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Rethinking Illness in the South Bronx

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“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

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"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

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"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!

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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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From Car Park to a Garden for the City

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Over a two-week period in June, over 75 volunteers worked with NYRP operations staff to transform a parking lot at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx into a lush community garden in the largest scale project of its kind.

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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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