Red Hook Ballfields
Sorry if this has been posted already, but I just read this very disheartening update on the permitting process for the Red Hook Ballfields. On a personal level, it will be very sad to see if many changes come to the ballfields as I found the whole experince to be relevatory and very satisfying in a "salt of the earth" kind of way. Nothing like good street food to immerse you in a different culture, not to mention the sheer joy of hangin out in an open field in Brooklyn. On a more esoteric level, it's very sad to see the Parks Dept. deny these obviously hard working people their piece of the American Dream as the bureacrats continue to suck the proverbial soul out of this city. It would be nice if the patrons, celebrity chefs like Bourdain and the politicos could bring some pressure to bear on the Parks Dept. to allow the status quo to continue. I know Schumer held a press conference there last fall. Its not like they are being driven out by developers or people in the neigborhood as praise for the vendors has been universal. Clearly it's a money thing as the Parks Dept. wants its cut. Sadly, it may have been their own success that created all the publicity and brought it to the attention of the Parks Dept., that may in the end come back to haunt them.