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Fort Greene »

VIDEO: Plant Thief Digs Up and Steals 2 Perennials from Ft. Greene Tree Pit

A woman was caught on camera digging up and stealing plants from a tree pit on South Oxford Street.

Fort Greene »

Fort Greene Park Visitors Center Reopens After Two-Year Closure

The center houses a small museum of the park's history and education and community gathering rooms.

Crown Heights »

Why Are the Trees on Eastern Parkway Being Cut Down?

The Parks Department has a plan to remove 29 trees from the parkway.

Battery Park City »

Tourist Pays Scammer $400 for Free Staten Island Ferry Ride: Prosecutors

Gregory Reddick was arrested after ripping off tourists, police said.

Red Hook »

City Spends $3.2M to Replace 3,600 Sandy-Damaged Trees in Brooklyn

Thousands of trees are still suffering the long-term effects of Hurricane Sandy. 

Astoria »

'Elaborate' Spray Shower to Replace Mini-Pool in Astoria Heights Playground

The change is planned as part of a $3 million overhaul of the Astoria Heights Playground.  

East Village »

YouTube Backing Tompkins Square Park Basketball Court Renovations

Work is expected to begin later this month, the company announced Monday afternoon.

Park Slope »

Kids Treating New Prospect Park Sculpture Like a Jungle Gym, Artist Says

Artist Leonard Ursachi wants kids to interact with his sculpture "Fat Boy," not attack it.

Chelsea »

City Parks' Favorite Weed Killer 'Probably' Causes Cancer, Pol Says

An ingredient in Roundup, the city's most-used herbicide, deemed "probably carcinogenic" by W.H.O. 

Union Square »

MAP: These City Playgrounds Have the Most Injuries

Eleven kids were hurt in Evelyn's Playground in Union Square Park in 2013 and 2014, records show.

Long Island City »

Antique LIC Payphone Will Record Your Thoughts on Public Art

A vintage phone booth is cropping up Long Island City to record your thoughts about public art.

Fort Greene »

Edward Snowden Bust Erected in Fort Greene Park Before Dawn

A group of artists erected the sculpture Monday morning but the Parks Department later removed it.

Long Island City »

Hunters Point South Park to Get Wi-Fi Service This Spring

Cablevision and Time Warner Cable subscribers will get free access, while others can pay 99 cents.

Corona »

Teens Busted for Scaling and Tagging World's Fair Towers

Teens were caught climbing the towers by two Parks officers on patrol, a spokeswoman said.