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Entries for 2012

Matt Singer - March 1, 2012
By Matt Singer

I teamed up with Rivendell Mountain Works to create a limited edition backpack to benefit Million Trees NYC—a citywide initiative dedicated to planting and caring for one million new trees across New York City’s five boroughs.

Living in New York City makes you acutely aware of the beneficial effects Nature can play on large urban environments. Trees are an integral part of New York City—they help clean our air, reduce the pollutants that trigger asthma attacks, and make New York City an even more beautiful and comfortable place to live, work, and visit. To support Million Trees NYC, I will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each backpack.

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The Fifth State - February 29, 2012
By Michael Mobbs

In 1999 New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced plans to sell 114 community gardens to developers to help fund city budget shortfalls. Bette Midler, the singer, and a charity she established, New York Restoration Project, bought some of these plots. Working with the Trust for Public Land and other non-profits NYRP is  keeping these public gardens in perpetuity.  NYRP owns and manages 55 community gardens throughout New York.

Working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members and corporate and community volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration and maintenance of NYRP’s community gardens, as well as four New York City parks.

This has resulted in the removal of nearly 133,000 bags of trash from the city’s green spaces. NYRP engages New York City residents in the long-term stewardship of their open spaces.  NYRP bought a concession for a restaurant on council land and runs a restaurant, New Leaf, which offers seasonal dishes made from only the finest locally grown ingredients and inspired by NYRP’s 55 community gardens. Profits are invested back into the gardens.

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Bloomberg - February 28, 2012
By Amanda Gordon

Henry Cornell, a partner at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), boiled down the purpose of last night’s gathering.

“We support helping neighborhoods, one block at a time,” Cornell said as he kicked off the annual gala for the Citizens Committee for New York City, which he has served as chairman for nine years.

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Forbes - February 23, 2012
By Rahim Kanani

Rahim Kanani: What was the moment upon which you decided to become active in the philanthropic space?

50 Cent: Once I achieved success in 2003 with my first album, Get Rich or Die Trying, I quickly realized how I could use my success to make a difference. Shortly after, I launched the G Unity Foundation. And since its launch, we have given out numerous college grants, created a community garden with Bette Midler’s New York restoration project, and done many community events.

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The Daily News
By Clem Richardson

Decades have slipped by since Maggie Burnett left her Monetta, S.C., home, but she is forever a farmer's daughter.

"Growing things gives you a different feeling," she said. "It does something for the body, like it stimulates the body. I enjoy it."

Actually, Burnett is a farmer - an urban farmer - and probably one of the few people in New York with a garden that bears her name.

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Staten Island NY Local News - February 9, 2012
By Deborah E. Young

If the future of this borough, city, state, nation and beyond were a color, that color would be green.

The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation understands that being environmentally forward-thinking is key to good business and sweet living.

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Charles B. Rangel - February 8, 2012
By Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Charles Rangel recently earned high marks for his voting record on protecting the environment by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on its 2011 National Environmental Scorecard.  Rangel received a high score of 94 percent, which was calculated as part of a summary that informs the public of the most important environmental legislation of past Congressional Sessions and how their Representatives voted.

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The Queens Courier - February 3, 2012
By Queens Courier Staff

A breath of fresh air is on its way to northeast Queens.

The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club held its monthly meeting at the law office of Vallone & Vallone to discuss several community service opportunities, including the upcoming visit to the St. Albans Community Living Center to deliver the handmade knitted scarves, sweaters, and hats to the veterans.

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News From Melissa Mark-Viverito - Feburary 2, 2012
By Melissa Mark-Viverito

The New York Restoration Project will be holding its Winter Planning Meeting on Friday, February 17th at 6pm. Come to La Cabana Restaurant (2277 First Avenue – corner of 117th St. and First Ave.). They are working on getting more trees, vegetables, and garden beds in East Harlem/El Barrio. There will be free tacos and nachos and all are welcome to attend.

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Eyewitness News - February 3, 2012
By Lisa Colagrassi

A project to replace invasive plant species with native trees and shrubs on Crooke's Point in Staten Island is making waves with environmentalists.

The two-acre pilot program of the National Parks Service and Million Trees NYC is a way to clear out brush that is choking out native plant life. But the protectors of Pine Oak Woods say they're going about it the wrong way.

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The Architectural League NY

The second evening of the 30th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring SCAPE / Landscape Architecture and Studio NMinusOne.  Emerging Voices spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.  For more information on the competition and annual awards, click here.

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Freshkills Park - January 31, 2012

Are you part of an organization looking to revitalize an outdoor space in a New York City neighborhood? The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is looking to help transform existing open areas into gardens or green spaces with their Gardens for the City grant. NYRP will provide five groups with building materials and support in construction, horticulture, forestry and environmental education. Schools, community centers, and non-profits are encouraged to submit applications to transform property that is accessible to the public.

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Farming Concrete - January 23, 2012

While we do our winter number crunching, Farming Concrete Trainer Beryl Benbow has offered up stories, photos, and histories from her trainings in NYRP gardens this past summer. Thanks Beryl! These photos make us nostalgic for last summer and excited for 2012.

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Madison Park Conservancy - November 30, 2011

Madison Square Park is proud to work with New York Restoration Project to compost organic material, such as leaves, plants and grass clippings, that we collect in the park in an effort to be green. Often, such organic waste is placed in a landfill where the normally rapid decomposition process is slowed by an absence of oxygen. Oxygen allows organism to convert the organic material into rich compost, which can be used to amend soil and add nutrients to promote healthier plants that do not require chemical fertilizers.

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The Boston Globe - January 17, 2012
By Melanie Nayer

Looking for a good deal on a grand New York City hotel room? The Affinia Manhattan is offering something a little different to those who favor Sunday as the preferred night of the week.

In celebration of its recent $25 million renovation, Affinia Manhattan is auctioning off 52 Sunday nights (worth $20,000) at the hotel. One lucky winner will spend every Sunday for an entire year in a newly renovated one-bedroom suite at Affinia Manhattan. The auction runs Jan. 19 - Feb. 2 on charitybuzz.com with a portion of the proceeds benefiting New York Restoration Project.

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