Grace Forest, North Hills, N.Y.
(Destruction of 70-acre old-growth forest, designated “critical environmental area” on New York City-border for luxury-gated-condo and office development)
Mobilized environmental groups to oppose development of rare remaining 70-acre forest on border of Queens, N.Y., and Nassau County;
Created legal “standing” on my own behalf through repeated visits to area;
Recruited local litigant (not filed);
Dissected 20-years of zoning and environmental filings to pinpoint serious legal flaws;
Obtained emergency weekend TRO to temporarily halt development;
Filed extensive legal case against approvals using esoteric environmental review precedents;
Organized testimony to local government and extensive media coverage, including CBS New York station and cable-news.