It’s My Park

I have a piece in the current issue of New York Magazine on the feud to control Central Park. The popularity of jogging, biking and dog walking has pitted rival factions against each other. This year, the Park celebrates its 150th anniversary. Far from the urban oasis its founders imagined, the Park has been transformed into a Type-A battleground. “There is a lot of hate,” nationally ranked cyclist Sarah Chubb, the president of Condé Nast’s CondéNet,” told me. “The Road Runners club can take over the entire park, and they get pissed at us if our races go past 8 a.m. The runners don’t stay where they’re supposed to stay, they’re wearing headphones, and they’ll scream at you if you ask them to get out of the way!”

From the piece:

The struggle for Central Park is, in its essence, like any other New York neighborhood conflict, with the same kinds of seething antagonisms and the same immutable stereotypes. There are the old-timers (I was here first!), the colonizers (The park is ours!), and the new-money arrivistes (Who do you think you are?).

Read the full story HERE

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