"As everyone in Queens - except for most of our elected officials - seems to know, the proposed site was a terrible location for any sort of stadium, as it would have horribly impacted the park as well as sat directly on top of the Flushing River, which the Fountain of the Planets currently is sited.
"As advocates specifically for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, we are hopeful that we are seeing the last of this awful proposal and that it will evaporate back into thin air where it came from. All told, this project, along with the USTA expansion and the proposed Willets Point West mall would have allowed over 50 acres of our parkland to be taken from us and handed to private corporations and /or billionaire friends of Mayor Bloomberg's for free, shortchanging the citizens of our city by stealing precious and irreplaceable parkland.
"As it stands, this situation potentially removes one of those threats from gobbling up over a dozen acres of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. However, we must remain vigilant to make sure that there will not be another proposal for this site - or any others - and stand strong against the two other proposed projects to make sure they never become a reality."