The two little blonde girls, each no more than nine, stood next to their parents on the cobblestone sidewalk at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, slouching in the way only bored children can. Moments before, an older woman had come up to the family wielding a flyer emblazoned with the words “DON’T RIDE A HORSE CARRIAGE,” and proceeded to feverishly explain what she viewed as the evils of the industry. During the speech, the girls’ father stared blankly into the intersection. He finally looked down at his daughter and asked, “What do you think about that? You asked earlier…about the horses? How they were treated?”
Occupy Wall Street
We are very serious here: The Occupy Wall Street movement’s biggest resource drain right now is trying to keep up the habitation of Zuccotti Park. Whatever message OWS may or may not have had has, in the past week or so, become a secondary concern to just keeping people alive, fed, warm, and un-raped. The media has also switched its attention to the more salacious stories about criminals and crazies slipping in amongst the protesters instead to what people were protesting to begin with.
So you know what wouldn’t help with this issue, now that the winter months are at our heels? Moving people to Central Park and building them igloos to live in, as has been suggested with this weekend’s upcoming Park march as well as the remarks of one entirely delusional person who spoke to Gothamist today.
In the days after the same-sex marriage law was passed, a group of friends hatched a plan.
“We got really excited and said, ‘Let’s do free weddings, it’s the least we can do,’” Bex Schwartz, one of the creators of Pop-Up Chapel, told The Observer. She was still bubbling with excitement when Read More
City Hall’s obsession with bicycles is no secret. Bike lanes have been popping up all over town, to the chagrin of those who see no reason to make the flow of vehicular traffic—and, thus, commerce—any slower than it is already. However, perhaps time and climate change will prove that Mayor Bloomberg’s bikers were visionaries and Read More
Word got out yesterday that Tavern on the Green may be on the fast track for a new era of pond-side dinner opulence. The beloved Central Park restaurant has been closed for over a year since union and bankruptcy issues shut the doors in early 2010, but it seems to have found a savior in Read More
The developers Steve Roth and Veronica Hackett have, after years of court cases and millions of dollars, finally secured their jewel on Central Park, as The Observer‘s Laura Kusisto reports in this week’s print edition. The dumpy rental building at 220 Central Park South will soon be replaced with yet another soaring luxury building. Tentative Read More
Last week we warned cyclists to look out for cops cracking down on even minor bike infractions to gin up enforcement stats. It appears to be even worse than The Observer initially fathomed, as Streetsblog has a nightmarish tale from the former bike haven, now bike hell, that is Central Park.
It Read More
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
As rents climb back toward record highs and the city’s unemployment rate stays above 9 percent, affordable housing remains just as critical an issue now as it was during the real estate boom. Fortunately, two hoodlums from Florida may have a solution to the city’s housing problems.
The Times ran a quixotic story on the Read More
Interview magazine publisher — and Polo enthusiast — Peter Brant and former supermodel Stephanie Seymour reunited yesterday after a year and a half of vicious divorce proceedings. Now they’re making the recommitment even more official. The New York Post reports that the couple is shopping around for townhouses on both sides of Central Park. It seems Read More
In the wake of the recent gassing of Prospect Park’s popular goose population—one that appalled local goose-lovers and even prompted a protest outside the mayor’s Upper East Side mansion—the Central Park Conservancy is quietly continuing its considerably more humane geese expulsion method.
Starting in late August, when molting season ends, a Read More