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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Private Money Funds Public Parks

Friday, February 13, 2015

A new report details the pros and cons of conservancies as a model for city park creation and funding. What does it say for the future of new green space in New York City?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks & Recap: William Henry Harrison!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

For some reason, Parks & Rec is focused on President William Henry Harrison who died on his 32nd day in office. Columnist Gail Collins wrote a Harrison bio and joins our t.v. club.

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WNYC News

After Years of Delays, Sunset Park Residents Celebrate New Waterfront Park

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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The Sunset Park waterfront was once a dumping ground for local industry. But now it's now home to a 23-acre park with a bicycle path, tidal ponds and sports fields. 

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WNYC News

City to Invest $130M in 35 Parks

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Long-neglected neighborhood parks in all five boroughs are slated for major upgrades. 

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Transportation Nation

City Backs New Apps to Navigate NYC

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new tool making parks “easier to explore, discover and enjoy” was one of the winners of the Big Apps challenge.
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WNYC News

NYC Boat-Launch Sites Get Anti-Drowning Upgrade

Friday, August 22, 2014

After two teenage boys were swept away by undercurrents in the Bronx River, officials added latches on gates and other safety measures to park waterfronts. 

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WQXR Blog

Video: This Is How They Did Summer Parks Concerts in 1961

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This 1961 report on the Glyndebourne Festival in Sussex, England presents a rather dramatic contrast to the modern-day parks concert concept.

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WNYC News

Pigeons: Flying Rats or Friends?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sociologist Colin Jerolmack set out to write a thoughtful book on the changing cityscape — something like Jane Jacobs’ seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities. But that was before a pigeon pooped on him.

He’d been observing changes in a pocket park near Carmine Street on the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frederick Law Olmsted Made Parks an Essential Part of American Life

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The visionary landscape architect created Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," and more.

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WNYC News

A City Rich in Parks with Patches of Orange and Red

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's areas of Staten Island, southeastern Queens and southern Brooklyn that are lacking parks.

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WNYC News

Leveling the Playing Field Between Rich and Poor Parks

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Neighborhood green spaces need more money. Should the city take it from better-funded parks?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks Equity, Big and Small

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mayor de Blasio's proposed budget didn't include increased funding for city parks, but one city council member is trying to change that.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Extreme, Over-the-Top Joy of Bette Midler

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Divine Miss M was a uniting force early in the gay rights movement, and she continues to impact the city through more than just music.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NSA Spying; Obamacare Updates; Making Better Decisions; Soccer in the Bronx

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A federal judge says that NSA's collection of phone data is probably unconstitutional. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal discusses the implications. Plus: the latest on Obamacare; Noreena Hertz on her new book Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World; Daniel Campo on his book The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned; and whether city subsidies should go toward a new soccer team and stadium in the Bronx.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Williamsburg Waterfront and Park Creation

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daniel Campo, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, former planner for NYC, and the author of The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned  (Fordham University Press, 2013), looks at the way the North Brooklyn waterfront went from abandoned urban space to de facto neighborhood playground to luxury development, and what lessons that history holds for the creation of public spaces.

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WNYC News

24,000 Acres Along Hudson Declared Wilderness Zone

Friday, December 13, 2013

A state panel voted Friday to create the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area, a vast,  new 24,000 acre stretch along the upper Hudson River.  

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WNYC News

Cuomo Approves Sale of Air Rights to Benefit Park

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A controversial rescue plan for Hudson River Park becomes law.

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WNYC News

Park Rescue Plan Would Sell Air Rights on Manhattan's West Side

Saturday, November 09, 2013

A popular park is in financial trouble, but neighbors don't like the rescue plan.

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WNYC News

Grand Central Terminal and Newark's Branch Brook Park Make "Great Places" List

Friday, October 04, 2013

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The American Planning Association today announced its 2013 list of great places in America -- and it includes Grand Central Terminal and Newark's Branch Brook Park.

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The Takeaway

Coping With the Closing of the National Parks

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The government shutdown doesn’t just mean the shuttering of offices on Capitol Hill. It also means the closing of the 84.4 million acres that make up the National Park System. This means that many of the 280 million people who visit the parks each year are being forced to modify their plans. Today The Takeaway examines the displacement of international tourists across the U.S., like Matti Puckridge of Australia.

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