At some point over the July 4 weekend, the city unveiled a pop-up version of the long-delayed park.
The park will still house a planned memorial to the area's abolitionist past, but will no longer have underground parking.
The people’s playground may be expanding, and through the use of eminent domain.
Three vacant lots along the Coney Island Boardwalk amounting to 75,000 square feet may be seized by the city for long-delayed development as rides and parks, the New York Post reported.
Some of the last buildings that the government seized from their longtime owners in order to make way for the Atlantic Yards project are likely to be demolished soon. Demolition permits were filed on Thursday for 491, 493 and 495 Dean Street. The three 19th century row houses sit close to the corner of 6th Avenue, right across from Barclays Center in Prospect Heights.
The buildings, pictured below (491 is on the left), were part of a long dispute with developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City and the then Empire State Development Corporation. Eventually, the owners and their families, some of whom had lived here for generations, were ordered by the state to vacate the properties in September of 2014 and reportedly had 90 days to do so. The sums they were offered by the state for the properties were not made public.