Cuomo signs FMCP alienation bill to allow for school construction

Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday signed a bill into law which permits the alienation of part of the New York Hall of Science's parking lot to allow a pre-K center to be built there.

“The city received the necessary legal approval from the state legislature to utilize the public parkland in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which currently houses the New York Hall of Science due to a similar alienation granted decades ago," Borough President Melinda Katz, who pushed for the bill's approval, said in a statement. "Thanks to the leadership of our state legislators, this is now a prime example of how the process can work. Queens looks forward to the groundbreaking of a brand new, state-of-the-art pre-K school at the Hall of Science.”

Although the site is a parking lot, it’s technically public parkland and any alienation of the space had to be approved by the state Legislature and governor.

The school will be built near the intersection of 111th Street and 46th Avenue and is expected to hold 300 students and focus on science and math.

Construction on the site is slated for completion in 2019.

Park advocates told the Chronicle in October they were against the alienation of any parkland.

But state Sen. Jose Peralta and Mayor de Blasio said the process was done in the light of day and all laws were followed.

“I want to applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing into law my bill that will allow the City to build a much-needed pre-k center in an effort to fight the severe school overcrowding my district has faced for decades," Peralta said in a Thursday statement. "It is unthinkable that in 2017 New York City children are learning in classroom trailers, and this is why the construction of a state-of-the-art pre-K school next to the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will benefit the community."

Some park advocates, though, were not aware of the plan until called by a reporter last month.


A bill that would alienate part of the New York Hall of Science’s parking lot to allow a pre-K to be built there has been delivered to Gov. Cuomo’s desk and awaits his approval or veto.

The state’s official website said the legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Jeff Aubry (D-Corona), was delivered to Cuomo on Nov. 17.

It was not signed by press time.

Although the site is a parking lot, it’s technically public parkland and any alienation of the space must be approved by the state Legislature.

The school will be built near the intersection of 111th Street and 46th Avenue and is expected to hold 300 students and focus on science and math.

Construction on the site is slated for completion in 2019.

Park advocates told the Chronicle in October they were against the alienation of any parkland.

Peralta and de Blasio said the process was done in the light of day and all laws were followed.

Some of the advocates, though, were not aware of the plan until called by a reporter last month.

A spokesman for the Hall of Science said at the time it was still in the process of hammering out the final details of an agreement with the city.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the governor's approval of the bill.