Locals have taken the matter of increasing security in Morningside Park into their own hands after Borough President Scott Stringer approved a two-year-old grant earlier this summer.
Friends of Morningside Park
Five-year-old Anna Dale enjoys cruising around the newly paved basketball court on her scooter and crawling through glimmering new monkey bars, but the fountains are her favorite part of the recently reopened Playground 123.
Maxine Webb has worked in Morningside Park for the past decade, but after budget cuts, she lost her job in January. To Webb, Morningside Park is more than just her workplace—it’s also where she fell in love with the neighborhood.
The Friends of Morningside Park organized more than 50 volunteers to clear fallen leaves and debris from the park Saturday morning.
As one neighborhood advocacy group takes a lower profile, the Friends of Morningside Park are feeling the consequences—and think Columbia should pitch in its support.
The Friends of Morningside Park, founded by a group of Columbia students who wanted to preserve the crime-ridden park just east of campus, celebrated their 30th anniversary last week.
Jason Harris, 19, was questioned and arrested by NYPD on Tuesday evening, in connection to a sexual assault that occurred near 116th Street.
"Almost all of the turtles swimming around there … or in any ponds in the city, are descended from animals that were pets,” according to Chris Raxworthy, associate herpetology curator at the American Museum of Natural History.
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