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June 15, 2015

N.Y. Activists Sue to Stop Diller's $130-Million River Park

Critics of a planned 2.4-acre park on a platform over the Hudson River went to court Thursday seeking to halt work on the project backed by billionaire media mogul Barry Diller, reports The New York Times.

The suit, led by civic group the City Club of New York, asks the Supreme Court of Manhattan to block the $130-million project pending a new environmental review and approval by the state legislature.

Mr. Diller has pledged $113 million toward Pier 55, envisioned as a park and performance complex jutting 186 feet into the river. Opponents of the plan unveiled in November by Mr. Diller and the nonprofit Hudson River Trust contend it resulted from a "secretive process designed to reach a preordained outcome" without "meaningful public scrutiny," and that an environmental study upon which community leaders approved the park was based on outdated information.