After Local Pressure, First Park Pedestrian Recreation Area Reopens without MUD Coffee Kiosk

Posted on: October 16th, 2020 at 5:08 am by

Photo: Eddie Panta

Most of First Park, which straddles the commuter corridor along East Houston Street and First Street, reopened as part of the City’s Phase 4 comeback plan. But soon after, the iron gates at the tail-end of the park, adjacent to the F Train stop on 1st Avenue, were padlocked by the Parks Department.

The lock job followed the closure last month of MUD Park, the coffee kiosk that operated within the pedestrian cross-through.

Ever since, locals and commuters wondered about this apparent privatization. In other words, why the use of the well-trafficked public amenity hinged on a leased private business inside.

But yesterday, after several inquiries by Councilmember Carlina Rivera’s office, and an inspection by the Parks Department, the gates are returned to the status quo. And all are again able to enjoy the open space for social distanced hangouts or a quick take-out lunch.

As for MUD Park, the parent coffee shop previously disclosed their hope of returning here. However, the sight on the ground suggests otherwise…

Photo: Eddie Panta

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