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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

Coney Island boardwalk

Wood Or Concrete? Battle Rages On The Famed Coney Island Boardwalk

If you go to Coney Island for a famous hot dog, you have to eat it while strolling the iconic boardwalk, right? Now a boardwalk battle is brewing, leaving some residents steamed.

08/02/2011

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

CITGO gas prices

City Councilman: Gas Price Gouging Found On Hutch Parkway

AAA said the average cost of a gallon of gas jumped about 15 cents last week. Drivers are on the lookout for price gouging, but one local official said the city is allowing it to happen right under its nose.

02/28/2011

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