public parks

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New Jersey Weighs Smoking Ban At Beaches, Parks

The bill is designed to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke at beaches and parks, cut down on litter and improve fire safety in those public areas. Smoking would still be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks.

02/20/2014

Free Wireless Internet in New York City Park (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

WiFi Access Coming To Dozens Of City Park Locations

A partnership between the city, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable will provide hotspot access in the parks through July 2020.

07/16/2013

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

Cigarette butts in an ashtray - File / Photo: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

Mayor Bloomberg To Sign Smoking Ban Bill

The City Council approved the measure on Feb. 2., but not without opposition. Council members who voted against the ban said they see it as an invasion of individual rights.

02/22/2011

Central Park

Big Apple Shows Off Green Thumb, Plants 20K Trees

Volunteers and city workers are planting trees in New York’s public parks as part of an ongoing campaign to beautify the city and clean its air.

10/24/2010

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Bloomy: No Compromise On Smoking Ban

Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out Councilman Peter Vallone’s compromise plan about creating smoking zones in parks and beaches once again on Friday.

1010 WINS–10/15/2010