Melanie Meyers, a real estate partner at the former law firm of Sarge Shriver, makes part of her case in this excerpt of her presentation before Manhattan Community Board 2 on behalf of the billionaire Rudin Family. Ms. Meyers is advocating, on behalf of William Rudin, to demolish many of the buildings that comprise the St. Vincent's Hospital campus, so that Mr. Rudin may build luxury condos in the heart of the West Village.
Decades ago, Lower Manhattan survived plans by Robert Moses to demolish a wide swath across Downtown Manhattan as part of his foolish plan to construct a cross-town highway to the East Side. Now comes Mr. Rudin, with his heartless desires to gut the core of the Village and replace it with more useless luxury condos.
Can the community come together to fight the blatant greed and dishonesty of the billionaire Rudin family ? Is Yetta Kurland the new Jane Jacobs ?
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