Morningside Park A Scenic Landmark?

From amNewYork Community seeks bump in status for Morningside ParkBy Vera HalleramNewYork Editor April 9, 2007Rugged in both topography and reputation, Morningside Park in upper Manhattan is poised to get the respect its supporters say it has long deserved. Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing on the city Parks Department’s request to […]

Peck Slip Plans To be Heard

Dear Friend of the Seaport, As you know, the design for Peck Slip is undergoing a revision in response to the call of the Community Board for more “greenery” within the historic site. The landscape firm of Quennell Rothschild and the New York City Department of Parks will unveil their new plan at three key […]

Following up on the Peck Slip Redo

From the Downtown Express The proposed “ghost ship” design for Peck Slip met with unhappy reviews when the Parks Department presented it to Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee on March 13. Neighborhood residents at the meeting asked the Parks Department to redesign the space to create a more park-like atmosphere while still respecting the slip’s […]

Washington Square Decision Bad for Public Discourse

From the Villager Washington Sq. decision grants city license to lie By Jonathan Greenberg The closer you look at the recent decision by the Appellate Division to overturn Judge Emily Jane Goodman’s ruling on the redesign of Washington Square Park, the more it resembles a political fix. Typically, an appeals court overturns a lower court’s […]

National Parks Service Hosts a Listening Session at Federal Hall

From the New York Sun Scores of New Yorkers Turn Out To Give Ideas on National ParksBy GARY SHAPIRO At a special listening session hosted by the National Park Service, about 175 New Yorkers came to the site where George Washington was first inaugurated, Federal Hall, to offer ideas on how America’s national parks should […]

Historic Grove Endangered by Parks' Subcontractors

From the Queens Chronicle Historic Grove Threatened By Contractorby Colin Gustafson, Assistant Editor03/15/2007 Flushing residents fighting to preserve a historic grove of rare trees in Kissena Park are furious over what they call a private landscaper’s “reckless disregard” in allowing heavy-duty trucks near the endangered arboreal specimens. After receiving guarantees that no trucks would come […]

Council Member Alan Jay Gerson on the Washington Square Park Decision

From the Villager (where else?)Talking Point: Forward and united on Washington Square renovationBy Alan Jay Gerson Now is the time for all sectors of the Washington Square Park community to come together. We need to unite to insist that the Parks Department move forward in accordance with the City Council (“Gerson-Quinn”) agreement. We need to […]

Peck Slip Revised Plan Gets Rejected by Community Board Committees

From The Downtown Express Seaport residents say Peck plan won’t sailBy Skye H. McFarlaneVolume 19, Issue 44, March 16 – 22, 2007 The Parks Department’s new plan for a “ghost ship” piazza at Peck Slip was torpedoed Tuesday night by several Community Board 1 members, who criticized the design as unwelcoming and lacking in greenery. […]

Following Up on Washington Square Park & Atlantic Avenue

Walentas ‘Independence’ plan back on trackBrooklyn Papers – Brooklyn,NY,USA Community Board 6 rejected the Walentas’s original plan for an 81-foot building in 2005, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission refused to give the company permission to demolish a smaller building on Atlantic Avenue, next to the property, in 2006.But it seems the kinks have been worked […]

Town Hall Meeting Discussing Brooklyn Bridge Park and why it's not really a park

From Bob Stone (bob@parkdefense.org) This is a last-minute reminder about our Town Hall Meeting:Tuesday night, 7 PMat Founders Hall, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn The issues: – OUR PLAN FOR A TRUTHFUL PARK BUDGET WHICH WON’T REQUIRE HUGE, PRIVATIZING CONDO CONSTRUCTION – RESTORATION OF THE SEASONAL, YEAR-ROUND, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR RECREATION THAT’S BEEN […]