JFAC’s progress on SSY

On November 25th, JFAC hosted a press conference with other groups including Woodside on the Move, Stop Sunnyside Yards, Queens Anti-gentrification Project and Sunnyside Artists to released a statement and speakout against development over Sunnyside Yards.

Christine Chung of The City reported a recap here.

Organizing for the event included reaching out to members of the project’s steering committee – who included electeds and community members considered to be local leaders.

On November 19th, 4 days after we sent letters to them asking that they step down from the steering committee JVB and AOC put out a letter highlighting their concerns about the project, and saying their position on the steering committee does not indicate their approval of the project.
On November 26th, the day after the presser, Mike Giannaris put out a letter saying he never accepted the position on the steering committee and that any future use of his name in relation to the project or to imply his approval.

On January 24th, AOC submitted her official resignation from the committee.

There is meeting coming up on January 28th, at PS 1 from 6-8pm. Join us there as we continue to shut this project down, and use it an example of harmful planning practice. Morever, Sunnyside Yards is a jumping off point for critiquing the City’s larger planning and development processes, as was espoused in City Limits by JFAC member Kristen Hackett, and promoting alternatives that may bring about just futures for all.

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