Though the Department of Parks and Recreation isn't facing any additional legal drama today, several news items have recently surfaced that put to question some of the city's main claims against artists. So what's going on now? Well, when we attended a hearing on this issue in July, City Attorney ... More >>
Some are now reporting that Becky Ferguson, administrator of Washington Square and Union Square Parks, is leaving her position. As mentioned in The Villager, "Becky Ferguson has left her job as administrator of not just Washington Square Park but also Union Square Park for a plum position with the ... More >>
Another day, another report of legal drama between New York artists and City admins, it seems. Here's what's going on today: as we reported just yesterday, there are currently two lawsuits -- one filed at the state level, the other filed at the federal level -- which will basically decide whether N ... More >>
Yesterday, the Voice reported on Parks and Rec Commissioner Adrian Benepe's resignation. Benepe's legacy is a polarizing one: His decade-long tenure is marked by tremendous expansion of the city's greenspaces, but also characterized by controversial policies barring artists and performers from park ... More >>
Adrian Benepe, the Parks and Recreation Commissioner who helmed the Department for a decade, is leaving to go work at the Trust for Public Land, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Benepe's job will be filled by Veronica M. White, who heads New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity. Now, t ... More >>
WikipediaConey Island was not all fun and hot dog eating contests this holiday weekend. In fact, there was a silent, misty menace seeping through the crowds (cue Jaws soundtrack): a lack of toilet paper. In an "exposé" Monday, the Post explained that Parks Department employees were "ratio ... More >>
The city is planning to bring horseback riding back to Central Park, reports the New York Post. After Claremont Riding Academy closed in 2007, the 4.2 miles of bridle paths in the park had been used mostly by joggers and dog walkers. Now Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says that riding will ... More >>
For a century, 41 families have had a sweet deal on public land in Staten Island. But summer is finally over.
The city has started renovation work on the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadow Park. Volunteers have begun clearing weeds and debris from the inside of the space so that workmen can put down a layer of sand and gravel to protect the t ... More >>
Following up the Times' recent Manhattan Skunk invasion story, the News has a shortlist of New York's wild animals, including deer, coyotes, bats, turkeys, and a celebrity beaver, and where to go see them. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who was interviewed for the piece, lists places in ... More >>
For more than three years now, "crystal healer" and "spiritual activator" Angel Almodovar has been peddling rocks and remedies across from Whole Foods in Union Square Park. And he never had a problem really, until last Saturday when he claims NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and five parks polic ... More >>
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