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  1. matt
    March 29, 2013

    Let me get this straight: they build a park that brings millions of tourists and visitors into a residential neighborhood every year. The tourists get to do whatever they want, for free. The residents, who already pay taxes and are beleaguered by swarms of tourists, now get the honor of subsidizing their visits with "fees".

    Anyone who can defend this logic with a straight face should go on "Make Me Laugh".

    • Patrick Shields
      April 1, 2013

      What's yet another petty and vacant rant against tourists have to do with anything, they're everywhere in NYC, always were and always will be, it's New York. I suppose when you travel, it is of course "different". Tons of New Yorkers use the High Line, and I'll take tourists over NYU, or high rise, street-life free condos ANY day. More tourists I say. They come to the Village with far more respect than the drunken sons and daughters of New York's elite. You allow your politicians to cave to developers on a daily basis and blame tourism? Get real. As always, the only question left to ask you, and everyone else who opposes all plans currently being proposed: WHAT'S YOUR PLAN? What alternative are you suggesting? All complaint, no ideas gets nothing done.

  2. Sandy Yeltser
    March 29, 2013

    As a resident who uses the Park frequently (and whose property values are higher as a result of this wonderful amenity), I have little doubt that the majority of visitors are residents. Go on any morning before work, or in the middle of the day, and you will see parents and caregivers with their children. Maintaining this amenity is critical and I see it as an investment in my front yard and in my property. I also like the fact that the median will be maintained. What an eyesore! It's an embarrassment for our community and frankly our city. Aren't BIDs the mechanism that have supported Union Square Park and other medians (I believe the Broadway medians are maintained by a BID). What they are suggesting doesn't quite seem unprecedented to me. It just seems logical that neighbors would work and support such an incredible asset to their community. Griping and complaining will not solve the problem. All these people complaining about paying a nominal fee – and not suggesting any solution to the real problem.

    • David P.
      March 29, 2013

      Sandy, everyone likes the park, and everyone wants to keep it clean – that's not the issue, nor is the additional small personal tax. But it is not the burden, regardless of the amount, of the residents of a narrow border along the park to be the only ones, in ALL of NYC to pay for the overages that the park management cannot pay for. Nor is it the burden or responsibility of those specific residents to solve the problem. Furthermore, this is a NID, not a BID. NIDs are supposed to be proposed, discussed and managed by the "neighborhood residents", and BIDs by local businesses. This NID was presented to the neighborhood in public meetings after a conclusion had been reached. The "Friends" followed the rules in a very top/down manner. Good intentions, bad judgment!

  3. Guest
    March 29, 2013

    We're building a City that we can't afford… and don't want to afford. BIDs and NIDs are just an easy answer to keep elected leaders from doing their jobs. If the City can't pay for it's upkeep, then it should not build it. psuedo-governmental agencies are not a smart solution. Building an ultra-nice park is a bad idea – young transients will have the Friends paying through the nose just repairing the weekend's mess and destruction. A NID goes against everything that the bohemian Village was made famous for. It builds a gated-community through taxation as its fences. I don't live in the area, but if I did, I would be outraged.

  4. guest
    March 29, 2013

    This imposed NID makes for bad feelings all around. I certainly would not be opposed to donating to a different
    sort of "Friends…..", but it would be my decision.

    • HKres
      April 4, 2013

      You will have your different sort of "Friends" now that the "park management" aka The Hudson River Park TRUST has taken control of the Friends now made up of Diana Taylor and Mike Novogratz and Connie Fishman Paul Ullman yeah they have done such a good job the last decade they ran the Trust and got all the money.

  5. SoHoNoBID
    March 31, 2013

    Everyone should stop referring to this tax scheme as a "NID": Legally there is no such thing as a "Neighborhood Improvement District." The controlling NYS & NYC Laws pertain to Business Improvement Districts. These newly titled "Neighborhood Improvement Districts" are simply a marketing ploy to use the BID laws to serve whatever purpose Mayor Bloomberg and his team at Small Business Services decide they want for NYC. BID law is not structured to serve residential owners, particularly when the proposed district covers the vast area of this Hudson River Park Business Improvement District.

  6. Chelseagrl
    May 22, 2013

    like today, Wednesday, May 22, when there's some kind of huge event, and it's roped off to the public – how about that? Old Navy, with a staff of about 50, with huge speakers, and music you can hear 7 blocks away, has RENTED the ostensibly public (but closed in the winter) lawn for some kind of Event. Yeah, I want to pay taxes for somebody else's commercial endeavor, that disturbs my peace, and takes over a huge swathe of grass that supposedly I am supposed to have access to.

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