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NYC Park Advocates

A girl plays in the fountain in Washington Square Park on July 15, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Sweltering Conditions Could Get Worse Before They Get Better

A 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.

07/16/2013

A Canadian goose with a dart lodged in its shoulder in the parking lot of Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. (credit: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)

Several Animals Shot With Blowgun In Pelham Bay Park

Two of the animals were found dead and two others had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries.

10/17/2012

Half-Nelson Playground (credit: http://www.nycgovparks.org)

Four Injured In Stabbing At Bronx Playground

Four 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.

09/02/2012

Queens Borough Hall on July 19, 2012 after 24 trees were cut down. (credit: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)

24 Cherry Blossom Trees Cut Down At Queens Borough Hall

Alexandra Rosa, chief of staff to Borough President Helen Marshall, said the chances of a tree transplantation being successful were low.

08/10/2012

Police at McCarren Park Pool - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 19, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Rash Of Crime Doesn’t Keep People Away From Brooklyn Pool

The 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

07/18/2012

Temperatures at an artificial turf field at Booker T. Washington Playground (credit: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)

Group Warns Playground Equipment Can Reach Dangerous Temperatures

Temperatures 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.

06/22/2012

Photo Credit: Randallsislandgolfcenter.com

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.

06/16/2012

A grove of Cherry Blossom trees were destroyed behind Queens Borough Hall to make way for construction equipment. (credit: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)

Outrage Over City’s Cherry Blossom Tree ‘Massacre’ At Queens Borough Hall

Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates, said the trees behind Queens Borough Hall were taken down to make way for construction equipment.

04/02/2012

Cigarette smoking

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.

05/26/2011