Asphalt Green is one of the community's most valuable resources, but the health of the facility and more importantly, the health and safety of the children and adults who use it, are threatened by the City's plans to build a massive 2-acre, 10-story garbage dump in the heart of our facility.
Faced with the difficult eventuality that the City is determined to place a marine transfer station at 91st, Asphalt Green has been forced to consider reasonable compromises that we once never thought possible. We have developed a Vision Study to compensate for the most dangerous elements of the plan. It has three core components:
- Move the Ramp. The Vision Study identifies viable, alternative locations for where the ramp can be situated for this industrial facility. Each alternative would divert traffic, fumes and operating risk away from East 91st Street where it presents the greatest danger.
- Require the Best Available Environmental Technology. The trucks, tugs taking the garbage away in the East River and facility operations should employ the best available clean technology. While the City has indicated some of this is already scheduled, the commitment is not legally binding, nor is it complete.
- Create Green Space. Our Vision Study creates a green space over the Marine Transfer Station for exercise, play and relaxation, an important need in an area extremely short of park and open space.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION
Please urge the Mayor and Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia to seriously study these alternatives. Their contact information is:
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Phone: (212) 788-3000
Hon. Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner
New York City Department of Sanitation
Phone: (646) 885-4974
Anthony Shorris, First Deputy Mayor
Office of the Mayor
Phone: (212) 788-3191
Hon. Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner
New York City Department of Design and Construction ("DDC")
Phone: (718) 391-1000
Martin Rebholz, R.A., Borough Commissioner
New York City Department of Buildings
Manhattan Borough Office
Phone: (212) 393-2615
Marco A. Carrion, Commissioner
Office of the Mayor
Phone: (212) 788-7418