BIDS(business improvement district)

Uncle Sam's Pretty in Pink | West 8th Street For Rent

Uncle Sam’s Pretty in Pink | West 8th Street For Rent

March 11, 2013

Uncle Sam’s on West 8th Street at No. 37 used to the site of a great store named PosterMat. There is surprisingly little information about it online, no pictures come up, at least in a cursory search. (They must exist tho’ …) Uncle Sam’s Army-Navy Outfitters has been in that location for awhile now and right […]

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Washington Square Park Administrator Departs; Search on for New WSP and Union Square Park Administrator

Washington Square Park Administrator Departs; Search on for New WSP and Union Square Park Administrator

August 15, 2012

Updated — Scoopy’s Notebook in The Villager first reported on Thursday that Rebecca Ferguson, park administrator for Washington Square Park, has left the building, so to speak. Ms. Ferguson arrived about the time this blog began, sometime in early 2008 as Phase I of the park’s redesign first got underway. I’m sure it was not […]

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Taste of the Village at the Park - Recap

Taste of the Village at the Park – Recap

October 27, 2011

Updated 10/30 — So, “Taste of the Village,” happened in mid-September at the Park, hosted by the Village Alliance, the 8th Street BID. This post about the event got delayed due to dying trees, stalled construction and the occupying of Washington Square Park. Since I try to mix it up a bit here, even a […]

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Privatization, Concessions and New York City Parks

Privatization, Concessions and New York City Parks

October 8, 2010

Last year there were numerous creative actions by Save Union Square/Union Square Not For Sale aiming to stop the placement of a private restaurant within Union Square Park‘s north end pavilion. The pavilion had long been closed. It was the focal point of the first Labor Day parade and other historic events, and later used […]

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Daily Metro Reports Parks Department Says "No Way" to Anonymous Wealthy Donors' Plans to "better" Washington Sq Park with their private security Force

Daily Metro Reports Parks Department Says "No Way" to Anonymous Wealthy Donors' Plans to "better" Washington Sq Park with their private security Force

June 23, 2009

Daily paper Metro NY checked in with the NYC Parks Department about yesterday’s report in the New York Post that wealthy but anonymous donors, in addition to New York University, acting as part of a self-appointed entity called “The Coalition for a Better Washington Square Park,” were scheduled to hire private “off duty NYPD” cops […]

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"Bidding adieu to BIDS" -- on the Business Improvement Districts in New York City

"Bidding adieu to BIDS" — on the Business Improvement Districts in New York City

June 9, 2009

The Brooklyn Paper takes a look this week in an editorial, “Bidding Adieu to BIDS,” at the formation in the ’70′s of the Business Improvement District, an entity which has become increasingly popular in Mayor Bloomberg’s New York. According to the weekly, there are 60 “quasi public” BIDS, as they are called, throughout the five […]

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Union Square Partnership's Harvest Gala v. Citizen Chefs - Union Square Park 9/18

Union Square Partnership's Harvest Gala v. Citizen Chefs – Union Square Park 9/18

September 22, 2008

Thursday night. Union Square. The setting of Union Square Partnership’s Harvest in the Square, an annual gala held by the ubiquitous BID (Business Improvement District). Although their promotional materials stated the gala would inhabit the “west plaza” of Union Square Park, in reality, they took over half of the south plaza as well, including the […]

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Tonite Thursday, September 18th, 6 p.m. At Union Square Park: "Citizen Chefs Cookin' Up Change" and Harvest Gala : 2 divergent messages

Tonite Thursday, September 18th, 6 p.m. At Union Square Park: "Citizen Chefs Cookin' Up Change" and Harvest Gala : 2 divergent messages

September 18, 2008

CITIZEN CHEFS COOKING UP CHANGE! to Keep Parks for People NOT for Profit Thurs Sept 18, 6 pm * Union Square Park, NYC Meet near George Washington Statue On Plaza, South end of the park (14th Street) Union Square Not for Sale will provide chefs hats – Bring your own pots & pans and something […]

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Danny Meyer chairing gala event in Union Square Park Thursday 9/18 - and Citizen Chefs Cooking Up Change will be there too.

Danny Meyer chairing gala event in Union Square Park Thursday 9/18 – and Citizen Chefs Cooking Up Change will be there too.

September 15, 2008

Updated 9/16! Union Square Not for Sale moves into the fall season with a bang! (literally) when Citizen Chefs Cooking Up Change meets up Thursday night, September 18th, as restauranteur Danny Meyer co-chairs Harvest in the Square in Union Square Park. Billed as “a festive celebration of community and cuisine,” Harvest in the Square is […]

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Union Square Park "Push Back Picnic" Takes on Danny Meyer and Union Square Cafe

Union Square Park "Push Back Picnic" Takes on Danny Meyer and Union Square Cafe

July 3, 2008

The “Push Back Picnic” presented by Union Square Not For Sale/Community Improvement District(CID) occurred at Union Square Park yesterday and contained a bit of a surprise for restauranteur and Union Square Partnership co-chair Danny Meyer. Union Square Partnership is the local BID(business improvement district) and has tremendous influence over what goes on at Union Square […]

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