Walking Tour ! Washington Square Park — A guide to NYC’s Redesign of a Perfect Public Space — Saty September 20th

NYU Welcomes You to Their Park

NYU Welcomes You to Their Park

Don’t forget! Washington Square Park Blog hosts a Walking Tour of Washington Square Park this Saturday, September 20th, 1 p.m..

Learn what the redesign of this famous park (currently in progress) really means as well as some of the Park’s and neighborhood’s illustrious history. Come on out!

WALKING TOUR: WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE — A Guide to New York City’s Redesign of a Perfect Public Space * Saturday, September 20th, 1 p.m.

Meet Up at Washington Square Arch, Washington Square North @ Fifth Avenue ; $5 donation

Recommended! by Time Out NY: “In the 1950s, Jane Jacobs helped keep cars out of Washington Square. But a new redesign – which will entail dismantling the fountain, removing the chess tables and cutting down decades-old trees – puts the beloved green space in jeopardy all over again.” 7/24/08

Trains: A,B,C,D,E,F to West 4th Street/Washington Square

Raindate: Saturday, September 27th, 1 p.m.

Co-presented with the Washington Square Community Improvement District.

The Community Improvement District(CID) is a new concept. We want our communities to be empowered to make decisions that are best for the community as a whole, not just (as the Business Improvement Districts – BIDs – are oriented to do) for real estate and business interests. The goal is quality of life as opposed to quantity of business. We believe that without community, there is no democracy.

At Washington Square Park, the neighborhood BIDS, along with NYU, the Tisch Family (Tisch Fountain, anyone?), and Mayor Bloomberg have played a role in a redesign plan that is destroying the very heart of this renowned park.

Come find out more — and maybe something you can do!

Tonite Thursday, September 18th, 6 p.m. At Union Square Park: “Citizen Chefs Cookin’ Up Change” and Harvest Gala : 2 divergent messages

to Keep Parks for People NOT for Profit

Thurs Sept 18, 6 pm * Union Square Park, NYC
Meet near George Washington Statue On Plaza, South end of the park (14th Street)

Union Square Not for Sale will provide chefs hats –
Bring your own pots & pans and something to bang with!
Come in costume if you like – black pants, white shirts, bow ties…
Bring a bike if you’d like to join the ChefBlock Bike Brigade

Info below from Union Square Not for Sale:

The Union Square Partnership is selling out one of our most important public spaces, the pavilion on the north side of Union Square, site of seminal speeches from Emma Goldman, Paul Robeson, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day and many many more AND one of the last remaining public assembly areas in the city. Tonight, they hold their yearly Harvest In the Square private gala in the park. Gather to say:

NO the Union Square Pavilion can not be an upscale restaurant
NO our precious public resources cannot be auctioned off to the highest bidder
NO to conditional anonymous donations and for-profit enterprise in our public parks
NO to Danny Meyer, Jennifer Falk and the Union Square Partnership takeover of this park

YES to transparency and full disclosure
YES to public spaces in public spaces
YES to community use in public parks

YES to public space, community, and democracy.

Without community space, there can be no democracy.

My previous post 9/15 here elaborated on this event.