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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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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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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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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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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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COVID Clusters Hit City Workplaces as Frontline Employees Wait for Vaccines

A Sanitation garage in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows Corona Park locker room are among recent virus breakout sites. Union officials are calling for shots for thousands more municipal employees: "We can’t work from home."

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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.

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Tree Pruning Budget Cuts Raise Fears of Falling Branches

Officials and advocates point to past tragedies in Central Park and beyond as they sound the alarm that New Yorkers could be left vulnerable by maintenance reductions.

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Budget Cuts Make Rangers an Endangered Species in City Parks

Corps of wildlife educators got chopped down by more than half, while beefed-up ticket-issuing enforcer squad thrives.

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Privately Managed City Parks Tennis Courts Lunge Ahead of Phase 3 Reopening

Some players make a racket after Riverside Park reopens some courts while most city public tennis remains padlocked until at least July 6.

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Cuomo Gives Go-Ahead to Reopen Playgrounds, But Mayor Won’t Unlock Them

"The day is coming. It’s not here yet," Mayor de Blasio said Thursday. For now, playgrounds — and the parks around them — will remain shuttered.

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As City Reopens, Playgrounds Within Parks Keep Green Space on Lockdown

It’s unclear when New York’s beloved playground parks will swing open again — or who even has the key — as City Hall and the governor’s office offer no clear answers.

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Parks Department May Shrink Costly Bathrooms to Save Cash

With the parks’ comfort stations running up to $6 million, the agency is looking toward smaller, prefabricated potties as a cheaper alternative.

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Brooklyn Borough Hall Parking Lot on Parkland Gets New Review

Borough President Eric Adams defends use of public plaza for parking as THE CITY discovers vehicles with unofficial placards and speeding violations.

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Group Floats Separate Swimming for Men and Women at Williamsburg Pool

A Brooklyn pool’s women-only schedule made waves among civil rights activists three years ago. Now the ladies who swim are offering men a deal.

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La Marina Closes in on Reopening Under Brother Jimmy’s

The Inwood waterfront hotspot nears emerging from bankruptcy amid hopes of a late- summer rebirth — if the city’s Parks Department approves.

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Staten Island Flood Zone Levee Finally on the Horizon

After three risky years of delay, design is cleared to begin for the 5.3-mile East Shore Seawall, stretching from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach.

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Long-Neglected, Fenced-Off Bronx Park to Get Greener on the Other Side

Parks Department officials shared design plans for a "new" $4.6 million park at the site of the sad Corporal Irwin Fischer Park in Highbridge.