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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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Why the Parks Department "Back-Up Plan" to Barry Diller’s Pier 55 Island Should be the Actual Plan

Why the Parks Department “Back-Up Plan” to Barry Diller’s Pier 55 Island Should be the Actual Plan

April 20, 2015

As outlined by DNAinfo today, the New York City Parks Department has a “back up plan” if the $151 million privately financed Pier 55 project proposed by “media mogul” Barry Diller and friends falls through. The Diller plan aims to transform a pier of Hudson River Park into a “floating paradise for fundraisers and theater shows.” The […]

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Will City's Parks Department Stop use of Monsanto's Roundup After International Report Declares Chemical a Carcinogen?

Will City’s Parks Department Stop use of Monsanto’s Roundup After International Report Declares Chemical a Carcinogen?

March 27, 2015

Environmental advocacy groups, Beyond Pesticides and the No Spray Coalition are calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to “stop the use of the country’s most popular herbicide, glyphosate, in the wake of an international ruling that it causes cancer in humans.” In addition, the No Spray […]

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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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NYPD to Surveil Washington Square Park Visitors in Real Time

NYPD to Surveil Washington Square Park Visitors in Real Time

February 9, 2015

Updated February 10th, 11:13 a.m. Early last year, this blog was tipped off that the soon-to-open building in Washington Square Park, home to the Parks Department district offices and restrooms for the park, was set to also harbor … the New York City Police Department. This had never been discussed over years of meetings about […]

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City of New York Pushing for Wi-Fi in all Parks - is that a good thing?

City of New York Pushing for Wi-Fi in all Parks – is that a good thing?

February 5, 2015

Detailed report-back coming from Wednesday night’s Community Board 2 Parks Committee meeting as it relates to Washington Square Park coming (as I noted… some illuminating things to report). But first… One item that came up towards the end of the meeting is the issue of permanent Wi-Fi in the park (they call it “free” tho’ it mostly […]

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Washington Square Park/All NYC Parks Close 6 p.m. Today Monday Jan. 26 #Blizzardof2015

Washington Square Park/All NYC Parks Close 6 p.m. Today Monday Jan. 26 #Blizzardof2015

January 26, 2015

The New York City Parks Department will close all parks today, Monday, January 26th at 6 p.m. The agency is advising people to also stay out of local parks tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26th due to possibility of falling tree limbs and branches. Washington Square Park always looks fantastic in the snow! Photo: Cathryn

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Privatization of Madison Square Park Works Out Well for Restauranteur Danny Meyer as Shake Shack IPO Imminent (Look Out Washington Square...)

Privatization of Madison Square Park Works Out Well for Restauranteur Danny Meyer as Shake Shack IPO Imminent (Look Out Washington Square…)

December 30, 2014

How NYC’s Madison Square Park ended up with the Shake Shack within it run by restauranteur Danny Meyer brings up a few questions – ones that are all too infrequently asked. Yet due to the fast success of that venture ten years ago leading to fame and mega-expansion – there are now 63 of the “burger stands” […]

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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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NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to Discuss The Future of NYC Parks Wednesday, November 12th at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to Discuss The Future of NYC Parks Wednesday, November 12th at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

November 10, 2014

A chance to hear New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver discuss his ideas for our city parks and public spaces at a lecture this Wednesday, November 12th, “PLANNING FOR PARKS: WHAT’S NEXT?” at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The event is free and open to the public. Details: Commissioner of New York City’s Department of […]

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