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East Harlem has one of the lowest ratios of park space per resident, according to a new study by New Yorkers for Parks. The organization's Open Space index places the ideal ratio at 2.5 acres of open space for every 1,000 residents; East Harlem has 1.2 acres per 1,000 residents. There are 122 acres of passive open space (where people sit, walk, and do other passive sorts of things) compared to 40 acres of active space for running/playing. That's only 30 percent of the recommended amount. [NYO]