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Former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe Returns, Expresses Displeasure at Movement to "Curtail" Public-Private Partnerships (His Legacy?) in the Media

Former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe Returns, Expresses Displeasure at Movement to “Curtail” Public-Private Partnerships (His Legacy?) in the Media

August 16, 2013

Recently, in a rather long interview with the New York Observer, former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said that during his ten year tenure overseeing our city’s public spaces and recreation areas, Mayor Michael Bloomberg never told him to seek out “public-private partnerships” to help fund maintenance and activities at New York City parks. He told [...]

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A Reader of WSP Blog writes: "Let's catch the persons responsible for the horrid destruction of the Park and misappropriation of funds"

A Reader of WSP Blog writes: "Let's catch the persons responsible for the horrid destruction of the Park and misappropriation of funds"

December 6, 2010

On November 30th, a reader “pattycake” responded to the blog piece, “The Squirrels of Washington Square Park have many fans but Now also a Killer in Their Midst,” with the following comment: so stupid.. im sure the girl isnt intentionally letting the dog kill them. Forget “catching” the squirrel killer..lets catch the person or persons [...]

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Two Letters on Washington Sq Park's New Design

Two Letters on Washington Sq Park's New Design

June 10, 2009

Sharon Woolums’ Letter to the Editor in weekly the Villager (June 3rd, 2009): To The Editor: After the initial euphoria of just having the park opened and reveling in the perfect spring day, I reflected on where the $13 million went, and now realize what disturbs me. I miss the sunken fountain, so beautifully set [...]

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On the Performance Area in Phase II Redesign - "Garibaldi Plaza"

On the Performance Area in Phase II Redesign – "Garibaldi Plaza"

April 20, 2009

(Updated) WSP Blog reader Elton wrote in yesterday with the following comment in relation to my post on the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing last week. He raises some good points: “Praise be to Commissioner Roberta Brandes Gratz for her stand in redirecting the Phase II design proposals toward stated community needs. Another community need I [...]

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The New 'Old' vs. 'New' New York?

The New 'Old' vs. 'New' New York?

March 6, 2009

Taxi! Updated 10:06 a.m. If you follow the Vanishing New York blog, Jeremiah catalogs all the doom and gloom stories in the media of what a recession/depression might mean for NYC (The end of NY as we have more recently known it… ? Yes. Please). He writes about why some people (his readers, for one, [...]

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Curbed Highlights of '08, featuring the Mounds, Waterfalls, NYU destruction of Provincetown Playhouse and more!

Curbed Highlights of '08, featuring the Mounds, Waterfalls, NYU destruction of Provincetown Playhouse and more!

January 5, 2009

Some days Curbed just makes all the difference. Check out the “Curbed Awards’ 08: The Neighborhoods in Glorious Detail!”  I, for one, miss being entertained reading about the “public art” of the Waterfalls and their (or despite their) arborcidal ways. Curbed is a bit concerned about the Mounds’ longevity at Washington Square Park in the [...]

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Some Predictions for NYC in 2009 from Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates via Gotham Gazette

Some Predictions for NYC in 2009 from Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates via Gotham Gazette

December 29, 2008

Photo: Image © Richard Wanderman Geoffrey Croft, source of much imperative information about – and protector of – our city’s parks and public spaces via his organization, NYC Park Advocates, was asked by Gotham Gazette to list his predictions for 2009. Here they are: * Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn will hold a [...]

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What's Up with the Mounds?  Why People Like Them.

What's Up with the Mounds? Why People Like Them.

December 16, 2008

I admit to at first being a little confused by the Mounds, the “three hills” located in the southwestern part of Washington Square Park. After doing some research on them, I can see their value. The Mounds were created during the 1970′s design of the Park and were part of an “adventure playground” for older [...]

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Guest Entry:  Jonathan Greenberg responds to New York Times article, "The Battle of Washington Square"

Guest Entry: Jonathan Greenberg responds to New York Times article, "The Battle of Washington Square"

December 5, 2008

Jonathan Greenberg is the founder of the Open Washington Square Park Coalition and lived near Washington Square Park for more than 30 years. He has fought tirelessly to preserve the public space and unique aspects of Washington Square Park despite the obstacles and obfuscations put in play by the Bloomberg Administration and New York City [...]

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Remodeled Look of Washington Square Park = Mary Poppins' London Circa 1964?

Remodeled Look of Washington Square Park = Mary Poppins' London Circa 1964?

November 18, 2008

A reader named Miriam wrote in yesterday about the remodeled look of Washington Square Park (NorthWest Quadrant) completed thus far. Miriam noted: Has anyone commented on the fencing that has already been installed? It looks cheap, gimmicky, poorly scaled, and incredibly flimsy–the uprights are thinner than my 77-year-old arms. None of the new fencing will [...]

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