Boycott FreshDirect
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Gerald Bennett
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Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
MIchael Pemko
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Emma Wolfe
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Boycott FreshDirect

    1. South Bronx Unite
    2. Petition by

      South Bronx Unite

      Bronx, NY

FreshDirect proposes to use $130 million in tax payer subsidies to occupy public waterfront land in the South Bronx, imposing 2,000 daily vehicle trips through a community already facing asthma rates five times the national average.

This company is a parasite on the public: they use public dollars to aggravate public streets with noise, exhaust, and waste.

Recent signatures


    1. NYS Prioritizes Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan!

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      More than 100 comments have already been submitted to the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation in support of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan! Let's make it 200 over the weekend!


      PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. Submit your comments today by clicking here, or if the link does not work, see below for email address and draft text to send.

      Sample email here pasted below and further below are more details. As always check or South Bronx Unite website for the latest!

      SUBJECT: I support the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan as a Priority Project for Region 2!
      MESSAGE (draft): To Whom It May Concern:
      I support inclusion of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan as a priority project for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Open Space Plan. This community-developed plan would provide underserved residents access to a public waterfront that, for decades, has been inaccessible. The plan is consistent with three rezonings on adjacent land, provides a logical solution to climate change effects on significant maritime industrial areas (SMIAs) and gives the community open space to counteract severe health consequences caused by an oversaturation of highways and truck-intensive businesses in the South Bronx. These vacant coastal sites are located within a flood zone, and if properly designated as protected open space, could significantly mitigate dangerous effects on the community of storm surge flooding of existing power plants and waste transfer stations along the South Bronx waterfront. Each site has also been included as an area of significance in the Vision 2020 NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, and several sites are currently proposed for elimination from SMIA designation. These sites, all of which are government owned, are easily accessible by pedestrians, have recognized historical significance, are already being used as ad hoc fishing and canoeing sites and connect to bigger capital projects already funded and under development (like the Randall’s Island Connector).

      Some info on the plan!

      A: Bronx Kill Waterfront Park - site of Native American settlement and burial ground; last significant open green space on the Mott Haven-Port Morris waterfront; lines the Bronx Kill waterway; directly connects to the “Randall’s Island Connector”

      B: Park Avenue Boat Launch and Waterfront Park - already green space; one of the few areas with actual water access not blocked by Oak Point Link rail; already being used as an ad hoc fishing and boat launch site

      C: Lincoln Avenue Waterfront Park - easily accessible by pedestrians; already being used as an ad hoc fishing site; provides direct access to the waterfront; renderings have already been prepared by local architects; MIT produced a plan for this site in 2011

      D: Alexander Avenue Extension of Lincoln Avenue Waterfront Park - easily accessible by pedestrians; vacant and unused site; community blocked by fence and guard; directly connected to Mott Haven antique district

      E: East 132nd Street Pier - previously a pier here (and even a floating pool in 1902); in the 1980s, a ConEd explosion destroyed the pier, and the company never replaced it; currently residents crawling through holes in the fence to fish along the banks of the shore

      F: Historic Port Morris Gantries -stands as a reminder of NYC’s rich nautical heritage; in 1902, the gantries fostered the development of a market, hotels and restaurants; recognized by the Historic Districts Council during its “Six to Celebrate” program on the basis of architectural and historic merit of the area; full revitalization renderings have already been completed

      G: Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Connecting Path - connecting West to East - Melrose to Hunts Point - the waterfront connecting path would weave through and around existing uses on the waterfront to connect the six interrelated projects, and also connecting to the "Randall's Island Connector" near completion now

      Community plan to unlock south Bronx waterfront recognized by state

      South Bronx residents have been demanding access to the waterfront - and it seems that state leaders have heard. A plan to transform six parcels in Mott Haven and Port Morris into waterfront parks has been nominated for addition to a statewide list of land conservation projects.

    2. Update on Action Alert to Stop FreshDirect

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Mayor de Blasio has not yet responded to over 200 calls/emails asking him to stop the proposed $137M subsidy of 1,000+ daily diesel trucks trips through South Bronx Asthma Alley. Instead, his office announced the monumental redesign of downtown Brooklyn - to include a 21 acre greenway connecting downtown to the Brooklyn waterfront. The Tale of Two Cities will not change until we insist it changes. If you have not yet contacted the Mayor, please do so today. If you have not yet received a response, please call and email again (and ask 5 friends to do so as well.)

    3. Action Alert - Tell Mayor de Blasio to Stop FreshDirect 1 Email/Call/Tweet

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      This is one of the most important actions we have done so far. We need all of our friends and allies to help us send a clear message to our new Mayor to STOP this (now) $140 million proposed subsidy to FreshDirect, an anti-immigrant, anti-union, non-living wage employer that seeks to add thousands of diesel truck trips to South Bronx "asthma alley" every day. Please take five minutes today to click this link - - to send an email, make a phone call and tweet a message to Bill de Blasio and his team that they have the power to stop this. Together we can win this, and the South Bronx community deserves a win!

      Click Here -

    4. Op Ed in the NYDaily NEws

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      FreshDirect move looks bad for the Bronx
      Note to de Blasio, Diaz: Scuttle the rotten FreshDirect deal and start fresh along the waterfront, with consideration for our health, environment and economy.
      NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, May 27, 2014

      According to their own analysis, FreshDirect has the room to expand where they are in Long Island City.
      Mayor de Blasio recently reiterated his campaign promise that his administration would not be offering tax breaks and subsidies to mercenary Machiavellian companies that threaten to leave our city.
      How will the mayor’s pledge apply to the Bloomberg-era proposal to relocate online grocer and trucking company FreshDirect to the South Bronx?
      Full piece at:

      FreshDirect move looks bad for the Bronx

      Mayor de Blasio recently reiterated his campaign promise that his administration would not be offering tax breaks and subsidies to mercenary Machiavellian companies that threaten to leave our city. How will the mayor's pledge apply to the Bloomberg-era proposal to relocate online grocer and trucking company FreshDirect to the South Bronx?

    5. Court Hearing and Rally Monday April 7th

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Monday, April 7
      Bronx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse

      8:30 am | Rally/Press Conference
      Gather on the steps of the Bronx Supreme Court facing 161st Street

      9:30 am | Oral Arguments
      Judge Brigantti-Hughes’s Court | Room 702

      The community effort to challenge FreshDirect’s proposed move to the South Bronx continues! Still before the Court is the legal claim challenging the New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) approval of the sublease of public land to FreshDirect in violation of the State Constitution because the FreshDirect project eviscerates the public purpose of this state-owned land.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Community Action Against Fresh Direct for the South Bronx Waterfront

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Green Beginnings for the South Bronx Waterfront | A Community Action Against FreshDirect
      Saturday, March 22 | 12-2 pm
      Join South Bronx residents, faith leaders, local organizations and city-wide friends and allies for a community action on Harlem River Yards against the proposed relocation of FreshDirect to the South Bronx. Participants will then have the option to plant sunflowers, renowned for detoxifying soil, along the brownfield waterfront.

      Brook Park | 12-1 pm

      12:00 - Meet at Brook Park | 141st Street and Brook Avenue | Assemble and march to Harlem River Yards

      Harlem River Yards| 1-2 pm

      1:00 - Interfaith reflection on environmental injustice in the
      South Bronx and option to plant sunflowers, and more!

    8. A Victory Today. FreshDirect Corporate Welfare pulled from NY Empower Zone

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      South Bronx Unite and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Applaud Congressman José Serrano on the NY Empowerment Zone Board’s Rejection of $3.5M FreshDirect Subsidy
      In the Face of Certain Defeat by the NYEZ Board, FreshDirect Withdraws Application for $3.5 Million in Subsidies to Relocate to the South Bronx
      FreshDirect’s proposed move to the South Bronx suffered a serious setback when it had to withdraw its $3.5 million request via the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) for funding from the New York Empowerment Zone (NYEZ) Board. The withdrawal occurred amidst strong community opposition and after FreshDirect learned that the Board planned to vote “no” and reject the application. In comments made at the Board meeting after the withdrawal had occurred, Board Member and Congressman Jose E. Serrano made clear that he would have voted “no” on the proposed package today, and would do so at any time in the future. Full story here:

    9. COURT DATE to Stop Fresh Direct!

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      COURT DATE to
      Stop Fresh Direct!

      December 5th at 1:45 pm
      27 Madison Ave, Manhattan
      (between 25th and 26th Street)

      This has been one of our main focus points, we need everyone to help!

      If you cannot make it get someone or a group to attend!

      Help defend the South Bronx from economic and environmental exploitation and stop the $127 million in subsidies to a polluting corporation that has never made a profit and never consulted the local community.

      We need people there!

      Mark your calendar, bring a friend, be on time if you can.


      December 5th at 1:45 pm

      27 Madison Ave, Manhattan
      (between 25th and 26th Street)

      Let us know if you can make it.

      We can help with transportation $ if you get there.

      Sisters and brothers,

      The address for the oral argument on FreshDirect at
      1:45 on December 5 at
      Supreme Court-Appellate Division is:
      27 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010,

    10. Email Action, Write Bloomberg

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      mail action, pass it on!
      Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
      I am writing about the controversial proposal to offer Fresh Direct cash and tax breaks to relocate from Queens to the South Bronx waterfront.
      As you know, the South Bronx is already disproportionately burdened with waste facilities, power plants and diesel truck traffic. You are to be commended for making sure the East 91st Street marine transfer facility is opened, but please do not dump a tax payer subsidized truck fleet for an unprofitable corporation on our potentially vibrant waterfront.

      Please reject the recent City Planning Commission report that the Restrictive Covenant on the Harlem River Rail Yards land use would not be violated.

      page to find many links that may be of assistance to you.

    11. Boycott Campaigner removed from local Community Board

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Removes A. Mychal Johnson from Community Board 1 Following Rigorous Opposition to FreshDirect’s Relocation to the South Bronx and Competing Visions for the Future of the Waterfront

      One of the most outspoken opponents to Ruben Diaz’ plan to bring truck-laden FreshDirect to the South Bronx, A. Mychal Johnson, was notified by the Bronx Borough President today that he is no longer a member of Community Board 1. Mychal had served on the board for seven years, but it was his vocal opposition to the $127 million-subsidized FreshDirect deal that drew fire from the Borough President, who announced the deal as final before the sole public hearing on the matter.

    12. Opposition to FreshDirect Project Grows to 34 Organizations

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Sustainable South Bronx, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and Green Worker Cooperatives Release Independent Policy Statements Against the Company’s Move to the South Bronx

      Citing the neighborhood’s “long history of being overburdened with unfavorable land uses that have resulted in challenging health and quality of life issues for community residents,” Sustainable South Bronx released a policy statement on Monday applauding the efforts of the South Bronx Unite coalition in its year long campaign to raise awareness about the effects of the truck-intensive online grocer’s proposed move to public waterfront land in the Mott Haven/Port Morris neighborhood.

      “As advocates for the South Bronx, we at Sustainable South Bronx find it unacceptable that FreshDirect’s move to the South Bronx has not been subject to an environmental impact study and that the company has refused to conduct such a study” more:

    13. Our Day in Court

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer


      A little more than a year from the start of our battle against the relocation of FreshDirect to the South Bronx waterfront, this Monday, March 4th, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest will argue for our rights against an army of attorneys from FreshDirect, the NYC IDA, the NYC EDC, the NYS DOT, ESD and Harlem River Yard Ventures.

      We need all coalition members, supporters and allies from the environmental, food and social justice movements to stand shoulder to shoulder with us on this important day!

      When: Monday, March 4, 8:30 am
      Where: Bronx County Courthouse, North Steps
      851 Grand Concourse, East 161st Street.
      What: Press Conference Before Oral Argument
      Then Court at 9:30AM
      We know many people have work and other responsibilities, we have been facing an uphill battle, yet we are winning! They are trying EVERYTHING to thwart us.
      Over the past year, together we have stopped a "done deal". Join us Monday.

    14. Community Waterfront Re-Design in the News

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Our efforts to create a community input process for the redesign of our waterfront was in the News recently. We hosted local architects and designers and professionals from Hunter College. Read about that here:

      Finally, we have lots going on! Join us and stay current at:

      Thanks again and We Are winning!

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    15. Fresh Direct On the Run

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your support, Fresh Direct and their lawyers have resubmitted an entirely new and different project. We believe this demands even more review. They have abandoned 3 acres of their proposal, bowing to our strong legal arguments and continued and growing community outreach. Thank yo for your support!
      See this article:

      FreshDirect scales back South Bronx expansion plan

      Photo: Buck Ennis FreshDirect is scaling back its footprint in the South Bronx, where it plans to relocate in several years, and where it is being sued by a community group that opposes its development plan.

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. In the News. Your Particiaption is Needed More Than Ever

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Last Friday, September 28, it was revealed that South Bronx Environmentalist and Activist, Majora Carter, was hired by Fresh Direct to help facilitate community support for the company. We need politicians and community leaders to realize that we are not complacent and will no longer support their corruption and selling us out to multi-million dollar corporations. If a self-proclaimed environmental activist FROM the South Bronx will sell us out for a price, who else will? Please spread this information and continue to check our website for updates.

      Thanks for your support,

      - South Bronx Unite

      Below are articles recently printed about Carter:

      FreshDirect Hires Majora Carter to Round Up Local Support for Bronx Move - New York

      HUNTS POINT - FreshDirect 's planned move to The Bronx, aided by $130 million in public subsidies, whipped up controversy from the moment it was announced in February.

    18. We are 16 signatures away from 500!

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      But we still need your help. Please pass the petition onto friends, family, and colleagues that you know would be interested in this. We can do this, but we need community participation.

      Thanks fore your continued support!

      South Bronx Unite

    19. Waterfront Survey!

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Supporters of Boycott FreshDirect,

      As we continue our fight we are hoping to gather your input as to what YOU would like to see on the South Bronx Waterfront. Please take a minute to answer our quick survey ( and share your ideas. Together we can make a difference.

      with many thanks,

    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. 74 Signatures!

      South Bronx Unite
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing, we are well on our way. Join us today at Verdi Square Park, 72nd and Broadway at 4:30pm for the Boycott Press Release!

    22. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Pacca FLORAL PARK, NY
      • 12 days ago

      I'm signing because it's the right thing to do

    • Adam Rusnock BRONX, NJ
      • 13 days ago

      I live in the neighborhood. This would just furthur congest and pollute the area. We need more greener spaces.

    • Jamie Lui NEW YORK, NY
      • 13 days ago

      The South Bronx is just as apart of NYC than any other neighborhood. It is not a dumping ground; it's inhabitants do not deserve less than the rest of NYC's population. Why are they being treated like they are?

    • Braulio Acuria BRONX, NY
      • 20 days ago

      I want clean air in my community.

    • Esther Liu NAPERVILLE, IL
      • 3 months ago

      I live across the river and farm in S Bx!


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