A “City” of Weavers


Dear David Brooks,
We read your recent op-ed “A Nation of Weavers” with great excitement. In your vision of Americans creating hubs where people can come together, we saw ourselves. For more than 20 years, NYRP has been committed to providing safe, healthy, green open space as a right – not a privilege – for every New Yorker.

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NYRP’s Response to ‘Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC’


New York Restoration Project (NYRP) commends the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) for the 'Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC' important competition. Our need for more affordable housing is dire.
However, we believe this competition should be open to proposals for other uses.

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Herb Community Garden Leads the Way in Food Composting


Herb Community Garden has become the new home of a “food scrap” drop off site where East Harlem residents can dispose of their organic rubbish like eggshells, nutshells, bread, and fruits and vegetables. NYRP’s Community Engagement Team recently spoke to Derina Man, a garden composter, at the site to gain more insight into the initiative.

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Andy, Hurricane Sandy, and a Tree


“I’m replacing a tree that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy,” explained Andy, who lives across the street from the Brooklyn Public Library in Windsor Terrace where NYRP held a tree giveaway event earlier this year. “It’s been a little empty since then and NYRP provided a great opportunity to replace that tree,” he said.

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An Evening ‘Made of Magic’: STUDIOS Architecture Wins Hulaween’s Best Group Costume Award


“The whole evening felt like it was made of magic.” That’s what Serena Davis, who does business development at STUDIOS Architecture, said after a momentous night at NYRP’s Hulaween 2018 where she and her colleagues took away the award for “Best Group Costume.” Hulaween is NYRP’s premiere fundraising gala and was held on October 29 at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.

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How East Harlem does Community-Driven Wayfinding


How do you implement a community-responsive system to increase access to public space? That’s what Bethany Hogan, NYRP’s director of government affairs, set out to explain last month at the “walk bike places” conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. “The approach, like everything we do, is about meeting people where they are and using new projects as an opportunity to showcase community members,” she said.

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Gothamitis 2018: Beyond Broken Windows


“This idea of ‘social infrastructure’ is enormously powerful,” said Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, to a room full of nearly 60 people at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. Referencing his investigation into a catastrophic heat wave in 1995 that killed more than 700 people in Chicago, he said, “I realized there's something going on that we don't observe because we don't have a concept for it.” That concept is “social infrastructure,” he said.

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Rethinking Illness in the South Bronx


“We find it hard to say, ‘If you have really great open space near you, literally everything could get better. You will be less likely to experience crime. You will be more likely to have higher quality mental health. You will be more likely to do active recreation,’” said New York Restoration Project’s Director of Government Affairs Bethany Hogan during a recent panel conversation by More Art and CUE Art Foundation, two arts organizations dedication to supporting emerging artists and promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration The panel was entitled “Rethinking Illness: Art, Health, and the Environment.”

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Friendship Community Garden Celebrates 10 Years!


“Over 30 years ago Mrs. McClarey and her neighbors on W 150th St. transformed our garden from a pile of trash into a beautiful green space where our neighbors can meet and get to know each other,” said Signe Mortensen, garden coordinator at Friendship Community Garden, during the ten-year celebration of the garden’s redesign. “We must know our history in the community in order to embrace the future and the garden is a cornerstone of coming together,” Mortensen said.

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‘Giving Garden’ Opens in Queens


“The plan is to benefit the day residents and full-time residents of Queens Center for Progress,” said NYRP’s Director of Garden Horticulture Jason Sheets. “They had a couple of raised-bed gardens in the complex, which was very popular, so they wanted to use this wide-open space to create more room for vegetable gardens, for folks to come in and use the beds as horticultural therapy,” he said.

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