After 44 long days, the strike at the Central Park Boathouse is over. And it only took a week more than previously expected. It seems that deputy mayor for economic development Robert Steel took time away from his Connecticut mansion to help work out a deal between Boathouse operator Dean Poll and New York Hotel Trades Council. “I want to congratulate Dean Poll and the New York Hotel Trades Council for reconciling their differences andcoming to an agreement that is good news for the Boathouse, its employees and the City," Steel said, announcing the resolution. The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed but since the restaurant will now be a Union shop it doesn't sound like Poll really won.

“The New York Hotel Trades Council is delighted that the strike at the Boathouse is over," Peter Ward, the Union’s President, said in a statement. “We are equally happy to say that our Union and the Boathouse employees accomplished our goals. Boathouse employees look forward to serving New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

All of which means that, just in time for fall, Central Park's prettiest dining destination (what with the Tavern on the Green still out of commission) is safe for people who hate crossing picket lines.