From the NY Times in 1988: "Jacob Riis Park...badly needs rehabilitation...neither of New York's powerful Senators seems to be powerful or interested enough to obtain the Federal funds required for this totally nonpolitical purpose..."
Sure, Chuck and Hillary got funds to restore the bathhouse, but what about the things you pass on the way there?
Are these ugly concrete barriers really necessary?
Planters would look much nicer and still be functional.
Having steps and handrails repaired and pulling weeds isn't too much to ask for, is it?
The decision to not fly an American flag here is, I believe, a wise one.
From the Daily News, 2006: "Shuttered concessions. Broken benches. Crumbling railings. Abandoned and overgrown handball courts. More than 30 years after Jacob Riis Park beach was taken over by the federal government, beachgoers charge vast parts are a disgrace."
Riis shore is in sorry state
New York Magazine tells it like it is:
The drinking fountains look like Roman ruins, the railings seem to have been fashioned out of driftwood, the tennis courts and basketball hoops may or may not have nets, and the baseball-diamond infields are overrun with grass.
The barely legible inscription on this monument reads: "Jacob A. Riis. Distinguished citizen of Danish birth. Pioneer in improving city parks and playgrounds." It's too bad he isn't alive today. Maybe he could have fixed this mess.
Hey this looks kind of nice. That's because it's a golf course. Yep, I believe I just heard ol' Jake roll over.
This is posted in honor of Mr. Riis, a pioneer in muckraking photography who showed the world just before the turn of the 20th century that the poor people of NYC were getting a raw deal. In the 21st century, it's now the poor AND the middle class.