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Herb Community Garden Leads the Way in Food Composting


Herb Community Garden has become the new home of a “food scrap” drop off site where East Harlem residents can dispose of their organic rubbish like eggshells, nutshells, bread, and fruits and vegetables. NYRP’s Community Engagement Team recently spoke to Derina Man, a garden composter, at the site to gain more insight into the initiative.

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Andy, Hurricane Sandy, and a Tree


“I’m replacing a tree that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy,” explained Andy, who lives across the street from the Brooklyn Public Library in Windsor Terrace where NYRP held a tree giveaway event earlier this year. “It’s been a little empty since then and NYRP provided a great opportunity to replace that tree,” he said.

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Welcome to El Barrio!


“Today more than ever, telling someone that they belong, that this space is for them to care for, that this is for them to love and enjoy, is revolutionary,” said Director of Community Engagement Annel Cabrera-Marus at NYRP’s annual fundraising gala, Spring Picnic, in June. “It is a revolutionary act to make sure that community is heard and that they see themselves in our open spaces,” she said.

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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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Architectural Digest Selects Willis Avenue as One of NYC’s Most Beautiful Secret Gardens


“Once a vacant and trash-filled eyesore, this 9,063 square-foot garden – encompassing four city lots – was originally founded in 1997 by members of the nearby Congregational Church of North New York and other local residents, and it was one of the community gardens saved in 1999 by NYRP,” wrote Jane Garmey in City Green: Public Gardens of New York, a new book from Monacelli Press that features twenty-five special gardens throughout the city.

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