(This modified aerial view of the Five Points shows the area around modern day Columbus Park. As you can see, Paradise Square would have filled the space currently occupied by the New York City Supreme Court. Photo by Neil Pentecost.)
To round up the week, we’d like to give special mentions to a few of our favorite stories. And this week’s picks are…
- “History of Streets: Paradise Square” Sure, there are many people living in Manhattan today who see the metropolis as nothing less than Paradise. For others, the city falls short. Still, regardless of which camp you find yourself in, New York does have a corner of paradise anyone can enjoy. Of course, it’s not really there anymore. [Untapped Cities]
- “Seven Zany Ideas for a (Swimmable!) Gowanus Canal“ Urban design advocacy group Gowanus By Design hosted a competitionfor architects and students and received in return 150 renderings depicting fanciful visions for how to cope with the perennially polluted canal. [Curbed NY]
- “Elementary School Rankings: See How Your Neighborhood Schools Scored” Of all the decisions parents have to make in New York City, none inspires more stress than where to send their child to school. [DNAinfo]
Keep the ideas flowing and the reports comin’! Thanks for the news, guys!