This Manhattan Park Was Once a Gem. Now It’s a ‘No Man’s Land.’

A decades-long fight to reopen a park house, once a thriving community center in a working-class neighborhood, has taken on new urgency during the pandemic.

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Don’t Referee Every Schoolyard Conflict. Help Kids Learn to Solve Them on Their Own.

When parents interfere too much, children miss out on building an essential life skill.

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The Battle for an Open-Air Gym at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park

Marcus Garvey Park has been in disrepair for years. Jamel Ali turned a corner of it into an open-air gym.

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Rucker Park, a Basketball Mecca, Gets New Life

Rucker Park in Harlem has been a proving ground for amateurs and professionals for generations. “We don’t come there giving you roses,” one player said. “You got to earn it.”

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A Grandfather Asks, How Much Freedom Can My Grandson Handle?

From the top of the big kids’ slide, you can see forever.

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Basketball Is Nothing Without Net

“It is just not good,” Anibal Amador says of bare rims at New York City’s playgrounds. As a result, the self-described “Net Changer” buys and hangs nets at his local courts.

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Cornelia Oberlander, a Farsighted Landscape Architect, Dies at 99

Her acclaimed modernist but naturalist designs recognized the fragility of the climate and the social effects of parks and playgrounds.

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N.Y.C. Bans Pesticides in Parks With Push From Unlikely Force: Children

“A bunch of kindergartners,” now in seventh grade, worked years to push the City Council to approve a ban on toxic pesticides in parks, playgrounds and other spaces.

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The Value of Children Having Best Friends

While young children may not be able to articulate the difference, they value deep friendships over casual connections.

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New York City Has 2,300 Parks. But Poor Neighborhoods Lose Out.

Governors Island and other large parks are trying to attract more underserved visitors, who need outdoor space more than ever during the pandemic.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case was the court’s latest on whether the Constitution allows the states to exclude religious groups from government programs.

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Public Spaces Weren’t Designed for Pandemics. N.Y.C. Is Trying to Adapt.

New rules and design will try to keep New Yorkers safe in the usually crowded plazas, parks and streets.

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As Playgrounds Start to Reopen, Here’s How to Keep Kids Safe

Parents and caregivers are weighing the risks of bringing children to playgrounds, where social distancing can be a challenge and hard surfaces are everywhere.

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New York City Doesn’t Have to Suffer This Summer

Officials shouldn’t let the coronavirus end a long history of helping people stay cool.

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Making Friends With Other Parents Is Like Dating

To build up your tribe, go where other parents are and pursue connections without heavy expectations.

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The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park

In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the nation’s healthiest urban region, almost everyone lives within a 10-minute walk of a good public park. Shouldn’t we all?

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