history of park’s redesign plan

Ugly NYPD Trailer Removed Along Washington Square Only to be Replaced by Ugly Parks Department Storage Trailer | Insufficient Space in New $7 Million Building

Ugly NYPD Trailer Removed Along Washington Square Only to be Replaced by Ugly Parks Department Storage Trailer | Insufficient Space in New $7 Million Building

April 30, 2015

Updated May 1 – The New York City Police Department trailer along the southern perimeter of Washington Square Park had been there since the 1990s engaged in some level of surveillance, not fully functioning. Last year, this blog broke the story that the NYPD would be moving into the new Park administrative/bathroom building, still under construction and […]

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Washington Square Park Sidewalk Fix News, Arch LED Lighting Makeover To Commence in Spring, More

Washington Square Park Sidewalk Fix News, Arch LED Lighting Makeover To Commence in Spring, More

February 12, 2015

Continued report-back from the February 4th meeting of Community Board 2′s Parks Committee addressing Washington Square Park follows. (See previous posts related to this meeting on NYPD moving into building and real-time surveillance at park and issues with wi-fi in parks.) Park’s Sidewalks To At Last Begin Construction This Summer  The long-awaited rebuilding of the […]

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Up Next -- Phase IV: Washington Square Park's $1.7 Million Long-Awaited Sidewalks Reconstruction To Begin... Someday (Winter? Spring 2015? Date Still Unknown)

Up Next — Phase IV: Washington Square Park’s $1.7 Million Long-Awaited Sidewalks Reconstruction To Begin… Someday (Winter? Spring 2015? Date Still Unknown)

November 18, 2014

Community Board 2′s Parks Committee met on Wednesday, November 5th; on the agenda as a topic, among other issues, was Washington Square Park and private conservancy. Report back on that segment will be next. But first, some updated information on the long awaited repair of the park’s perimeter sidewalks which was discussed separately. A member […]

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New Relocated 24 Hour Large Dog Run at Washington Sq Park Will Open End of May Along Washington Square South | Existing Large Dog Run Continues to Flood After Rain

New Relocated 24 Hour Large Dog Run at Washington Sq Park Will Open End of May Along Washington Square South | Existing Large Dog Run Continues to Flood After Rain

May 12, 2013

This flooding situation has been a problem in Washington Square’s large dog run for awhile now and I gather that the Parks Department figured, at this point, they would wait for the new dog run to open – the new 24 hour dog run (that apparently nobody asked for) in a new location (which pretty much […]

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My first piece at the Huffington Post, Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York (Part I)

My first piece at the Huffington Post, Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg’s New York (Part I)

April 16, 2013

My first piece at the Huffington Post, Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg’s New York – Part I, ran yesterday, April 15, 2013. Part II is coming soon! “The town square … may well become valuable just because it is associated with custom and history within a given community. Keeping this resource in the […]

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The "Mounds" ... Then, 1977, and Now, Currently Under Construction, Washington Square Park Redesign Phase III

The “Mounds” … Then, 1977, and Now, Currently Under Construction, Washington Square Park Redesign Phase III

April 2, 2013

The “Mounds” as they originally were… 1977: In later years, as they were unused and falling apart: Currently under construction: The “Mounds” at Washington Square Park have, in more recent years, had a certain ‘love ‘em or hate ‘em’ quality to them. They were built as part of the 1970 design and located in the […]

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Happy New Year | Community Board 2 Parks Committee Meets to Discuss WSP Tonite, January 2nd, After 20 Month Hiatus

Happy New Year | Community Board 2 Parks Committee Meets to Discuss WSP Tonite, January 2nd, After 20 Month Hiatus

January 2, 2013

Happy New Year! I’m pleased to report that, after a 20 month lapse, there will be a meeting tonight, Wednesday, January 2nd, of Community Board 2′s Parks Committee to discuss Washington Square Park’s construction status, among other parks. The last meeting where WSP was discussed was in April of 2011. Of note, that last meeting […]

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Blog Calendar of Posts | Garibaldi Statue

Blog Calendar of Posts | Garibaldi Statue

November 10, 2012

So, beginning next week, this site will be updated Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and at times more for ‘breaking’ news. I think that is the best schedule for right now so check in – Garibaldi at last un-barricaded and freed of a tree limb. I think Garibaldi was better served in his previous location which was […]

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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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Washington Square Music Festival Responds to Post on Scaling Back of Performances and Festival Relationship to Washington Sq Association

Washington Square Music Festival Responds to Post on Scaling Back of Performances and Festival Relationship to Washington Sq Association

August 3, 2012

On Tuesday (7/31), this post appeared on this blog: Washington Square Music Festival Dramatically Scaled Back Performances at Washington Square Park This Year Due to Park Redesign; Final Concert of 54th Season Tonight. Washington Square Music Festival Executive Director Peggy Friedman, while not questioning the substance of the piece itself, wrote in to offer her position […]

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