For Immediate Release
New Yorkers Say “Enough is Enough”: City-wide Boycott of FreshDirect to be Launched
Contacts: Harry Bubbins, Friends of Brook Park, cell: 646-648-4362
Mychal Johnson, Bronx Community Board 1 Member and Resident, cell: 212.810.0562
WHO: Residents of the South Bronx fighting FreshDirect proposal to move to their neighborhood
WHAT: Press conference to announce a city-wide boycott of FreshDirect. Press conference held in the Upper West Side neighborhood that has been battling the violent noise levels caused by FreshDirect’s fleet of trucks for years.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 21st, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Verdi Square Park, 72nd and Broadway
WHY: FreshDirect stands to receive nearly $130 million in public subsidies to move its headquarters to public waterfront land in the South Bronx, bringing upwards of 2,000 daily vehicle trips through a neighborhood with asthma hospitalization rates five times the national average. The company, by its own analysis, is able to stay and expand in its current Long Island City location, which would be less expensive than moving to the Bronx. The move to the South Bronx would entail building next to a waste transfer station and on land documented with evidence of a Native American settlement and burial ground. New Yorkers are dismayed that city, state and borough leaders would subsidize FreshDirect’s loud, polluting and excessively idling diesel trucks that overburden New York City streets, particularly given the company’s refusal to pay living wages and its history of unfair labor practice claims
See www.boycottfreshdirect.com for more information
South Bronx Unite | Stop FreshDirect is a alliance of South Bronx residents, organizations, and allies. Follow us at http://southbronxunitestopfreshdirect.blogspot.com/