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Montreal Vs. NYC -- Montreal Creates Colorful, Welcoming, Interactive Public Space for the Community (Not Tourists) & It's a Hit

Montreal Vs. NYC — Montreal Creates Colorful, Welcoming, Interactive Public Space for the Community (Not Tourists) & It’s a Hit

September 4, 2013

I really enjoyed this video and story about this public space along a street in Montreal and how and why it was transformed. In NYC, at Bloomberg’s Times Square, in the public “pedestrian plazas,” the seating is not set up so people interact with one another (it keeps people in their respective ‘group’). At Washington […]

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Frederick Law Olmsted's Vision Explored in Multi-Faceted "Park" Exhibition at Brooklyn Gallery Through October 5 | Tonight (Aug 27): Two Final Performances of Play, Olmsted in Autumn

Frederick Law Olmsted’s Vision Explored in Multi-Faceted “Park” Exhibition at Brooklyn Gallery Through October 5 | Tonight (Aug 27): Two Final Performances of Play, Olmsted in Autumn

August 27, 2013

Frederick Law Olmsted is pretty much revered in New York City and particularly amongst ‘park’ people. Olmsted (1822-1903) had a vision for his parks and this was put into play notably at Central Park and Prospect Park, two, among others, he designed with Calvert Vaux. But other than that, I don’t know that much about him. […]

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"Break The Chain" Video Takes To NYC Streets & Public Spaces Featuring NYC Girls Choreographed by Debbie Allen; New Anthem For Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

“Break The Chain” Video Takes To NYC Streets & Public Spaces Featuring NYC Girls Choreographed by Debbie Allen; New Anthem For Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

November 20, 2012

Check out award-winning choreographer Debbie Allen (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Fame”) and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler‘s collaboration with noted music producer Tena Clark — the result is the the song and accompanying music video “Break The Chain” part of a global call to end violence against women and girls. Look for the flash mob […]

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Guest Theatre Review: "Fish Men," at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Features Washington Square Park Chess Area as Backdrop To "Riveting" Story and Performances

Guest Theatre Review: "Fish Men," at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Features Washington Square Park Chess Area as Backdrop To "Riveting" Story and Performances

April 30, 2012

This is a guest post and theatre review by Linda Zises of the currently-running Chicago-based “Fish Men.” Fish Men, the latest play by Cándido Tirado at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, is an ambitious venture inspired by New York City’s Washington Square Park Chess area in the aftermath of the tragic 9/11 attack on the City. Using […]

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NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe To Talk Privatization of City Parks Tuesday, August 9th at Museum of the City of New York

NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe To Talk Privatization of City Parks Tuesday, August 9th at Museum of the City of New York

August 3, 2011

New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe will be a featured speaker next Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m. at a discussion “Whose Park is It? Financing and Administering New York’s New Parks” at the Museum of the City of New York. Instead of spending city money wisely on maintenance and staff at parks, Commissioner […]

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Tulips on Hudson Street

Tulips on Hudson Street

April 28, 2011

West Village, Outside Bleecker Playground (subject of an upcoming post!).

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L.A. "Ready to Roll" for Earthquake. Is NYC? Seismometer To Be Placed Under Washington Square Park to Measure "Potential Damage"

L.A. "Ready to Roll" for Earthquake. Is NYC? Seismometer To Be Placed Under Washington Square Park to Measure "Potential Damage"

April 22, 2011

Los Angeles has designated April Earthquake Preparedness Month and the city recently unveiled new banners that certainly, uh, get your attention. Planted in Beverly Hills, they read: “When it rocks, are you ready to roll?” The New York Times has the story. Is New York City prepared for an earthquake? Concern seems warranted as it […]

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Books, Coffee, Democracy: Now Shuttered Coffee Shop & Political/Community Space Vox Pop at LUMA Blog

Books, Coffee, Democracy: Now Shuttered Coffee Shop & Political/Community Space Vox Pop at LUMA Blog

September 27, 2010

Read about now defunct – and much missed – Ditmas Park coffee shop and political/community gathering space, Vox Pop, over at LUMA Blog.

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Last Day for Freddy's Bar, in path of Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn

Last Day for Freddy's Bar, in path of Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn

April 30, 2010

A really nice note from the manager of Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn about their closing … “Freddy’s is not merely a building on a street corner, it is a grand idea. Freddy’s Bar has been the culmination of everything I am and everything I’ve ever wanted this bar to be.” Freddy’s was in the way […]

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Help protect NYC's water supply from upstate hydraulic gas drilling.  Support NYH2O - Fundraiser Thursday, September 24th

Help protect NYC's water supply from upstate hydraulic gas drilling. Support NYH2O – Fundraiser Thursday, September 24th

September 23, 2009

Help protect New York City’s water supply! I received an email from Alicia Mehl, the vice chairperson of NYH20, about her group and a fundraiser to support their work happening this Thursday, September 24th. She writes: Our organization is puting up a small but mighty fight to inform all New Yorkers about the imminent effect […]

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