Combine HuffPo's hunger for traffic with its ugly habit of lifting content from other websites, and this is the amusing result; apparently the sarcasm in the original Curbed item was too subtle for the website's editors.
If the concept doesn't seem an obvious satire on its face, there's always the over-the-top website, which calls Central Park a "blighted urban space" that needs to be "reclaim[ed]" and assures that Tavern on the Green will "be given the option of applying for a franchisee lease in the concourse food court."
Huffington Post has since made note of the hoax on its website.
Yesterday, HuffPo followed TMZ and a few others in reporting that mixed martial arts fighter Kim "Kimo" Leopoldo had died. The story came as quite a surprise to the still-living Leopoldo.