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The Greening of Queens Not Quite Going as Planned

For over a year now, the Juniper Park Civic Association has been fighting to save St. Saviour's church in Maspeth, Queens. For our hipster readsership, Maspeth is east of Greenpoint and north of Bushwick. On July 2, the JPCA held a big rally to aid the cause of the 1847 structure, and the idea is simple: Instead of razing the church to build 70 units of housing (that's the rumor), why doesn't the city step in and preserve the site, including the 185 trees that sit on the 1.5-acre property? The JPCA argues that Mayor Bloomberg wants every resident to live within 10 minutes of a park by 2030, and St. Saviour's is smack in the middle of one of those areas that needs some green love. Well, the landowner heard that proposal, and decided to comment on it in his own way. Hey, did you notice that you can't really see the church in the above photo? Hold on, let's see what we can do about that.

Ah, that's better! Of course, Arbor Slay '07 has led to much more "Mayor Bloomberg doesn't care about Queens chatter," but when you see a landmark like this treated like a two dollar whore, what are people supposed to say?
· St. Saviour's: before and after [QueensCrap]
· The fight to save St. Saviour's [forgottenNY]