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Marlon Brando and Washington Square 1940's

Marlon Brando and Washington Square 1940's

March 28, 2011

Updated 3:06 p.m. — Marlon Brando arrived in New York City in 1943 after he was expelled from a Minnesota military school. He wrote in his autobiography, “Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me”, about his experience in the Village and Washington Square: As I got out of the cab delivering me from Pennsylvania Station to [...]

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Reflections on Sunday's New York Times article, "The Battle of Washington Square"

Reflections on Sunday's New York Times article, "The Battle of Washington Square"

November 24, 2008

Sunday’s November 23rd New York Times cover featured a photo of the Washington Square Arch promoing the article, “The Battle of Washington Square,” which prominently appeared on the “City” section cover with an array of photos capturing the park’s illustrious history. The Bloomberg Administration’s push to radically redesign this public space has been under the [...]

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Sunday New York Times City Section Cover Story 11/23: The Battle for Washington Square

Sunday New York Times City Section Cover Story 11/23: The Battle for Washington Square

November 22, 2008

Tomorrow’s New York Times City section features a cover story “The Battle for Washington Square,” an effort by reporter Graham Bowley to outline what’s transpired thus far around New York City government’s controversial redesign of this renowned park and dynamic public space over the last four years. What’s transpired could be a multi-part series or [...]

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My Conversation with NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe.  Part II: When city officials spread "wrong information"

My Conversation with NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe. Part II: When city officials spread "wrong information"

May 2, 2008

New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said to me, “It’s all those crazy bloggers spreading wrong information.” I suppose officials always need a scapegoat. But what about when the City official in charge of an agency, say, the Parks Department, knowingly spreads wrong information? What then? Washington Square Park On the cutting back of [...]

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My Conversation with NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe. Part I: On Cutting Down Trees

My Conversation with NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe. Part I: On Cutting Down Trees

May 1, 2008

I encountered New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe at Morningside Park in Upper Manhattan on Sunday, April 27th. (See previous entry on this event here.) He had just finished a photo op “planting” a cherry tree in memory of 40 years ago when the community blocked Columbia University from building a gymnasium at Morningside [...]

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