Central Park

John Paulson gives US$100m to Central Park

Central Park, seen here from the Rockefeller Centre, covers more than 340 hectares. Photo: NY Times

When the hedge fund manager John Paulson stood in front of the Bethesda Fountain in the heart of New York's Central Park and announced a US$100 million gift to the Central Park Conservancy, it seemed to come out of nowhere, like an errant ball from one of the park's playi

Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 4:45am

Area strikes right note with youths

Chengdu's nightlife was starting to get repetitive and moribund until the East Chengdu Music Park opened last autumn and shook the local music scene. The park was once a massive factory that had been lying dormant for years, but now it is a warren of industrial concrete cells, huge towers and soaring pipes, covered in graffiti and rock-scene slogans, and bumping with club music.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A wild idea in circulation - move the library to the Central Market

A wild idea has been floating around architectural circles lately: building a new central library on the Central Market site.

'Central cannot afford a denser environment,' veteran architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee said, citing the benefits of moving the existing central library from Causeway Bay to Central.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

It's an eatery too far, park activists argue

New York

In the spring sunshine, the grass is glistening, flowers are blossoming and sunbathers are clustered on the benches along the paths, chatting, reading or enjoying lunch. This picture of tranquility can be found in Union Square Park, in the middle of a busy New York transport hub.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Ocean Park record dispels fears of Disney challenge

Ocean Park passed a new milestone yesterday, surpassing the record annual attendance set on June 30 last year in less than 11 months, and declared that Disneyland, which it had feared would eat into its patronage, had actually increased attendance at the homegrown theme park.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Watching like hawks

Hollywood may have been obsessed with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' new baby this week, but New York City's celebrity watchers have been just as concerned with whether the city's best-known lovebirds will produce a brood.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Architects under attack in probe

Government architects have come under fire after a $10,000 maintenance job at the Star Ferry car park snowballed into a $1.7 million bill for taxpayers.

The Audit Commission's latest value-for-money report also found the Architectural Services Department had not carried out $762 million worth of work approved in the 2002-2004 financial years.

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Away with the fairies

IF YOU visit Jiuzhaigou, China's best-known national park, there's a fair chance you'll fall to your knees at the wonder of 'a fairyland on Earth' - or so says the official guide book. A group of Unesco officials did just that, when they first saw the 72,000-hectare park's mountains, forests and blue and green lakes, the book says. The scenery is breathtaking.

4 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Marketing overhaul brings in the crowds

Attendances at cash-strapped Ocean Park have recovered in the past six months and the rebound may generate a surplus this financial year, halting accumulated losses of more than $200 million over the past four years.

Attendances rose by 22 per cent to 1.75 million in the second half of last year.

21 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Ocean Park hopes to attract midnight masses

Ocean Park is to open until midnight on Saturdays in an attempt to shore up visitor numbers.

The theme park, which normally closes at 6pm, will begin the late-night openings from July in the hope of attracting a younger clientele.

The initiative is seen as a move to strengthen the park's competitiveness - it has accumulated losses of $140 million over three years.

16 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Clean up plan plea

AS the date of the Bon Jovi concert gets closer, I'm beginning to wonder if the organisers will take the correct precautions against littering. This can turn into a major problem if a plan is not organised.

16 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Don't destroy country park

I RECENTLY had the pleasure of walking in the Shalotung Country Park. It was such a relief to find a piece of untouched wild country.

But I was horrified to hear that there are proposals for development. To nibble away at this considerable area would be folly. Do not destroy it. M. GRIERSON London

2 Mar 1993 - 12:00am