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Look | McCarren, a Pool With a Past

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Among the many city pools opening on Thursday is McCarren Park pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The pool, which had been closed for nearly 30 years, has a long, colorful history in the neighborhood. View a slideshow of the McCarren pool through the years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks Commissioner Benepe's Exit Interview

Tuesday, June 19, 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.

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WNYC News

In Morningside Park, Residents See Both Good and Bad in Corporate Sponsorship

Monday, June 11, 2012

Harlem residents have mixed feelings about corporate sponsorship of dog runs and basketball courts in Morningside Park. Though they welcome the improvements the funding from the parks department’s project will bring, some say they’re not keen about privatization of public spaces.

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WNYC News

Beaches, Parks and Zombies: How to Spend the Weekend

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer, and with that all public beaches in New York City are officially open. But there will be plenty of other things to do this weekend, if the beach isn't your scene.

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WNYC News

City to Plant 20K Trees Over Weekend

Friday, April 27, 2012

New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe spent Arbor Day planting two trees in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, as part of a citywide initiative to plant trees in all five boroughs. The parks department will plant 20,000 trees throughout the city on Saturday.

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WNYC News

After 5-Year Wait, Ballfields Near Yankee Stadium Finally Set to Open

Friday, April 06, 2012

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The gates were locked on Friday at MaCombs Dam Field alongside the new Yankee Stadium. That's despite reports the field had opened this week, a year behind schedule and five years after a set of neighborhood baseball diamonds were paved over to make way for a stadium parking lot.

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WNYC News

Hate Crime Investigation Underway at the Bronx Parks Department

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The NYPD is investigating a possible hate crime at the Bronx headquarters of the city's Parks Department.

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WNYC News

Beaches Open as Storm Cleanup Continues

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The New York City Parks Department has some good news for beach-goers. Commissioner Adrian Benepe said all city beaches will be open on Friday, just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

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Features

Fighting Crime with Astronomy at Inwood Hill Park

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On Friday night, a new tool will be used to fight crime in Inwood Hill Park: a $12,000 telescope. Following a string of sexual assaults in the area, the urban astronomer Jason Kendall will mix stargazing with discussions on community safety in what he's calling “Take Back the Park” nights.

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WNYC News

Parks' Safety Resources Aren't Distributed Equally, Council Members Say

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Parks in Upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs are getting shortchanged when it comes to safety, some city lawmakers claim.

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WNYC News

Time For Parks Department Annual Winter Jam NYC

Friday, February 04, 2011

Just when you thought enough snow had fallen on the city this winter — the Parks Department is bringing even more of the white stuff to Prospect Park in Brooklyn this weekend.

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WNYC News

NBC Outfits City Statues With Capes to Promote TV Show

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thirty historical statues -- including William Shakespeare, Confucius, Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglass -- are being outfitted with black capes in city parks as part of a promotion for NBC's new television drama "The Cape" in exchange for the network's $120,000 donation to public art.  

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WNYC News

Park Rehab Ten Years in the Making

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Residents of the Lower East Side and the East Village have been waiting for almost ten years to get East River Park between Jackson Streets and 12th Street back in tact. And it’s still not finished.

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WNYC News

A Mixed Reaction to New Gardens Rules

Monday, October 04, 2010

Community gardeners met this weekend in Manhattan for a Town Hall meeting and discussion about new Parks Department rules governing gardens. The rules were adopted three weeks ago to replace the expiring 2002 Attorney General's agreement between gardeners and the city. 

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Features

Art Vendors Get Some Relief From New Rules

Friday, August 27, 2010

Restrictions have been temporarily lifted on art vendors in city parks. On Wednesday, a judge granted a restraining order preventing the Parks Department from enforcing five-week-old rules limiting the number of "expressive matter" vendors in parks.

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