"We concentrate our maintenance efforts on the parks that people use," Mr. Benepe said, noting that existing resources don't permit every park to be kept in perfect condition.
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"We always gave priority to developed parkland," a former parks commissioner, Henry Stern, said. "They're basically triage decisions as to what you can fix and what you can't."
"A lot of these areas — you might call them the untended fringes of the emerald empire — simply don't get the attention that Rome does," he said.
Translation: "We like to keep the money in Manhattan, where we live and the tourists visit."