Thursday, April 16, 2015

Four More Teens Busted In Worlds Fair Towers


Four teens were caught sneaking into the Worlds Fair's Astro Towers on Tuesday afternoon. Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers caught up to the group on the first observation deck,  126 feet in the air, and surprised them. The New York State Pavilion,  can be seen in the background. 


Queens

By Geoffrey Croft

Four more teens were caught sneaking up into the Worlds Fair towers NYC Park Advocates has learned. 

When Park Enforcement officers arrived this time they found the gate wide-open and the flimsy lock missing.   The rusted metal door that leads to the deteriorated staircase was also wide open and the small lock was nowhere to be found.  



The group was caught on the first platform.


"The locks magically disappeared," said an officer at the scene.

The kids from nearby Bowne High School made it as far as the first observation deck - 126 feet in the air -  Tuesday afternoon at 3:00pm when officers surprised them.


PEP officers detain four teens 126 feet in the air one of the three Worlds Fair Astro Towers observational platforms. 


"It's very dangerous up there," an officer said.  

"One slip and it's all over.

The officer said one teen mentioned he saw photos people had taken on instagram from the site.

Two 15-year olds and 16-year old were given trespassing summons. 

Another 16-year old,  who had multiple ID's belonging to other people and a bank card belong to someone else, was arrested. 

A few weeks ago, PEP officers caught five teens hanging out and graffiting 226 feet up on the highest tower.   Five teens were caught by park police after they broke into and climbed to the top of the observation deck.
































When Park Enforcement Patrol Officers arrived this time they found the perimeter fence wide-open and the lock missing.  Safely on the ground  (background) officers issued summonses to three and took one teen into custody.  




Nearly $ six million dollars has been allocated for improvements to the three structures.


When PEP officers arrived at the base of the tower they saw the door leading inside wide open and the lock missing. 


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Central Park Perv Caught Relieving Himself


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Police patrolling in Central Park on Tuesday night observed a man sexually relieving himself  on 74th Street near the East Drive NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Police saw him using his right hand touching himself in plain view of the public when they spotted him.  

David Black, 46 was arrested inside Central Park at 8:10 p.m. charged with public lewdness, according to police. 

According to the complaint, "the defendant intentionally exposed the private parts of his body in a lewd manner and committed a lewd act in a public place and in private premises in which he might readily be observed from a public place with intent that he be so observed."

Almost a year to the day, on April 15th 2014, Mr. Black was busted by transit police for having several credit cards belonging to other people after cops saw him sleeping the E train. 

- Geoffrey Croft

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Central Park: Police Seek Suspect Wanted In Robbery



Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect fleeing on East 60 Street. He is wanted in connection with a robbery on Friday.  (Image: DCPI)

Manhattan

By Geoffrey Croft

The New York City Police Department is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspect wanted for robbery within the confines of the Central Park Precinct. 

On Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11:50am, the victim, a 17-year-old male, was walking inside Central Park, in the vicinity of 60 Street and the East Drive when the suspects approached him and demanded his money. The victim complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money. There were no reported injuries.

The suspect is a black male in his fifties, 5'10" tall, weighing 220 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Edward Snowden Artists Seek Confiscated Sculpture Back From NYPD

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A 4-feet tall bust of Edward Snowden was exhibited for a few hours last week in Fort Green Park in Brooklyn before the city quickly covered it up and the police confiscated it. The artists are seeking to have the sculpture returned.  (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)


MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 14,  2015 


Community to NYPD:  Return the Snowden Bust! • 
Calls On The City To Return Edward Snowden 
Sculpture Confiscated In Fort Green Park

WHO:     Civil rights and criminal defense attorney Ronald L. Kuby,   NYC Park Advocates president Geoffrey Croft will be joined by free speech supporters. 

WHAT:  Press conference calling on the City to immediately return the bust of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden confiscated by police in Fort Greene Park.  The artists plan to submit an application to legally exhibit the sculpture through the Parks Department's Art in the Parks initiative,  a 45-year-old program that exhibits artwork temporarily in city parks throughout the city.  A local gallery has also agreed to temporarily exhibit the work. 

A letter from Ron Kuby to Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, and a statement from the artists will be available.

WHERE:  Fort Green Park - Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 

WHEN:   Tuesday, April 14th - at 10: 00 a.m. 

BACKDROP:   Supporters gather against the backdrop where the bust was placed and subsequently removed by city officials.

BACKGROUND:      A 100-pound bust of Mr. Snowden was erected by three artists just before dawn near the park's Prison Ship Martyrs Monument on Monday April 6th on one of the three empty pedestals that face the Revolutionary War monument.    The city quickly covered up the statue and police confiscated it.  The bust remains in police custody today.  The artists hope the sculpture is returned so it may "continue to spark healthy conversations about issues central to our freedoms, " they state.



Four parks workers helped cover up the work with a blue tarp so that the media could not get a look at it while they prepared to remove it.  (Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) 


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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Great Cover-Up As Parks' Quickly Removes Bust Of Edward Snowden In Fort Greene Park

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A 4-feet tall bust of Edward Snowden was exhibited for a few hours this morning before Parks Department workers covered it up with a blue tarp. (Below) The artists also added letters spelling out Snowden’s name in an official-looking font befitting of a monument beneath the eagle.  By 1:15 the bust had been removed. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)


(Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge

Brooklyn

By Geoffrey Croft

The Parks Department  quickly removed a bust of Edward Snowden that was erected early this morning in Fort Greene Park.

Parks workers went to great lengths to keep the illicit likeness covered up while they removed it, at one point four workers helped keep it under wraps.

The 100-pound bust  of NSA whistleblower was erected just before dawn near the park's Prison Ship Martyrs Monument on one of the three empty pedestals that face the Revolutionary War monument.  

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(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)


At one point four parks workers were helping to cover it up so that the media could not get a look at it while they prepared to remove it.   (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge



By 1:15pm it had been removed and driven away on top of a Parks Department vehicle.

Several onlookers complained of censorship while the workers removed it. 

More than a  dozen police officers and detectives watched while it was taken down.

The installation was first reported by a website called ANIMAL, an internet site devoted to art,  news and culture which posted a video of the group installing it. 


 The event attracted a fair amount of media attention.



According to the site, it took over six months to sculpt, mold, cast and ship to New York from the West Coast artist. 

"Measuring 4-feet tall, Snowden’s head was placed atop one of the four columns that lie at the monument’s edge, above the eagles. The bust is made of hydrocal, a high quality sculpting material," Animal reported.

"Seeing it up close, you could never tell that you were looking at a plaster-like substance. In fact, over a dozen people walking their dogs passed by the new bust on Monday morning without noticing the unsanctioned piece. Both the color and design of the bust expertly matches the existing sculptures there, from its bronze patina finish to Snowden’s hair — which mimics the texture of the feather on the eagle. The artists also added letters spelling out Snowden’s name in an official-looking font befitting of a monument."


 A Parks Department worker grabs the bust.

Park workers begin to slide it off the pedestal, being extremely careful not to reveal any of the work to the public.

Park workers move the bust from the pedestal onto the roof of the Parks Department vehicle.

 Workers secure the work on the roof of the truck.

The bottom of the bust is slightly uncovered as the parks worker ties up the work to the roof of the truck.

 Work being done under the watchful eye of the police.


According to the report the artists were mindful of not damaging the existing monument. 

"While it was very important that the piece be more than just a prop or paper mache effigy, the artists didn’t want to damage the surface that the bust would be bound to, either. After some debate, they decided on an adhesive that would firmly hold the head in place, yet could be removed without marring the monument."

Snowdon was the subject  of a 2014 documentary called Citizenfour that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Oscars.

Back to Normal.

(Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) 


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Trump's Ferry Point Golf Course Taxpayer Debacle Opens


Bronx

By Geoffrey Croft

Trump Golf Links At Ferry Point Park, located on the former Ferry Point Park landfill surrounded by housing projects near the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx,  is now open for business - for the rich. 
 
It's April Fools Day every day for the city's tax payers as b
illionaire Michael Bloomberg's gift to billionaire Donald Trump finally opens today but not before sticking the taxpayers with a reported  $ 269 million dollar bill.
 
In one of the most fiscally irresponsible deals made during Bloomberg administration the city paid to build the country's most expensive municipal golf course for the billionaire real estate developer. 
  
The project, one of the Parks Department's most scandal-plagued developments, was 
originally supposed to open in 2001 and cost the tax payers only a few million dollars. 
 
But the city's cost to build the luxury course isn't the only thing that has skyrocketed since Trump signed the deal in 2013:  Prices to play at the exclusive course have also continued to go through the roof.

Pay to Play

Green Fees. In a further bilking of taxpayers, the city is allowing Trump to charge the public more than three times what is paid to play at other Parks Department golf courses.

The original contract signed by Donald Trump's Ferry Point Partners for green fees in 2013 listed  $100 for a round of golf (Monday-Thursday), and  $125 on weekends and holidays.  He was also allowed to charge non-residents $25 more on weekends without the approval of Parks or the city. 

Since then the sky-high green fees have dramatically increased even further. 
 
The green fees are now $141.00 during the week and $169.00 on weekends.  For non-residents prices are now  $190.00 during the week and  
$ 215 dollars on weekends. 

Trump is also permitted to increase green fees annually according to his agreement.

Golf carts. And not to miss a trick, golf carts will be rented at a rate of $35 per rider, up from the origianl  $ 25 dollars, and as opposed to $37 per cart at the city's other courses.
 
Green fees more than three times higher than at Other city courses. 
 
The Pelham Bay Golf Course in the Bronx for example charges  $ 39 dollars before noon, 
$ 31 after,  and $ 49 dollars on weekends before noon and $40 after.
 
They do not charge an additional fee for non-residents.

During the anything goes Bloomberg administration the public had been repeatedly assured by city officials that costs would be comparable to other city cources.

"The intention is to keep [prices] in line with other city courses and not charge as premium,"  then Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said in 2009,  presumably with a straight face.

The public was originally on the hook for only a few million dollars of the original $22 million dollar project. 

In 2007 however Mayor Bloomberg decided the city's tax-payers should pay for the project after the Giuliani-selected original developer Pierre Gagne's Ferry Point Partners walked away in 2006 because of rising costs. (but not before the city paid them nearly $15 million of the $43 million already spent by 2009)

"It's a mess ... There was a contract entered into long before our administration ... It turns out it was a terrible contract. But that doesn't mean you go criticize the guys that did it because, for all I know, I would have done the same thing. Maybe at that time it appeared to be a great contract," the Mayor said on November 23, 2007 in a now famous quote.

This project is a far cry from the original municipally-minded master plan created by Robert Moses, dating back to at least 1949. That plan called for approximately one-quarter of the 222-acre site to be devoted to golf with much of the rest designated as ballfields and picnic areas.

Trump Golf has committed to a $10 million capital investment to design and construct a clubhouse which is finally slated to open next year after much delay. 

Payments to the City

Trump is required pay the city nothing through the first four years of his 20-year contract. Years 1-4: No Fee. Year 5: $300,000 or 7% of Gross Receipts plus 3% of sublicense gross receipts. By the 10th year, he is required to pay $360,000 or 7% of Gross Receipts plus 3% of sublicense gross receipts. By year 20, he is required to pay the city $470,000 or 10% of Gross Receipts plus 3% of sublicense gross receipts.

The person in charge of the deal is Ronald Lieberman,  Ferry Point vice president of special projects for the Trump Organization and former head of the Parks Department revenue division.  

State taxpayers may also be on the hook, according to the license agreement, as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) and the New York State Department of Transportation are required to build at no cost to the city or to Trump "an exit ramp from the Bronx bound lanes of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to the entrance access to the Licensed premises."

Several requests seeking  information from the Parks Department were not returned.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let There Be Light - New York State Pavilion Hopes For A Brighter Future


























Lighting tests conducted on the Astro-View Towers of the New York State Pavilion last Tuesday evening illuminated the iconic structures for the first time in nearly 50 Years.  With the concrete sections under the platforms long gone the exposed rusted underbelly is clearly visible at night.  A lighting design firm has been brought in by the Queens Borough President's office to create a temporary lighting plan which will be installed later this year.   Nearly $ 6 million dollars in public funds have been allocated so far for work that will eventually include restoring electrical service and eliminating flooding in the towers,  replacing rotted staircases, roofs and reinforcing concrete on the observation decks. 

(Photos: © Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.


Queens

By Geoffrey Croft

The New York State Pavilion including its iconic Astro-View Towers and the Tent of Tomorrow in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens are one of the New York City’s most public symbols of neglect.

For five decades the tower's iconic flying saucer design - purportedly inspired by the buildings of Krypton in the Superman comics - has inspired the imaginations of countless children and adults alike.

Built for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, the Pavilion was a $12 million gift from the taxpayers of New York State to the Borough of Queens and the Parks Department.

For years preservationists and World's Fair advocates have been pressing the city to come up with and financially support a successful redevelopment plan for the beloved structures — a plan that takes into account adaptive re-uses that not only pays respect to the two remaining structures but also, and perhaps most importantly, compliments the mission of the park to serve the community.


The Astro-View Towers lit for the first time in nearly half a century.  The Unisphere can be seen illuminated on the bottom left hand side. The 12-story high globe was built as a symbol of world peace by the US Steel Corporation for 1964-65 World's Fair.  The Unisphere once too had dramatic lighting at night during the Fair which gave the effect of sunrise moving over the surface of the globe. The capitals of nations were also marked by lights. 

Rachel Eichorn of Shimstone Design Studio points a 200 watt  LED light towards the New York State Pavilion's Astro- View Towers.   



Advocates have fought to have the government, at the very least, allocate the funds that are desperately needed to help stabilize the structures from falling further into disrepair.

These dreams are coming a bit closer to reality.

Nearly six million dollars in Mayoral, City Council and Queens Borough President funding have been allocated for an initial redevelopment phase which will concentrate on stabilizing the deteriorating Astro Towers.

Proponents of preserving the buildings hope to literally shed light on the deplorable condition of the structures in an effort to keep pressure on politicians for the need to provide additional funding.

The futuristic looking steel-and-glass enclosed Sky Streak capsule elevators once whisked visitors to its observation deck 226 above the Fair in 20 seconds.   The capsules - key elements of the iconic Flushing Meadows pavilion - have been left at the mercy of decay and vandals since the Fair ended in 1965.  The design has inspired the imaginations of countless people.


Last Tuesday lighting designers tested 150 and 200-watt LED lamps at several locations to the delight of on-lookers.

The work is the first step in a restoration project for the New York State Pavilion and the adjacent Tent of Tomorrow, the most well-known and revered remnants of the 1964-65 World’s Fair that remain unpreserved. The structures, designed by noted architect Philip Johnson, have been allowed to slowly rust away by the city since the Fair's closing in 1965.

The project will include restoring electrical service in the basement of the towers as well as eliminating flooding conditions,  replacing the rotted staircases,  replacing the roofs on all three towers,  repairing concrete platforms,  repairing and painting of steel,  on the observation decks,  as well as monitoring the Tent of Tomorrow.   The total cost for this work was estimated last year at $ 11.8 million dollars of which $5.8 million has been raised so far.


The elevators have been shamefully rotting away on the ground surrounded by a chain-link fence since the Parks Department had them removed from the towers in 1998.


A  $ 650,000 dollar contract has been awarded to Robert Silman and Associates for design work. 

"We have to proceed," said Barry Grodenchik who is overseeing the project in the Queens Borough Presidents office.  

He said he hopes the work goes out to bid "very shortly." 

The three towers measure 60, 150 and 226 feet high and commanded sweeping  360-degree views.  The two shorter towers held cafeterias for the fair and the tallest tower, as the highest point of the fair, held an observation deck. Fifty years ago visitors ascended the towers in the “Sky Streak” capsule elevators in 20 seconds.  Admission to the observation tower was 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. 

Sadly, the once sleek space-aged elevators have been shamefully rotting away on the ground at the base of the towers since the Parks Department took them down in 1998.



Mechanical Room. The first phase of the project will include restoring electrical service in the towers as well as eliminating flooding conditions in the basement. 


A few weeks ago five kids broke into the towers and graffitied.  

Attendees on Tuesday were not the only ones to catch the lighting tests.  Thousands of motorists traveling along the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wick Expressway caught a glimpse of what the future could hold.

Shimstone Design Studio has been engaged to come up with an overall lighting design and oversee its future installation. 


Rachel Eichorn working the light. 


"It's an important structure that everyone wants to preserve," said Brian Belluomini a principle in the firm which is donating its services.

“Lighting will help bring attention to the need to preserve it. You want it to stand out. To see such interest in this early stage is wonderful.  I want it to reopen. I would love to go to the top," he said.

Brian Belluomini manuvers a light between the outer wall of the Tent of Tomorrow and a 100-foot column, one of 16,  that once supported the world's biggest suspension roof.          Although not part of the scope of Shimstone Design Studio's work they did a few tests on the Tent. Proponents of preserving and reusing the structure also hope it too will eventually be lit.


Although not part of the scope of their project, Brian and his colleague Rachel Eichorn also conducted a couple of tests on the Tent of Tomorrow, which they also hope will eventually be illuminated.  They shined a portable light along at the top of the rusting frame and also stretched out a long extension cord and moved to the base where they pointed the LED lamp up towards one of the 100-foot concrete columns that once helped support the world's largest suspension roof.

"It's such an iconic landmark it should be protected," said Rachel Eichorn.

Several families from the surrounding community came out on Tuesday including some that had interacted with the buildings for generations.

"I remember roller skating in the pavilion when I was their age and my mother remembers going to the Fair," said a woman who brought her kids to watch the lighting tests.

"It would be great if they opened this all up again so people in the community could use it.  We need positive things to do."

One volunteer group has literally brought the building back to life, helping to ensure its future.  

Since 2009 the New York State Pavilion Paint Project has spruced up the faded Tent of Tomorrow by painstakingly painting over the long-faded red and white striped interior and exterior walls, often working in the stifling summer heat.  Over these years this dedicated group has been the most visible presence responsible for helping keep the dream alive and in making sure the need for preservation is kept in the public eye.

Not Just Red and White stripes.  A New York State Pavilion Paint Project volunteer applies much needed yellow to the building. 

  
One of the Paint Project’s founders, John Piro, stopped by to see the light tests. 

"Its part of the rebirth of the pavilion" said John.  "It looks like a piece of art from another time."

Like many people he would also like to see the Tent of Tomorrow lit at night, "so people can see that magnificent building too.  It looks like the Coliseum in Rome." 

He remembers vividly the first time he saw the towers lit at night. 

"I still remember that moment from 1964. I was with my friend we were walking and I looked up under the deck and saw those bright lights shinning up on the platform. It stopped me in my tracks. My mouth was wide open. " 

John also has a special connection with the pavilion having played there during the Fair with his band when he was 15-years-old. 



This stunning night view from 1965 shows the New York State Pavilion, including the Tent of Tomorrow and the Astro-View Towers.  The New York State Pavilion complex, designed by noted architect Philip Johnson, featured three observation towers,  the Theaterama, and a colorful Tent of Tomorrow featuring the world's biggest suspension roof.   The Tent was made up of 16 100-foot columns supporting a 50,000 sq. foot roof of multicolored translucent panels as well as three towers, measuring 60, 150 and 226 feet tall.   (Photo: AP Photo)

Of the New York State Pavilion's three original structures -  the Astro-View Towers, the Tent of Tomorrow and Theaterama, only the Theaterama (above) has been re-purposed and is now the Queens Theatre.


Matthew Silva has just finished up his loving tribute to the Pavilion in a documentary entitled “Modern Ruin.” 

A Long Island middle school teacher born in Flushing Queens, Silva began his documentary in earnest after bringing a group of students on an urban planning field trip to the site in 2012.

The film will have a benefit premiere for the Queens Theatre on May 22 which is located adjacent to the observation towers.  

Of the pavilion's three original structures only one, the Theaterama, has been re-purposed and is now the Queens Theatre.

Silva said last Tuesday night's event was "really exciting.”

“It really does remind me of what the Italians have done to their ruins in Rome.  Seeing it at night lit up will change the public's perception of how beautiful and special it is.” 

Silva’s film even has a little something for Led Zeppelin fans: Hint - the band played twice at the Pavilion in August 1969 - and not at the Singer Bowl as is sometimes mistakenly reported - during their Summer 1969 North American Tour.  Performance photos Silva tracked down are seen in the film.  The venue was apparently switched to the Pavilion from the Singer Bowl after an argument with the band's management. 

A "record crowd" of well over 10,500 attended – at a $3 ticket price -  and attendees sat on top of the famed terrazzo pavement from the Texaco road map.  And thousands listened outside according to a news report.   One attendee's account posted on-line states that the band repeatedly had to stop the show to ask concert goers to come down after climbing up the Pavilion's support cables which were leftover and dangling from the Tent of Tomorrow's massive roof structure. 

Silva credits, like many people do, the dedicated folks of the Paint Project for reviving public interest in the site.

"It got people noticing it again," he said.

"For the last 40 years it has been chained up and inaccessible as parkland. Hopefully it will be restored for some sort community use.”

Another person with a special connection to the Fair is very pleased with the renewed interest.  

"It's nice to see the pavilion getting some long all overdue attention," said Bill Cotter, a Word's Fair aficionado.  

Bill has amassed a collection of more than 24,000 photos from the 1964/65 Fair some of which were used in Matthew's film. Now living on the west coast he is flying in from California for the premiere.  

Like many people he has very fond memories of the original lighting scheme especially the blue globes made of glass that once ringed throughout the Tent of Tomorrow and the towers, an experience he referred to as "majestic."

"It would be nice to see the lighting restored to the pavilion in general not just spotlights shining on the towers. They left a lasting impression. 

Bill was 12-year-old when he and his family first visited the Fair.  He can't recall just how many times he returned, "quite a bit" he says, and when he found the Fair's one dollar admission fee for kids elusive he scoured the neighborhood collecting 2 and 5 cent soda bottles for the refunds, along with old newspapers which were sold by the pound and recycled.   

"If just one child gets inspired by a World's Fair than its worth it." 

Since taking office last year, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has vowed to preserve the Pavilion. She has spearheaded efforts and created a Pavilion task force and helped secure the $5.8 million in city funds to light and begin initial repairs of the space.  The Borough President was present on Tuesday for the lighting tests.


The Power Of The Paint. Before And After. Since 2009 the volunteers from New York State Pavilion Paint Project have literally brought the faded Tent of Tomorrow back-to-life making sure the need to preserve these structures does not fade from the public eye.  

(Photos: © Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.

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