Parks Department Rationale for Its Demolition of Historic District in Staten Island

Behold the glory of the Parks Department’s plans to DEMOLISH a National Register-eligible Historic District on Staten Island, a borough not exactly rife with protected landmarks. There’s no way to pretty this up – the Parks Department is planning on demolishing 43 out of 50 historic structures in order to build a park that no […]

Parks Meeting with Community Board on Cedar Grove Beach Club

11/17/11 7:00PM Staten Island Community Board 2 Sea View Hospital Lou Caravone Community Service Building, 460 Brielle Avenue, Parks will use CB#2 to follow up on their last Public Hearing on the Rehabilitation of Cedar Grove Beach. From Eleanor Dugan, former tenant at Cedar Grove (and HDC Grassroots Award winner): “There is of course NO […]

Parks Leases Beach to HBO instead of creating a new park

Contact: David Young                                                                 Cell: 516-521-2331 Email: [email protected]                                                                                  June 22, 2011 NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT SCAMS STATEN ISLAND RESIDENTS Parks Officials Lie To The Public About True Plans For Cedar Grove Beach and Violate NYS Freedom of Information Law Once again the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has misled the public and elected officials about one […]

Fort Totten Plans Proceed

Fort Totten development marches on BY DONALD BERTRANDDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Tuesday, January 15th 2008, 4:00 AM Fort Totten Park, a 50-acre site transformed from a former Army base will continue to be developed as both a historic site and as a shorefront green space, officials said last week. The Queens Borough Board received an […]

Andrew H. Green Memorial Event

The Manhattan Borough Historian’s Office Cordially Invites You to THE FIFTH ANNUALTRIBUTE TO ANDREW H. GREEN, NYC’S FORGOTTEN CIVIC GIANT Borough President Scott M. Stringer & Historian Kenneth T. Jackson are Among Those Scheduled to Speak. Join us in Central Park on Sunday, November 18th as we raise a toast to Andrew H. Green, the […]

See the Ridgewood Reservior in its current state – and help save its future

The Newtown Historical Society (NHS) will be leading a walk at the Ridgewood Reservoir on the Brooklyn-Queens border this Sunday, October 28th at 1pm. Here is a short video on the history of the reservoir, it’s current state, and what we hope it will become in the near future: The Ridgewood Reservoir Education and […]

What Does PlaNYC mean for Parks?

From Partnerships for Parks, Please join us at a special event at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. On Monday, October 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., join Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, as he answers the question: What does PlaNYC mean for parks? Commissioner […]

Park Views = High Prices

It’s always been the case that proximity to parks is desireable for a multitude ot reasons. But this article draws some lines which are uncomfortable to say the least – how far is it from “located by Central Park” to “exclusive access to Central Park”?From the New York Sun City’s Parks Attract Exciting Residential DevelopmentBY […]

A History of McCarren Pool preservation efforts

From the New York Press As McCarren Park Pool becomes a hipster playground, it prepares for a new beginning By Brian J. Carreira You can hear the bass from the subway station eight blocks away. Wander down Lorimer Street under the BQE, and the sound grows more distinct until it dominates the air. You fall […]

Online Resources about Dutch Houses of Brooklyn

People who have been keeping track of this sort of things know that there are approximately 14 Dutch (or English-Dutch) farmhouses still existing in Brooklyn (depending on how you count), and not all of them landmarked. John Antonides talks about his experience in restoring one of them (the Hubbard House in Gravesend) at There’s […]