The response to Dan Doctoroff's proposal to get rid of the Javits Center and build a new convention center over Sunnyside Yards has been a resounding "Please don't" from Sunnyside residents. "I have never had a constituent tell me that what we need is a convention center built smack dab in that neighborhood," local Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said at the time. Now, 12-person committee, which includes the President of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, has started a petition titled "PLEASE DO NOT BUILD OVER THE SUNNYSIDE YARDS." The goal is to get 5,000 signatures, and so far 188 people have signed. Many in the comments section have called instead for green space or improved infrastructure. The petition's author calls the proposal a "Trojan Horse" for luxury condo development.
· Petition Forms Against Developing Over the Sunnyside Yards [Q'Stoner]
· Please Do Not Build Over the Sunnyside Yards [Petition]
· Imagine a Huge Convention Center on Top of Sunnyside Yards [Curbed]