Residents of Hudson Heights will not have a farmer's market, after all.
Michael Hurwitz, director of the Council on the Environments, said on Tue., July 7 that plans for a greenmarket, in the hopper since November 2007, have been scrapped - or recycled.
"That is no more," Hurwitz said. "We found a location that would serve a bigger community."
That location is somewhere around W. 168th Street - a market that was thought to be yet another greenmarket at the May Community Board 12 Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting.
The squashed Hudson Heights market was first proposed by W. 183rd Street resident Marisa Panzani who found it tedious to travel to the Isham market in Inwood on Saturdays.
She collected over 1,000 signatures to locate a market in Bennett Park between W. 183rd and W. 185th Street to the south and north and Ft. Washington Avenue and Pinehurst Avenue to the east and west and brought them to the Community Board asking for their support for the market.
The issue was picked up by the Parks and Cultural Affairs Commitee who investigated the possiblity and pitched the market for Sundays on W. 183rd Street.
Because of objections from a handful of neighbors and worries about parking on the street, the issue was sent back to the committee. Fridays on Ft. Washington Avenue and W. 181st Street on the sidewalk of the Ft. Washington Collegiate Church was the compromise, and approved in May by the full Community Board.
"The community totally supported the addition of a Greenmarket at 181st Street," said Elizabeth Ritter, chair of the Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee. She pointed out that the 181st Street location was approved by Hurwitz before discussion started about a market near the hospital.
"The community would love to have both," she said.
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