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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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Why is the Parks Department Defending Continued Use of Roundup Pesticide in NYC Parks?

Why is the Parks Department Defending Continued Use of Roundup Pesticide in NYC Parks?

September 5, 2014

In case you missed, it, DNAinfo published a piece recently which delves into pesticide usage in New York City Parks, particularly the use of RoundUp manufactured (and promoted) by Monsanto and its link to cancers (long known). RoundUp is often used to kill small weeds in our city’s parks that could be pulled by hand […]

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Controversy Over Pillow Fights and Light Saber Battles At Parks

Controversy Over Pillow Fights and Light Saber Battles At Parks

August 22, 2014

In last week’s Villager, there was an article on the Light Saber Battle that took place at Washington Square Park on Saturday, August 9th. The Light Saber Battle NYC, now in its sixth year, is run by an “event planning” company called Newmindspace which also produces Pillow Fight Day. Their events are geared towards having […]

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