parks department

What you need to know about NYC Parks | Geoffrey Croft via NY Daily News: Government Must Pay to Remedy the vast inequalities of our parks

What you need to know about NYC Parks | Geoffrey Croft via NY Daily News: Government Must Pay to Remedy the vast inequalities of our parks

March 31, 2014

This informative piece appeared in Friday’s New York Daily News, an Op-Ed by parks advocate Geoffrey Croft addressing the vast reduction over the years of the Parks Department budget and why creating a city-wide conservancy – as proposed by State Senator Daniel Squadron – is not the answer. At Washington Square Park, the misguided powers [...]

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Part III: Questions & Concerns Persist Post Community Board 2 Meeting on Washington Sq Park Private Conservancy

Part III: Questions & Concerns Persist Post Community Board 2 Meeting on Washington Sq Park Private Conservancy

March 24, 2014

This is Part III in a series. To catch up, please see Part I and Part II. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the March 5th Community Board 2 committee meeting addressing Washington Square Park and the Washington Square Park private conservancy and its “activities” was the tone put forth by the committee itself via a [...]

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

March 21, 2014

This post from A Walk in the Park Blog was published just before the appointment which happened today: Mitchell Silver is the City’s new Parks Commissioner By Geoffrey Croft An ex-planner, with a reputation for working with communities will be appointed By Mayor Bill De Blasio to head the City’s Parks Department later today. Mitchell [...]

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Questions & Concerns Persist Post-Community Board 2 Meeting on Washington Sq Park Private Conservancy – Part II

Questions & Concerns Persist Post-Community Board 2 Meeting on Washington Sq Park Private Conservancy – Part II

March 20, 2014

Updated 3/21 (see ‘Added note’ under Budget) This is a report-back of Community Board 2 Parks Committee’s meeting on March 5th, 2014 in which Washington Square Park and Washington Square Park Conservancy were discussed. Continued from Part I … At one point during the March 5th meeting of Community Board 2′s Parks Committee, with agenda items [...]

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Report-back: Questions & Concerns Persist Post Community Board 2 Meeting on Washington Sq Park Private Conservancy - Part I

Report-back: Questions & Concerns Persist Post Community Board 2 Meeting on Washington Sq Park Private Conservancy – Part I

March 17, 2014

This will be in two three parts. WSP Blog Ed. note: When I heard that Manhattan Community Board 2′s response to the information this blog obtained via FOIL (which I first began documenting here in November 2013) was to assert that they didn’t see any issues and didn’t want to get involved (Community Board 2 chair [...]

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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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Washington Square Park's Long Delayed, Soon-to-Open New Bathroom Building to House the NYPD?

Washington Square Park’s Long Delayed, Soon-to-Open New Bathroom Building to House the NYPD?

March 10, 2014

Updated Wednesday’s Community Board 2 Parks Committee Meeting with both Washington Square Park and the Washington Square Park Conservancy on its agenda had many fascinating and also curious aspects to it. First, here, a report-back the status of the park’s redesign construction, now entering its seventh year: An end is in sight for Phase III [...]

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Thoughts On This Week's Editorial at The Villager, Taking another bite at the park conservancy

Thoughts On This Week’s Editorial at The Villager, Taking another bite at the park conservancy

February 22, 2014

Apologies for lack of posting lately! I will pick up the pace this coming week. In the meantime, thankful that others are covering the issue, especially The Villager! This week’s Villager (February 20, 2014) features an editorial, “Taking another bite at the park conservancy.” If you already read the print version or the online version [...]

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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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Choosing the De Blasio Administration's Parks Commissioner

Choosing the De Blasio Administration’s Parks Commissioner

February 12, 2014

A letter sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris – February 11, 2014 Dear Deputy Mayor Shorris: I understand that Prospect Park Alliance’s Emily Lloyd is being considered for the post of Parks Commissioner in the De Blasio administration. I am not in favor of Ms. Lloyd’s appointment as our next Parks [...]

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