Hundreds of protesters came out on the Upper East Side to voice their dissatisfaction with word that the developer Related Cos is planning to build a 40-story office tower on the spot that is now home to Ruppert Playground, the popular park on East 92nd between 2nd and 3rd. Geoffrey Croft, NYC Park Advocates President, said, "This is an incredible shame. The quality of life for these residents would sink to a new low." Could the quality of life on the UES get any lower? Related Cos gained the ability to develop on the site last year after a 25-year deal with the city to maintain the playground expired. Croft told Crains, "This community ranks dead last in the amount of parks and open space in the entire city...The city sold the property to a developer and the city can negotiate a deal to get it back!Google Maps clocks the walk to Central Park at approximately seven minutes.