They’re a far cry from today’s graffiti-covered, bathroom-stall-deprived johns.
Washington Square Park’s spiffy new bathrooms, pictured in the renderings to the right, will have solar thermal panels on the roof and a geothermal system, according to Parks spokeswoman Cristina DeLuca. The men’s room, apparently long the site of amorous hook-ups, will even have Read More
New York City has prevailed in its battle with the LeRoy family over ownership of the trademarked name of “Tavern on the Green,” according to a report just issued by Bloomberg News:
“Because the undisputed facts show that the city established and continuously maintained a restaurant under the name ‘Tavern on the Green’ at Read More
It was Feb. 27, 2008, and Kay LeRoy, ex-wife of the late flamboyant restaurateur Warner LeRoy, and their daughter Jennifer were hosting a dinner at Tavern on the Green. The purpose was to rededicate the Pavilion Room in honor of Jennifer’s late brother Max, a room that now included a 167-foot panoramic mural Read More
July has come and (really) gone, and the Parks Department has yet to choose a bidder to run the legendarily profitable Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park.
This spring, when the department was giving potential bidders tours of the premises, Parks officials made vague statements about issuing a decision in 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
Coney Island merchants sent out a terse press release Friday afternoon in response to "an ominous fence which is obstructing the entrances to an entire block of businesses on the boardwalk."
The Parks Department, which erected the fence a day earlier, issued the following explanation via email to The Observer:
The Parks Department Read More
Seaside merchants have long complained about the sorry state of Coney Island’s rickety boardwalk.
And some say the city’s latest attempt to address the situation isn’t really helping:
"Instead of fixing the boardwalk in front of the businesses that go from Stillwell [Avenue] to 12th Street, the Parks Department decided to build this Read More
Today, Mayor Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe broke ground on the second phase of the Harlem River Park Greenway and Esplanade.
Once completed in August of next year, the project will extend the greenway and esplanade from 139th Street to 142nd Street along the Harlem River, according to a press release. The initial Read More
Mayor Bloomberg announced today that Brooklyn’s Dreier-Offerman Park is getting a complete makeover. The park, which sits just next to Coney Island, is one of eight parks in the five boroughs that is being redesigned and refurbished under PlaNYC.
There are a slew of improvements that will come with the $40 million project. They Read More