New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Parks Department Repaints Allen Bathhouse to Erase Months of Artwork

Posted September 29, 2021 at 5:03 am

For Nadja Rose Madder, a summer of artwork at the Allen Street Bathhouse is abruptly erased. Parks Department repainted the doors and brickwork in its token burgundy red. The erasure happened on Monday, and followed one week after the city erected a chain-link enclosure around the bathhouse plaza in the middle of Delancey Street. That […]

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The City’s Battle to Keep One Artist from Reaching the Allen Bathhouse

Posted September 28, 2021 at 5:10 am

One street artist remains a thorn in the Lower East Side of the city. Nadja Rose Madder will not be deterred from her artistic muse – the Allen Street Bathhouse at Delancey. Parks Department claimed the chain-link enclosure installed last week was a “safety mechanism” to protect spillover of art and belongings into traffic. But […]

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Parks Department Installs Fence at Allen Mall Bathhouse in Response to Nadja Rose Madder

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Parks Department is upping the ante on deterring a homeless artist from painting and gathering at the Allen Street Bathhouse. Earlier this week, the city began assembling an eight-foot chain-link enclosure to (partially) fence in the sidewalk plaza. It is on this spot that transgender artist Nadja Rose Madder has been transforming the brickwork […]

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Cops Close Down Section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park to Curb Drugs and Homeless

Posted August 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

The city is apparently turning up the heat to combat the dangerous situation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park just south of Delancey Street. The area surrounding the so-called “Pit” is now completely sealed off. The action is many months in the making. As reported, this area has long been a favored spot for local homeless, […]

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Parks Seals ‘Hua Mei Bird Garden’ to Stave off Drug Problem in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted August 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Parks Department this month cordoned off part of Sara D. Roosevelt Park in response to rampant drug use, homeless, dwelling, and violence. The area in question, nicknamed “The Pit,” is a ground zero of sorts for open-air drug sales – K2, in particular. Those who are strung out lay out; belongings accumulate in piles; […]

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City Embarks on $3.69M Rehab of Hamilton Fish Park

Posted June 24, 2021 at 5:01 am

The city will soon embark on a new project to renovate the Hamilton Fish Park Playground on Pitt Street. Funded with a cash injection of $3.69 million by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the effort will enhance the playground with new features, improved safety surfacing, and more. But appears to stop short of the pool. […]

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One Week After Reopening, Nathan Straus Playground is Again Locked

Last modified October 30, 2020 at 7:08 am

Not so fast. One week after the Parks Department unlocked Nathan Straus Playground to the public, it’s again gated. Readers report that the padlocks returned on Tuesday without any communication from the city. As reported, the Lower East Side park, which abuts the Attorney Street cul-de-sac, had been closed without notice for nearly a month […]

Weeks-Long Closure of Nathan Straus Playground was Due to Parks Department ‘Oversight’

Posted October 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

Until yesterday, the Nathan Straus Playground was locked up, leaving the community without a popular public amenity for three weeks. The playground, which abuts the Attorney Street cul-de-sac, had been closed without notice or communication from the city. Though the adjacent school, PS140, did have access. When reached for comment yesterday, the Parks Department admitted […]

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Start of $1.45B East River Park Resiliency Project Delayed

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:37 am

The planned demolition of East River Park for the new coastal resiliency project is delayed, the city recently revealed. The initial scope of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project pegged a start date of September 2020, when areas of the coastline would be roped off ahead of construction. That was the plan through […]

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

Last modified October 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

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 […]

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