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Central, Prospect Parks Largely Reopened; Many Parks Still Closed

Central Park was back open Saturday – five days after Superstorm Sandy struck the area – but many major city parks remained closed.

11/03/2012

David Mitchell is accused of raping a 73-year-old woman in Central Park. He appeared in court on Sept. 14, 2012. (credit: CBS 2)

New York Public Advocate Calls On NYPD, Parks Department To Step Up Security Following Central Park Rape

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said that he wants to know why the NYPD and the Parks Department did not respond to a preceding incident involving the suspect in Wednesday’s rape of a 73-year-old woman.

09/15/2012

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Fed-Up Bronx Residents Say Tree Hazard Is Simply ‘Getting Worse’

Elyse Bulla and Vincent Sofi have lived on Stadium Avenue for nearly a decade. They love their neighborhood, but the city maintained trees on the grassy strip between the street and the sidewalk must go.

08/22/2012

Swindler Cove Park (Credit: CBS 2)

Little-Known Swindler Cove Park In Northern Manhattan Gaining Reputation As An Oasis

Just off of Dyckman Street — and steps away from the busy Harlem River Drive — sits the park, which consists of five acres of beautifully restored parkland.

07/10/2012

Vandals caused $100,000 worth of damage at a Far Rockaway playground (credit: Handout/Parks Department)

Vandals Cause $100,000 Worth Of Damage At New Far Rockaway Playground

Police said someone commandeered a front loader parked at the Beach 29th Street playground and used it to plow through the property, damaging almost every piece of equipment at the park.

03/21/2012

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.

03/12/2012

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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.

12/25/2011

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.

09/21/2011

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.

08/21/2011

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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.

07/04/2011

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.

07/01/2011

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.

06/13/2011

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.

03/20/2011

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.

01/14/2011

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.

01/13/2011

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