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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

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New Utrecht Ave., 45 St., Ft Hamilton Pkwy.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This plaza is named for one of New York’s most enduring creatures, the pigeon. Of the numerous animal inhabitants of New York City, the most widely recognized group may very well be the pigeon (Columba spp.).

Although most New Yorkers refer to these ground feeding birds generically as pigeons, the pigeon family actually comprises 289 species of birds throughout the world. The most common American pigeon, the mourning dove (Zenaidura carolinensis) is aptly named for its melancholy call. The rock dove, a stout bird with a small head, short neck, and thick gray and white plumage, (Columba livia) is almost exclusively the species of pigeon seen in New York City.

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