Bronx development in wake of FreshDirect deal

Bronx pols say too many trucks



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Rep. Jose Serrano (D-South Bronx) and his son, State Sen. Jose Marco Serrano (right).KEITH BEDFORD FOR NEW YORK DAILY

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-South Bronx) and his son, State Sen. Jose Marco Serrano (right).

Two more elected officials have expressed doubts about the use of state-owned land on the South Bronx waterfront for online grocer FreshDirect and other businesses that use trucks.
But they lauded the recent announcement that FreshDirect will deliver to all borough ZIP codes as “a positive step.”
Rep. Jose E. Serrano and state Sen. Jose M. Serrano have asked Albany to halt development at the Harlem River Rail Yards pending an audit of the site where FreshDirect plans to build its new base.
They outlined their concerns in a May 16 letter to Joan McDonald, state Department of Transportation commissioner. Two City Council members, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Maria del Carmen expressed similar concerns in a letter sent to the transportation honcho May 3.
The DOT said it will respond later this month.
Their letter puts the Serranos somewhat at odds with the Cuomo and Bloomberg administrations. In February, the governor and mayor announced a $130 million subsidy package for FreshDirect to relocate from Long Island City, Queens to the South Bronx.
They argue the deal will create 1,000 new jobs and keep the firm from moving to New Jersey.
But in their letter, the Serranos noted that FreshDirect will spawn nearly 2,000 vehicle trips per day and generate diesel exhaust.
The land reserved for FreshDirect is owned by the DOT but controlled by Harlem River Yard Ventures, a private firm with a 99-year lease for the site. When it signed the lease in 1991, it vowed to develop a new rail system for freight that would reduce truck traffic.
But the Serranos claim it has done the opposite, subleasing to firms with heavy vehicle use.
“Such development has exacerbated the health problems,” they wrote, noting that 1 in 5 South Bronx children has asthma.
The Serranos claim the South Bronx has changed and want the state to reevaluate the waterfront as a hub for industry.
In their letter, they blasted FreshDirect for not delivering to the South Bronx. But the firm announced last Friday it will now serve all ZIP codes in the borough. It will also launch a pilot program for food stamp recipients to order groceries online.
Rep. Serrano called the news a “positive development.”
“I hope to see FreshDirect, the city and the state engage in a more direct dialogue with the community,” he said Monday.
FreshDirect has said it plans to replace its diesel fleet with “green” trucks within five years.
dbeekman@nydailynews.com

 

FreshDirect’s rotten Bronx deal

 

FreshDirect’s rotten Bronx deal

I recently moved to Crown Heights. FreshDirect delivers to my apartment, and I was offered a promotion to try the online grocery service that has become popular since starting to serve New York in 2002.
I placed a couple orders — but stopped after I read about the deal the company made with the city in February to build a new facility in the South Bronx.
Why? Because it’s a bum deal for the city I love.
In this sweetheart agreement, FreshDirect will receive $127.8 million in tax subsidies and funds from the city and state to construct a 500,000-square-foot warehouse. Reportedly, if City Hall and Albany hadn’t pitched in, FreshDirect would have likely left its current home in Long Island City for (gasp) New Jersey.
And yet, gallingly, FreshDirect CEO Jason Ackerman has said the business doesn’t have plans to deliver to the very neighborhood, Mott Haven, where it will build a new base of operations for its more than 100 delivery trucks.
“We have always felt that the Bronx has not wanted our service, and we’ve seen over time no natural request for our service,” Ackerman told WNYC this winter.
But if our tax dollars are going to bolster FreshDirect, shouldn’t we all be invited to the table?
Many of the residents of the Bronx rely on bodegas or ancient supermarkets for their groceries. According to this year’s County Health Rankings & Roadmap report on New York State by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bronx is the least healthy county in the entire state. The report takes into account statistics such as employment and mortality rate, as well as access to healthy food.
FreshDirect’s dozens of trucks, emblazoned with images of ripe vegetables, glistening cuts of meat and other delicacies, will be cruising in and out of a neighborhood that, in my estimation, it could do far more to help.
There’s another duplicitous aspect to this deal: City Hall claims that FreshDirect’s move to the South Bronx will create about 1,000 jobs in one of the most impoverished areas in the city.
What economic development officials are much more hesitant to discuss, however, is that the company is not contractually required to create a specific number of jobs. Without concrete thresholds for job creation, what incentives will FreshDirect have to keep its promises?

FreshDirect’s rotten Bronx deal (Daily News Article)

FreshDirect’s rotten Bronx deal 

Poor people need good food, too

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I recently moved to Crown Heights. FreshDirect delivers to my apartment, and I was offered a promotion to try the online grocery service that has become popular since starting to serve New York in 2002.A FreshDirect delivery truck is seen outside one of their warehouses in  New York, April 9, 2010. FreshDirect, Manhattan's online grocery darling, is seeking up to $100 million in funding to open in a brand-new market on the heels of its debut in Connecticut and an expansion in the suburbs of New York. To match ANALYSIS story FRESHDIRECT/   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

FreshDirect will get $127.8 million to come to the Bronx, but it won’t deliver to most of the borough.

I placed a couple orders — but stopped after I read about the deal the company made with the city in February to build a new facility in the South Bronx.
Why? Because it’s a bum deal for the city I love.
In this sweetheart agreement, FreshDirect will receive $127.8 million in tax subsidies and funds from the city and state to construct a 500,000-square-foot warehouse. Reportedly, if City Hall and Albany hadn’t pitched in, FreshDirect would have likely left its current home in Long Island City for (gasp) New Jersey.
And yet, gallingly, FreshDirect CEO Jason Ackerman has said the business doesn’t have plans to deliver to the very neighborhood, Mott Haven, where it will build a new base of operations for its more than 100 delivery trucks.
“We have always felt that the Bronx has not wanted our service, and we’ve seen over time no natural request for our service,” Ackerman told WNYC this winter.
But if our tax dollars are going to bolster FreshDirect, shouldn’t we all be invited to the table?
Many of the residents of the Bronx rely on bodegas or ancient supermarkets for their groceries. According to this year’s County Health Rankings & Roadmap report on New York State by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bronx is the least healthy county in the entire state. The report takes into account statistics such as employment and mortality rate, as well as access to healthy food.
FreshDirect’s dozens of trucks, emblazoned with images of ripe vegetables, glistening cuts of meat and other delicacies, will be cruising in and out of a neighborhood that, in my estimation, it could do far more to help.
There’s another duplicitous aspect to this deal: City Hall claims that FreshDirect’s move to the South Bronx will create about 1,000 jobs in one of the most impoverished areas in the city.
What economic development officials are much more hesitant to discuss, however, is that the company is not contractually required to create a specific number of jobs. Without concrete thresholds for job creation, what incentives will FreshDirect have to keep its promises?
In a zip code where FreshDirect’s facility will be built, the average income per household is $14,271, according to federal census figures from 2010. A thousand jobs could make a huge difference — if they actually came.
The key word there is “if,” for as City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito put it to the Daily News last month, “We are always told that these subsidies are going to create jobs. What happens when the companies don’t produce?” Not much, apparently.
She and fellow city Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo are still trying to bring the project to a halt with an appeal to Albany.
If they fail, the “food desert” that is the South Bronx won’t get a much-needed infusion of fresh groceries. Nor can it realistically expect an economic boost from the move, either.
I went to high school in the Bronx, not far from where FreshDirect plans to build its facility. FreshDirect doesn’t deliver to that neighborhood, either. It does, however, deliver to wealthy precincts like Riverdale, where people can afford locally-foraged mushrooms and, since they probably already have jobs, don’t care much whether FreshDirect creates 1,000 jobs or only 15 of them.
I remember, however, how my daily lunch at high school was usually a milkshake from Mister Softee or a $1 slice from a pizza joint a few blocks away.
For me, this was a teenager’s indulgence; for some, unhealthy food is a way of life. What a shame that FreshDirect has so little interest in changing that.
Warshawer is a freelance writer and the managing editor of Brownstoner.com, a blog about Brooklyn.

Two City Council members ask state to delay South Bronx deal for FreshDirect pending property audit (Daily News Article)

Two City Council members ask state to delay South Bronx deal for FreshDirect pending property audit 

FreshDirect deal remains controversial

Two City Council members are demanding more information related to a new headquarters for FreshDirect at the Harlem River Rail Yard.

FRANCES ROBERTS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Two City Council members are demanding more information related to a new headquarters for FreshDirect at the Harlem River Rail Yard.

The food fight over FreshDirect is still raging.
Two months after the Bloomberg administration approved $82 million in subsidies for the company to move to the South Bronx, two City Council members have asked the Cuomo administration to halt the deal.
Melissa Mark-Viverito and Maria del Carmen Arroyo want Albany to delay the move pending an audit of the Harlem River Rail Yards, the state-owned, privately-controlled waterfront site where FreshDirect plans to build its new headquarters.
“We need greater transparency,” Mark-Viverito said Tuesday.
The city, state and the Bronx have already committed about $120 million to the online grocer, with some caveats, but the Cuomo-controlled Empire State Development Corp. has yet to approve an additional $9 million. It expects to vote on the grant this summer.
“We are concerned that this property has been and continues to be used in a manner that is causing severe harm to the residents of the South Bronx and that undermines nearly two decades of rezoning and development,” the councilwomen wrote in a May 3 letter to Joan McDonald, state Department of Transportation commissioner.
When Harlem River Yard Ventures leased the site from the state DOT in 1991, the company vowed to develop a new rail system that would reduce local truck traffic.
But Mark-Viverito and Arroyo claim it has done the opposite, inking subleases with heavy truck users such as FedEx, the New York Post and now FreshDirect.
The DOT said it will respond later this month.
Garbage trains do leave the site by rail, noted Mychal Johnson, a community activist who has opposed the FreshDirect move.
The result is a neighborhood clogged with polluting trucks and stinky trains full of trash from other parts of the city, he said.
The 99-year lease held by Harlem River Yard Ventures was at one point slammed by a state controller as a sweetheart deal.
The company declined to comment. It collects about $500,000 per month from its subleases but pays just $43,000 per month in rent to the state, Mark-Viverito and Arroyo wrote.
They claim the city Industrial Development Agency relied on an outdated environment impact statement when it judged the FreshDirect plan. The 1993 statement was put together before rezonings that generated new housing and made the neighborhood less suitable for industry.
Furthermore, Mark-Viverito believes FreshDirect could remain in Long Island City, Queens.
Mayor Bloomberg and others argued subsidies were needed to keep the growing firm from bolting to New Jersey.
But in its application for Garden State subsidies, the growing firm described a Queens expansion as a cheap, viable option.

City Council Members Urge Audit of South Bronx Waterfront Lease and Moratorium on Polluting Developments like FreshDirect

City Council Members Urge Audit of South Bronx Waterfront Lease and Moratorium on Polluting Developments like FreshDirect

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE12:30 PM Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mychal Johnson,  mychaljohnson@gmail.com(212) 810-0562Harry Bubbins, h.bubbins@gmail.com(646) 648 4362
                                                                                                        South Bronx community residents and activists are excited about the recent letter signed by local City Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Maria del Carmen Arroyo calling for a moratorium on any development on the South Bronx waterfront, including the controversial FreshDirect proposal.

The entire southern shore of the Bronx is owned by the public under the auspices of the New York State Department of Transportation.  In 1993 an unprecedented 99 year lease was granted to the Galesi Group’s Harlem River Rail Yards Ventures, an Albany insider real estate firm that distributes political contributions to both major parties despite litigation from the South Bronx Clean Air Coalition.  Francesco Galesi was a member of the Audit Committee for Worldcom which signed off on years’ worth of cooked books that the misstated $3.9 billion in costs as revenue.
While mentioning a number of troubling concerns, the Council Members highlighted the potential impact on air quality and asthma. The cumulative effect of such facilities on air quality in the South Bronx, where we have an asthma epidemic, is staggering. Asthma hospitalizations in the South Bronx are five times the national average; asthma deaths are three times the national average; and it is estimated that one in every five children in the South Bronx has asthma.”
The letter further echoed longstanding concerns that were raised in two different audits in the past by the New York State Comptroller’s office. “Adding insult to injury, Harlem River Yard Ventures collects approximately $500,000 per month in rent from its subleases’, while paying only $43,000 per month in rent to DOT for the entire 94 acres.”
 The FreshDirect proposal relies on a 1993 Environmental Impact Statement for a community that has undergone numerous land-use changes and greenway initiatives and changes in the character of the area.

“They have not considered how the neighborhood has changed from 20 years ago.  We have rezoned the area and there is a brand new 400+ apartment complex right next to the proposed site. This is a budding residential area with new developments and loft conversions; it is not an industrial wasteland” said Mychal Johnson. “We need open space and waterfront access and real economic development.” 
The proposed relocation is a “slap in the face to the people of the South Bronx,” said Ivylese Andino, a resident of Mott Haven. “We are in dire need of fresh food in this community, but FreshDirect won’t even deliver in the South Bronx. Yet they have no qualms about driving fleets of trucks in and out of our neighborhood every day, polluting the air our people breathe, while they bring their product to wealthier communities.”

Furthermore, the contention that FreshDirect would move to New Jersey seems to have been a falsehood meant to extract an offer of greater public subsidies.  Leaked documents have revealed that, according to their own analysis, it is cheaper and possible for FreshDirect to remain in Long Island City. ”They did not share this information with the Governor and the Mayor,” said Harry Bubbins, director of a local environmental organization.”  We are confident that when they learn about the misleading statements, the package of public subsidies will be significantly lowered and an action plan for keeping FreshDirect in Long Island City (while saving tax payer resources) will be implemented.”

Council Members Viverito and Arroyo concluded by writing,  “Therefore, we request that the Department of Transportation audit the lease for this property, consider declaring an event of default, and explore the State’s remedies in the event of such default. We also request that the Department of Transportation place a moratorium on all new development at Harlem River Yards, including with respect to FreshDirect’s proposed development, until a thorough review of the current uses of the land and the cumulative effects of such uses on the residents of the South Bronx can be done, taking full account of the socio-economic makeup of the neighborhood and the disproportionate impact on the poorest congressional district in the country.”

Council Members Viverito and Arroyo Letter:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3KiqZzVHu8LV0hvODkteXVUOWM/edit?pli=1

Council Member Viverito blog post:

http://mmviverito.com/2012/05/07/melissa-and-council-member-maria-del-carmen-arroyo-call-for-better-use-of-the-harlem-river-rail-yard/

Background on Mr. Galesi:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-wboard11,0,348796.story

Leaked documents with relocation cost comparison:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8qEdzX5fireVU8xcmpiNjlRdDZDRVNVSzhuQU9zZw/edit

FD and Greenway in Crain’s

Winning!

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120503/INS/120509969

FreshDirect deal’s missed opportunityThe city and state missed an opportunity to reduce criticism of its February deal with FreshDirect by failing to negotiate easements that would have created a contiguous greenway along the South Bronx shoreline, an insider said.

The $127.8 million in state and city subsidies that helped lure the online grocer to the Bronx is a boon to its new landlord at the Harlem River Yards, the Galesi Group. Yet the deal did not include an agreement to open a stretch of the yards along the shoreline for the Harlem River Greenway proposed by a coalition of 50 organizations that includes Bronx Reps. José Serrano and Eliot Engel.

“It’s unclear whether there’ll be another moment of leverage like this again to pry open the shoreline,” the insider said.

Subsequent to the FreshDirect deal, the city’s Economic Development Corp. paid an undisclosed amount for an easement from the Galesi Group for a parcel that connects the South Bronx Greenway to Randall’s Island, an EDC spokesman said.

The Harlem River Greenway is not part of EDC’s development plan, but the Harlem River Working Group has been attempting for four years to build a contiguous waterfront stretch running from Randall’s Island west along the South Bronx shoreline and north along the Bronx side of the Harlem River, said the group’s coordinator, Chauncy Young. The easement on the Harlem River Yards property, owned by the state but controlled by Galesi through a 99-year lease, would be about 40 feet in length.

“We really should be making more progress on connecting the community to the waterfront because the yards are, in a sense, state property that has been leased to a private institution,” Young said. “Given the amount of money spent on keeping FreshDirect, I think there should have been more done for creating waterfront access.”

The Parks Department said the Harlem River Greenway was “just a visioning plan at this point, with many participants, which is why it is too early to seek easements.” The Galesi Group did not answer a request for comment.

Read more: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120503/INS/120509969#ixzz1toYjCwQ2

…with love for our hood in truth always…