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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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Need some healthy meal ideas from the garden? You’re good to GROW!

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As summer comes to a close, gardens are yielding a bounty–and five New York Restoration Project community gardens near and dear to Fidelis Care are no exception.

Whether you’re getting fresh produce from one of these Fidelis Care-sponsored community gardens, or growing your own in your backyard, balcony or windowsill, you can never have too many ideas for what to do with your healthy harvest. That’s why we took stock of our NYRP community garden crops, and scoured the web for great recipes to give you a little inspiration in the kitchen.

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What You Don’t See

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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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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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July Plant of the Month: Hardy White Water Lily

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As we enter into the dog days of summer our sweltering bodies tend to gravitate toward anything resembling an oasis. An outdoor space fitted with an aquatic feature is your salvation. Complete with aquatic plants, this space is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoor garden experience. Water features, whether a small pond or aquatic container, offer so much in increasing the diversity and ecosystem in an open space. They not only attract birds, beneficial insects, and pollinators but also can be a habitat for fish and reptiles. One of my favorite times of year is when our native hardy water lilies come into bloom. I can’t think of a more stunningly beautiful, symmetrically perfect flower one can come across in a garden setting.

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Movie Nights Are Back!

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Come and have fun under the NYC sky with Ghostbusters 2! In this movie, The Ghostbusters discover that New York is headed for supernatural doom, with a river of slime bubbling beneath the city and an evil ancient sorcerer plotting everything. Can The Ghostbusters stop the world from being slimed? This is a family movie that you won't want to miss.

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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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Red, White and Bluegrass at Morris-Jumel Mansion

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This year, New York Restoration Project, has partnered with the Morris-Jumel Mansion to bring more fantastic programs to Washington Heights. The founding fathers would be proud.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan, built in 1765. The house sits on what was known as Mount Morris (today, Sugar Hill), one of the highest points on the island--making it as historically strategic as it is modernly scenic. Though it was originally built as a summer villa, the house has been a farmhouse, Revolutionary War headquarters, tavern, museum, and dinner party destination for the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. It’s been a busy place for the past 250 years.

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K-6 Grade Garden Growers Got Their Hands Dirty this Spring!

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Summer is here! For some, this is a time for graduation, trips to the beach, and depending on your neighborhood, the classic New York City block party where folks come together for BBQs, games of dominoes, and double-dutch on the sidewalk. For NYRP's environmental educators, the beginning of summer signals the end of our spring Garden Growers program.

Our environmental education team aims to introduce hundreds of children a year to New York City’s nature and ecology by turning the city’s parks and community gardens into outdoor classrooms. Since late March, NYRP environmental educators engaged 15 classes across Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn in multiple garden sessions. K-6 grade students met every 2 weeks, for a total of 5 sessions per school; totaling 75 sessions in all! Students joined us outside and got dirty in NYRP garden beds raising vegetables from seed to plate while gaining valuable lessons in environmental science and stewardship.

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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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