NYC Park Advocates

Parks Advocate Calls For More Patrols After Central Park Bullies Rough Up Kids, Steal SledsThe victims described the ringleader of the trio as an older teen twice their size. One of the thieves punched a 12-year-old girl in the side of the head after she asked for the sled back.
Barry Diller, Wife Diane Von Furstenberg Providing Over $100M For New Park In Meatpacking DistrictBillionaire Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, have agreed to provide over $100 million to build a 2.7-acre park on a West 14th Street pier through a family foundation.
Sweltering Conditions Could Get Worse Before They Get BetterA heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday for New York City and until 8 p.m. Tuesday for Westchester and Rockland counties and parts of Connecticut. An excessive heat warning is in effect for parts of New Jersey.
Several Animals Shot With Blowgun In Pelham Bay ParkTwo of the animals were found dead and two others had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries.
Four Injured In Stabbing At Bronx PlaygroundFour people are recovering in the hospital following a stabbing incident at a playground Saturday night. A fight apparently broke out at the Half-Nelson Playground in the Bronx, leaving three women and one man with injuries.
24 Cherry Blossom Trees Cut Down At Queens Borough HallAlexandra Rosa, chief of staff to Borough President Helen Marshall, said the chances of a tree transplantation being successful were low.
Rash Of Crime Doesn't Keep People Away From Brooklyn PoolThe McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg was open and crowded on this sweltering Wednesday, even after news of more arrests at the site, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported
Group Warns Playground Equipment Can Reach Dangerous TemperaturesTemperatures can reach more than 170 degrees on artificial turf fields and over 160 degrees on black rubber safety surfacing, according to readings taken by NYC Park Advocates.
Park Advocates Irked About Bloomberg L.P.'s Pricey Party At Randall's Island Mayor Michael Bloomberg's company is renting out a large chunk of Randall's Island for a company get-together. But many feel that the celebration is blocking the public from enjoying the land for Father's Day Weekend.
Outrage Over City's Cherry Blossom Tree 'Massacre' At Queens Borough HallGeoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates, said the trees behind Queens Borough Hall were taken down to make way for construction equipment.
Neighborhood Residents Worry That Battery Park Could Become 'Smoker's Paradise'Some New York city residents are furious about the Big Apple’s new smoking ban in public parks. Their anger, however, is not because they’re smokers – it’s because they’re not, and they’re worried that exceptions to the ban may make their neighborhood park a smoker’s paradise.
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