City Mulls Opening Off-Limits Sites Like Washington Square Park Arch to NYers

Several groups spoke in support of opening up more Parks-owned land including the Regional Plan Association and Open House New York, the latter of which offers tours to usually off-limits spaces once a year at least. Moses Gates, the director of Community Planning and Design at the RPA raised the important point that in New York he found that such projects were usually all or nothing. He advised instead that not all sites had to go undergo multimillion dollar renovations but could just be opened with the requisite safety and maintenance work such as the Promenade Plantée in Paris, which is a High Line-style park that isn’t quite as dazzling as the latter, but still provides a vital public resource.

Read the full article in Curbed NY.