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Adrian Benepe

Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York
Adrian Benepe

I didn't grow up in Prospect Park. My neighborhood park was Riverside, and Central Park was where I sometimes went on weekends as a child. Prospect Park was, to me, a mythical land in distant Brooklyn, across the East River and reachable only by a long trip on the subway.

Teen Who Drowned At Rockaway Didn't Know How To Swim

Posted 06.14.2012 | New York

Akeem Craig, the 14-year-old boy who drowned at Far Rockaway Tuesday, did not know how to swim, according to his friends and family. It was the la...

Central Park: An Anthology: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 06.07.2012 | New York
Adrian Benepe

Central Park is not simply a geographic destination, nor just the essential masterpiece of landscape architecture and great creative accomplishment of the nineteenth century. Once you add people and time, it becomes an ever-evolving work of art and performance art.

When a Tree Falls... Run

Susan Sawyers | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York
Susan Sawyers

Saturday's combination of wet, heavy snow, leafy trees and high winds was the perfect storm. Close to 400 acres, half of Central Park, were affected a...

A Rose for Parks

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

It was particularly satisfying for me to learn that Governor Cuomo has appointed Rose H. Harvey (park name "Harvest") as New York State Parks Commissioner.

Will Ryman's Winter Rose Garden

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Susan Sawyers

While the temperatures hovered in the teens, I witnessed Will Ryman's playful urban Eden -- 25-foot stemmed cotton candy pink and Venetian red roses with grass-green colored foot-long thorns -- sprouting.

David Rockwell, Bloomberg Open Imagination Playground (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

It took more than a year of construction and $7.5 million, but the Imagination Playground at Burling Slip is here. The playground's architect and a h...

Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot

Marta Hallowell | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marta Hallowell

The City currently preserves 198 community gardens in the Parks Department's Green-Thumb program, but under new rules, it is not clear that these oases of green will continue to enjoy that protection.