On July 16, 160 summer associates from Goldman Sachs gathered at northern Manhattan’s Harlem River esplanade for what was expected to be a routine employee volunteer day of cleaning and greening a park in New York City. The volunteers had signed up to assist in the ongoing restoration of this popular riverfront space but the work quickly turned into a mini-excavation when they uncovered something quite unexpected: hundreds of feet of rusted metal edging, that had at one time separated the bike path from the lawn, deeply buried and completely obscured by overgrowth.

After a morning of assisting in much needed maintenance and cleanup of the area, Goldman Sachs volunteers unearthed a section of metal buried a foot below the ground and otherwise invisible to the unknowing eye. With sheer determination and lots of muscle, volunteers successfully excavated the divider. The removal will allow for expansion of the existing lawn space, to be used in the near future as a public recreation area for the community surrounding the Harlem River Esplanade and nearby Highbridge Park.

NYRP thanks the Goldman Sachs volunteers for their hard work in supporting our mission to provide all New Yorkers with green and open space. If you are interested in partnering with NYRP for a corporate volunteer day, please contact Jimmy Owens at jowens@nyrp.org.


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