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Expanding The Special Harlem River Waterfront District

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The South Bronx landscape and Harlem River Waterfront has, for years, been a diamond in the rough. With its beautiful waterfront access cut off by flood resilient structures and specialized restrictions, a city plan has been set in motion to provide open spaces and direct access to the water and surrounding land.

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Partner: BK Coop

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Ever wondered about the federal credit union in your neighborhood? Unlike a bank, why does a credit union require membership? Are there benefits? How do banks and credit unions compare? If you reside in a more progressive community, these financial questions may come up for you. We asked the Branch Manager of Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union (BK Coop) in Bed Stuy, and she helped us (NYRP) navigate some answers to our questions…

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NYRP Community Garden To Host ‘Lunchology’ Event

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Helping kids make healthy food choices is a challenge, especially during back-to-school time. It’s natural to seek the most convenient options for the sake of saving time and sanity. But with a little extra help, the convenient choices can be healthier, too!

Thanks to Fidelis Care and lifestyle expert Evette Rios, that extra help is here with the new initiative Lunchology: The Basics of Healthy School Lunches.

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Bathgate Community Gardeners Conserve Rain Water for their Garden

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We Grok It! is a fantastic organization dedicated to social and environmental justice. They foster health and sustainability through science, empowering residents to act as agents of change in their own communities. For the past 2 seasons, Bathgate Community Garden in the Bronx has been working with We Grok It! to support their space.

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The Walt Disney Company Celebrates 103rd Street Community Garden Expansion

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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.

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‘Work Days’ Help Community Gardens Thrive

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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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Chicken Enthusiasts Gather in Crown Heights

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Tell someone you want to raise chickens in New York City and you'll likely get a glaring side eye and a slew of objections. Urban chicken keepers often face questions about space, safety, smells, and sounds. Luckily City Chicken Institute is dispelling the myth that there’s no room for chickens in our cityscape.

New York Restoration Project, partnering with Just Food, presents monthly workshops with Lydia Schmidt and the happy hens of Imani Community Garden in Crown Heights.

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Gardening Tips & Tricks: Water and Mulch!

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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!

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30 Trees in 30 Days

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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.

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