NYC Parks Department

van cortlandt park

Parks Advocates: Not Enough Officers To Patrol 30K Acres Of Parks

For it’s beautiful parks, it’s no surprise 14 percent of New York City’s landmass is devoted to city parks.

03/07/2015

(Credit: CBS2)

Seen At 11: Why Are NYC War Memorials Sitting Stashed Away In Battery Park?

Historic sculptures and war memorials meant to honor the people and events that helped shape our city sit languishing, stashed away behind a fence at one of the city’s busiest parks.

02/06/2015

Coney Island Boardwalk split between real wood and hybrid of concrete and recycled plastic lumber (Credit: CBS2)

Residents At Odds With NYC Over Restoration Of Coney Island Boardwalk

People are planning a rally this weekend in an attempt to stop the city from replacing the wooden boardwalk they love with one made of concrete and recycled plastic lumber.

01/13/2015

Volunteers plant beachgrass on Crescent Beach, Staten Island, on April 6, 2014. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Volunteers Plant Beachgrass To Help Replenish Staten Island Beach Slammed By Superstorm Sandy

About 90 residents and volunteers spent a calm, sunny Sunday doing their part to help in Staten Island’s recovery following Superstorm Sandy.

04/06/2014

Allegations of booze-fueled parties featuring a stripper pole have prompted the NYC Department of Investigation to investigate the Parks Department. (Photo: CBS 2)

Allegations Of Booze-Fueled Sexcapades Rock New York City Parks Department

Roses were in bloom outside the Parks Department headquarters on Randall’s Island on Wednesday, but things were definitely not rosy on the inside.

05/29/2013

The neon green paint inside Doughboy Park in Woodside, Queens has many veterans and residents excited, but the city Parks Department is not thrilled. (Photo: CBS 2)

Bizarre Choice Of Paint Inside NYC Park Draws A Snub From Parks Department

Is it gaudy green or the new rave? An historic New York City park has been repainted and some are stunned by the break with tradition.

05/14/2013

5 Boro Green Roof Garden on Randall's Island - April 18, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Inaccessible New York Earth Day Special: The 5 Boro Green Roof Garden

In our series, Inaccessible New York, we’ve been visiting places that are off limits to the public. Well, this one has a twist.

04/22/2013

Riverside Park in Manhattan (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Survey Gives NYC’s Big Parks B-Plus For Maintenance

The survey of 43 parks ranging from 20 to 500 acres was conducted by the advocacy group New Yorkers for Parks.

03/11/2013

NYC park toilet

Cash Flushed Down The Toilet? NYC Spends $2.3 Million On Park Bathroom

Inside the men’s room, there are two urinals and one stall. In the women’s room, there are three stalls. Each has two sinks, one diaper changing station and two hand dryers.

09/26/2012

A cyclist speeds through Central Park (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYC Parks Dept. Considers Solution To Cyclists Vs. Runners In Central Park

Officials at the New York City Parks Department say that they may have found a solution to the ongoing battle between bikers and joggers in Central Park – a new traffic pattern.

08/24/2012

(file / credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Avella Wants NYC Parks Dept. To Pay For Sewers Damaged By Trees

St. Sen. Tony Avella (D-11) is urging the New York City Parks Department to foot the bill for replacing broken sewer lines penetrated by the roots of city-owned trees.

08/17/2012

Adrian Benepe (file / credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Adrian Benepe Stepping Down As NYC Parks Commissioner

The New York City Parks Department will be getting a new commissioner, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported. Benepe will be replaced by Veronica White.

06/19/2012

Mayor Bloomberg participates in Mulchfest 2011 (Photo/Sophia Hall, WCBS 880)

Sanitation Department To Start Christmas Tree Recycling Jan. 3

Commissioner John Doherty reminds New Yorkers to remove tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from the trees. Doherty also wants people to remember to not put their trees in plastic bags.

12/27/2011

Brooklyn mushrooms

Mushroom Mania: They Are Nasty Looking And Popping Up On Many Area Trees

Some of the trees in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn are getting a lot of attention these days, all because of what some people are calling grotesque growths.

11/09/2011

Ruppert Park

NYPD Kicks 73-Year-Old Out Of Park Because She Doesn’t Have Children

A woman sitting in a New York City park was struck by a ball, but she was the one who ended up getting tossed out. At 73, Harri Molese doesn’t look like a threat to society, but as she walked into Ruppert Park she became a law-breaker.

08/15/2011

more