Day 192

The savage summer sun

July 9th, 2012

It's beating down on nearly two million cubic yards of dirt, sand, and debris that were dumped on top of the Bronx's Ferry Point Park, a former landfill, to be used in the construction of a PGA-class public golf course paid for by developers and designed by Jack Nicklaus. But after more than a decade of false starts, escalating costs, environmental problems, and millions of wasted dollars, all the Parks Department has to show for its efforts is a fenced-off lunar wasteland.

The project's not dead yet, though! The latest scheme to be hatched involves the city footing the construction bill (now expected to run upwards of $180 million — nine times more than initially anticipated) and handing over operation of the course to none other than Donald Trump.

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