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For Southeast Queens residents, a morning stroll with one’s pooch is no walk through a typical park.

Last Thursday, Tunisia Morrison shared to Twitter a post displaying individuals passed out on benches in Rufus King Park, one with a needle stuck in his arm, and an image of human defecation in a fountain she says is frequented by children. The images were part of a presentation she and other members of the Friends of Dogs at Rufus King Park organization, a coalition of approximately 70 dog owners in the area, have been showing to elected officials in an effort to secure a dog run for the park.

Dignitaries gathered in Glendale at the Brooklyn border on July 29 to cut the ribbon at the newly refurbished intersection of Highland Boulevard and Vermont Place, at an entrance to Highland Park.

The upgrades were crafted to make it safer for pedestrians to access the park and the Ridgewood Reservoir from Brooklyn and southern Queens.

When the pond at Bowne Park was initially slated for reconstruction, Barack Obama was still president.

And while much has changed since then, at surface level, the state of the pond has not — that is, until now. Seven years after then-Councilman Paul Vallone announced the initial pond plan, work on the pond’s much-needed upgrades finally began last Friday, the Department of Parks and Recreation reported at a town hall Tuesday evening.


As the city faces a monumental shortage of lifeguards, Mayor Adams announced Wednesday morning that the city had reached an agreement with District Council 37, the union representing city lifeguards, increasing wages and adding a class of lifeguards who will specifically oversee mini pools.

“Every New Yorker deserves to safely enjoy our city’s public pools and beaches this summer and my team has taken extraordinary measures to make that happen,” Adams said in a statement.

Councilmember Sandra Ung (D-Flushing) announced Monday that Leavitt Field in Flushing is slated to receive a $500,000 renovation.

Ung made the announcement at a ceremony for Flushing High School’s varsity baseball team, which recently won the Public School Athletic League Division AA championship and finished the season undefeated. Leavitt Field is their home field.