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Calling Mayor De Blasio to Take Union Sq Restaurant Off Park's Menu Sunday, March 9th | A Cautionary Tale for Washington Square

Calling Mayor De Blasio to Take Union Sq Restaurant Off Park’s Menu Sunday, March 9th | A Cautionary Tale for Washington Square

March 8, 2014

Tomorrow! Union Square Park at 12 noon. Join press conference calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “cancel the Bloomberg- era contract” to place a high-end bar/restaurant in the historic Pavilion in Union Square Park. Scheduled to attend: U.Ss Representative Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer,  NY State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, State Senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, NY [...]

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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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Union Square After September 11th

Union Square After September 11th

September 11, 2013

Union Square was the downtown hub after September 11th. There was a magical and fragile, hopeful and of course sad feeling in the air. People gathered every night in the beginning and then every Friday night calling for peace. Top Photo: Flatbush Gardener by

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This is what Private Entities Force on our Public Parks: BID pushes Private Restaurant at Union Square

This is what Private Entities Force on our Public Parks: BID pushes Private Restaurant at Union Square

June 19, 2013

Via Gothamist: Judges: Union Square Pavilion CAN be turned into a brunch destination A panel of New York State appellate judges have unanimously rejected a lawsuit brought by park advocates to prevent the City from turning the historic Union Square Park Pavilion into an upscale seasonal restaurant. “The seasonal restaurant and holiday market concessions at [...]

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Mahatma Gandhi amidst the Lavender and Bustle of Union Square

Mahatma Gandhi amidst the Lavender and Bustle of Union Square

May 12, 2013

The Gandhi Statue at Union Square Park has an interesting background which actually supports the argument of people who want to preserve a certain something about Union Square, by, for example, preventing a restaurant in the park (tho’ there are many other compelling reasons against this, such as alienation of park land, support for community usage, and the [...]

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In The News: NYC Parks Department - Comptroller's Audit Shows Pattern of Construction Delays & Ballooning Costs, Union Square Restaurant Halted by Judge

In The News: NYC Parks Department – Comptroller’s Audit Shows Pattern of Construction Delays & Ballooning Costs, Union Square Restaurant Halted by Judge

January 14, 2013

Washington Square Park has been all too familiar with construction delays and escalation of costs over the last five years of redesign construction. Well, surprise, this problem is not limited to WSP, as NYC Comptroller John C. Liu reports via an audit of the city’s Parks Department released Friday: The Parks Department is not carrying [...]

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Washington Square Park Administrator Departs; Search on for New WSP and Union Square Park Administrator

Washington Square Park Administrator Departs; Search on for New WSP and Union Square Park Administrator

August 15, 2012

Updated — Scoopy’s Notebook in The Villager first reported on Thursday that Rebecca Ferguson, park administrator for Washington Square Park, has left the building, so to speak. Ms. Ferguson arrived about the time this blog began, sometime in early 2008 as Phase I of the park’s redesign first got underway. I’m sure it was not [...]

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May Day 2012 - A Brief Glimpse in Photos: Union Square; Washington Square

May Day 2012 – A Brief Glimpse in Photos: Union Square; Washington Square

May 2, 2012

Then at Washington Square… Just a snapshot of what went on May Day 2012 New York City. (There was a lot more going on at WSP earlier in the day but I missed that. NYU OWS. Police friction. People arrested.) All photos: Cathryn except… 3rd from bottom, Occupy The Heart: Susan Celia Swan by

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Union Square Park Site of "New Occupation;" Bloomberg/NYPD Violence as Park Shut Down Last Night; Vandana Shiva to Appear There Thursday Noon

Union Square Park Site of "New Occupation;" Bloomberg/NYPD Violence as Park Shut Down Last Night; Vandana Shiva to Appear There Thursday Noon

March 21, 2012

Union Square Park has become the site of the new Occupy Wall Street “occupation.” If you have not been following, here is the OWS primer on it. After an NYPD crack down at Zuccotti Park this past weekend, Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out with some characteristically bullying, over the top statements – to show he’s [...]

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On Public Space: The Privatized Union Square Holiday Market and the Performance Crackdown at Washington Square

On Public Space: The Privatized Union Square Holiday Market and the Performance Crackdown at Washington Square

December 15, 2011

As word of the performance crackdown at Washington Square Park spread in October, Parks Department spokesperson Phil Abramson told the Villager: “At Washington Square Park the existing regulations are intended to keep paths clear and allow all park users to move about freely and see monuments and views,” said Philip Abramson. He confirmed that performers [...]

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