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The Daily Plant : Friday, September 15, 2000


Seventeen years ago-on Thursday, September 15, 1983-a publication called the "Daily Parks Report" was born. Parkies and Friends of Parks in all city offices could find on one sheet of paper all of the latest Parks news-including events, capital projects, exhibits, milestones like births and retirements, as well as the daily day-to-day business that comes with running the City's vast park system.

The "Daily Parks Report," now known as the "The Daily Plant," was typed up on green legal-sized paper and distributed to Parks offices throughout the five boroughs. The top headline for Vol. 1, Issue I was "'Tiny' Archibald Toasted at Awards Dinner." Parks honored the basketball player with a silver basketball from Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern at a dinner that also awarded Parkies for outstanding service to the Department. The first issue also featured an item about two cyclists who rode their bikes across the country in a 4,000 mile, 68-day trek. They arrived in Central Park near Tavern on the Green, where Commissioner Stern welcomed the women with bouquets of flowers.


We would like to offer our condolences to receptionist Rita Turrentine on the passing of her friend and ex-husband, Stanley Turrentine, a jazz tenor saxophonist. He was 66 years old.

(Friday, September 18, 1987)


The light rain falling at Thomas Paine park yesterday did not halt the planting of the 13th Franklinia alatamaha tree commemorating the Bicentennial of the signing of the Constitution. U.S. Circuit Judge James L. Oakes, a speaker at yesterday's ceremony, mentioned Benjamin Franklin, recalling the speech that was read to the delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.


Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.

E.B. White (1899-1985)

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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

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As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit

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