New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Seward Park is Getting Bulldozed, Courtesy of Parks Without Borders

Posted April 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

Now more than three years in the making, upgrades are underway in Seward Park, the oldest municipal park in the country. A project summary (with rendering) holds court on the park perimeter, providing the estimated “fall 2019” completion date. Initial projections had construction starting after Labor Day 2018 and lasting about a year. Thanks in […]

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Why You Won’t See a Basquiat Tribute Mural at the Dry Dock Pool this Summer

Posted March 29, 2019 at 5:06 am

When the Dry Dock Pool on East 10th Street reopens this summer, it’ll do so with a new sheen and plenty of fanfare. But it won’t carry any homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was here, on the brick perimeter wall, that Basquiat was filmed nearly forty years ago while writing “Origin of Cotton” for the […]

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Luther Gulick Playground Rehabilitation Officially Breaks Ground

Posted March 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

For Luther Gulick Playground, the unimaginable is now happening. Rehabilitation is nigh. What was to begin last fall, officially kickstarted yesterday with the obligatory groundbreaking ceremony. The usual train of Parks Department officials and politicians were in attendance – Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, and representatives from the offices of Nydia Velazquez, Scott Stringer, and Brian […]

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Another Look at the Remodeled DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:08 am

Two years of construction, and a decade of advocating, finally let up. About a month ago, Little Italy locals scored early access to a reinvigorated DeSalvio Playground on Spring Street ahead of the “official” opening. The upgraded park at Spring and Mulberry Streets includes a curved seating area with benches, basketball court (with two hoops), jungle gym […]

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Dry Dock is Another ‘Cool Pool’ Undergoing Cleanup for the Summer

Posted March 20, 2019 at 5:09 am

Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint and updated decor has reinvigorated public pools around the Five Boroughs. It’s part of the city’s so-called “Cool Pools” initiative, which boosted overall attendance last year by 27.2%, per published reports. This summer, the Dry Dock pool in Alphabet City will get the treatment. And, to […]

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The Remodeled DeSalvio Playground ‘Unofficially’ Debuts

Last modified February 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Six months after our last status report, DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy is now reactivated. Unofficially. Even though the Parks Department hasn’t yet cut the ribbon on the remodeled park space, scrappy locals are already enjoying the amenities. Word on the street is that city employees over the weekend accidentally opened the gates too early. […]

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Parks Department Readies New Public Bathrooms at ‘Stanton Storehouse’

Posted February 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

Discussion over the fate of the Stanton Street storehouse inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park is back on the front burner. Its partial renovation to include new bathrooms is now underway. Earlier this week, the Sara D. Roosevelt Coalition announced intentions to rally on the proverbial doorstep tomorrow in order to demand the return of the […]

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Pols Commit to Returning Stanton Storehouse to Community Use

Posted November 20, 2018 at 5:04 am

The Stanton Street storehouse inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park – a Parks Department silo – will finally return to community use. But don’t get too excited just yet. According to a report in The Villager, the Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Margaret Chin, former Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li, told the Parks subcommittee last […]

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Parks Department Soliciting Input to Repurpose Abandoned Baruch Bathhouse

Posted October 10, 2018 at 5:10 am

For 43 years, the building sat dormant. Now, the second coming of the long-vacant Baruch Bathhouse is in its early stages. But first, more brainstorming and red tape. The city’s Parks Department returns to Community Board 3 tonight to further discuss the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), as well as timeline for the ultimate […]

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Luther Gulick Playground is at Least Another 2 Years from Rehabilitation

Posted August 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

Anyone waiting for a speedy reconstruction of Luther Gulick Playground on Delancey Street will need to wait longer. Much longer. While the larger project languishes – the undertaking is a decade in the offing – one component of the multimillion-dollar makeover is currently underway. The brand new comfort station (aka public toilets). Groundbreak was more […]