Parks Department


New York Philharmonic to Collect Fan Photos for 50th Season of Summer Parks Concerts

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the series, which will run from June 17 through 23.
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A Rare Visit to One of New York's Abandoned Islands

Thursday, October 16, 2014

If you want to see what the city would look like if we packed up and left today, there’s no better place than North Brother Island.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

35 Parks, $130 Million

Friday, October 10, 2014

A discussion on what a $130 million in public funds to 35 parks will mean for smaller parks and the approach of de Blasio and Bloomberg administrations to parks funding. 

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Parks Dept. Should Take Better Care of Trees Outside Parks: Comptroller

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Yorkers on average file a claim a day for injuries or property damage caused by falling tree limbs and it's costing the city as much as $14 million a year.

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A New Promenade in Queensbridge Park

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Officials cut the ribbon today at the newly renovated Queensbridge Park along the East River. 



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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De Blasio Taps Experienced Planner for Parks

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mitchell Silver is currently based in Raleigh — but he has a long NYC history.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Opening at Parks Dept.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bill de Blasio has appointed most of his commissioners, but not one for Parks. Chris Smith, contributing editor for New York Magazine talks about why the search for a new NYC Parks commissioner is so complicated, and fraught.


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UWS Residents Fear Increasing Park Violence

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A day after a stabbing in Riverside Park left five hospitalized including a toddler, residents on the Upper West are concerned that increasing homelessness in the city is making stretches of Riverside Park unsafe.



City to Reexamine Tree Management After Woman Killed in Park

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The New York City Parks Department is reviewing its tree management procedures after a 30-year-old pregnant women was killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park on Sunday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York City Parks Commissioner

Friday, June 07, 2013

The water may be gone, but Sandy's influence continues. Veronica WhiteNew York City Parks Commissioner, discusses the state of New York City parks post-Sandy.

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Future of the Rockaways Hinges on a Successful Summer

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

On the Rockaway peninsula in Queens catastrophic damages from Sandy are still visible, and many residents and business owners wonder if anyone will come to a beach that’s still under construction this summer.

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Rockaways Repair Work, Around the Clock

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Memorial Day is just six weeks away, and the Parks Department is working 24 hours a day to restore the Rockaways Boardwalk, which was badly damaged by Sandy.



Parks Department Proposals for Beach Roil Rockaway Residents

Friday, February 22, 2013

Will the beaches in the Rockaways, badly damaged by Sandy, be ready for the summer? 

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City to Take Bids on Ball Court, Dog Run Sponsorship

Monday, September 10, 2012

Corporate sponsorship could soon become a reality as the city’s parks department this week solicits bids from companies angling to sponsor one of the city’s 631 basketball courts or one of its 55 dog runs

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks Commissioner Benepe's Exit Interview

Monday, September 03, 2012

Outgoing NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe reflects upon his ten years overseeing the Parks Department, talks about the future of NYC Parks and his move to the Trust for Public Land.



More City Parks Become Hot Spots

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

At least one park in each of the city’s five boroughs is Wi-Fi enabled. But Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe acknowledged there’s not yet an even distribution of park hot spots citywide.

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A Tale of Two Pools: A Day at the Pool in Wake of McCarren Park Incidents

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sunbathers sprawling out poolside and swimmers finding relief from the unrelenting city swelter at McCarren Park Pool on a recent afternoon. It wasn't much different at Astoria Pool, the city's largest. But the heightened security at McCarren was a subtle reminder of the violent incidents this summer that have marred its reopening.

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Swimmers Suggest Ways to Restore Order at McCarren Pool

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

It's been less than a week since McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn reopened after being closed for nearly 30 years. Already, a lifeguard has been attacked and three men have been arrested  and charged with second-degree assault for allegedly assaulting a police officer, as well as reports of thefts. Those incidents haven't stopped many from coming out for a swim at the at the Greenpoint-Williamsburg landmark.

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Unruly Crowd at McCarren Closes Pool Early

Friday, June 29, 2012

A day after its grand reopening, McCarren Park pool had to close early after a melee broke out.

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