Parks Department

Patrizia’s of Bayside now only for parties
Patrizia’s of Bayside now only for parties
News Melissa Chan 12/07/2012 at 7:45AM

A Bayside restaurant has stopped serving lunch and dinner and will only offer catering services after less than one year of being open, The Courier has learned. Patrizia’s of Bayside took over its 201-10 Cross Island Parkway home in June, when popular but upscale Valentino’s on the Green shuttered. According to a spokesperson for the [...]

Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
News Melissa Chan 10/17/2012 at 12:48PM

A state senator scolded the city for making changes to a green program that has left some turf in his district deserted. Unused road areas have been turned into leafy green spaces since 1996, under the city Department of Parks and Recreation’s Greenstreets program, but now only pieces of land in flood-prone areas are being [...]

Idlewild Park set to get $3.5M education center
News Maggie Hayes 10/01/2012 at 2:24PM

Idlewild Park is set to get revamped, adding a new, state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot nature and education center. The potential construction area in Idlewild is an “incredible resource,” according to Blake Middleton of the award-winning Handel Architects LLP. Middleton is the head designer for the new, $3.5 million facility, working with both the Eastern Queens Alliance (EQA) [...]

Evergreen Park to be redesigned
Evergreen Park to be redesigned
News Billy Rennison 9/30/2012 at 9:50AM

Adjacent to a school and with a kindergarten theme, a Ridgewood park’s redesign aims to combine learning with play. The Department of Parks & Recreation presented plans to renovate Evergreen Park, next to P.S. 68 on St. Felix Avenue, to parents and residents on Monday, September 24. “Now, there’s really nothing for small children to [...]

Man’s threat to light self on fire locks down Flushing school
News Melissa Chan 9/27/2012 at 12:32PM

A 75-year-old Asian man from Bayside is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after he threatened to douse himself with gasoline and light himself on fire in a Flushing park, police said. The NYPD could not disclose the man’s name because of current medical testing, but said he took over a wooden tool shed in Kissena Park on [...]

A league of their own: American Softball is all inclusive
A league of their own: American Softball is all inclusive
Sports Terence M. Cullen 8/28/2012 at 7:52AM

Everybody hits. Everybody runs the bases. Everybody has fun. This is how Randy Novick from Howard Beach describes American Softball. Every Saturday throughout the summer, Novick, along with counselors and mentally challenged people from five assisted-living homes met at a field in Kissena Park to get a chance to play softball. Five homes currently comprise [...]

Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
News Billy Rennison 8/14/2012 at 4:23PM

On most cool, rainy days throughout the summer, city sprinklers run continuously, pouring thousands of gallons of water — and money — down the drain. But a joint project between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Parks and Recreation is looking to put an end to this water waste through timed [...]

Agreement breathes new life into Jamaica Bay
News Billy Rennison 7/28/2012 at 11:21AM

Jamaica Bay, which has long been a medley of city, state and federal land, will now have thousands of acres of parkland jointly managed by the National Park Service and the New York City Parks Department. The two agencies reached an agreement to maintain 10,000 acres of Jamaica Bay to “promote visitation, education programs, scientific [...]

$850,000 to improve courts at Middle Village park
$850,000 to improve courts at Middle Village park
News Billy Rennison 7/26/2012 at 8:16AM

The bocce ball players that arrive at Juniper Valley Park rain or shine will no longer have to worry about the elements. The city’s Parks Department announced a request for proposal for improvements to the Middle Village park’s bocce courts, including a shade structure covering the space. Many of the area’s large Italian-American population descends [...]

Little Bay Park comfort station back on track
Little Bay Park comfort station back on track
News Melissa Chan 7/19/2012 at 8:53AM

Long-delayed plans to construct a comfort station at Bayside’s Little Bay Park are back on track after seven years of derailment, officials said. The bidding process for the capital project has begun and will last until July 31, said a spokesperson for the city’s Parks Department. While the spokesperson said a construction time line will [...]