No Place to Go When You Need to Go? These New Yorkers Have Ideas

The pandemic ignited a conversation about the use of public space, but the city’s lack of public restrooms has led to long lines and some uncomfortable situations.

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Unanimous Vote Is Final Step Toward Removing Roosevelt Statue

The American Museum of Natural History’s sculpture of the ex-president, flanked by a Native American man and an African man, will be sent to an institution dedicated to his life.

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Residents and Revelers Clash Over Washington Square Park

As the pandemic eases, the park has attracted crowds of young people who regard it as a place to let loose. Residents say the scene is out of control.

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Major Moments From the Final Democratic Mayoral Debate

As the June 22 primary approaches, Democratic candidates sparred over matters of public safety, schooling and homelessness.

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The Perseverance of New York City’s Wildflowers

A park in Williamsburg awaits the miniature beauty of its spring blossoms.

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How a Potter’s Field Became a Civil Rights Leader’s Resting Place

Relatives of Scott Green are among the hundreds of families who have buried their loved ones on New York City’s Hart Island.

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In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time

A much-vandalized bronze statue of “Fame” in Joyce Kilmer Park is to be returned this year with a new head, arms and feet — even without any record of what the statue’s original face looked like.

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In Brooklyn, Grand Army Plaza Gets an Intervention

The Memorial Arch, a granite monument to soldiers and sailors in the plaza, is about to get desperately needed restoration work.

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Why Cities Are Finally Showing Skateboarders Some Respect

New York and Jersey City opened or upgraded several skate parks just as the pandemic put a premium on outdoor space.

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Can Pools Help to Deter Crime?

The pandemic has limited access to public pools in New York this summer — and violence has soared.

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Why Trash Is Piling Up at N.Y.C. Parks

The pandemic shutdown has meant cuts in the department’s budget and staff, right when green space is needed more than ever.

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The Met Is Reopening, and the ‘Hot Dog King’ Is Back

The rebound of the longtime vendor could be a bellwether for small-business owners in the city who rely on tourists and workers for sales.

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Trash Piles Up in Parks, Just When New Yorkers Need Them the Most

Budget cuts have left some of New York City’s green spaces with unmown lawns, unemptied garbage cans and littered playgrounds.

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Stir-Crazy New Yorkers Discovered an Idyllic Spot. Will They Trample It?

During the pandemic, people are venturing deeper into the city’s forests, wetlands and grasslands, just as budget cuts threaten the spaces’ upkeep.

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‘I Missed You, Pool’: Children Rejoice as N.Y.C. Public Pools Finally Open

At one of the eight pools to reopen, a swimmer almost forgot to remove his mask before making a cannonball jump. So, he placed it on his flip-flops and then — splash.

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How the Central Park Barber Spends His Sundays

Herman James has set up shop under a pergola near Strawberry Fields, where he has provided free haircuts since May.

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Quarantined in a Museum

The resident caretakers of some of New York’s cherished landmarks may have the city’s strangest work-from-home assignment.

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Summer Is Coming. Don’t Count on N.Y.C.’s Beaches for Relief.

Nearby beaches will open in time, but for now the pandemic will deprive New Yorkers of that pleasure closer to home.

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How to Save Summer From the Coronavirus

A balance can be found to be both safe and outdoors.

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