You gotta love our Mayor, Parks Commissioner, Chair of Landmarks, and a designer of pretentious yuppie hotspots for collaborating on this doozy:
New York Tries to Think Outside the Sandbox
We got a good chuckle out of this. Kids need help learning how to play? An innovative new playground in an historic district/tourist trap at the South Street Seaport?
We are glad we grew up in the 20th century when all you needed was your imagination to turn a Radio Flyer into a WWII fighter plane and when kids swung real baseball bats instead of "interacting with" faux ones.
If this is truly believed to be such a good step for kids, why not try it out in a neighborhood devoid of parks, like one in an outer borough? Aren't our kids worthy of a park? Oh wait..dumb question!