parks department

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

Read the full article →
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” […]

Read the full article →
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 […]

Read the full article →
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 […]

Read the full article →
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 […]

Read the full article →
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 […]

Read the full article →
Questions Around New Community Board 2 Resolution Addressing "Noise," "Closures" and Skateboards at Washington Square Park

Questions Around New Community Board 2 Resolution Addressing “Noise,” “Closures” and Skateboards at Washington Square Park

July 31, 2014

Updated VersionLast Thursday, Community Board 2 passed a resolution pertaining to Washington Square Park and issues surrounding skateboarders, noise levels and potential closures at the entrances to the park. The resolution was the result of topics (somewhat) discussed at CB2′s Parks committee meeting earlier in the month; these topics were never announced as agenda items […]

Read the full article →
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 →