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The Lowline is a proposed project that will turn an abandoned subway station under Delancey Street into a verdant, subterranean answer to the High Line. Obviously, such an ambitious project will require a lot of planning to pull off. Wired reports that Lowline visionaries Daniel Barasch and James Ramsey have launched a Kickstarter to help […]

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Music has been part of the fabric of Washington Square Park since even before Bob Dylan times. But some worry that the park’s folksy heritage is being drowned out by loud drums and trumpets and even amplified music. Community Board 2 is considering tamping down on musical expression, perhaps by banning certain instruments, limiting hours […]

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What if a bridge could also be a community center? That’s what architect Sunggi Park envisioned in his Harvard thesis project “Re-configurable Infrastructure,” which just got a special mention in the annual d3 Unbuilt Visions competition — an annual celebration of visionary and theoretical architecture across the world. Using the Queensboro Bridge as an example, […]

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Manhattan’s western edge already boasts an impressive above-ground park with the High Line, but if billionaire Barry Diller gets his way, it may also hold an off-shore park that rises from the river. The New York Times reports that the media mogul has plans to convert Hudson River Park’s deteriorating Pier 54 into park Pier […]

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Could the 3.5-miles of the abandoned, rusty, trash and tree-covered Rockaway Rail Line become the new High Line? Eh, they’re working on it. The latest “QueensWay” update is a series of proposals for the imagined “pedestrian and bicycle pathway” connecting Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park. They are: – a zip line – a dog […]

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Visitors to Cooper Square will be turned away at the door through the early parts of this month, as the city has temporarily shut down the tiny East Village green space in hopes of dealing with its massive rat problem. The park is set to be renovated in early December, according to the city’s Department […]

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Do not be alarmed by the very large very sad clown prowling City Hall Park. It’s art! Entitled dog days are over, the performance piece by Swiss-American Ugo Rondinone is part of an outdoor sculpture exhibition called Lightness of Being; and will feature the guy above sitting around, staring at his lap and contemplating existence every day from […]

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Because it can be hard to juggle all the free stuff that’s happening on any given day in NYC, especially during the summer, Redditor lostfeeling made this searchable, interactive map of everything free and cheap in our city’s parks. Just set your date range and your preferred type of event and you’re off. Today, for example, […]

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The New York Times has compiled this helpful crowd-sourced map of hundreds of Manhattan’s quietest places, for those times when you need to avoid the crushing noise of the city. For Manhattanites, there’s Inwood Hill Park, John Jay Park, and Randall’s Island, for Brooklynites, Valentino Pier, Cobble Hill Park, and Vinegar Hill. See them all here. (Photo: […]

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Beginning this week, 25 solar-powered cell phone chargers will be installed in New York City parks. The free-to-use devices will include microUSB and both varieties of iPhone plug, and will be located in Union Square, Riverside Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, with more locations to be added over the summer. According to CNET, the charging […]

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