Union Square Park Reno Resumes With Restaurant And Trees In Limbo

The jackhammers are out and the heavy equipment is rolling in Union Square Park this morning after a NY Supreme Court judge ruled that construction on the Park's renovation can continue- however, a restraining order against knocking down trees and renovating the pavilion has been extended indefinitely. In the short term it is a sensible ruling in that nobody objects to more playground space, or a much needed renovation of the Farmers Market facility that has no more charm than a parking lot. However, the real issue, that of a private restaurant occupying public space in the pavilion remains unresolved. From a strict legal standpoint, it looks likely that such appropriation, or as critics see it, expropriation, would likely have to be approved by the state.


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