The Secret Haunting of Crocheron Park

Secret Haunting

Secret Haunting

Two of the Cafe’s regular customers were overheard having this conversation:

Milhouse: (as he sips his morning coffee) Hey Corn, you know the Halloween event that goes on every year in Fort Totten?

Cornelious: (biting into his bagel) You mean the one where all the vehicles have no place to park and end up driving up and down the streets?

Milhouse: Yea, that’s it. Some of the drivers even block crosswalks and driveways – And don’t forget the people walking all over private property. Someone told me that up to 3,000 visitors come to the park for the Halloween thing. Well anyway, listen to this: I heard that due to some kind of construction in the Little Bay parking lot, this year’s event is being moved to Crocheron Park.

Cornelious: Wow! That can’t make the East Bayside Homeowners Association (EBHA) very happy. Crocheron is right in their backyard. I wonder if they even know about it. Those residents are going to have a sh*t fit. Why would parks want to mess with that organization and their president?

Milhouse: I’m sure that both the EBHA and Community Board 11 were notified. Parks believes in total transparency and would never do anything underhanded. While we’re on the subject, do you feel this Benepe has been doing a good job?

Cornelious: Well, it is the Department of Parks & Recreation and I think Benepe has been a decent Recreation Commissioner. Did you see the waiter? I could use some more coffee………

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Turf War Brewing in New York City Parks

Customers in the Cafe are starting to wonder if Parks & Recreation will ever get it right.

NYC Park - Use at your own risk

NYC Park - Use at your own risk

From 1010 WINS

Posted: Sunday, 08 February 2009 7:16PM

Turf War Brewing in New York City Parks

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A turf war is brewing in New York City.

The city council will hold a hearing Monday on a bill that would ban new installation of artifical turf on city ballfields until all the fields can be tested.

Environmental groups say it’s because lead tests done on the turf in East Harlem’s Thomas Jefferson Park came back four times higher than previously disclosed.

But the Parks Department says new tests found no further evidence of elevated lead levels and rejected the call for a moratorium.

“The contaminated field at Thomas Jefferson Park is promptly being removed and replaced,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Thankfully, this appears to be an isolated finding.”

The council bill would mandate the removal of a controversial rubber infill which is made from recycled tires and a petroleum-based product containing more than two dozen different chemicals including arsenic, lead and zinc. These products have been known to be hazardous to people and the environment.