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Community restoration project comes to the South Bronx

News12
The New York Restoration Project along with City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the allocation of $2 million for the new Haven Project Friday.

Community’s Vision For A Revitalized Waterfront In The South Bronx Gets $2 Million in Capital Fundin

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Last year, after working with community residents, including local children, leaders and stakeholders, New York Restoration Project (founded by the amazing Bette Midler) released the collaborative vision of one of the most derelict waterfronts in our borough, The Haven Project.

Now thanks to the leadership of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the project can begin work on the first phase renovating the 132nd Street Pier as $2 million in Council funds have been allocated.

Haven Project Looks to Revitalize South Bronx Waterfront

NY1
Stunning views of the East River can be seen from the southern tip of 132nd Street in the Bronx. But for more than three decades, people had to crawl under barbed wire, slip through holes in chain-linked fences and walk precariously over this derelict pier to enjoy it.

"It shouldn't be that hard to have access to the waters that surrounds this neighborhood," said Mychal Johnson, co-founder of South Bronx Unite.

"Just because this community may be on the lower end of the economic scale doesn't mean that it should be denied access to the waterfront," said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Protected Bike Lanes Will Connect South Bronx to Randall’s Island

StreetsBlogNYC
Last fall, the city opened a direct car-free connection between the South Bronx and Randall’s Island. The Randall’s Island Connector provides convenient access to acres of parks and ballfields and — via the 103rd Street footbridge — Manhattan. But the truck-heavy industrial streets that lead to it still leave a lot to be desired. A new NYC DOT project would create bicycle links between the Connector and 138th Street [PDF].

The DOT project calls for protected bike lanes linking the Connector to streets on each side of the Bruckner Expressway, which divides Mott Haven to the west from the more industrial Port Morris to the east. The plan draws heavily from ideas put forward last summer by The Haven Project [PDF], an initiative of the New York Restoration Project. Bronx Community Board 1’s municipal services committee voted unanimously for it on Monday.

El Catano Community Garden: Where Gamers Come to Play

The Wall Street Journal
Fame is fleeting. Fortune—and fortunes—come and go. But one thing you can always count on is that socializing with old friends is its own reward.

That seems the guiding ethos at El Catano Community Garden on East 110th Street in East Harlem, where four gentlemen sat around a card table last week under a white canopy and played dominoes.

They included Gilberto Mantilla, who’d moved back to Puerto Rico but was paying his annual visit to the city. “I come every year. Spend some time with my family,” Mr. Mantilla said as he carefully placed a domino on the table.

Students at Brooklyn’s P.S. 146 Given Award for Transforming Parking Lot into Green Space

NY1
The Sanitation Department presented P.S. 146 students with this year's Golden Apple Award. With it comes a 10-thousand dollar prize to schools that complete projects focused on recycling, waste reduction, composting and neighborhood beautification.

Students helped transform the school's parking lot into a green space with farm beds, plants, a rainwater catchment system and an outdoor classroom.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia was effusive in her praise of the young conservationists: "We really want to make sure that we're committed to these awards and to making sure that we recognize the great things that are happening in our communities.”

EAST HARLEM HOLDS ITS OWN

Landscape Architecture Magazine
Data can be deceiving, or at the very least hard to parse. But for the residents of East Harlem, the numbers spoke loudly. On average, the community was losing nearly 300 affordable housing units per year, based on eight years of data collected by WXY Architecture + Urban Design. If real estate development continued at the current rate, more than 4,000 affordable housing units would be lost over the next 15 years. “People began to realize that a ‘do-nothing’ option was not going to result in the same old thing,” says Adam Lubinsky, a planner and managing principal at WXY. “A ‘do-nothing’ option would mean 300 homes lost per year to development.”

East Harlem, a largely Latino community where one in three residents lives below the poverty line, was also named as one of eight neighborhoods out of 15 that have been identified for rezoning by the city. Rather than wait to respond to a zoning proposal by the city’s Department of City Planning (DCP), local organizations began working vigorously with elected officials to develop recommendations for how to use zoning to preserve affordable housing stock, open space, and the community’s cultural heritage. The result was the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, and according to people involved, it marked the first time a community in New York has developed such a plan ahead of a DCP proposal.

Free shuttle bus service launches in South Bronx

News12
THE BRONX - A new shuttle bus service is bridging the gap between the Randall's Island Connector and the South Bronx.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for the debut of the free bus, designed by nonprofits New York Restoration Project and Healthfirst.

Organizers say the bus is a major milestone for the Haven Project, a plan to improve the quality of life of south Bronx residents by creating a network of connected open spaces for them to use.

Free shuttle bus to Randall’s Island Connector coming soon

The Mott Haven Herald
Rosa Vanutrecht, 54, sits outside Patterson Houses on Third Avenue chitchatting with her neighbors as she watches her two young grandchildren chasing each other in the small courtyard.

She prefers that they play close to her where she can keep a watchful eye on them instead of going to the nearby parks which she says are not in good shape and where violence breaks out every now and then.

“When you sit here, you see stuff, you hear people fighting. So I keep me and my grandkids out of there,” said Vanutrecht, who has lived in Patterson Houses for the past 13 years.

Every now and then, she takes the children on an hour-long trip to her mother’s neighborhood all the way to Red Hook, Brooklyn to play in the parks. “There aren’t enough parks and facilities here for kids. There’s one up on 143rd and one a block away, but they’re not so good,” she said.

Free Shuttle Bus to Randall’s Island Connector to Start May 14

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PORT MORRIS — Free shuttle bus service from the South Bronx to the Randall's Island Connector is set to kick off in less than two weeks.

The long-awaited connector from The Bronx to Randall's Island finally opened in November after almost a decade of work, and the New York Restoration Project—a non-profit founded by Bette Midler—and the health care company Healthfirst have now teamed up to make it easier for Bronxites to get to the connector itself.
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New York Restoration Project Partners with Local Arts Organizations to Bring Free Programming…

New York, NY, May 2016 – In its 20th Anniversary year, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is kicking off another season of free programming to 27 green spaces across the five boroughs. For the third year, NYRP is continuing to partner with Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, to present a season of free arts programming in six NYRP community gardens including the Bed-Stuy, Gowanus, Williamsburg, Longwood, and Highbridge neighborhoods. We are pleased to announce a new partnership this season with Morris-Jumel Mansion to curate exciting cultural and volunteer event opportunities for our friends in Manhattan.

NYRP Celebrates Expansion of 103rd Street Garden in East Harlem

NEW YORK, NY, June 14, 2016 - New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the Bette Midler-founded non-profit that transforms open spaces in under-resourced communities, is celebrating the expansion of its 103rd Street Community Garden in East Harlem (103rd Street). Accompanied by NYRP Executive Director, Deborah Marton, representatives from the garden sponsor, The Walt Disney Company, local community members, and elected officials, NYRP will officiate a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30pm to mark the grand opening of the expanded public garden. The expansion adds 2,200 square feet to the garden bringing it to a total of 17,600 square feet, approximately ½ acre. This expansion includes a raised seating area that faces a renovated lawn and built pathway, a new patio area with shade structure and picnic tables creating more space for grilling and gathering, landscape plantings, and a new site for the composting toilet. As one of nine NYRP community gardens in a network of green spaces in East Harlem, 103rd Street will strengthen the social and environmental resilience in this area.

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Celebrates 15th Annual Spring Picnic

NEW YORK (June 1, 2016) – New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by award-winning singer, entertainer, actress, and green activist Bette Midler, celebrated over two decades of transforming and beautifying New York’s urban environment last night with its annual Spring Picnic held at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion. The evening’s host comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard joined Martha Stewart and architect/designer David Rockwell to honor award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, the restauranteur behind New York hotspots Red Rooster, Streetbird and Ginny’s Supper Club, and The Home Depot’s Richard Gess. The Spring Picnic raised over $1 million to support NYRP’s mission to transform open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City.

Mayor de Blasio Celebrates One Millionth Tree with Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bette Midler…

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today joined NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York Restoration Project’s Bette Midler to celebrate the planting of the one millionth tree of the MillionTreesNYC initiative two years ahead of schedule and encourage all New Yorkers to make a pledge to adopt and care for trees in their communities. The Mayor planted tree number 1,017,634, an American linden, at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. At the event, Mayor de Blasio was also joined by NYRP Executive Director Deborah Marton, elected officials, third graders from PS35 Franz Siegel, and dedicated volunteers.

MILLIONTREESNYC & NYRP INVITE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN TREE GIVEAWAY SEASON

NEW YORK, NY, September 2015 – This fall, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will give away 3,000 trees at 22 events across New York City. NYRP, supported by TD Bank, has partnered with 14 local community organizations throughout the five boroughs for the giveaway events.

NYRP UNVEILS THE HAVEN PROJECT, A TRANSFORMATIVE NEW VISION FOR THE SOUTH BRONX

THE BRONX, NY, JULY 8, 2015 – Today, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) unveiled a transformative master plan to design, build, and fund a new network of connected open spaces that will improve quality of life and deliver measurable health benefits for South Bronx residents with parks, tree-lined streets, public art, bike lanes, and waterfront access.

NYRP and Bronx Museum Team Up to Bring Second Annual, Free Arts in the Gardens to Bronx Gardens

New York, NY, May 2015 – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and The Bronx Museum of the Arts are partnering for the second year to present a season of free arts programming in three NYRP community gardens in the Tremont, Mott Haven and Highbridge neighborhoods of the Bronx. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. From June through August, the event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including movie night series; hip-hop, music, and break-dancing performances; ice cream socials; poetry readings; mural installation, and more.

NYRP and BAM Team Up to Bring Second Annual, Free Arts in the Gardens to Brooklyn Community Gardens

New York, NY, May 2015 – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) are partnering for the second year to present a season of free arts programming in four NYRP community gardens in Bed-Stuy and Gowanus, Brooklyn. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. From June through September, the event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including a movie night series paying tribute to the late Brooklyn-bred leading lady Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart; dance and music performances; story-crafting workshops; a month-long art installation; and more.

New York Restoration Project to Plant 825 Trees in the South Bronx

Starting this month, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will plant the first of 825 trees as part of a large-scale tree planting and maintenance project in the South Bronx.

MillionTreesNYC Launches 15th Season of Tree Giveaways

As part of MillionTreesNYC, the initiative of planting and caring for one million new trees in New York City, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is launching the 15th season of the country’s largest municipal tree giveaway program. Thanks to support from lead sponsors, TD Bank and Toyota, and supporting sponsor, JetBlue, NYRP is partnering with 62 local community organizations to host 65 giveaways throughout all five boroughs to give out 8,750 trees. From March through May, New Yorkers can attend a giveaway to pick up a tree to plant in their front or back yards, gardens or commercial property.
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