The watchtower atop Marcus Garvey Park will begin to come down in November. It will be restored in 2017.
Locals have battled over a redesign of the "dangerous" playground for more than a year.
The staffer blamed an opposition group for halting progress on Playground 89's redesign.
The West 71st Street park is not well known, but is well loved by neighbors who tend to it.
The redesign of the playground sparked a heated debate between Upper West Side parents.
Work on the iconic Greenwich Village park is set to conclude in June, according to the city's website.
Residents prompted the Parks Department to revise its plans for the Wright Bros. Playground.
A Parks plan to restore a desolate section of Fort Tryon Park will likely begin next spring.
Tennis aficionados and city officials remain divided over a plan to renovate Inwood's tennis courts.
Community Board 12 will hold a public forum to discuss whether it should ask the city to reduce alternate side of the road parking by one day weekly.
CB12 recommended against Monkey Room Bar's liquor license renewal, despite a committee vote in favor.
Live musket fire, actors and fans gathered at Fort Tryon Park for a reenactment of a key Revolutionary War battle.
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