As part of a plan set in motion by the Park Department and the Business Improvement District (whose members include some of the surrounding businesses, like the overpriced Whole Foods), the Pavilion and children's playground in Union Square will soon become a restaurant.
See that? A public space becoming a private space. Cha-ching.
According to the Community Improvement District, a group opposing the restaurant plan, the financial backer is anonymous and those who will profit from the plan are not known. Shhh! Cha-ching!
Currently, there is an injunction against the building of the restaurant as a result of a lawsuit to stop the plan. The premise of the lawsuit is that permission from the state legislature to put a private entity on park land was never sought. There is a petition you can peruse and sign right here.