The tree massacre is just one component of New York City's Parks Department plan for a staggering "overhaul" of Washington Square Park at a cost of $16 million, which includes: reducing the public space; dismantling and relocating the landmarked fountain so that it is "aligned" with the Arch; removing the chess tables; and replacing and relocating the popular dog run. These changes will destroy the historical character and functionality of Washington Square Park.
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Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem cleared its largest hurdle Wednesday by sailing through the City Council despite accusations of backroom dealings and a rushed vote.
The proposal easily passed zoning and land-use committees Wednesday, before receiving final approval before the full council, on a 35-5 vote with six abstentions. Opponents of the plan as well as several councilmembers were caught off guard by the timing of the vote, which hadn't been expected until January.
Council pushes through Columbia University expansion
A city sanitation worker narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday when a 2-foot girder from Manhattan's High Line fell and hit his car.
The beam fell from the rusting hulk of the High Line, a long-abandoned industrial relic that runs from the West Village up to the railyards on W. 30th St.
The city plans to transform the High Line into a tourist destination lined with galleries, but there was no construction at the scene Wednesday.
High Line girder falls on car
Photo from AM-NY