Last weekend, volunteers had been corralled to spruce up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. On Monday morning, at the lakeside near the Van Wyck Expressway, where grills are stationed, aluminum-foil tins of lettuce and pork were strewed on the lawn, along with bottles, cartons, a discarded table and at least one used diaper. The tactics of the parks department did not seem to be working, and there were no maintenance people in sight.
As with so many kinds of conversations in New York, discussions of parks inevitably lead to complicated questions about race and class. Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Parks, with their independent funding streams and peripheries of high-priced real estate, are largely spotless on a Monday morning.
It's ok, Julissa Ferreras made a big deal with the USTA and I'm sure FMCP will be spotless any day now...