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Coney Island boardwalk

Coney Island Boardwalk Makeover Plan Gets Approved

The boardwalk’s fate has been the subject of much debate. Opponents said the change would destroy the boardwalk’s character and make it less safe.



Parks Department Recruiting Horse Riders To Patrol Various Parks

Duties include crowd control during parades and other gatherings. The riders will also help shut down illegal barbecues, find lost children and report any crime to police.


Prospect Park trees (file/credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Activists Say Rotting Trees In Prospect Park Pose ‘Immediate Danger’

Activists say the Parks Department is ignoring the “immediate danger” of giant, rotted out trees that surround the lake at Prospect Park.


Rye Playland, which opened in 1928 in Westchester County, N.Y., is one of the few government-run amusement parks in the United States.

Thousands Expected At Annual Rye Playland With Disabilities Day

Westchester County is hosting the event on August 30. County Executive Rob Astorino says the park will first be open only to those with disabilities and then to the general public.


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Parks Department: No Toilet Paper Rationing At Coney Island Women’s Bathrooms

Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey says there is plenty of toilet paper to go around.


A no smoking sign in the Times Square pedestrian plaza - New York, NY - May 23, 2011 (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Only One Ticket Issued Since NYC Parks Smoking Ban Went Into Effect

New York City parks commissioner Adrian Benepe insists the city is committed to keeping new smoke-free zones smoke-free.


Inwood Park (credit: CBS 2)

Foul Play: Parents Worry About Errant Baseballs Hitting Kids At Inwood Park

Parents in Upper Manhattan complained of danger on the playground, with swingsets and a sandbox perilously close to baseball fields at a Manhattan Park.


Young figure skaters and parents rallied for more ice time at Riverbank State Park, where they say the rink is dominated by boys' hockey. (Credit: CBS 2)

Figure Skaters Call For Equal Time At Harlem Ice Rink

A clash-on-ice is intensifying between parents in Harlem, with a figure skating group accusing the state of giving young girls the cold shoulder in favor of boys’ hockey.


A Shape Up New York Shirt - File / Photo: NYC Parks Dept.

NYC Parks Dept. Wants To Help You Get Fit For Free

The city’s Parks Department is launching the new year with free fitness classes for residents as part of their 12-week “Shape Up NYC” challenge.


A food cart is seen outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY - Jan 8, 2009 - Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

NYC Parks Look To Expand Food Vendor Selections

Forget the pretzels and hot dogs. New York City’s parks may soon be offering a more diverse selection of foods.


Photo/Stan Brooks

Bloomberg Replants Tree Damaged On 9/11 At WTC

A tree at the World Trade Center site that was badly damaged nine years ago in the Sept. 11 attacks has been nursed back to health and replanted.


Pit bull

Pit Bull Attacks Leave NYC Dog Owners On Edge

For more and more dog owners in the East Village, the pit bull has become the pet of choice – but that trend is frightening owners of other breeds, some of whom say they’re arming themselves.


Central Park Lake/Boathouse

Advocates Call For More NY Parks Funding

Advocacy groups are calling for a new source of revenue to revitalize New York’s parks and historic sites.


Queens residents want the Parks Department to remove smelly ginkgo biloba trees they planted years ago.

‘Vomit’ Smell From Trees Annoys Queens Residents

Some residents in Queens are fuming over stinky trees planted by the city. The Parks Department acknowledged that it’s a problem, but has refused to fix it.


NYC Drafts New Rules To Protect Community Gardens

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has drafted new rules to govern hundreds of community gardens that give city dwellers with no back yards a chance to dig in the dirt. Under the rules […]