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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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