Let the bidding begin!
The city Parks Department on Monday released its long-awaited 42-page request for proposals (RFP) from area restaurateurs seeking to operate the lucrative 25,000-square-foot Central Park eatery "currently known as Tavern on the Green."
A number of big names have been mentioned as possible contenders, including Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent, Dean Poll Read More
"I refuse to sell the soul of Oz," a defiant Jennifer Oz LeRoy, the alluring 30-year-old owner of Tavern on the Green, said in an interview with Page Six Magazine.
As The Observer reported last year, Ms. LeRoy is facing a potential bidding war over the iconic Central Park eatery–the second-highest-grossing independently Read More
The campaign to preserve the wildness of Ridgewood Reservoir in Queens–to stop the city from building athletic fields and a public park–continued today at a hearing before the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation.
The committee heard testimony from Adrian Benepe, commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens Borough President Read More
"How about making some noise for opening the beach?" Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said from the podium, as brightly dressed protesters standing behind a police line chanted, "Thor no more! Thor no more!"
So began another politically charged season at Coney Island under appropriately gloomy skies on Thursday morning.
"I was so glad Read More
Expanding parks is not supposed to be this difficult.
“This is the worst situation I’ve ever encountered in terms of [dealings with] the community,” said Carol Greitzer, a former councilwoman from the West Village who helped start a group called 250+ Friends of New York Parks. It opposes many of the Bloomberg administration’s park Read More
It happens in New York City, and it’s a crime: the deliberate killing of trees.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, according to the Sunday New York Times, encourages anyone who knows about an arborcide to call… 311, sure, but probably 911, too.
[I]n New York [it] can be punished by jail time and a Read More
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Pamela Lippe was excited. On Sunday afternoon, the green consultant and executive director of Earth Day New York for 17 years was sitting in one of the hundreds of white and blue chairs lining the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of Ocean Read More
Pamela Lippe was excited. On Sunday afternoon, the green consultant and executive director of Earth Day New York for 17 years was sitting in one of the hundreds of white and blue chairs lining the American Museum of Natural History's Millstein Hall of Ocean Life, anxious to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg's speech revealing PlaNYC, the Read More
It quickly became apparent at Wednesday morning’s hearing on the city’s controversial Randall’s Island plan that private schools were already hogging the available playing fields on the island.
Some 95 percent of the weekday after-school permits are controlled by private schools; public schools get just two or three fields a week, according to Sabina Read More
Washington Square Park has been due to get its three-year, $16 million face-lift for several months now, with only a consensus among community groups and the Parks Department standing in the way of the groundbreaking.
Last April, Community Board 2 finally weighed in on the Parks Department’s plan, passing a resolution that supported the Read More