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Gotham’s set to lose Wagner Park in Battery Park Metropolis

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Two cheers for Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin’s belated opposition to the approaching destruction of Battery Park Metropolis’s beloved Wagner Park.

The state-driven “resiliency” scheme to shut and tear up the park for 2 years to be able to exchange it with an unrecognizably warped panorama is a stroke of civic desecration in quest of a reputable function.

The Battery Park Metropolis Authority, a creature of the Democratic-dominated state authorities, plans to start chopping up the three.5-acre Hudson River leisure oasis and uproot its magnificent landscaping inside days. The thought is to guard it from a monster future storm that exists solely within the goals of environmental extremists.

Sadly, Zeldin’s welcome outrage is just too late, too little. He stated, “Residents have identified that Wagner Park didn’t expertise extreme flooding throughout Superstorm Sandy.” Identified? It’s an indisputable fact. No “extreme flooding?” It didn’t expertise any.

He and different officers wanted to howl greater than a 12 months in the past when the $221 million (ha!) boondoggle was introduced. It might elevate the park 10 ft and inflict “uncovered floodwalls,” “buried floodwalls” and “flip-up deployables” (no matter they are) on what at the moment are a few of Manhattan’s most fulfilling lawns and vantage factors for sunbathing and sightseeing.

Gov. Hochul
Hochul has stood in help of the closing of Wagner Park for storm renovations.
Matthew McDermott

The rationale: to guard the location from a completely theoretical, “mannequin”-based prediction of a “100-year storm” by 2050.   

Certain, local weather change is actual. But it surely isn’t occurring with the velocity and depth that “consultants” would have us consider. It’s straightforward to cherry-pick snapshots of environmental injury. However an extended view acknowledges that there are extra polar bears as we speak than within the Sixties.

Affordable concern about local weather change shouldn’t authorize authorities to wreck completely sound and beloved public amenities within the identify of “saving” them from a theoretical future calamity which may by no means happen.

The BPCA’s assertion that it prioritizes “science” is as specious as early-pandemic claims that “science” justified shutting down the world. In fact, authorities bureaucrats prioritize voodoo environmentalism that might, if left unchecked, construct a dome over Manhattan to guard skyscrapers from falling asteroids.

If there ever was hope to dam or stall the Wagner scheme, our legislative leaders wanted to throw their our bodies in its manner years in the past when the BPCA, egged on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, declared its intentions. 

Battery Park Metropolis Neighborhood Affiliation board member Britni Erez praised Zeldin, saying, “Gov. Kathy Hochul ought to understand it is a massive election difficulty for individuals throughout Decrease Manhattan.”

Downside is, their elected representatives, all Democrats, are completely on board with the scheme. Amongst them: Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, state Sen. Brian Kavanagh (whose district consists of Battery Park Metropolis!), Meeting Members Charles D. Fall and Yuh-Line Niou and Metropolis Councilman Christopher Marte.

Lee Zeldin.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin has just lately spoken out towards the closing of Wagner Park.
Robert Miller

After the Wagner plan was first made public, they picked nits over tremendous factors — however steered away from condemning the general atrocity that it’s.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, who endorses each considered one of Cuomo’s rotten real-estate and building schemes, is unlikely to thank her opponent Zeldin for his enter and announce she’s canceling the venture.

The Submit first howled over the Wagner Park drama two months in the past. Native residents who’d given up hope of blocking the bulldozers rallied anew towards it.

The BPCA tried to mollify them by proclaiming that the newly designed venue can have 74% extra inexperienced house than within the unique design. Goll-y! But it’ll nonetheless have barely much less inexperienced house than now, supposedly to permit different adjustments to make the park extra “accessible.”

All this to guard it from an imagined, catastrophic future that’s past a worst-case state of affairs. Superstorm Sandy, which walloped town with the best sea surge in its historical past, didn’t lay a drop of water on Wagner Park. The remainder of Battery Park Metropolis suffered solely minor injury at just a few factors close to its northern finish, removed from Wagner Park.

Regardless of warnings from Metropolis Corridor for Battery Park Metropolis’s 16,000 residents to evacuate because the storm approached, the condo buildings by no means misplaced energy and got here by means of simply tremendous. Residents returned to seek out their houses intact.

Why? As a result of Battery Park Metropolis, which is constructed on landfill, was designed to be storm-resilient from the start.

It is likely to be too late for Wagner Park, however a Zeldin victory in November may steer town (and state) again to some sanity on local weather change — and head off the following Wagner Park we’d in any other case stand to lose.

scuozzo@nypost.com

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