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Hamilton Fish Park Pool to Reopen by August 1

Posted July 1, 2020 at 5:02 am

In an about-face, the city announced yesterday that at least fifteen public pools will reopen across the Five Boroughs. Included in the lucky list is the Hamilton Fish Park pool, known to locals as the “Pitt Pool.” But the cooldown will have to wait another month. The reopenings are scheduled for August 1, and are […]

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Seward Park Reopens After COVID-19 Closure

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

With the big thaw of Phase 2 reopening today, the public parks around the city are likewise reanimating. Friday afternoon saw the reopening of both Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City and Seward Park here on the Lower East Side. The gardens, playgrounds, and courts in the latter are finally back in play for public usage […]

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Skateboarders Are Scaling the Fence at Coleman Skatepark, Flouting Shutdown

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

The brief, state-ordered hiatus from skateboarders grinding under the Manhattan Bridge has concluded. Though, not officially. Signs remain in place at many city playgrounds announcing full closure until further notice. Still not much of a deterrence, though. For instance, the popular Coleman Skatepark on Monroe Street. Skaters have begun scaling the fence of late, flouting […]

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Running for Chinatown Amidst a Pandemic

Posted May 12, 2020 at 5:05 am

Chinatown shopkeepers and restaurateurs have seen a steep decline in business since January, largely the result of xenophobia related to the Covid-19 outbreak overseas, as well as the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street. Tourism to the neighborhood dropped in the ensuing months to levels not seen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with restaurants cutting […]

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LES Soccer Fields to Reopen, Apparently After Pressure from Locals

Posted April 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Two popular soccer fields on the Lower East Side will reopen this week after nearly a month of coronavirus-related closure, and, apparently, community opposition. Playgrounds and basketball courts across the city were sealed from use earlier this month to keep congregating groups at bay. (Parks remained open, for the most part.) At the time, soccer […]

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Parks Department Locks Coleman Skatepark Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Kids will be kids, rebelling against the authority. In this case, skateboarders who defied “social distancing” mandates to grind it out at Coleman Skatepark. The popular skater haunt – situated on Monroe Street beneath the Manhattan Bridge – remained so despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Even after the city closed the adjacent field and playground last […]

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Cuomo Shutters All NYC Playgrounds as COVID-19 Threat Intensifies

Last modified April 2, 2020 at 7:43 am

It’s finally happened, and this is why we can’t have nice things. All New York City playgrounds are closed to the public to promote “social distancing” during the COVID-19 shutdown. The order comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who circumvented Mayor de Blasio on the decision. Hizzoner had not yet ordered closed the playgrounds, but did […]

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City Removes Basketball Hoops from East River Park to Deter Group Activity During Outbreak

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:03 am

It’s a full court press. The city is trying to deter people who continue to congregate for group activity in local parks. Specifically, the basketball courts, which have seen a relative surge in players flouting the “social distancing” mandate during the COVID-19 shutdown. “There will not be any basketball games because there will not be […]

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Solidcore Gym Takes over Former ICP Space on the Bowery

Posted March 10, 2020 at 5:09 am

With the International Center of Photography long gone from the Bowery and living large at Essex Crossing, its former headquarters is now a gym. Well, part of it. The gargantuan ground floor of 250 Bowery was divided to create a new gym called Solidcore. Signage for the establishment went up at the end of last […]

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The Gutter’s Lower East Side Bowling Alley to Open at Essex Crossing ‘So Soon’

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Five years after a bowling alley was first announced for Essex Crossing, the finish line is “so soon.” The Lower East Side iteration of The Gutter (aka The Gutter L.E.S.) – it’s based in Long Island City – is opening imminently, according to the Essex Crossing Instagram. It’s a 12-lane bowling alley occupying roughly 17,000 […]

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