You don't need a lawyer to understand the concept of EMINENT DOMAIN.
All you need is Drinking With Bob.
Queens comedian - really Queens artist - DrinkingWithBob (a.k.a, Bob Thompson) drove around the purgatory that is "The Iron Triangle" in Willets Point, across the street from Shea, and documented the pathetic conditions of that neighborhood. Take 3 minutes and 31 seconds to enjoy the ramble:
There is renewed talk about the city taking over this land and building a baseball entertainment zone, whatever that means. This is not a new idea. The city has been trying to force small business owners out of this space for ages.
The decades-long struggle between the small business owners of this neighborhood and the city government have been documented over the years. This little clip drives the viewer right up to the source of the problem, ultimately naming names.
“And if you can’t see that, there’s something wrong with you.”