Explore clips from and links to news articles and other media coverage highlighting New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and its community gardening, tree-planting and environmental education programs.

Inhabitat - September 9, 2013
by Sherrell Dorsey

"The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) recently launched their EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition to source ideas to protect Sherman Creek Park in Washington Heights against future storms and flooding. Eight young architecture firms have been selected to develop a state-of-the-art, flood-resistant recreation learning center and outdoor classroom for the park, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year. With a new plan in place, educators will have the ability to expand programming, develop wetland exploration and oyster gardening activities and promote waterfront stewardship along the Harlem River."

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 Brooklyn Dailey Eagle - September 6, 2013

"Throughout September, the New York Restoration Project is bringing unique programming to two of its Brooklyn community gardens. As part of the organization’s commitment to activating outdoor spaces and encouraging community engagement, two of NYRP’s gardens will host free, interactive performance-experiences by the Indie-Ballet Collaborative, a New York City-based dance company aimed to create a synergetic relationship between dance and other art forms. The dance company, founded by choreographer Ariel Asch, will engage the community in fun, family-friendly sessions that marry various forms of movement, including yoga, creative dance, and improvisation, with musical performances by local musicians."

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New York Times - September 5, 2013
by Laurel Graebel

"“We work primarily with improv, so we can tailor what we do to whatever group or musician is playing for us,” explained Ms. Asch, who started her company, Indie-Ballet Collaborative, a year ago. “It’s also about changing the venue to something where you don’t buy a ticket and sit in a theater. It’s something you can stumble on, and maybe even be able to participate in.”

That certainly describes the family workshops Indie-Ballet will conduct on the next four Saturdays in Brooklyn community gardens operated by the New York Restoration Project, an organization devoted to redeeming the city’s neglected public spaces. This Saturday and Sept. 14, the troupe will work in Brooklyn Target Community Garden, above, and on Sept. 21 and 28, at the Garden of Hope; both are in Bedford-Stuyvesant."

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A Child Grows in Brooklyn - September 5, 2013
by Alica

"On Saturdays throughout the month of September, NYRP and Indie Ballet Collaborative are partnering to bring unique programming to two of NYRP’s Brooklyn Community Gardens, as part of commitment to activating outdoor spaces and encouraging community engagement.There are so many activities."

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Gothamist - September 3, 2013

"Melt away work stress through dance with a series of free movement workshops courtesy of the New York Restoration Project. The indie-ballet collaborative brings yoga/dance/improv interactive performance workshops to Brooklyn parks throughout the month accompanied by tunes from local musicians.

Saturdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2 p.m. // Target Community Garden and Garden of Hope // Free"

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Rockawave - August 30, 2013
by Katie McFadden

"Need to replace some trees that were destroyed after Hurricane Sandy? There are upcoming opportunities to obtain free trees through the Million Trees NYC program and events hosted by local organizations.

On Sunday, September 8th, the Rockaway Civic Association is hosting a free tree giveaway event at 10 a.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. The Rockaway Civic Association won a grant to distribute 100 evergreen trees to the Rockaway community through the New York Restoration Project’s Million Trees Initiative."

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 Examiner - August 26, 2013

"For instance, two New York Restoration Project gardens will be hosting FREE, interactive performance-experiences by the Indie-Ballet Collaborative, an NYC-based dance company aimed to create a synergetic relationship between dance and other art forms. The dance company, founded by choreographer Ariel Asch, will engage the community in fun, family-friendly sessions that marry various forms of movement, including yoga, creative dance, and improvisation, with musical performances by local musicians."

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WLNY - August 20, 2013

"TV 10-55′s Alex Denis and the Mobile Couch visited the El Catano Community Garden in East Harlem, where the New YorkRestoration Project is holding its fourth annual domino tournament early next month."

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DNA Info - August 8, 2013
by Patrick Wall

"The monthly cleanups were organized by a crew from New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit that manages community gardens around the city, including a garden on Anderson Avenue across from the top of the hillside staircase, which leads down to Jerome Avenue.

That group partnered with a local green team, The Bronx is Blooming, and on their first cleanup day in April drew 30 volunteers to the stairs."

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Manhattan Times - August 7, 2013

"If you want to know what real change looks like, just walk the streets of Northern Manhattan, where hundreds of new trees line the sidewalks as living symbols of the renewed vibrancy that’s taking hold in our proud, historic neighborhoods.

Over the past several years, our community and others around the city have been transformed by MillionTreesNYC, a joint project by Mayor Bloomberg, the Department of Parks & Recreation, and NYRP to plant one million trees in New York City."

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New York Times - August 6, 2013
by Andy Newman

" Free outdoor movies: “Akeelah and the Bee” at Valentino Pier in Red Hook courtesy of Rooftop Films (dusk); “The Muppets” at Sherman Creek Park in Upper Manhattan (8 p.m., free popcorn); “The Lorax” at Highland Park in Queens (8 p.m.)"

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DNA Info - August 2, 2013
by Nigel Chiwaya

"Design firms from across the city will compete for the chance to plan an outdoor classroom and boat storage facility at Sherman Creek's old boat club site.

The New York Restoration Project, the nonprofit charged with developing Sherman Creek, announced the competition in a press release this week, saying that eight firms from Brooklyn and Manhattan have been invited to submit designs."

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 Bustler - August 5, 2013

"The New York Restoration Project, a non-profit founded by Bette Midler dedicated to bringing private resources to under-resourced communities citywide, launched the EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition. NYRP invited eight young and emerging firms in NYC to create a state-of-the-art, flood-resistant outdoor recreation and learning center for Sherman Creek Park in Inwood/Washington Heights"

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Curbed NY - August 5, 2013
by Jessica Dailey

"The New York Restoration Project—the group responsible for the remarkable clean-up and makeover of Swindler Cove—invited eight young architecture firms to create proposals for an eco-friendly, flood-resistant recreation and learning center for Sherman Creek Park along the Harlem River. The former illegal dumping ground is the "crown jewel" of NYRP's efforts, turning a toxic, garbage-filled lot into one of the city's most beautiful parks. Now another undeveloped section is headed for a transformation thanks to the EDGE/ucation Pavillion Design Competition."

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The Architect's Paper - July 31, 2013
by Nicole Anderson

"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, architects have been called to arms to both engage in the immediate recovery efforts and to come up with design solutions that will make New York City’s buildings more resilient and sustainable in the long-term. The latest in a flood of new Sandy-inspired design initiatives was launched yesterday by New York Restoration Project (NYRP), dubbed “EDGE/ucation Pavillion Design Competition,” asking a group of hand-picked, up-and-coming architecture firms to create a storm-resistant pavilion in Sherman Creek Park right on the Harlem River."

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