This past summer, my family spent three months in NYC, and my most vivid memory from that time came from watching my daughter run over to a group of little blonde girls in Soho’s Vesuvio Playground. We were new to the park, of course, and the girls were surrounding some piñata spoils. “Oh, those look good!” my daughter gushed, crouching down to join their huddle.
“No they’re ours! You can’t have them,” snapped the birthday girl, folding her arms around what appeared to be ring pops.
Sue Sue Sudio
This Upper West Side playground has become a battleground.
Some parents of P.S. 166 students have argued that the sloping cobblestoned area on the school’s adjoining playground, known as Playground 89, is a hazard for children who are likely to scamper and trip over the uneven surface, made worse by protruding edges and stones that Read More
It Takes a Village
The arguments for NYU’s, creatively named, “2031” expansion have been predictable in their rhetoric: You shouldn’t—and, frankly, can’t—stand in the way of change. The majority of press in the city has adopted this stance and backed the new proposals. Now Manhattan borough president, Scott Stringer, has given his approval, albeit with stipulations that reduce the build by some 20 percent.
Those who disagree with the 1.9 million square foot expansion have been cast as one-dimensional curmudgeons who are stuck in the past. “Change never comes easy to New York” read a Times op-ed. Really? In more polemic media, the anti-expansion crowd have even been accused of wanting to “steal” one of NYU’s buildings.
“I think they pretty much get what they want, I feel like they are a little principality,” Diane Peterson said of the university, sitting on a stone slab in La Guardia community gardens, the southern block of the two “Super Blocks” that most of the 2031 plan is based upon.
Ms. Peterson has maintained her plot, where she grows tomatoes and roses amongst other shrubs, for more than three decades. Although NYU does not own the land that La Guardia Gardens is situated on—it belongs to the Department of Transportation—if the planned expansion does go ahead the garden will be embedded in the midst of a construction site for some 20 years.
The city’s playgrounds, courts and ballfields received poor marks in a report released today by the nonprofit New Yorkers for Parks, “Spotlight on Recreation: A Report Card on Parks Project.”
Between June and August of 2007, the group inspected 49 randomly selected parks in the five boroughs, three times each, and Read More