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And you thought the Highline was ambitious: A new $130 million park that will be built on the Hudson River just got the approval of the Hudson River Park Trust yesterday. Yes, on the river. The new park, dubbed Pier 55, is backed by billionaire Barry Diller and his wife, queen of wrap dresses Diane von Furstenberg. It will feature an amphitheater for concerts, 2.7 acres of park, and, presumably, very steep edges. Diller will not only...
Have you ever been to the Holland Tunnel entrance and thought, "Ah, what a relaxing oasis. If only I had a lounge chair"? No? That's funny. Because yesterday, the city opened park in between the merging traffic lanes on the Holland Tunnel entrance. Yes, it's true. You can now spread out on a lawn chair as the stream of frustrated drivers heading to New Jersey honk and curse around you! Doesn't that sound excellent? The...
The hippest, narrowest park in New York will soon be almost complete. According to a newsletter announcement from Friends of the High Line, the converted West Side rail line's third and final leg will open later this month. The last stretch of the High Line connects the park from Gansevoort Street all the way to 34th Street, meaning that tourists can blithely wander into the Meatpacking District from their Midtown hotels. The park will include...
Bocce, a game in which players try to get throw their balls closest to a jack on the far side of a 16-foot court, traces its roots to ancient Rome. Italians developed the modern game in the 19th century, then spread it throughout the world as they emigrated. The first public bocce court in New York was built in 1934 in Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, then an Italian neighborhood. "By the 1950s,...

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