City Pushes Parks to Open Forgotten Areas to the Public

AMNY.jpgBy Ivan Pereira

Across the city, hidden gems are off limits to New Yorkers, like the roof and interiors of Grand Army Plaza, the Washington Square Park arches and the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

A City Council hearing Thursday explored giving the public a chance to check out seven of those closed attractions in the flesh, but there are a lot of roadblocks. City Councilman Mark Levine said many of the locations, such as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park, were once major draws for tourists and are only closed because of neglect and decay.

“Investing in expanding access would yield incredible benefits to New Yorkers and visitors alike, offering countless opportunities for education and inspiration,” he said.

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