Hundreds of Brooklynites flooded City Hall on Thursday to protest the city's slow action on buying land for Bushwick Inlet Park, as real estate prices have soared in line with condo construction along the East River.
Courtesy NYC Parks Department Bushwick Inlet Park, as it stands now in its nine acres of glory
Activist preacher and frequently arrested person Reverend Billy Talen took another trip to the Tombs this weekend, this time for trying to halt the removal of a 130-year-old, much-beloved, very crooked tree in Tompkins Square Park. As East Village blog EV Grieve was first to report, the tree, known affectionately as "Bendy Tree," was condemned by an arborist with the city Parks Department, found to be "structurally unsound" and a danger to the public.
Image via Facebook Reverend Billy stands atop a Parks Department truck during the demolition.
In New York, some times you just want a little bit more jungle in your concrete jungle. Rentenna, another addition to the city's growing stable of artisanal housing market startups, has compiled just where in New York City you might find a little bit of green space sprucing up (ha!) the cement grid. Calling it the Green Heatmap, service charts the proximity of apartment listings to trees, green spaces, and farmers' markets across the city.
Courtesy of Rentenna
On May 3rd, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation renamed Palmetto Playground on Columbia Street in Brooklyn Heights "Adam Yauch Park" to honor the Beastie Boy who passed away one year ago. Our photographer, Mark Hewko, was there. (See more of his photos here.)
"This is Brooklyn's park. This is America's park. But specifically, this is the Adam Yauch Park," Ad-Rock told the New York City Department of Parks and Rec. The site will go down in city history as one more public space dedicated to a legend who made lasting art in the '80s and died far too young.
A year and a half after the fences first went up around Chase Manhattan Plaza, new court filings show the fight over public access to the space is still heated.
The disputed fences around Chase Manhattan Plaza.
We've written extensively about the fight over the fences, which were first erected the day before Occupy Wall Street protesters first gathered in Lower Manhattan. Open space activists initially challenged Chase's unilateral closure of a treasured downtown plaza on the grounds that the fencing violated prohibitions against altering the exterior of landmarked buildings. Chase countered that the fencing was only temporary, and was needed not to keep out the bank's critics, but rather to protect the public during scheduled maintenance on the plaza. The landmarks challenge fizzled, and the fences stayed up, though neighborhood residents saw little if any maintenance work being performed behind the fences.More »
|Eugene Palmer is suspected of murdering his daughter-in-law earlier this week. Police suspect he's been hiding out in a state park ever since.|
|Joseph Sdao is basically grounded for 12 weekends.|
Judge Martin Marcus of Bronx County Supreme Court sentenced Sdao, 69, of Westbury, New York, to 12 weekends in jail and five years probation for a second-degree felony bribery charge that Sdao plead guilty to in August.
Apparently Sdao was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. So "justice" was theoretically served.
"Corruption is insidious, especially when a city manager betrays the public trust by sharing confidential contract information in order to pad his pockets with cash," Rose Gill Hearn, New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner, says. "This defendant's corrupt conduct earned him a conviction and jail sentence."More »
Ever since the Post's Albany columnist Fred Dicker reported on Monday -- based solely on two unnamed sources -- that a deal for an MLS stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is "close to being wrapped up" and that construction "could begin early next year," the story has bounced around the journoverse like a free kick off Tobin Heath. WNYC chimed in with the news that Mayor Bloomberg had cited the project semi-approvingly ("My understanding is there's a lot of sentiment in Albany that they would be willing to do it"), while Bloomberg News did the same for Gov. Cuomo ("We support bringing major league soccer to New York and are working with MLS to make that a reality"). Deadspin, meanwhile, went off on an unnamed-source tangent of its own, insisting that "a really rich dude from the UAE" is in the lead to buy a Queens expansion franchise, which may or may not end up being a revival of the New York Cosmos.