A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

*Nominee 

Columbus Park Pavilion

New York

NY

USA

Contributed by 
Paul Gong
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
March 13, 2002
December 14, 2017

This park pavilion in the midst of a dense neighborhood could provide sorely needed public space, but it's locked up, accessible only to pigeons.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The pavilion has been neglected by the City of NY and the Parks Department since at least 1992. It is presently fenced off to prevent the local bums and drug addicts from doing their thing. It is in the heart of New York's Chinatown neighborhood, in a park that is frequently used by children and senior citizens. "Friends of Columbus Park" has been formed to try to keep the park active for community use and our first mission is to do something about this Pavilion. We'd like to rebuild it and make it into a Youth Center for the kids in the area.

Access & Linkages

totally inaccessible - it's fenced off and locked

Comfort & Image

It has become home for the hundreds of pigeons in the area.

Uses & Activities

nothing goes on here - although the rest of the park has lots of activity

Sociability

it could be a thriving community place and a focal point for the park

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

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Columbus Park Pavilion
Pavilion, rear-view
Columbus Park Pavilion
Columbus Park Pavilion
Columbus Park Pavilion
Pavilion was built in 1887
Columbus Park Pavilion
Pigeon coop
Columbus Park Pavilion
Columbus Park Pavilion
Columbus Park Pavilion

*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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