Blog Update !

In order to up the activism component of the blog and increase other writing and activities, Washington Square Park Blog will be updating three times a week for the month of September. (I’ve updated substantively pretty much every day Monday-Friday – sometimes more – for the last seven months since I started. I’ll write more, of course, when there’s ‘breaking news.’) I’m hoping to switch the site to a website type format so that the topics will be more easily categorized and accessed. And… I have an event and some other ideas that I’ll post about soon. So… stay tuned!

September has good energy to it. We have some juicy topics to address. Including Tomorrow — NYC Parks Department‘s avoidance of answering an easy question. What’s that about?

New post below!

Parks in the News: Brooklyn Bridge Park, McCarren Park Pool, New York City Waterfalls(Okay, not a Park …)

A small segment completed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A small segment completed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

*The “arborcidal” (tree-killing) New York City Waterfalls Public Art hours are being cut in half to preserve the Brooklyn trees (which are not responding well to its salt water mist). Not exactly scientific but … it’s something. (See previous post on this.)

*Last concert (Sonic Youth) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn performed on Saturday (8/30) before the space reverts back to an actual pool, ending its recent incarnation as a popular concert venue. Pending Landmarks Preservation Commission approval, pool reconstruction scheduled to be completed in 2011. (Long time that seems?) Sunday’s (8/31) New York Times has the story.

*Brooklyn Bridge Park: Recently it was announced that BBP’s completion is behind schedule at least five years. Community activists are (again) pushing for “housing-free” Park. Presently, 1400 units of “luxury housing” are in New York State’s plans for the park. The Brooklyn Paper reports: “In the decades since community activists and local officials started planning Brooklyn Bridge Park, the proposal has changed from a sprawling public greenspace that would be part of the city’s regular park system to a state-built and-operated development whose open-space component would be maintained through fees charged to residents of luxury condos within the park’s footprint.”