Playground Ouster Vote In The Works


East Harlem children that use the playground on Second Avenue and East 96 Street may have to find a new place to play if the City Council and the de Blasio administration get their way.

The Marx Brothers Playground will be removed to make room for a 1 billion dollar complex if the bill to overturn the areas parkland status passes.

The 1.5-acre playground space will be raised to allow a 1,100-unit apartment building and 3 new schools to be built. A new playground will be rebuilt as part of the new multi-building complex.

Local residents are worried about the added population and traffic issues that will accompany the project.

A spokesperson for Mayor de Blasio's office said the new complex will offer over 300 affordable apartments and will add the first new schools built in East Harlem in over 50 years.

The bill could be passed as early as today.


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