Parks and Historic Sites

  • Voice Choices

    July 30, 2014


    A ghoul screens in Brooklyn

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    July 16, 2014


    Explore the newly-restored wetlands

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    May 21, 2014


    A play dedicated to the first immigrant to New York City

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    March 5, 2014


    The Orchids are in bloom

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Government Twitter Accounts Are Among the First Casualties of the Shutdown

    The government officially shut down at midnight, which means that, for the time being, only essential government services will be in operation. High on the list of government services deemed "nonessential" is the management of federal Twitter accounts. Along with the national parks, the Environme ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013
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    July 24, 2013


    Monday in the Park with 007

  • Voice Choices

    July 17, 2013


    A kayak experience through the East River

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Forest Service Inflamed By Brooklyn Anti-Fracking Artist's Smokey the Bear

    Brooklyn-based artist and environmental activist Lopi LaRoe sees Smokey the Bear as a friend. As a kid raised by environmentalists, she grew up with him, she says, and feels a particular connection to the affable, but informative cultural touchstone invented by the US Forest Service in 1944. "So I t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 1, 2013


    Dig for vinyl at Smorgasburg

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Watch Justine, Rescued East River Beaver, Wade Back into her Bronx River Home

    Wait, the East River has beavers? Well, not ones that are supposed to be there. Regardless, the East River is where park rangers found Justine, a sick, starving beaver carried downstream by the current. Justine was then brought to local wild animal rescue organization, Wildlife In Need of Rescue and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 24, 2013

    Awesome Blossoms

    Celebrate spring with Japanese culture

  • Voice Choices

    March 27, 2013


    Head uptown to see 
nature’s art show

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    NYU's Expansion Plan Challenged in Court Today

    We wrote in last week's cover story about the brewing faculty rebellion at NYU driven in part by the school's ambitious plans to expand its footprint in Greenwich Village. But the fight against the 2031 plan, as it's known, extends beyond the no-confidence vote scheduled for next month. It's also be ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 19, 2012


    The NY Botanical Garden makes the city in miniature

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Suspected Murderer Eugene Palmer Could Really Screw Up Your Weekend

    If you plan on escaping the city and visiting Harriman State Park this weekend, you may want to reconsider -- police say a suspected murderer is hiding out in the upstate park's 45,000 acres.The Palisades Interstate Park Commission is advising people to avoid hiking in the park's back country this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Gay Activists Join to Make One Last Plea to Stop Demolition of "Gay Commune" 186 Spring Street

    Earlier today, around 40 gay activists and onlookers including State Senator Tom Duanes and City Councilmember Danny Dromm gathered in SoHo today in front of 186 Spring Street, the site of a nearly 200-year-old house that they argued played a major role in gay rights and AIDS activists history in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Five Questions To Ask About An MLS Soccer Stadium In Flushing Meadows Park

    The week before last, rumors began cropping up that Major League Soccer's long-running search for a place to put a new New York City team -- a search that had circumnavigated the boroughs from Pier 40 in the West Village to Randall's Island and Willets Point -- had settled on a site: the northeast c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 6, 2012


    Walk in Monet's French garden

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    February 22, 2012
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    January 25, 2012


    Find new treasures in Central Park

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    It's Time To Throw Out Your Damn Christmas Tree Already

    The end of today's non-work day means that the holidays are officially over. Yes, we know that Three Kings Day falls on January 6th but we're tired of waiting around so long for it. It's time to get rid of the lights and decorations and fall into the ho-hum that is winter in New York. So what do you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    The Statue of Liberty Attracts a Heavily Weaponed Crowd

    Leave your guns at home, Bill.​For some reason, tourists are bringing knives, brass knuckles, collapsible batons, screwdrivers, pepper spray, blackjacks, and other "miscellaneous weapons" with them to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Daily News reports that thousands of weapons have been seize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    What It Was Like Inside the Washington Monument During Last Month's Earthquake

    This video recently released by the National Park Service shows what it was like inside the Washington Monument during the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia, sending vibrations up the Northeast coast, last month. It is unexpectedly scary!

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    East Village Backyard Spaces You Can Use for a Pittance (That Aren't 'Timeshares')

    Steve Cannon's backyard​It might be tempting to fork over $350 for the right to grill and party (but not imbibe) for four hours in an urban "backyard timeshare" like the one we wrote about earlier today. If, however, you're looking for more recession-friendly options in the neighborhood, we've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Usually Angry LGBT Activists Have a Blast During Manhattan Marriage Marathon

    MENY president Cathy Marino-Thomas hugs Lt. Dan Choi​Between the "Rainbow Chuppa," the Avenue Q puppets, the scores of happy brides and grooms, and even a glitter bomb, the scene in Foley Square yesterday outside of Manhattan's Marriage Bureau felt like a carnival. It was a little disconcertin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Southern Brooklyn Left Out of Wi-Fi Plans

    via NYC Department of Parks & RecreationNot in southern Brooklyn.​Life in southern Brooklyn is rural. Last week we brought you the news that Wi-Fi is coming to 20 parks around the city this summer. But an article in The Brooklyn Paper today points out that none of those locations are south o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Live: The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Michael Stipe, And Patti Smith Dominate Carnegie Hall's Tibet House Benefit

    Patti Smith, leading the charge as always. Pic by Tracy Ketcher.​21st-Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert Starring The Flaming Lips, the Roots, Taj Mahal, Michael Stipe, etc. Carnegie Hall Thursday, March 3 Better Than: "Auld Lang Syne" "Beauty is power -- violence is weak," we are told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Man Attempts to Commit Suicide by Bear

    ​A man in Arizona named Tracy Province, who, along with two accomplices faces capital murder and carjacking charges for killing an Oklahoma couple and burning them in a trailer, decided after enduring great stress and losing 30 pounds due to his escape from prison that he would end it all rath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Seats Still Available for Next Week's Outstanding in the Field Dinners

    Outstanding in the FieldAl fresco dining at its finest.​Outstanding in the Field, the self-described "roving culinary adventure" known for staging five-course, white-tablecloth dinners in the farm fields and urban gardens where the food on the table originates, will hold a series of dinners in ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 20, 2010


    Norma Desmond is ready for her close-up again

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2010


    A fete for the city's favorite folk duo

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2010


    Tea ceremonies, anime, DJs, and—oh, yeah—some trees

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Q&A: Earth Day Art Exhibit Commemorates Demolished NYC Gardens

    ​In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to tell you a story about a garden -- The Magic Garden -- that's going to be torn down to make room for a high-rise housing development. Oliver Rios, an East Harlem-bred artist, grew up around gardening when his mother Lydia Roman began transforming abandone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Help Save Jelly NYC's Pool Parties

    We loved these things so much we had M. Wartella make this graphic that you're probably in somewhere.​The last days of summer at Jelly NYC's Pool Parties brought the curious sight of New York Senior Senator Chuck Schumer gladhanding hipsters and swaying, like Jay-Z, to the sinuous sounds of Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    The Botanical Gardens Get Foodie & "What's Up with These Dumb, Pornographic Fast Food Ads?"

    The New York Botanical Garden is embracing the fresh food movement this summer with its new Edible Garden program, which will feature such temporary exhibitions as "Tropical Fruits, Roots and Shoots." Martha Stewart helped the Botanical Garden revamp its herb garden, which now includes a variety of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Governor Sanford is Now Our Hero and Role Model

    Now South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is saying that when he disappeared for days, untraceable by his colleagues and even his wife, he wasn't hiking on the Appalachian Trail -- nude or otherwise -- but "recharging" in Buenos Aires. We're sure this will add to the yap-yap and blah-blah from self-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Thompson: City Dumping Tons of Possibly Toxic Sludge in Parks, Elsewhere in City

    The Bloomberg Administration is planning to take potentially toxic sediment dredged from New York Harbor and dump it in New York public places like the former Yankee Stadium, the Bronx terminal market, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park that runs along the East River waterfront, says Comptroller Bill Thom ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Studies in Crap: My Vision of the Destruction of America Atop Empire State Building

    Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. My Vision of the Destruction of America Atop Empire State Building Author: A. A. Allen Publisher: A. A. All ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    I, Locavore -- Really, Really Local Honey

      The state and federal government have a long list of things they want to prevent you from eating. They don't seem to care that the poultry supply is awash in salmonella, or that animals for human consumption are raised in sadistic ways, and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. They are, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 19, 2008


    A game of seduction and style

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008


    Wednesday, July 16, 7 pm in East River Park: Cellist/composer Alex Waterman plays, Michael Schumacher's Dans le Jardin improvises; then, Compagnie Beau Geste's Transports Exceptionnels, "a unique and whimsical outdoor duet for one man and an excavator"; then, "Contigo... a solo work combining acroba ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 24, 2008


    Swimming in the Bronx River? Say what?

  • Dining

    March 4, 2008

    Spring Food Preview: Sailing and Scarfing

    Where to eat as you take to NYC's bounding main

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006

    Friends of Brad Will 'Liberate' Charas

    Who knew Charas was so easy to break into? After five long years of being padlocked, the former East Village community center was briefly liberated on Saturday night by comrades of the slain Indymedia journalist Brad Will.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Gentlemen, Start Your Bulldozers

    The other shoe has dropped: The city's Industrial Development Agency announced at 4 p.m. today that the Internal Revenue Service has approved the convoluted tax-exempt bond scheme that would raise $1.56 billion to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Following the Yankees' successful Nationa ... More >>

  • News

    July 6, 2004

    Time's Up!

    Cycling for a better city

  • NYC Life

    June 22, 2004
  • NYC Life

    May 4, 2004

    Cabin Fever

    The heat is on—and for a limited time only—so get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone

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