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NYRP Puts the Dogs Out at PS 84

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For years, students and teachers at PS 84, an elementary school on West 92nd Street in Manhattan, were frustrated by people and their dogs trampling flowers and other plants in front of their school.

Until NYRP showed up.

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Big Welcoming for Sherman Creek Waterfront Pop-Up Park

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“It’s like our own little end-of-the-school-year party!” exclaimed Sean, 10, to a fellow P.S. 5 classmate while playing soccer with his friend on June 26 at Sherman Creek in Upper Manhattan. NYRP celebrated the beginning of summer by hosting a party and Pop-Up Park on the site, which included ice cream, games, and music from the group Underground Horns.

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Innovations in Community Garden Growing

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With 63% of the American population living in cities, it’s no secret that many city-dwellers have limited space at home—especially outdoor space. But joining a community garden is one of the easiest ways to foreground sustainability and do your part in restoring nature to the concrete jungle that is NYC.

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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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Bringing Nature Into Gardens and Parks

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After a long harsh winter, our thoughts turn to spring, anticipating green shoots, spring flowers, warm weather, and the sound of birds singing and insects humming. To take advantage of the change in season, adapt your garden to create natural habitats, attracting more wildlife right on your doorstep and make your own contribution to the "Greener NYC" initiative.

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