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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Former Prohibition-era Tearoom space, 176 MacDougal (aka 1 MacDougal Alley), Back on the Market -- Shakespeare's Anyone?

Former Prohibition-era Tearoom space, 176 MacDougal (aka 1 MacDougal Alley), Back on the Market — Shakespeare’s Anyone?

March 27, 2014

After the suspicious fire which then caused the long-time laundromatin this location to close around one year ago, 176 MacDougal Street — aka 1 MacDougal Alley — was taken over by Mirador, a high end women’s retail clothing store. It didn’t feel like a fit. But it was the type store the nearby real estate [...]

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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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ICYMI: NYU's History of Expansion Around Washington Square and the Village

ICYMI: NYU’s History of Expansion Around Washington Square and the Village

March 24, 2014

In light of the recent court victory preserving dedicated parkland that New York University planned to massively build upon via its mega “NYU 2031″ expansion plans — and to which the Bloomberg Administration’s City Council and Planning Commission gave the green light — last week’s terrific piece, After a Long war, Can NYU and the [...]

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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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Washington Square Park 1908 Painting by William Glackens & Blog Schedule

Washington Square Park 1908 Painting by William Glackens & Blog Schedule

March 17, 2014

Washington Square Park 1908 by William Glackens. From 2008 WSP Blog post on William Glackens: One of Glackens’ favorite subjects was Washington Square Park, an old city square that separated Greenwich Village, a working-class neighborhood where many Italian immigrants had settled, and the well-to-do neighborhoods north of the square. Glackens drew and painted the view [...]

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New York Post: Washington Square Park to get its own police station

New York Post: Washington Square Park to get its own police station

March 16, 2014

Updated 4:51 p.m. Today’s Sunday New York Post, Washington Square Park to get its own police station by Kate Briquelet Washington Square Park, once a bastion of free love and cheap drugs, will soon get a police station. The $4.3 million post will replace an abandoned NYPD trailer just outside the park’s southern end. Some [...]

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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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