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Community Members Sue City In Effort to Bring Back Coney Island Garden

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Community members and advocates are suing the city in an effort to bring back a beloved Brooklyn community garden.

Protesters are upset about the demolition of the Boardwalk Community Garden in Coney Island.

After 16 years of use, the garden was bulldozed in late December to make way for an amphitheater.

Community members say that the demolition was illegal.

They say that the Department of Parks and Recreation never told them that the land was no longer listed as a garden, and that the city did not do an adequate environmental review.

"We are not against development. We are against development that is environmentally insensitive, that is community insensitive, and that doesn't really serve a purpose at this location," said Aziz Dehkan, executive director of NYC Community Garden. "Yes, we would love to see the amphitheater being built. No, we don't want it being built where it is."

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