Adrian Benepe donned swim trunks for the opening of McCarren Park pool (after the ribbon cutting, he jumped in and swam a lap). High Line co-founder Robert Hammond remembers him in bike shorts during the elevated park’s inaugural weekend. But on the steamy evening when the New York Restoration Project held its annual fund-raising dinner at Gracie Mansion, Mr. Benepe was dressed conventionally in a suit, albeit with a backpack slung somewhat incongruously over one shoulder.
The backpack, like the granola bars that he keeps in his office, suggested a recent or upcoming tromp through some greensward more rugged than Carl Schurz, making it an agreeable accessory for an event aimed at rehabilitating neglected parks. But the former parks commissioner—for that was how people introduced him, despite the fact that he has been working at the Trust for Public Land for the past year—checked the bag at the entrance.
Leaving behind the “best job in the world” at the New York City parks department, where he spent the better part of 40 years and the near entirety of his professional career, has been more difficult. Mr. Benepe no longer presides over the 29,000-acre emerald empire whose transformation from overgrown, shabby and often-frightening urban wilderness into one of the city’s major tourist attractions has paralleled not only New York’s shift from a down-and-out city to an almost terrifyingly prosperous one, but also his own rise through the department’s ranks.
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This season of Parks and Recreation shows troubling signs that the writers no longer believe new audiences are going to discover Leslie and her gang. With the addition of a ludicrously winnable election plot, every episode congratulates its characters for being so terribly lovable, rather than expanding many new dimensions. One character told Leslie she Read More
Are you surprised that New Yorker publications love liberal TV? Not really? That’s okay, it’s still interesting to read up on the Experian-Simmons survey that measured consumer’s TV preferences against their political ideology and then spat out a bunch of shows that determine how liberal or conservative you are. Surprisingly (not surprisingly), most New York media favor the programs only watched by people who voted for Obama and support green initiatives.
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Foursquare, the social-networking app that allows you to “check in” to venues, become a mayor, meet up with your friends, and find out which Starbucks locations have been masturbated in, now has a new crowd-sourcing function. In the words of Parks and Recreation‘s Tom Haverford, it’s time to “Treat Yo Self!”
If you heard people at the United Nations talking about a land deal, you might assume that they were referencing a plan to bring peace to some troubled region in the world. But the land deal in question is playing out on the peaceful banks of the East River. And it’s a good thing.
Folks at the U.N. have been gazing longingly at a humble, one-acre playground named for Robert Moses just south of its headquarters. They’d like very much to build a new building on the site, at First Avenue and 41st Street. In the meantime, the city has been trying to figure out how to pay for the completion of a greenway along the East Side waterfront.
In the finest traditions of diplomacy, there may be a deal on the table that will benefit all parties.
NBC has released next season’s schedule, one featuring six new series to debut in the fall (and six more for midseason). New shows are to include the Mad Men-alike The Playboy Club, a drama about Bunnies in the 1960s; Up All Night, a comedy about parenthood that is to feature the return of both Christina Read More
Fashion Week 2011
Last September Russell Simmons was everywhere. The Chanel opening in Soho, Charlotte Ronson’s after party, Alexander Wang’s after party, Tommy Hilfiger’s bash at the Metropolitan Opera, the Dom Perignon-sponsored blowout at Villa Pacri — Russell Simmons was inescapable. His Fashion Week stamina was such that The New York Times indulged Read More
Aziz Ansari, the reigning funniest man on the planet, is not one to be trusted on Twitter. For instance, last week he spent the day fake-retweeting Whole Foods and L.L. Bean (the clothier never said “your comedy sucks dick Aziz”).
But when he told his 600,000 followers of a trip to Tokyo with Read More
5 Fearless Emmy Predictions: Glee, Amy Poehler and More! Read More
We hope you’re sitting down (preferably in front of a TV). In a study released by The Nielsen Company on Tuesday, it was revealed that the average American spends four hours and 49 minutes per day watching television, up four minutes from last year and nearly 20 percent from 10 years ago. Somewhere Read More