What You Don’t See

Posted by Stephen Buja

Walk past any of the hundreds of parks and gardens in New York City and look around. What do you see? Perhaps you see an array of red oaks or London planes, towering over small apartment buildings like giants. Or rolling meadows, filled with families and friends all enjoying a beautiful beneath the blue sky, far away from the smog and noise of the urban jungle. Or maybe you see hidden paths, winding through perfectly maintained brush, towards vales unknown or forgotten to time. Look around and you will see a park, a garden or even a forest, emerald islands amidst a sea of asphalt and concrete.

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May in Northern Manhattan

Posted by Sean Nevins

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...

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Become a Sherman Creek Steward!

Posted by Sean Nevins

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!

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Nathan Kensinger visits Highbridge Park

Posted by Sean Nevins

Nathan Kensinger of Curbed NY, visited Highbridge Park last month as a volunteer with our Forest Crew to help remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. Following his experience, he wrote a great article placing the park in historical context with a focus on the work NYRP has been doing for the past two decades. Our long time Natural Area Supervisor, Tony Lewis, was interviewed. Kensinger illustrated that, “Every day for the past seven years, Lewis has been working to bring this woodland back to life, supervising a small forestry crew to clear away invasive plant species and shepherd in a healthy ecological balance.” The care for this beautiful green space could not be done without the important partnership we share with NYC Parks. Learn more about the reopening of the High Bridge here.

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How can you volunteer with NYRP?

Posted by Sean Nevins

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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Invasive Species Awareness Week: A Global Perspective

Posted by Filomena Riganti

It’s not all pretty! In recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Filomena Riganti, Project Manager at NYRP, will share information about an invasive species each day. Read on to learn more about these pests and what to look out for in a green space near you. Today, we delve into the spread of invasive species, and how it’s affecting NYC neighborhoods--like Inwood/Washington Heights.

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