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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Earlier today a man died after being hit by a falling tree branch in Central Park. There are several confirmed reports of other trees that have fallen in Central Park and around the city in parks and on streets. The breaking of the branch and the other fallen trees were likely caused by the accumulation of wet, unusually heavy snow. For this reason, we are advising people to avoid parks if possible this evening and to use caution near street trees. People can report fallen trees by calling 311.
Tina Fineberg for The New York Times The scene in Central Park where a man was killed on Thursday afternoon
A 46-year-old man was killed in Central Park when a snow-sodden tree limb fell on him just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the authorities said, according to the New York Times.
The man, Elmaz Qyra of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, was declared dead at the location, a tree-canopied stretch along Literary Walk on the east side of the park near 69th Street, after crews from the Fire Department arrived at the spot.
A witness who walked by as Mr. Qyra lay bleeding said that the branch, which came to rest beside his head, looked like it must have weighed 100 pounds. The American elm tree it fell from, the witness said, was massive, perhaps 80 feet high, and was bowed beneath the weight of several inches of wet snow.
The accident was reminiscent of one last summer in which a man, Sasha J. Blair-Goldensohn, 33, was hit by a rotten tree branch that fell because of its weight and hit him in the head. Mr. Blair-Goldensohn, an engineer for Google, sustained brain and spinal injuries but survived.
The police closed Fifth Avenue from 69th to 71 Streets after at least two other limbs or trees fell there, one hitting a car and another a bus, said Paul J. Browne, the chief police spokesman. No one was injured in those falls.
New York Times City Room - February 25, 2010 - By Al Baker and Mick Meenan
There’s nothing more frustrating than being in a Roger Federer-esque zone, only to have your baseline drive fail because of a bad bounce on a crack-filled court.
Ten tennis players who use the courts in Fort Greene Park certainly feel that way — and they held their first fundraiser last night to raise money to fix the problem, according to the Brooklyn Paper.
“There are tons of cracks in the court surfaces,” said Rich Rodriguez, one of the members of the just-founded Fort Greene Tennis Association, which raised money at the General Greene on Thursday night. “Some of them are almost an inch wide! Someone could easily trip and fall while playing.”
The alliance of pseudo-Samprases is shooting for $250,000 for a complete overhaul of the courts. Once that happens, the group hopes to coordinate tennis programs.
In addition to the surface repairs, the players want to remedy a drainage system that leaves puddles of water and piles of leaves on the courts.
A Yonkers construction company performing renovation work at Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island and Owen Dolan Park in the Bronx says they are being forced into bankruptcy because the Parks Department owes them tens of thousands of dollars according to WABC News. This is a follow up to the June 4, 2009 nightmare story of delays and obfuscation from the Parks Department.
"The Parks Department vigorously disagrees with the position Tuckahoe Construction. Work may begin at both sites. All permits are in place" the DPR Press office said in June 4, 2009. However after Channel 7's follow up eight months later up the agency changed their spin.
The Parks Department blames the latest payment problem on an upgraded software system that authorizes payments to vendors.
"It's new," DPR's head spokesperson Vicki Karp said in a statement. "We've had some problems paying vendors. We're working to resolve the issue. The vendor who has been delayed in receiving his January payment will be paid with interest,"
There is no word on when that payment will come or how many small business owners are in the same situation, ABC News commented.
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A Yonkers construction company owner says he's being forced into bankruptcy because New York City owes him tens of thousands of dollars.
Eyewitness News first reported about the firm's bureaucratic nightmare with New York City last spring. The problem was supposedly fixed, but the red tape is apparently back and worse than ever.
A number of construction firms who have contracts with the city say they never get paid on time and that it's one excuse after another. Most companies are afraid to speak out because they fear they'll get shut out of future contracts, but one small business owner says he has nothing more to lose.
"I need to sell my tools to pay my bills," Yonkers contractor Stylianos Nikas said. "I'm behind in my bills."
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It still ain't over till its over.
That's the vow a group of Yankee fans made Tuesday after losing the latest - and possibly final - battle with the city to save Gate 2 at the old Yankee Stadium according to the Daily News.
The city Public Design Commission on Monday granted preliminary approval to the Parks Department's plans to commemorate the old Yankee Stadium - without retaining Gate 2.
Now the Gate 2 fans say they will pursue legal action to save it from the wrecking ball.
"I'm definitely going ahead with an injunction," said group member Tim Reid, 55, of Boca Raton, Fla.
The entire stadium is set to be demolished by June to make way for a Heritage Field Park.
The Parks Department plans to commemorate the House that Ruth Built by putting in engraved plaques and preserving elements of the stadium frieze and the famous bat statue outside.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
On Friday, parks officials recommended shuttering 41 parks and 14 historic sites, as well as reducing service at 23 other parks. The changes would affect two city parks.
Bayswater Point State Park in Jamaica Bay, Queens would be closed under the proposal.
Riverbank State Park on Manhattan's West Side would remain open, but would no longer offer seniors classes and community events. It would also shut down the outdoor swimming pool and reduce operating hours.
Some popular spots outside of the city could also see some changes.
Jones Beach State Park on Long Island would close one its pools and cancel its Fourth of July fireworks display, while the pools at Montauk Downs State Park and Tallman Mountain State Park would also shut down.
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says it is also proposing $4 million in fee increases.
If approved, the changes would start April 1.
For a full list of proposed park closings, visit www.nysparks.com.
Caleb Smith Preserve (Suffolk)
Cold Spring Harbor (Suffolk)
Nissequogue River (Suffolk)
Orient Beach (Suffolk)
Trail View (Suffolk)
Donald J. Trump (Westchester)
Philipse Manor Hall (Westchester)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Westchester), reducing swimming season
Rockefeller Preserve (Westchester), ending programs
Bethpage (Suffolk), no winter sports, picnic area
Connetquot River (Suffolk), closing weekdays
Heckscher (Suffolk), closing pool
Jones Beach (Nassau), closing pool, no July 4 fireworks
Montauk Downs (Suffolk), closing pool