parks department

It Happened at Washington Square: Why is the (New) Park Severely Flooding?

It Happened at Washington Square: Why is the (New) Park Severely Flooding?

July 16, 2014

Updated – It’s not the first time… this photo of a severely flooded Washington Square Park east of the Fountain from yesterday’s storm: Recently, on a tour of the park, re-designer George Vellonakis explained how he re-designed the new park so that one side of the pathway to the east sloped up and other side of the pathway […]

Read the full article →
Have the Washington Square Park "Hot Dog" Vendors Vanished Again? (Updated)

Have the Washington Square Park “Hot Dog” Vendors Vanished Again? (Updated)

July 9, 2014

Update July 11, 2014: The Parks Department is now saying that the vendors that appeared in June were meant to be “temporary” and that permanent vendors will not be in place until August. More to come on this. Is there trouble afoot with the Washington Square Park “hot dog” food cart vendors? An observant park-goer […]

Read the full article →
Summer Washington Square: Things to Do Mornings at the Park ... Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance

Summer Washington Square: Things to Do Mornings at the Park … Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance

June 16, 2014

The New York City Parks Department presents the following free classes at Washington Square Park… yoga, Tai Chi, Dance! All at the Garibaldi Stage, east of the Fountain.

Read the full article →
Well, there was cake...

Well, there was cake…

June 11, 2014

More to come on yesterday’s “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony heralding long-awaited completion of Phase III construction in the renovation/redesign of Washington Square Park…

Read the full article →
Washington Square Park "Ribbon Cutting" Ceremony for Completion of Phase III Construction Tuesday, June 10th

Washington Square Park “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony for Completion of Phase III Construction Tuesday, June 10th

June 9, 2014

Now that Phase III Construction is pretty much complete (save for the sidewalks), there will be a “ribbon cutting” ceremony with the new Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver (tomorrow) Tuesday, June 10th, 1 p.m. at Holley Plaza, west of the Fountain. Announcement from the Parks Department: NYC PARKS CUTS THE RIBBON ON COMPLETION OF THIRD PHASE […]

Read the full article →
Washington Square "Hot Dog" Vendors Return to the Park ! Public Pressure Reverses Privately-Influenced Decision

Washington Square “Hot Dog” Vendors Return to the Park ! Public Pressure Reverses Privately-Influenced Decision

June 9, 2014

Updated 8:41 p.m. No Food Cart Vendors Near the “Arch View Corridor” Locations Have Been Moved Around – With Mixed Results – Vendors Now Offer “Healthy Options” Ah, the saga of the “hot dog” vendors at Washington Square Park. In November, this blog reported that a private group formed behind closed doors — which was […]

Read the full article →
Lights Out, Washington Square! NYU Security Advises Students at Night to "Stay out of the Park"

Lights Out, Washington Square! NYU Security Advises Students at Night to “Stay out of the Park”

May 19, 2014

Updated About 1/3rd of the Lights – if not more – in the Eastern Half of the Park are Out Recently, long-time park user Myrna Davis wrote in about the status of the lights – or lack thereof – at Washington Square Park after dark: I’ve been looking after my sister’s little dog and discovered […]

Read the full article →
Reader Comments on New York Times Article & Its Revisionist History of Washington Square Park

Reader Comments on New York Times Article & Its Revisionist History of Washington Square Park

May 15, 2014

The New York Times article, Blooms Return to Washington Square Park After Years of Renovation, inspired many comments. In this case, the issue isn’t whether the “renovation” is “good” or “bad;” the issue is the rewriting of the very history of Washington Square Park and the years that preceded its recent construction, which, in turn, rewrites […]

Read the full article →
New York Times Rewrites History of Washington Square Park

New York Times Rewrites History of Washington Square Park

May 10, 2014

Photo here removed by request of New York Times photographer of The “Mounds,” present day (go to link below to see photos) If you read today’s New York Times story on Washington Square Park’s recently completed six-years-long “renovation,” there is one thing you will come away with: Washington Square Park was a park no one […]

Read the full article →
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 […]

Read the full article →