Preservationists say the proposal from the de Blasio administration lacked transparency.
Parents say the Parks Department went too far when it welded spinning playground equipment into place.
Critics say that the move leaves the sites and the districts vulnerable.
From stenciling to inline skating, we've got the scoop on unique New York happenings this week.
The Union Square playground closed Monday so workers could replace tiles on the ground, officials said.
A bouncer at The Ainsworth was arrested after he threw a man out of the bar by the neck, police said.
A community group is fighting the city's plan to open an eatery in Union Square Park.
Downtown water destinations for kids include a 3-foot pool and a water-spraying hoop to run through.
An appeals court panel dismissed a bid filed to stop the restaurant from opening.
Residents across the city have devised ways of keeping cool.
Kayla Mitchell, who was believed to be homeless, was found under a tree near 14th Street.
The popular market features more food vendors than ever before and a special "Little Brooklyn" section.
Last year, the food and wine event brought in more than $300,000 for the Union Square Partnership.
Yusef Ramelize will sleep in Washington Square Park for one week in August to raise money for charity.
Kids from Midtown East to Union Square can frequent multiple parks with a variety of amenities.
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