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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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Saturday, March 15th: Victory for Parks Party & Rally in the Village | Next Week: "Save Our Parks and Open Spaces" Week

Saturday, March 15th: Victory for Parks Party & Rally in the Village | Next Week: “Save Our Parks and Open Spaces” Week

March 14, 2014

“Victory for Parks” Party and Rally will be held on Saturday, March 15th at 1 p.m. at LaGuardia Park, LaGuardia Place between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets at the Fiorello LaGuardia statue. Everyone is invited to attend! The organizers are asking all park advocates to come and are designating next week as “Save Our Parks [...]

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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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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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Ongoing Commercialization and Lack of Transparency Continue at Bryant Park; Community Board has "serious concerns"

Ongoing Commercialization and Lack of Transparency Continue at Bryant Park; Community Board has “serious concerns”

November 21, 2013

This is what the city’s Parks Department and Community Board 2 are forcing on wonderful Washington Square Park – the threat of this: From DNAinfo, Google Forced Bryant Park Corp to Hide Event Plans from Public, Critics Say | Community Board Seeks Changes to Parks Events: Before unveiling its weekend “Winter Wonderlab” event in Bryant Park to promote [...]

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History of Tompkins Square Park Featured at Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) Film Festival Sunday, August 4th; Festival Runs August 3-10

History of Tompkins Square Park Featured at Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) Film Festival Sunday, August 4th; Festival Runs August 3-10

August 2, 2013

Updated The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space(MoRUS) on the Lower East Side will be presenting a week-long film festival, with films screened at their Avenue C space and at nearby community gardens, evenings beginning tomorrow, Saturday, August 3rd. On Sunday, August 4th, the 1992 Paper Tiger TV film, Tompkins Square Park: Operation Class War on the [...]

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Jackson Square Park, Then & Now (Privatization)

Jackson Square Park, Then & Now (Privatization)

January 23, 2013

Jackson Square Park, in the West Village off 8th Avenue, used to be a really quiet, sleepy park that not too many people went into and mostly homeless or people down on their luck, so to speak, utilized. I wasn’t a ‘park goer’ at the time I lived near by but the park has been refashioned [...]

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Washington Square Park Tree Lighting Ceremony | Madison Square Park Tree & Sphere

Washington Square Park Tree Lighting Ceremony | Madison Square Park Tree & Sphere

December 7, 2012

I missed the tree being lit and caught a portion of the caroling. I believe Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer may have been here earlier. Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro took part in the singing. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet performed (they were quite good). The event is truly fun and festive (meant to get [...]

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Seven or Eight New York City Red-Tailed Hawks Dead Thus Far in 2012 from Secondary Rodenticide Poisoning; Is Rodenticide Returning to Washington Square Park?

Seven or Eight New York City Red-Tailed Hawks Dead Thus Far in 2012 from Secondary Rodenticide Poisoning; Is Rodenticide Returning to Washington Square Park?

September 5, 2012

In late July, the number of New York City Red-Tailed Hawks dead of secondary rodenticide poisoning numbered six or seven and was receiving red flags of alarm in some quarters. Then, two of Pale Male’s latest children both got sick, were subsequently rescued, and are believed to be on the road to recovery.* In late [...]

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The Alleged "Cure" Is Worse Than The Disease: Why NYC Ought to Stop Spraying Toxic Pesticides -- Central Park/Upper West Side to Be Sprayed Early Friday Morning

The Alleged "Cure" Is Worse Than The Disease: Why NYC Ought to Stop Spraying Toxic Pesticides — Central Park/Upper West Side to Be Sprayed Early Friday Morning

August 30, 2012

Updated Should we be killing lady bugs? My first foray into grassroots activism in New York City was in year 2000 when I first became aware of the mass pesticide spraying being conducted to allegedly stop the spread of West Nile virus. I read an article in the New York Times about the effects this [...]

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