Property Rights Foundation of America®
Founded 1994


Willets Point’s Battle
Against New York City’s Eminent Domain
&
Urban Redevelopment

New information added on November 6, 2016

 PRESS RELEASES

Remembering a fighter for Willets Pt.
The legacy of Joe Ardizzone lives on in the lives of the people he touched.
By Ryan Brady, Associate editor, Queens Chronicle
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016
The article quotes many people who respected Joe and points out that he was recognized by the Property Rights Foundation of America for his efforts to fight the Willets Point redevelopment project.

Queens Resident Sues Borough President Katz for Willets Point Records
Sole legal recourse after Katzs office repeatedly denied public’s right to know

 BULLETINS

Court of Appeals Accommodates Former Chief Justice
November 23, 2015

In-Depth Information

  • “Property Rights Foundation of America Presents Freedom Award to New York State Senator Tony Avella” - Bayside, New York City, May 2, 2016 (PRFA news article, May 20, 2016)
    The Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., presents its 2016 Freedom Award to New York State Senator Tony Avella on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the senators district office in Bayside, Queens, in honor of the senators leadership of the multi-party lawsuit Sen. Tony Avella, at al. vs. The City of New York, et al., to protect the communities and industries in the wide area around Citi Field stadium in Corona from high-rise commercial development — the 1.4 million square foot Willets West mega-mall — that would elimate major parkland and crowd out Willets Point. News reports featured Senator Avellas principle defending the people.
  •  
    • “Victory in Appellate Court against the City of New York, But Battles Loom” - By Robert LoScalzo, Irene Prestigiacomo and Joe Ardizzone of Willets Point United, Willets Point, Queens County, New York City.Speech to the Nineteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Century House, Latham, N.Y., October 17, 2015
      Robert LoScalzo and PRFAs friends from Willets Point United will update their battle to save the industrial community of Willets Point in Queens County, with the latest battle. He will be joined by Irene Prestigiacomo, a courageous owner of industrial property in Willets Point, and Joseph Ardizzone, the only resident of Willets Point. The battle is forging ahead. The Willets Point group just won an appeal on the basis that the sale of parkland to developers was illegal.
    Irene Prestigiacomo, Robert LoScalzo
     
    • “A Unique Civic Alliance Goes to Court: Protecting City Parkland and Willets Point, ” By Robert LoScalzo, Joseph Ardizzone, & Irene Prestigiacomo, Willets Point United, Willets Point, Queens Counrt, New York City. Speech to the Eighteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Century House, Latham, N.Y., October 25, 2014
      Detailed summary of speech along with photos, describing the joint lawsuit by State Senator Tony Avela, Willets Point United, The City Club of New York, New York City Park Advocates, and individuals and businesses of Willets Point.
     
    • “Legal Pretexts: Urban Business Owners’ Rights Violated” Speech to the Seventeenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, sponsored by the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., October 26, 2013, by Robert LoScalzo, Irene Prestigiacomo and Joe Ardizzone of Willets Point United.
      The Willets Point United leaders returned to tell about the expanded battle, now to immediately build a giant mall on a parking lot located on City park land on the far side of the Mets Stadium and turn their essential concentration of small auto repair and parts businesses into a parking field instead of Mayor Bloombergs much touted plan to build high-end housing and a mix of shopping with affordable housing. The City has moved plans for housing into the distant future.
    Left to Right: Robert LoScalzo, Robert Prentiss (presenting awards), Joseph Ardizzone, and Irene Prestigiacomo
    Robert LoScalzo   Joseph Ardizzone

    Robert LoScalzo
     

    Joseph Ardizzone
    The story of the battle of the property owners and tenants in Willets Point, Queens County, New York City, against the City of New Yorks plan to replace the entire concentration of prosperous industrial businesses near the new City Field Mets Stadium with upscale redevelopment, with an update on the Citys withdrawal of its eminent domain papers a few days before the appeal was to be heard, the Citys subsequent announcements and changes to its plan, and the corruption involved with the original approval of the plan by the City Council.
    The Corruption of Eminent Domain
    Sixteenth Annual National Conference On Private Property Rights
    Photo Story, Oct. 20, 2012
    • “New York City Withdraws Its Willets Point Eminent Domain Papers from Court” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 16 No. 2 (PRFA)
      On Wednesday May 2, 2012, the City of New York withdrew its papers from the Brooklyn Appellate Court where the appeal by the Willets Point property owners was to be heard on the very next Monday. The city had made serious legal errors that were challenged in the appeal, but, rather than acknowledging this as the reason for withdrawing, Mayor Bloombergs office put a spin on the news that there are bigger plans in store. In a confusing series of articles, the weeklies gave fair treatment to the Willets Point community, but The Wall Street Journal and Newsday were biased against the property owners, and the Mayors statements were disdainful and distortive.
     
    • Irene Prestigiacomo“The City of New York’s Harassment of Willets Point’s Landowners and Tenants” - Address by Irene Prestigiacomo, Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 29, 2011 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
      On December 8, 2010, the City of New York embarked on a massive campaign of police harassment of the Willets Point businesses, barricading the community so that no one could leave or enter, and then making mass arrests and confiscating personal and business papers and licenses, and towing away cars without specific charges or search warrants. This was only the beginning. Mrs. Prestigiacomo describes the scheme: They are so angry at Willets Point United for effectively stopping their Master Plan to take all our property…that they are using the New York City Police as their private Goon Squad.
    • “Willets Point, New York City: Another Community Being Sucked into the Vortex of Urban Redevelopment” -
      A Photo Essay, all photos by Peter J. LaGrasse, captions by Carol W. LaGrasse - Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer 2011 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
      Undefined urban redevelopment near the new Citi Field stadium is the latest rationale for New York Citys eminent domain action to wipe out Willets Point, a thriving industrial community of over 200 businesses employing over 1,500 people.
    • Robert LoScalzoIrene PrestigiacomoJoseph ArdizzoneA Panel of Members of Willets Point United, Queens County, N.Y.
      “How an Alliance of Small Businesses is Fighting New York City’s Eminent Domain” Joseph Ardizzone, Irene Prestigiacomo and Robert LoScalzo, Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
      Speech descriptions
     

    Back to:
    Property Rights - New York PRFA Home Page
       

    © 2016 Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
    All rights reserved. This material may not be broadcast, published, rewritten or redistributed without written permission.