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Now’s the time for real park equity

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The profound disruptions of COVID-19 have created new challenges for our leaders, who need to make sure New York City remains a place people want to live and work. The next city administration has an opportunity to make visionary investments in additional parks that will enhance our economic recovery while making the city more livable and equitable for a growing population.

On economic recovery, let’s lean into the fact that tourists and commuters are increasingly attracted to green spaces for a post-work stroll, movie, concert or people-watching. That’s why destination parks like Hudson River Park, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the High Line, Prospect Park, Rockaway beaches and more are a key to the city’s recovery.

In recent years, the list of destination parks has grown through considerable outside investments: New York State opened Shirley Chisholm Park, and private donors have contributed Domino Park and Little Island. Now, in addition to continuing to renovate existing parks, it’s the city’s turn to create a great new park. There are a number of worthy projects that deserve consideration: the conversion of the clogged and crowded Brooklyn-Queens Expressway into a linear........

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