Céline Haeberly for Observer

How I Went From Running the Pulitzer Prizes to Community Activist at Age 80

The battle to save Teddy Roosevelt Park is part of a larger struggle to preserve nature in New York and beyond (consider the irony of destroying a green space honoring the far-sighted president who expanded our national park system). Some observers warn that the museum will have its way; that it has lined up political officials and will weave-and-bob through the governmental approval process. Meantime, foes will likely be cast as witless NIMBYs. However, I draw encouragement from recent victories for good sense, fights that saved the Frick museum’s garden and foiled ill-advised expansion of the New York Historical Society’s museum.

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