A top Parks Department official has admitted it's "inappropriate" that his agency has allowed drivers to defile a memorial to enslaved Africans by parking on the plaza in Foley Square — but the agency also said it is thinking about a fix, albeit with the NYPD.
As predicted, the House Judiciary Committee field hearing in Lower Manhattan was a political sideshow inside and a clusterf**k of history outside. And Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) stopped by to make everything oh so much worse. Plus other news.
We'll be on hand House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan's field hearing today because major news events provide the Parks Department with regular excuses to allow everyone to park on and in Foley Square and Thomas Paine Park (pictured). But before that, let's get to the news.
As the stewards of Central Park are studying how to make the green space safer for pedestrians and cyclists following a spate of crashes, new data shows that a whopping 38,852 people — more than 1,000 a day — traversed the park on Citi Bikes last August.