A “City” of Weavers


Dear David Brooks,
We read your recent op-ed “A Nation of Weavers” with great excitement. In your vision of Americans creating hubs where people can come together, we saw ourselves. For more than 20 years, NYRP has been committed to providing safe, healthy, green open space as a right – not a privilege – for every New Yorker.

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NYRP’s Response to ‘Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC’


New York Restoration Project (NYRP) commends the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) for the 'Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC' important competition. Our need for more affordable housing is dire.
However, we believe this competition should be open to proposals for other uses.

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An Evening ‘Made of Magic’: STUDIOS Architecture Wins Hulaween’s Best Group Costume Award


“The whole evening felt like it was made of magic.” That’s what Serena Davis, who does business development at STUDIOS Architecture, said after a momentous night at NYRP’s Hulaween 2018 where she and her colleagues took away the award for “Best Group Costume.” Hulaween is NYRP’s premiere fundraising gala and was held on October 29 at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.

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Gothamitis 2018: Beyond Broken Windows


“This idea of ‘social infrastructure’ is enormously powerful,” said Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, to a room full of nearly 60 people at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. Referencing his investigation into a catastrophic heat wave in 1995 that killed more than 700 people in Chicago, he said, “I realized there's something going on that we don't observe because we don't have a concept for it.” That concept is “social infrastructure,” he said.

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Rethinking Illness in the South Bronx


“We find it hard to say, ‘If you have really great open space near you, literally everything could get better. You will be less likely to experience crime. You will be more likely to have higher quality mental health. You will be more likely to do active recreation,’” said New York Restoration Project’s Director of Government Affairs Bethany Hogan during a recent panel conversation by More Art and CUE Art Foundation, two arts organizations dedication to supporting emerging artists and promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration The panel was entitled “Rethinking Illness: Art, Health, and the Environment.”

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Father and Son Return to Team NYRP


"Public space and respect for the natural environment is under threat more right now than ever before," said Zach Kalet-Schwartz, 25, a video editor who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. "We need strong voices and actions, like those of NYRP, to oppose those threats," he said.

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Beavers Return to Manhattan after near 300-Year Absence


"A beaver has been sighted at Sherman Creek Park, but it doesn't look like it settled down there," said Ben Saddock, a local birdwatcher and frequent visitor to the park. "There were no visible signs of a lodge," he said.

The Sherman Creek Beaver, who some call "Sherm," was spotted by several residents and members of NYRP staff, the first beaver sightings in Manhattan since before the U.S. became a country. The possibility of beavers returning to Manhattan was predicted years ago, however, after a pair of beavers were spotted in the Bronx River in 2007. It is unknown if Sherm is related.

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Prepare Your Garden For Spring!


Winter is in full swing, and while New York City is wrestling through several bouts of snow and bone-chilling low temperatures, many people cannot wait for the cold spell to be over, so they can welcome spring this year.

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