De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks

Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today's press conference. (Photo:  Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today’s press conference. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Call him Mayor Robin Hood–for parks at least.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new parks commissioner today threw their weight behind the idea of getting wealthy, privately-funded parks conservancies to help subsidize parks with less green–but stopped short of endorsing making such an arrangement mandatory. Continue reading “De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks”

President Obama Just Wants To ‘Wander Around’ Central Park

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Barack Obama taking a stroll in Chicago earlier this month. (Photo: Getty)

Last night, President Barack Obama spoke at a Broadway-themed fundraiser hosted by theater producer Margo Lion. He began his speech by sharing a story of how Ms. Lion once tried to help him do something he’s been unable to since taking office–taking an incognito stroll around Central Park.

“The thing that you miss most when you’re President–extraordinary privilege, and really nice plane and all kinds of stuff, but suddenly, not only have you lost your anonymity, but your capacity to just wander around and go into a bookstore, or go to a coffee shop, or walk through Central Park,” President Obama said. “It was a beautiful day and I had just been driving through Manhattan, and I saw Margo. And I said, you know, I just desperately want to take a walk through Central Park again, and just remember what that feels like. But the problem is, obviously, it’s hard to do now. And so my idea has been to see if I was–if I got a disguise could I pull this off.” Continue reading “President Obama Just Wants To ‘Wander Around’ Central Park”