What are these two smiling about? By happenstance, Dan Barasch (in glasses) and his friend Willie were the first two citizens to experience the renovated Petrosino Square Park last night after workers began to remove the fence. These two are not the only ones pleased to see the new park though. When the park reconstruction was announced in June, Streetsblog reported:
Interestingly, the loudest round of applause from the crowd of local residents, many elderly Italian citizens, appeared to come during [Council Member] Alan Gerson's remarks regarding freeing up useless road space on Lafayette St. for community use.
It was 9pm last night when people were busy watering the greenery, sweeping the borders, and putting the finishing touches on the park while the fence came down, in preparation for it's ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at 11am. Eight bike racks were installed along the NE corner of the park on Cleveland Pl.
A life long resident of the neighborhood who was born on the NW corner of Spring and Cleveland PL tells me that Petrosino Sq used to be a Milk House, (like this one at Tompkins Sq) "a little house where my mother would send me to buy milk for two cents."
More photos on the Flick, and info on Petrosino Square at NYC.Gov