I’ve now been at New York Restoration Project for almost three years, but in some ways, 2022 felt like a first. I was thrilled to finally see our staff, parks, gardens, and events operate at full capacity throughout every corner of the city. Our spaces were not just open and essential this year—they thrived!
The season kicked off in March with the return of our popular free tree giveaway program after a two-year hiatus. We distributed 2,000 individual saplings with community partners in every borough and, thanks to the strong demand, will increase that number to 3,500 in 2023.
We continued our longstanding reforestation work in our Northern Manhattan parks where we planted over 1,000 native trees and shrubs, most with the help of volunteers. In Highbridge Park, we planted more American chestnut hybrids in an effort to help restore the functionally extinct tree to its historic range and bolster the native forest habitat. Our American chestnut planting and monitoring effort is the largest urban trial of its kind.
In our gardens, we hosted more than 100 public programs and events including fitness classes, movie nights, back-to-school giveaways, and cooking classes for over 4,000 community members. We were also excited to install Little Free Libraries at more than half of our 52 spaces this season. They’ve been instant hits and led to collaborations with schools, libraries, bookstores, and local authors.
Many of our gardens also continued to be important food hubs where our urban agriculture team provided technical assistance via consultations, tutorials, and workshops. Our staff advised gardeners on all aspects of urban growing, from planning and trellising to pest control and harvesting.
Our urban ag work also extended beyond NYRP’s own spaces to reach our Gardens for the City (GFTC) partners. In roughly a decade, GFTC has built and restored over 350 outdoor spaces for community partners citywide, averaging almost two dozen new gardens every season. A 2022 project highlight was renovating the half-acre Union Settlement campus that is a longstanding resource for East Harlem residents.
None of this work would be possible without your support. Thank you for your commitment to New York Restoration Project and to ensuring that every New Yorker has access to the benefits of nature. I look forward to working with you in 2023.
Lynn Bodnar Kelly, Executive Director
Despite the many challenges our great city has faced in recent years, New York has come out even stronger, and we at NYRP are so proud to have played an important part.
In 2022, we continued to work with communities citywide to improve and maintain the green spaces that have always been vital locations for growing and gathering. We’ve worked with dozens of organizations and hundreds of community partners to support New Yorkers’ needs.
With the help of partners and volunteers from every borough, this year we:
We’ve learned just how strong and resilient our city is. NYRP will continue to support our neighbors while working to ensure that every New Yorker has access to these crucial natural spaces for years to come.
We are thrilled with what we accomplished in 2022 and we couldn’t have done it without you, our dedicated donors. Thank you for believing in equitable and enriching green space for all New Yorkers. Your support continues to make a difference every day in the communities that need it most.
Helena Durst and Darcy Stacom
Board of Trustees Co-Chairs
With more New Yorkers than ever seeking access to open space. demand for NYRP’s work has never been greater. “The interest in our programs has grown each year since the pandemic started,” says Director of Garden Horticulture & Citywide Greening Projects Jason Sheets.Read More
NYRP events returned in full force in 2022: from March through October, we hosted more than 100 public programs. “Programing came back in a huge way,” describes Senior Engagement Manager Jessica North. “In some ways it was even busier than before COVID in 2019.”Read More
Our overarching goal in both Highbridge and Sherman Creek Parks has always been to restore and maintain robust native ecosystems while keeping the parks accessible and inviting for visitors. This has been a long-term undertaking, but in 2022, we saw several important developments that underscored the effectiveness of our approach.Read More
All figures based on audited financials.
This statement of functional expense reflects $777,315 in depreciation of garden improvements and equipment.
This list includes the Board of Trustees as of the close of our FY22 on September 30, 2022.
Board of Trustees
Bette Midler, Founder
Janice Parker, Chair
Equitable access to green space has never been more important. We are grateful for our many generous donors who hold this conviction as strongly as we do.
This alphabetical list includes donors who gave $1,000 or more between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022. This list has been prepared with care but if there is an error, please notify us at [email protected].
Barbara A. Abeles
The Estate of Priscilla Alexander
Cassie Arison and Niv Alexander
Jody and John Arnhold
Lovee and Bob Arum
Samuel M. Ashner
The Ashner Family Evergreen Foundation
Lily Auchincloss Foundation
Axonic Capital LLC
Kim and Pamela Baptiste
Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc.
Noble Black and Marc Rozic
The Blackstone Group
Lynn Bodnar Kelly
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Diane and Clyde Brownstone
C.A.L. Foundation, Inc.
Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft
Jose M. Castro III
CBRE Foundation, Inc.
CBRE Global Investment Management
Betty Y. Chen and Peter Coombe
Chicago Title Insurance Co.
Peter L. Christensen
NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund administered by City Parks Foundation
Clyman-Merrill Family Charitable Fund
Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation
Coombe Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Sophie Coquillette Koven
Cameron and Jessica Cox
Nora Creedon and Matthew Lentz
Patrick Crosetto and Benjamin Brudney
Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly
David A. Staudt Memorial Fund
Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust
Nancy Deering Chinn
Todd DeGarmo // STUDIOS Architecture
Delicious Dessert Charitable Fund
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
The Estate of Robert Dore
Drake Real Estate Partners LLC
Susanne and Douglas Durst
The Durst Organization
Dwight Funding LLC
James Dyson Foundation
Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation
Ernst & Young LLP
The Essex Avenue Foundation
Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement
The Farvue Foundation
First American Title
Casey and Matthew Fisher
The David Geffen Foundation
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gilmartin Charitable Trust
Laurence and Sandi Gluck Charitable Foundation
Amy Goldman Fowler and Cary Fowler
John and Marcia Goldman Philanthropic Fund
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Abraham & Mildred Goldstein Charitable Trust
Greenberg Traurig ,LLP
Deborah A. Griffin
Allen and Deborah Grubman
The Joseph Handleman “I Believe in You” Trust Foundation
Kitty Hawks and Lawrence Lederman
The Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation
Heinz Family Foundation
Hellman & Friedman
Edmund D. Hollander, FASLA
The Deborah K. Holmes Family Foundation
Jessica Hu and Jonathan Eddy
The Hyde and Watson Foundation
Raphael G. Jacobs
Cornelia U. Jensen
Jeffrey C. Johnson
Johnson & Johnson
David H. Kaufman
The Kite Key Foundation
Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere
The Kors Le Pere Foundation
The Kovner Foundation
Carole and Robert Kunstadt
L & R Donner Foundation
The Ralph and Ricky Lauren Family Foundation, Inc.
Leanne Lachman Charitable Foundation
Loewi-Lemberger Kaplan Charitable Fund
Linda London Ltd.
The Edith W. MacGuire Charitable Trust
William and Phyllis Mack Family Foundation
The Malkin Fund, Inc.
Shelly and Tony Malkin
Scott and Laura Malkin
The Marshall Family Foundation Inc.
Douglas McGrath and Jane Read Martin
Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg
Janet and Tom Montag
Hanna and Jeffrey Moskin Family Fund
MSD Partners, L.P.
The Nature Conservancy
Margo M. and James L. Nederlander
Kathy and Ben Needell
Newmark & Company Real Estate Inc.
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
NNN Properties, LLC
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
One Tree Planted Inc.
Janice Parker, ASLA
Partner Engineering & Science
Elizabeth T. Peabody
Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi Foundation
Nancy and Fred Poses
Rachael Ray and John Cusimano
Katharine J. Rayner
Rialto Management Group, LLC
Josh and Kerri Rider
Timothy A. Robert
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
David R. Rogol
The Estate of Nancy Rosenthal
Clifford Ross and Nicolette Donen
Bridget Rowan and Don Burley
Royal Waste Services, Inc.
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Ken and Nikki Seiff
Paul D. Selver
David M. Sherman
The Shubert Organization
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Wendy Silverstein Drobner and Family
James and Marilyn Simons
Joshua Sirefman and Sarah Kim
Iris and Michael Smith
Henry T. Snee
Richard and Donna Soloway
Darcy Stacom, CBRE
Starwood Capital Group
Jon Recor and Daniel Stewart
The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
Trudie Styler and Sting
Tiger Baron Foundation
Ann and Andrew Tisch
Coralie S. Toevs
Robin B. Tost
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Trinity Church Wall Street
Robert L. Turner
Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service
Urban Forestry Organization
Margaret and Michael Valentine
Diane Van Wyck
The Verrill Foundation
Sophie F. von Haselberg and Harry Guinness
Vornado Realty Trust
Walker & Dunlop
Holly B. Wallace
Margaret and Gary Wendlandt
Miriam and Garrett Wheeler
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
The Arthur B. Wilner Foundation Inc.
Wils Family Fund
Jennifer L. Wray
The Zankel Fund