November 13, 2006
The postage-stamp "absurdity" of AY's "Main Lawn"
The set up...
Central Park's Great Lawn is 15 acres. Prospect Park's Longmeadow is 90 acres.
The "Main Lawn" of Atlantic Yards would be .25 acres. That's a quarter of an acre. See the circular squiggle, between three towers, in the eastern third of the 22-acre project.
and the other punchline:
By way of comparison, other quarter-acre sites include the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library, the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City, and the habitat deemed insufficient for the elephants at the Philadelphia Zoo. It's so typical a plot size for suburban homes that Quarter Acre has entered Australian and New Zealand English as a slang term.
Oder credits Community Board 2's submission to the Empire State Development Corporation for figuring this out:
That a quarter-acre of open space is called the “main lawn” borders on absurdity.
Posted by lumi at November 13, 2006 8:41 AM