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Barry The Owl Was Poisoned Before Central Park Truck Hit Her

The beloved barred owl who died last month in Central Park, had a potentially lethal level of rat poison that could have impaired her flying abilities before her crash, according to a state necropsy obtained by THE CITY.

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Mayor Serves Up Last-Minute Vaccine Requirement for U.S. Open

The U.S. Tennis Association adopts vaccination requirement after City Hall reversal on tennis tournament safety protocols.

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How Beach Erosion Played Part in Teen’s Drowning at Rockaway

The strip of the shore where Matthew Wiszowaty was swimming had been blocked off because beach erosion makes it impossible to place a lifeguard chair there adequately. Still, some locals say the city should boost patrols at the popular spot.

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Red Hook Thrown into Parks Space Race as More Fields Close for Environmental Overhaul

Work has dragged on for nearly a decade in a Brooklyn neighborhood still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The city Parks Department recently shuttered a local track, basketball courts, soccer fields and more for 18 months.

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Make-or-Break Vote Looms for Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shadow-Casting Towers

City Planning Commission has power to kill a project projected to steal sunlight from part of the historic green space, or cut it down from a proposed 34 stories. The developer says affordable housing is at stake.

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Washington Square Park Neighbors Pleaded for Help, Records Show

In scores of reports to 311, locals complained about loud music, rowdy partying and fireworks at the iconic Greenwich Village park, the subject of a controversial curfew. "We’re desperate. Please help," one resident wrote.

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Playgrounds Off-Limits For Thousands of NYC Kids as City Emerges from Pandemic

More than one of 10 NYCHA playgrounds is closed, while others are in dire need of fixes. One national expert shown pictures of some battered structures by THE CITY said the equipment should be buried at sea.

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Making a Stink About Lack of Bathrooms at Brooklyn’s Betsy Head Park

The Parks Department says real bathrooms will be completed next year. But there are no signs pointing out to port-a-potties blocks away from playgrounds and fields. "Why would they do this to families in Brownsville?" one woman asked.

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NYC Park Lovers Say City Nature Trails Need More Green

Partnerships with the Parks Department have left the fate of New York’s hiking trails in the hands of private organizations. Some groups say more needs to be done — and funded — by the city. Meanwhile, a new city plan aims at making trails safer.

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Sinking Scott Rudin Holds on to Little Island as Barry Diller Defends Him

Embattled producer Rudin will remain as an advisor at Little Island, a $250 million island-park backed by Gov. Cuomo and media mogul Diller, despite a slew of abuse allegations. The space is set to soon open along the Hudson River.


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COVID and Cabin Fever Inspire New Uses of NYC Outdoor Space This Summer

Brand new park space, a return to summertime classics and — of course — skirmishes about how to use streets and sidewalks will mark the 2021 hot weather season. Here’s what to look out for while you’re out and about.

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Dream of Connected NYC Greenway Re-Envisioned as Path to COVID Recovery

Fans of foot power are hoping President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan can help link the disjointed system of bike and footpaths across the five boroughs. The idea’s gained momentum amid the pandemic bike boom.

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Restoration of Red Hook Rec Center Finally Moving Forward Following Sandy Damage

Nearly a decade after the superstorm, the Parks Department seeks architect to fortify historic sports hub. Meanwhile, surrounding ballfields remain fenced off for epic toxic soil cleanup.

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NYPD Still Babysitting Christopher Columbus Statues on Taxpayer Dime

Monuments to Christopher Columbus in the city remain under 24/7 police protection 10 months after nationwide protests ignited a renewed focus on historic symbols of oppression.

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What’s the Big Idea for Governors Island? A Climate Research Hub and New Development

Leaders on the island have floated grand plans for the harbor retreat, including a center for climate change education. Finding a partner to build and operate the resiliency hub, however, remains a hurdle.

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Central Park’s Iconic Boathouse Restaurant Shutters With 163 Permanent Layoffs

The lakeside eatery and its famous row boats have been shut since mid-March. About six months later, owner Dean Poll let go of the staff for good, according to a state labor department notice.

Trash-Talking New Yorkers Come Together to Clean Up NYC, Litter-ally

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‘Staff Error’ Led to Padlock on Bronx Home to Contested Columbus Statue, Says Parks Dept.

Petition seeks to remove monument carved by an Italian immigrant, sited in the borough’s Little Italy and under police watch.

Wedding Business Is Blooming for NYC Garden Venues

Botanical gardens, many of which just recently welcomed back guests as "low-risk" attractions in Phase 4 of the city’s reopening, are reporting brisk business for last-minute, open-air nuptial celebrations.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit, Paving Way for Burial and Rebuilding of East River Park

Locals argued the flood protection project would destroy the Lower East Side waterfront space, and demanded more review. A judge dismissed their claims, saying the resiliency revamp won’t permanently affect the Manhattan park’s use.