12 Mar 08
My Mosaic Triangle
In the Spring of 1973, when the mosaic circle patio was being installed, I was a senior in Fine Arts at NYU. On my way to
class one afternoon, I noticed fresh cement being poured into the small triangle shaped modules that line the circumference
of the circle. A businessman was kneeling, putting tiles in wet cement. Naturally, I asked the construction guys if I could
design a module.
12:26 pm est
Now, my son, Max, is a senior at NYU Tisch film school. Throughout his four years there, he would occasionally stand on
my module, and call me. Wow, has technology changed!
My perimeter triangle has flames. Max and I are both fire signs. I WANT MY TRIANGLE!
Do you know how I can get it? When will that section of the park be torn up? Can Max come by and pick my piece up?
8 Feb 08
Bones and Desecration
Dear Mr. Greenberg,
3:19 pm est
I applaud your efforts and stand firmly behind you.
It was appalling to read about the discovery of the bones, an event that accidenttaly escaped the vigilance of those who support
the park's destruction. On that basis, alone, all digging should cease. I have very strong feelings about the desecration
of our historical park and can't help but view the proposed "renovations", including the naming of the fountain,
as yet another move designed to showcase NYU, which is seen, especially after the razing of the Poe house, as totally hypocritical.
Good luck in your efforts.
18 Dec 07
Where's the Washington Square Park Outrage?
Ever since running those photos of workers setting up shop in Washington Square Park last week, we've been waiting for the
angry e-mails to flood in. But they haven't. Could it be that the rapid transition from pending litigation to certain renovation
has resulted in a bit of shell-shock amongst the old guard of Greenwich Village bohemians? Not quite! Finally, a park lover
dares speak her mind, and the topic is trees. And while the big one pictured at right is most likely safe until Dec. 26, we
ca't say the same for other guys:
8:35 am est
In removing dozens of trees (I've heard thirty) in Washington Square Park, and other 'plans' by the Parks Department,
which include aligning the fountain with the arch, reducing the public space and the fountain plaza to make it more 'green,'
& removing the chess tables, city officials and, perhaps, more visibly, NYU, are taking away what made Washington Square
Park historically, ecologically, and socially what it is. In addition, City officials are tampering with human and wildlife
space and the wildlife's existence.
There are many squirrels and birds that reside in those trees. Squirrels, in particular, are territorial and do not easily
move to another area. Are they not taken into consideration? Isn't it important if their survival is at stake? Where will
they move TO with the removal of up to thirty trees?
What do we make of the needless destruction OF the trees coinciding with Mayor Bloomberg's supposed tree and sustainability
initiative, here we have the Parks Department cutting DOWN numerous trees? And, ironically (maliciously?) to create more "green"
space (talk about not seeing the forest FOR the trees) and move their precious arch, while destroying and tampering with the
They are also interfering with the historical spirit of the park while catering to a corporate entity which already has
more than enough visible presence (and land)
in the area.
In the courts, none of the legal challenges held up, so I would argue this needed (needs) to be brought out into the court
of public opinion. Why is it so quiet?
There is an important place for - and argument to be made by - wildlife advocates and ecosystem (that means our city and
other species) defenders. I don't, however, know how much time there is 'left.'
Can your Park be bought? Aren't there dozens of parks in the Parks system that could use that $16 million? Is this about
the encroachment of NYU into the area, the loss
of previously entrenched Jane Jacobs bohemian types to wall street, advertising and "glamour" field stereotypical
bodies who can't be bothered (or really... don't care)? This is another example of the further sanitization of public - and
all - space. Can't we keep a little bit of grit and spirit in our city or, in this climate, is that just not possible?
From Joey in Curbed.Com
16 Dec 07
Viva La Park!
Many years ago Ray Viola who was then in charge of real estate confessed to me personally that NYU wanted to turn Washington
Sq. Park into the same structure that Gramacy Park is..with private keys and gates keeping out the public.
1:39 am est
This renovation is step one to achieve this.
I just learned that the beautiful garden around the dog run was removed today..in the middle of winter and replanted in another
part of the park. Only a monster like Adrian Benepe would approve something like this. The man is supposed to love plants.
Think again..he's a self centered power hungry politician who couldn't care less about plants! He tore up the community garden
I started and tore up the children's garden without warning so that when the children came to the park to weed their little
lots, they were in tears, wondering where their beloved garden had gone in the middle of the night.
I don't think that there is anything that can be done to stop this infestation of NYU joined together with Benepe but you
can show force. Chain yourself to trees! Climb up and bring heat packs with you and a sleeping bag and don't let anyone remove
you. Save the trees.
We really needed a force before this all began. The community board and the preservation committee is in on this..all in the
pockets of NYU...this started a long time ago...pro NYU folks getting themselves positioned just for this sad and sorry day!
Original founding member of the Washington Sq Dog Run and the Community Gardens in Washington Sq. Park!
Greenwich Village R.I.P.
Washington Square Park is right now, Saturday afternoon, being physically demolished, it will soon be shut down entirely and
1:32 am est
"First they came for the park, and I said nothing ....."
Already, new, unprecedented tall wire fences, chain link fences, and wooden plank structures have been put up and wrapped
around the southern and western perimeters of the park. This is the prelude to the closing and "redesign" razing
and walling up of the parks walkways, the chopping down of dozens of its large, tall trees, not to be replaced, and the removal
of all its chess tables, forever (if we're lucky, they may provide a new corner for a few game tables, not chess but "scrabble"
---I kid you not).
What was just last week still one of the world's great and renown open urban spaces and free public gathering/protest places,
today resembles a caged-in POW camp. Washington Square Park is dead, murdered, and its further dissection will occur before
your very eyes and you stand by haplessly, doing nothing, mute even.
Assuming the "progressives" "left" liberals" neighborhood preservation people, historians, people
with children, or a basic sense of freedom, or ecology or beauty EVEN CARE about this unforgivable cultural genocide, or what
they are doing to the world, their children's future or even themselves. And I have conclude, after all, that you just don't
You don't. Otherwise it wouldn't have gotten this far. Otherwise you would stand up today, or tomorrow, and do something.
And you won't. That just can't be expected. Perhaps, for all intents and purposes, you pseudo-"activists"
and "people who care" died a long time ago, before the park did. Before the police surveillance cameras went up
in the Wash. Sq. Park trees watching you day and night. Those trees are soon to be killed and even the stumps removed, but
the kameras will remain. Bigger and more powerful ones, even, behind the high, iron bars and locked gates.
And at far-off some point in the future, the people of the world, today's children, will ask how you could have stood by and,
tragically, criminally, let this destruction and deprivation happen. They will ask what happened to them, what was wrong with
And I will tell them