New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

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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Fate of Samuel Cox Statue in Tompkins Square Park Remains Uncertain

Posted August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

The statue of Samuel Cox residing in Tompkins Square Park is on the proverbial chopping block. 2nd District Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is calling for Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to remove the 19th century figurehead from the public eye. “Historians and numerous New Yorkers have highlighted that Cox’s history – beyond his work regarding pro-labor policies […]

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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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City Keeps Chinatown Park in the Dark over Light Outages [OP-ED]

Posted February 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

Is the Department of Transportation stuck in neutral? Back in early 2017, the lights dotting Columbus Park in Chinatown began to fade, eventually shrouding the whole park in darkness. Being an early riser and accustomed to walking my Furbabies at 5:00am daily, I was forced to carry a flashlight in order to see. My inquiries to […]

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Bird Watching on the Lower East Side this Weekend

Posted October 11, 2019 at 5:06 am

Binoculars at the ready! This weekend, the Urban Park Rangers from the Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting a birding session on the Lower East Side. The Rangers will guide enthusiasts of all levels to the best spots in the neighborhood, and the city at large, to catch fall migratory birds in action. Bring […]

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The Pile of Rubble that was the LaGuardia Bathhouse

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

It had been dormant since the 1970s. Now it’s a pile of rubble. The LaGuardia Bathhouse – built in 1909 – met its unceremonious end last week after months of demolition work. A backhoe currently sits atop the heap of century-old masonry, clearing the site for an empty field. As previously reported, the city quietly […]

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Coleman Playground Gets Upgrades Ahead of East River Park Closure

Posted August 23, 2019 at 5:03 am

Coleman Playground, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is another of the parks along the Lower East Side coastline receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project. As a result, East River Park will close for at least 3.5 years. The displaced open area is being redistributed to these other parks, with an […]

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Century-Old LaGuardia Bathhouse is Almost Gone [PHOTOS]

Posted August 20, 2019 at 5:05 am

It sat vacant for four decades. Now, the long-abandoned LaGuardia Bathhouse is finished. A nub of its former self. Since our last checkup one month ago, the 1909 structure has lost most of its body. Removed brick by brick by men in cherry pickers. The mural on its western exposure – a depiction of Puerto […]

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Demolition of 1909 LaGuardia Bathhouse is Underway

Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s been standing on the Lower East Side for 110 years. And now it’s coming down. Brick by antique brick. The long-dormant LaGuardia Bathhouse, situated just off Madison Street near the Little Flower Playground, is currently undergoing demolition. All because the city decided to change up its coastal resiliency plan that results in the closure […]

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Parks Converts ‘The Pit’ to Soccer Field with New Sports Coating

Posted July 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The bike polo contingent can now play in style. Indeed, the favored Lower East Side sunken court, dubbed “The Pit,” last month received a fresh coat of paint courtesy of the Parks Department. The unique concrete pitch boasts soccer markings in the familiar green hue, sprucing up one of the more drab areas of Sara […]

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