Gerson-Quinn(NYC City Council)

What the City Council Missed in Its Hearing on Equity in New York City Parks

What the City Council Missed in Its Hearing on Equity in New York City Parks

April 24, 2014

Updated 4:42 p.m. Yesterday, the New York City Council’s Parks Committee held a hearing on parks’ equity at City Hall in the Council Chambers. It was pretty well attended, but, like the hearing on oversight of conservancies last fall, speakers were primarily those who need to keep the existing power structures (and their jobs) in […]

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Community Board 5 Asks City Council to Enforce Its Own Law Calling for "Increased Transparency" From "Public-Private" Partnerships

Community Board 5 Asks City Council to Enforce Its Own Law Calling for “Increased Transparency” From “Public-Private” Partnerships

January 22, 2014

What do you do when the City Council passes a law that applies to a city agency and then that city agency ignores it and the Council does not enforce it?  Such is the case with Local Law 28, passed unanimously by the New York City Council in 2008 with the Mayor’s approval. This law […]

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Thus Far: Yes to "Hot Dogs," Good Bye Bloomberg, and Now NYU Expansion Gets a Defeat -- 2014 is Looking Pretty Good!

Thus Far: Yes to “Hot Dogs,” Good Bye Bloomberg, and Now NYU Expansion Gets a Defeat — 2014 is Looking Pretty Good!

January 8, 2014

On the heels of the “hot dog” vendor victory, the farewell to Mike Bloomberg, and a New Year with a New Mayor, news rolled in late yesterday that State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills in Manhattan ruled that New York City had violated rules set in place to protect parkland when it gave New York […]

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Washington Square Park Phase III Construction To Have Staggered Opening -- "Mounds" (or What Used to be the Mounds) Set to Open By Halloween

Washington Square Park Phase III Construction To Have Staggered Opening — “Mounds” (or What Used to be the Mounds) Set to Open By Halloween

October 16, 2013

Updated 7:37 p.m. — Community Board 2 Parks Committee met up for its October meeting earlier this month and updates on parks in the district were on the agenda. Washington Square Park was discussed at length. Re-reading my notes on the meeting made me think that Washington Square Park should really have its own committee of […]

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NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White Appears Before City Council Parks Committee Misinformed About "Evolution" of Conservancy at Washington Square | Parks Department Says "No Danger" NYU will "Take Over" The Park

NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White Appears Before City Council Parks Committee Misinformed About “Evolution” of Conservancy at Washington Square | Parks Department Says “No Danger” NYU will “Take Over” The Park

September 27, 2013

The following is an updated version of a post that first appeared yesterday 9/26. Last week, the New York City Council held a public hearing on an important and under-scrutinized topic, Oversight – The Role of Conservancies in Managing Public Parks. Except for the listing on the City Council’s website calendar, there was no real […]

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New "Mounds" at Washington Square Park Taking Shape - but in what form?

New "Mounds" at Washington Square Park Taking Shape – but in what form?

August 16, 2012

The somewhat controversial “Mounds” at Washington Square Park are starting to take some shape in the Southwestern mid-section of the park. Originally part of Phase II of the park’s redesign, they were moved into Phase III construction, going on now. I’ve always been a little confused by the Mounds — as I indicated in this […]

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NY Post Op-Ed: Get a spine, (Christine) Quinn

NY Post Op-Ed: Get a spine, (Christine) Quinn

August 8, 2012

An Op-Ed worth reading in today’s New York Post by Michael Goodwin on Christine Quinn, New York City Council Speaker, her run for Mayor 2013 (fingers crossed that Mike Bloomberg will be ready to vacate the office by then!), and the lack of oversight by the City Council under her watch: The council speaker is […]

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The City Council Member Vs. The Parks Commissioner

The City Council Member Vs. The Parks Commissioner

March 28, 2012

Last week, the New York City Council Parks Committee held a public hearing to discuss the Parks Department budget. The Parks Department is woefully underfunded and has been for at least twenty years, if not more. It has gotten worse under the Bloomberg Administration — the lack of funds is used as an incentive to […]

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NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick Will Hold Rally Against NYU 2031 Plan Saturday, February 11th at Judson Church; Where Will Council Member Margaret Chin Fall On The Matter?

NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick Will Hold Rally Against NYU 2031 Plan Saturday, February 11th at Judson Church; Where Will Council Member Margaret Chin Fall On The Matter?

February 10, 2012

At least one elected official is speaking up and organizing around New York University’s Proposed Expansion Plan. New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, whose district includes Greenwich Village, will be joining with community groups, including CAAN 2031, Friends of LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village Block Associations, and Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (links to be […]

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Part I: Community Board 2 and NY City Council Disavow Oversight of Washington Square Park Redesign Project As Phase II Construction Stalled for Five Weeks

Part I: Community Board 2 and NY City Council Disavow Oversight of Washington Square Park Redesign Project As Phase II Construction Stalled for Five Weeks

October 18, 2011

On September 29th, I wrote about how construction on the SouthWest Quadrant/Chess Plaza at Washington Square Park had been stopped for about 3 weeks. 5 weeks passed with no movement or signs of life on this last piece of long overdue Redesign: Phase II work. At this point, delays in the project do not surprise […]

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