Today on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, along with Assistant Commissioner for Revenue Betsy Smith, talked shop. Specifically, our parks and how we fund them.
This broadcast comes just a month after the Upper West Side learned of a proposal by Parks to install four 35-feet-high bubbles over existing tennis courts in Central Park. Bubbles (accompanied by generators and diesel fuel and ... golf carts?) which would degrade the integrity of this Scenic Landmark's design; bubbles which would effectively privatize public space; bubbles that would pose an environmental threat to an urban oasis. Find out more here.
Do New Yorkers--and all 25 million people from around the globe who visit Central Park every year--see our public parks as cash cows? Leave your comments here, and sign the online petition!
Check out the comments at WNYC, and stay tuned for audio and/or transcript copy!