Privatization

Exposing the Secret Attempt to Privatize and Sanitize Washington Square Park

Exposing the Secret Attempt to Privatize and Sanitize Washington Square Park

May 27, 2014

Updated 5/27 3:23 p.m. and 5/28 9:03 a.m. When Private Influence Controls Public Parks You are probably aware of the secret scheme to privatize Washington Square Park: A private conservancy was hatched and developed over two years behind closed doors without any public input, it was then presented to the community as a fait accompli. […]

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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 […]

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New York Post: As city funds lag, Park conservancy bosses get big salaries

New York Post: As city funds lag, Park conservancy bosses get big salaries

April 7, 2014

As artist/activist Robert Lederman commented in relation to this piece: “Non-profit sure is profitable!” Sunday, April 6th New York Post: Nonprofit parks executives get big paydays as city funds lag by Kate Briquelet These park honchos are rolling in the green. The president of Central Park Conservancy scored a $112,000 raise in 2012, the latest available […]

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Report-back C.B. 2 Meeting/Conservancy Coming! | Meanwhile, This week's Villager: Conservancy, C.B. 2 feel unmitigated heat at very tense meeting

Report-back C.B. 2 Meeting/Conservancy Coming! | Meanwhile, This week’s Villager: Conservancy, C.B. 2 feel unmitigated heat at very tense meeting

March 14, 2014

My report-back piece on the meeting is coming shortly! A few unanticipated factors got in the way, apologies. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen The Villager piece, check it out. The Villager: Conservancy, C.B. 2 feel unmitigated heat at very tense meeting, March 13, 2014 BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER     Richard Caccappolo, chairperson […]

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Will Mayor De Blasio take the Union Square Park Restaurant Off the Table?

Will Mayor De Blasio take the Union Square Park Restaurant Off the Table?

March 3, 2014

The years-long battle over the proposed restaurant in the historic Union Square Pavilion took an unanticipated turn last month when New York State’s appeals court ruled that it was just fine to place a restaurant in that public space and that this was appropriate park usage! I (and many others) thought this clearly would be […]

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A Tale of Two Views of Parks Funding: Response to Powell's NYT Article on Conservancies from Veronica White and Carol Greitzer

A Tale of Two Views of Parks Funding: Response to Powell’s NYT Article on Conservancies from Veronica White and Carol Greitzer

February 14, 2014

Two responses to the recent Gotham column by Michael Powell in the New York Times, City’s Parks Department Takes a Seat Behind Nonprofit Conservancies (Feb. 4): First from former Parks Commissioner Veronica White, who now works for Bloomberg L.P., defending Bloomberg’s “legacy” I guess. Powell’s piece wasn’t really about Bloomberg but the Times gave her the space […]

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New York Times: Parks Department Takes a Seat Behind Nonprofit Conservancies

New York Times: Parks Department Takes a Seat Behind Nonprofit Conservancies

February 4, 2014

Today’s New York Times features a piece, Parks Department Takes a Seat Behind Nonprofit Conservancies, by Michael Powell outlining some of the larger issues with private groups being handed the reins at public parks across the city. Parks Department Takes a Seat Behind Nonprofit Conservancies: Somewhere along the way, New York City lost its faith […]

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The Villager: Hot dogs will return to park, but questions simmer regarding Washington Square Park Conservancy

The Villager: Hot dogs will return to park, but questions simmer regarding Washington Square Park Conservancy

February 3, 2014

The Villager: Hot Dogs Will return to park, but questions simmer, January 30, 2014 BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |   To the joy of frankfurter fans everywhere, the Parks Department recently reversed itself and decided wieners will, in fact, return to Washington Square Park. Nevertheless, many are still digesting so-called “Hot Dog-gate” and all its ramifications — even […]

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New Document! -- Washington Square Park Conservancy Budget E-mail Trail

New Document! — Washington Square Park Conservancy Budget E-mail Trail

January 30, 2014

New! This Downloadable Excel Document traces the Washington Square Park Conservancy Budget E-Mail Trail and Raises Additional Questions: Washington Square Park Conservancy Budget Email Trail ______________________________________________________________________ This is Part VII in a series, WSP Private Conservancy Watch. Previously in the series at WSP Blog: CONservancy? Intent to Privatize Washington Square Park Confirmed With Newly Uncovered Documents […]

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Community Board 5 Asks City Council to Enforce Its Own Law Calling for "Increased Transparency" From "Public-Private" Partnerships

Community Board 5 Asks City Council to Enforce Its Own Law Calling for “Increased Transparency” From “Public-Private” Partnerships

January 22, 2014

What do you do when the City Council passes a law that applies to a city agency and then that city agency ignores it and the Council does not enforce it?  Such is the case with Local Law 28, passed unanimously by the New York City Council in 2008 with the Mayor’s approval. This law […]

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