Gerson Ticked Off at Parks

Gerson Gerson Ticked Off at Parks

In this week’s Villager (article not posted online till tomorrow), Lincoln Anderson reports that that City Council member Alan Gerson is threatening to withhold $6 million from the Parks Department for the long-delayed and -debated renovation of Washington Square Park. It seems that Parks reneged on a promise it made to Mr. Gerson and Council Speaker Christine Quinn last fall to not reduce the size of the park’s central plaza by more than 10 percent; the park’s revised redesign would reduce it by 23 percent.

Debates have been waged for over a year about the future of Washington Square Park, with Community Board 2 the epicenter of the battle. Two lawsuits are currently being pursued to stop the renovation, which is budgeted at $16 million.

-Matthew Grace

Update: Here’s your link.