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NYRP Gardens and Open Spaces: Before and After

NYRP Gardens and Open Spaces: Before and After

In 1995, famed entertainer Bette Midler – dismayed about the state of neighborhoods and parks throughout New York City – gathered a group of friends and supporters and headed to Fort Tyron and Fort Washington Parks in Upper Manhattan to start a revolution. The two parks were littered with trash, tires, abandoned cars, and other debris. So, she and her friends cleaned them up.

She later moved on to Highbridge and Sherman Creek Parks, and transformed an illegal dumping ground along the Harlem River into what is now the beautiful, five-acre Swindler Cove.

Bette’s passion lives on today in the work we do. New York Restoration Project is now a full-fledged conservancy protecting and preserving community gardens and other green spaces throughout underserved communities in New York City's five boroughs. We own and manage 52 community gardens, maintain over 80 acres of parkland, and work with the city and other partners to transform green, open space at NYCHA housing developments, community centers, schools, and other places of need.

Check out some of the community spaces we’ve helped transform.

Bronx

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Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth, Bronx, NY, Before and After

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Willis Avenue Community Garden, Bronx, NY, Before and After

Brooklyn

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Essex Street Community Garden, Brooklyn, Before and After

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McLeod’s Community Garden, Brooklyn, Before and After

Manhattan

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103rd Street Community Garden, Manhattan, Before and After

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The Home Depot Children’s Garden, Manhattan, Before and After

Queens

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Curtis “50 Cent” Community Garden, Queens, Before and After

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Seagirt Boulevard Community Garden, Queens, Before and After

Staten Island

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Westervelt Family and Community Garden, Staten Island, Before and After

Parks

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Highbridge Park, Manhattan, NY, Before and After

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Sherman Creek Park, Manhattan, NY, Before and After

Gardens for the City

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Great Kills High School, Staten Island, NY, Before and After

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Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Bronx, NY, Before and After

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Lydia’s Garden, East Harlem, NY, Before and After

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Queens Center for Progress, Queens, NY, Before and After