On Tuesday, June 14th we celebrated the expansion of the 103rd Street Community Garden in East Harlem. The Garden re-opening showcased the additional 2,200 square feet of space, bringing the total size of the garden to 17,600 square feet, approximately ½ an acre! This expansion was made possible from sponsor The Walt Disney Company and through materials and volunteer labor provided by The Home Depot, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Old Castle/Belgard.Continue Reading...
When beautiful, open green space is more available to New Yorkers, we all win. There’s more room to relax and socialize, the environment brightens, and opportunities abound for better access to fresh, healthy food.
But freeing and maintaining that green space—especially in New York’s underserved neighborhoods--takes work. And that’s where YOU can help get the job done.
At NYRP, our staff is comprised of dedicated, motivated, and green-minded individuals. These folks include experts in the field of horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental education, and community relations that are eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you. We asked a few of our resident gardening experts for their top tips to help you get the most out of your garden this season! Read on to learn about watering and mulching from Rosemarie Miner, our Citywide Volunteer Programs Coordinator, and join her in the field at our next volunteer event!Continue Reading...
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village was originally constructed in 1947 as a haven for WWII vets returning home. Built with the intention of housing families in a quiet, peaceful environment, flowers, grass, and trees were a significant part of the vision. Many of those trees planted almost 70 years ago still stand today, healthy as ever and providing shade and fresh air to 2016 New Yorkers just as they did for the vets and their families. Though many of those trees maintain their vitality at a ripe old age, not all of the original plantings have been so lucky.Continue Reading...
May has been a fantastic month for volunteers in Northern Manhattan, from Sherman Creek Stewards to our partner-led Children’s Garden programs! Despite the often dreary weather last month, folks were eager to get into their local parks to act as stewards of their environment. We were just as eager to give them the opportunity!
Here’s a quick recap of what happened in May...
Don’t forget to get your tickets! In addition to host Sandra Bernhard, we’ll be honoring chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster at NYRP’S annual Spring Picnic on June 1, 2016.
Marcus Samuelsson is the the award-winning chef behind New York City hotspots Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Marcus was also the winner of Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and served as the guest chef for the Obama administration’s first State Dinner. Samuelsson co-produced Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival launched in Harlem in 2015 and is the author of three books including a The New York Times-bestselling memoir.
On June 1, 2016 NYRP will present its annual benefit, Spring Picnic 2016. The evening will feature delicious fare from New York City's hottest restaurant, Red Rooster, located in the heart of East Harlem. Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy, co-creators Andrew Chapman and Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster offering a platform to celebrate local artists, musicians and culinary talents.Continue Reading...
Daffodils are blooming, birds are singing, and the trees are starting to leaf out. It’s official. Spring is here! Time to get outside, into your parks and gardens, and bask in that glorious sunlight.
Of course, there’s more to do than reading a book on a sunny rock—though that does sound incredible. If you crave the satisfaction of digging into the soil, removing the last vestiges of a stubborn vine off of a suffocating tree, or surveying the clean green of a forest understory after clearing it of trash and debris, then you should consider becoming a Sherman Creek Steward!
Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Read on to learn more about David Roberston’s experience as an Environmental Steward in our Manhattan Gardens.
Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Read on to learn more about Christopher McArdle's experience as a Bronx Environmental Steward.
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