State Judge Says No To Union Square Restaurant Plan

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State Supreme Court Judge Jane Solomon has put on hold the Bloomberg administration's plan to construct a restaurant in Union Square Park. She did, however, allow the city to continue its $21 million renovation work on the park's northern pavilion, which will include new restrooms and playgrounds.

The city and a Union Square business group wanted to create a permanent restaurant that would be open six months out of the year. Until last summer, there had been a seasonal restaurant in the park, named Luna Park, but it didn't have a full-scale kitchen.

Neighbors sued, saying that the entire park should be open to the community year-round.

The judge called the neighbors' arguments "persuasive" but said a final ruling on that point would have to wait until plans for the restaurant are complete.