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‘Work Days’ Help Community Gardens Thrive

Posted by Sean Nevins
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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.

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August 24 Weekly Round Up

Posted by Sean Nevins
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This week is filled with exciting events across the five boroughs. Check out what’s upcoming below! For more information, visit our calendar at nyrp.org/calendar, email info@nyrp.org, 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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August 17 Weekly Round Up

Posted by Sean Nevins
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This week is filled with exciting events across the five boroughs. Check out what’s upcoming below! For more information, visit our calendar at nyrp.org/calendar, email info@nyrp.org, 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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Get #RootedinNYC with NYRP

Posted by Sean Nevins
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TD Bank wants to know what being #RootedinNYC means to you! This campaign spotlights New Yorkers who are improving their urban environment and their communities. We asked our Bronx and Manhattan Regional Engagement Manager, Charlie Reynoso, to share what being #RootedinNYC means to him.

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Twigs & Swigs: Neighborhood Greening with a Social Twist!

Posted by Jennifer Salchunas
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This summer NYRP is teaming up with The Bronx Brewery to host a new summer series called Twigs & Swigs. The goal is to give young professionals the opportunity to explore other neighborhoods, network through a volunteer activity, and socialize. Events include a green neighborhood tour, a volunteer activity (this season will be street tree care: cleaning tree pits & watering), and will end with drinks at a local bar (with one free beer provided by the Bronx Brewery).

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Serving My City: Life in AmeriCorps as a New Yorker

Posted by Sean Nevins
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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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Bathgate Community Garden Mural Unveiling

Posted by Anna Yatskevich
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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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Spotting London Planes and Pigeons: An “I Spy” game leads to enviro-learning

Posted by Charlie Reynoso
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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Christine Keefe from We Grok It! was joined by gardener Laura Mejia and 10 little citizen scientists at NYRP’s Bathgate Community Garden in the Bronx. We Grok It! is an organization dedicated to social and environmental justice through scientific fellowship and learning, that is also working with NYRP to help activate the Bathgate garden by providing quality programming for neighborhood residents.

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A Day in the Field: Volunteering in Hunts Point

Posted by Sadia Choudhury
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On a brilliantly sunny day at the end of July, I took a day out of the office to help my colleagues at NYRP with a volunteer event in Hunts Point, Bronx...

Our partners at Sustainable South Bronx had invited Harlem Grown—a nonprofit that works with students over the summer to learn more about gardening, agriculture, and healthy living—and they showed up eager and ready to volunteer.

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