This view of Manhattan's Theodore Roosevelt Park is at the back of the Museum of Natural History and is familiar to anyone who has ever visited there. As a result of a Community Board meeting held last Tuesday, everything shown in the above photo will be demolished to make room for an expansion of the museum buildings. The new structure will extend almost to Columbus Avenue. In addition, some space on the park's northern perimeter facing 81st Street will also be taken away (see photo below).
New York City is becoming more densely packed than ever and will soon have more than 9 million living within it. High rise residential towers are being constructed everywhere in Manhattan. As a result, it's imperative that we keep whatever open spaces still exist. The museum expansion is clearly a step in the wrong direction. Those concerned should contact the Parks Commissioner and the Landmarks Preservation Committee before it's too late. At the very least, they should sign the petition sponsored by change.org
Details of the Community Board meeting and vote can be found on the dnainfo news site.