If Flushing Meadows Corona Park is more than twice as big as Prospect Park, then why does Prospect Park have nearly four times as many staff tending its flower beds and picking up litter?
That's to the festival's credit, though: It didn't draw too much attention to itself. In that way it felt natural entering the park from Sixth Avenue at noon to find the Kimberly Thompson Quartet amid a throng of tourists—some watching, most passing by—as carriage horses trotted obliviously along and hot dog vendors peddled their wares. Street performers, after all, are a common sight in New York City. Early on in the day I followed the sound of a saxophonist soloing under an arch near the Wollman Rink. I soon realized he was busking. This happened a couple of times.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said the controversy surrounding redevelopment plans for Chelsea Market were kind of like the early controversy surrounding the creation of Central Park, but then referred all questions on the matter to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in whose district Chelsea Market is located.
John Paulson and his family foundation have made the largest donation ever to a New York City greensward with a $100 million gift to the conservancy that helps run Central Park, the hedge fund manager announced at a press conference in the park this morning, alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At an event unveiling the designs for a brand new, $130 million shark tank at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg answered some questions about bike share, bikes, and people's fear of them.
"I have a friend who was hit by a bicycle in Central Park just last week, got a concussion, and it really is disturbing when it happens," said the mayor, on Coney Island. "That's the bad news. The good news is it really happens very seldom."(1)
The Post today put on its front page the story of the great vibrator giveaway, which was stymied by the city yesterday. Trojan, famous makers of condoms, were giving away tens of thousands of its new vibrator, Trojan Vibrations, to New Yorkers from carts stationed in different spots around the city.(2)
This was welcome in music that's so focused on sounding woozy and ethereal: subtlety counts for a lot. Sometimes Beach House can be negligible: listening blindly, I might have sworn that "Other People," from this year’s Bloom, was a soft-rock radio hit circa 1982, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. But most of the material stood up nicely, the main set climaxing appropriately with Bloom’s gorgeous “Myth.”
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe gets a literary send-off from Susan Sheehan, Thomas Beller at the Strand
"600 million dollars has been put into the park to make it safe, to make it the most beautiful park in the world," Benepe said. "It’s now a park that you can walk through at midnight and feel perfectly safe. If you had said that thirty years ago they would have said ‘What drugs are you on? Or what drugs do you want to buy?’ Now, of course, it’s glorious."
Is the revenue-generating park a good thing? Commissioner Benepe says it 'depends on who's in charge'
“The risk ... is if you become dependent on that revenue, then you start to exploit the parks as much as you can for that revenue, because that’s your basement … I think the risk is that if a lot of our budget is dependent on how much revenue we bring in, that will start to turn the parks into a cash cow. We have a little bit of that now. We have some parks where revenue stays in the parks. As a long-term model it’s hard to say."
Thousands of people in sweatpants and crop tops assembled at the Great Lawn to participate in the World's Largest [Registered] Free Yoga Class. Flavorpill hosted the event, and brought in a troupe of slam-poets and yoga celebs to officiate, including guru-instructor Elena Brower and comedian Reggie Watts.
The lines were long, and the 10,000-ish peace-seekers chatted with each other to pass the time.