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In Diller Island’s Demise, a Cautionary Tale of Donor Influence

Just like that, Pier 55, a $250 million floating park (cultural island? entertainment center? performing arts pier?) to be built over a dilapidated pier on the Hudson River, is no more. A lot of people are very upset about its [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg

NY Parks Lawsuit Challenges Privatization of Public Spaces

Originally published July 2, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy.  When news broke about Barry Diller’s plan for a new park and entertainment venue to hover over the Hudson River, we were among the voices saying that it goes too far. Now [...]

July 2, 2015 Science & Environment
Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg

Diller Island: Private Park Funding Gone Overboard

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, November 19, 2014. Consider for a moment that a billionaire is planning to literally reshape the shoreline of Manhattan by funding a floating island park, just a short walk from his office. Maybe, just maybe, [...]

December 3, 2014 Science & Environment

What de Blasio’s New York Means for City Parks

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, October 9, 2014. The massive public-private partnership of the High Line is one of Mike Bloomberg’s signature achievements. His successor has yet to even visit the park, turning instead to neglected neighborhood green spaces. Are [...]

October 19, 2014 Science & Environment