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Washington Square News, NYU's Daily Newspaper, on Chess Plaza Opening

Washington Square News, NYU's Daily Newspaper, on Chess Plaza Opening

March 19, 2012

For readers of this blog who are looking for more “positivity” here, here you go. Washington Square News, NYU’s daily newspaper, reports on the opening of the SouthWest Quadrant,”Fences Come Down at Washington Square Park,” online today. The writer, Emily Yang, interviewed me — she wrote a well done, comprehensive piece and my viewpoint sounds [...]

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Chess Plaza Opened Today!

Chess Plaza Opened Today!

March 7, 2012

Well, it took 29 months, but, at last, the Chess Plaza and SW Quadrant – Phase II-B of construction at the Park – has opened today! It feels smaller and a bit less cozy than before. Well, it IS smaller. The Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and I had a bit of a back-and-forth back in [...]

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Almost All Fences Come Down and Yet ... Chess Plaza/SW Quadrant Not Open

Almost All Fences Come Down and Yet … Chess Plaza/SW Quadrant Not Open

March 6, 2012

Friday (March 2nd), as I anticipated, many of the fences came down on the SouthWest Quadrant (part of WSP Redesign: Phase II-B); work was being done at the park with the opening seeming imminent … but now, everything appears to have halted – again. Update: Word is this section may open tomorrow! by

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After 29 Months, Will the Final 'Piece' of Washington Square Park Redesign: Phase II Construction - Chess Plaza - Open Tomorrow?

After 29 Months, Will the Final 'Piece' of Washington Square Park Redesign: Phase II Construction – Chess Plaza – Open Tomorrow?

March 1, 2012

Washington Square Park Redesign: Phase IIB — the Chess Plaza and Southwestern Quadrant — under construction for 29 months (that’s 2 years and 5 months) is more than 17 months behind schedule (that’s one year and five months) from the original scheduled completion date and 9 months behind Phase IIA’s opening (June 2011) at which [...]

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Chess Plaza - SW Quadrant - So Close & Yet Will It Be Completed This Year?

Chess Plaza – SW Quadrant – So Close & Yet Will It Be Completed This Year?

December 13, 2011

Even I get a bit tired writing about the status of Washington Square Park Redesign: Phase II… When I wrote my last post on what-seemed-like-its-imminent-completion on November 10th, I really thought this section of the park – Phase II-B – long-under-construction (amidst prolonged stops and starts) would be open by the end of that month. [...]

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Washington Square Park Redesign Phase II-B/Chess Plaza Finally Sees Some Action * Completion by Month's End?

Washington Square Park Redesign Phase II-B/Chess Plaza Finally Sees Some Action * Completion by Month's End?

November 10, 2011

Updated – Work began again on Phase II-B / Chess Plaza last week! We’ll see if it keeps going and will get to completion by month’s end (previous completion dates for this section have been: Fall 2010/December 2010/Spring 2011/ Memorial Day/end of Summer/end of September – last official date given). See an overview, dissatisfaction with [...]

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Among Other Things, Phase II Contractor Confirms WSP Fountain is Not Aligned with the Arch After All (Part II)

Among Other Things, Phase II Contractor Confirms WSP Fountain is Not Aligned with the Arch After All (Part II)

October 21, 2011

Updated 3:45 p.m. — I’ve written here about the problems and certainly the delays on Washington Square Park’s redesign over the last few years. Now it has been confirmed that the stalled work on Phase II, halted for six weeks now, is due to a dispute between the city’s Parks Department and the contractor, Tucci [...]

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Part I: Community Board 2 and NY City Council Disavow Oversight of Washington Square Park Redesign Project As Phase II Construction Stalled for Five Weeks

Part I: Community Board 2 and NY City Council Disavow Oversight of Washington Square Park Redesign Project As Phase II Construction Stalled for Five Weeks

October 18, 2011

On September 29th, I wrote about how construction on the SouthWest Quadrant/Chess Plaza at Washington Square Park had been stopped for about 3 weeks. 5 weeks passed with no movement or signs of life on this last piece of long overdue Redesign: Phase II work. At this point, delays in the project do not surprise [...]

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Washington Square Park Redesign -- Phase II's Final Piece, The Popular Chess Plaza & SouthWest Quadrant: Has Work Just ... Stopped?

Washington Square Park Redesign — Phase II's Final Piece, The Popular Chess Plaza & SouthWest Quadrant: Has Work Just … Stopped?

September 29, 2011

Updated 12:26 p.m. — What is going on with Phase II-B, the Chess Plaza and Southwestern section, at Washington Square Park? Work has been stopped for about 3 weeks now. The chess players long ago relocated to Phase I’s NorthWest Quadrant yet it remains a mind boggling state of affairs. When will Washington Square Park Redesign: [...]

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What's happening with Phase II-B / Chess Plaza & Southwestern End Construction? Will it Reach Completion This Year?

What's happening with Phase II-B / Chess Plaza & Southwestern End Construction? Will it Reach Completion This Year?

August 31, 2011

Checking in on Washington Square Park Redesign: Phase II – September is around the corner and while Phase II-A – the entire Eastern end – finally opened a few months ago in early June; the remainder, Phase II-B, the Southwestern Quadrant which includes the Chess Plaza, is still lagging far behind. Lately, it looks like [...]

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