Serving My City: Life in AmeriCorps as a New Yorker

Posted by Leah Silver

We're so grateful for our partnership with AmeriCorps that brings us fabulous, dedicated individuals who love serving the city of New York. This week, we caught up with Elizabeth Oakley who is serving as an Event & Outreach Assistant in our Public Programming department. As a native New Yorker, her perspective on running events with community members is inspiring. Check it out below.

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June 29 Weekly Round Up

Posted by Leah Silver

This week is filled with exciting events across the five boroughs. Check out what’s upcoming below! For more information, visit our calendar at, email, or call (212) 333-2552. You can also stay up to date and sign up for our newsletter for all things NYRP related!

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Bathgate Community Garden Mural Unveiling

Posted by Anna Yatskevich

Just over a year ago, Bathgate Community Garden in the Tremont neighborhood of the South Bronx was an abandoned space. For nearly 20 years, the 16,000 square feet of empty space was totally vacant, but not anymore. Last year, NYRP started began transforming the space into a beautiful green garden that welcomes all community members.

The garden is now officially open and, to make the space even livelier, NYRP partnered with the Bronx Museum of the Arts to commission a mural that now oversees the garden. The mural was created by P.S. 236 third graders and Bronx based artists Lady K Fever and Dister.

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How can you volunteer with NYRP?

Posted by Leah Silver

According to The Corporation for National & Community Service, “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health and that volunteers receive physical and mental health benefits from [such] activities.” So how can YOU volunteer with NYRP? We caught up with our Northern Manhattan Public Programs Coordinator, Shakara Petteway to learn more.

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So you’re a renter and you want to plant a tree

Posted by Claire Turner

Most lease agreements have a clause preventing renters from making permanent alterations to the landscape (for example planting a tree). However, something as simple as approaching your landlord or property owner with a well thought-out proposal could be enough to achieve written consent. Getting approval before planting a tree will help ensure the long-term survival of the tree and may even open the door to a better relationship.

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