NYC DOT Announced The Pollinator Port Project & Habitats for Bees in DOT Public Plazas

 

 

 

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), and Rutgers University today, during Earth Week, announced the Pollinator Port Project to create habitats for at-risk native bee populations in select NYC DOT public plazas and Open Streets. As part of the project, ‘bee hotels’ and ‘bee bunkers’ will be installed, and vegetation will be planted to provide nourishment for bees and other pollinators. According to the United Nations’ Environment Programme, bees are essential for the planet and are a crucial part of the biodiversity needed to sustain life. Bees have fewer habitats in urban areas and often have long distances between green spaces in cities. The installations announced today will provide connections between other green spaces across the city and will attract tickle bees, a small, native bee species that rarely sting.

Continue reading “NYC DOT Announced The Pollinator Port Project & Habitats for Bees in DOT Public Plazas”

2024 Car-Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 20th ~ Kicking Off Open Streets & April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem!

 

 

 

Image courtesy NYC DOT. Car-Free Earth Day 2024.

On April 20th, New Yorkers will kick off the 2024 Open Streets Season with Car-Free Earth Day throughout all five boroughs! Hosted by NYC DOT, the event opens our streets to a plethora of programming from activism and education surrounding climate change and sustainability to public art that includes repurposed furniture transformed into luscious organic sculptures through live plants, showcasing the potential of nature reclaiming the built environment.

The Earth Day festivities continue on April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem with a theme of Planet vs. Plastic. We Can Do It. Lots of activities, including a Trashion Fashion workshop for kids in preparation for the next Trashion Fashion Show next month.

These are just a few of the Earth Day festivities throughout our area.

Continue reading “2024 Car-Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 20th ~ Kicking Off Open Streets & April 21st at Morningside Park in Harlem!”

Holiday Open Streets Returns to Fifth Avenue between 48th & 59th Streets during December 2023

 

 

 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Street — expanding geographically by nearly 25 percent to reach Central Park and running again on three Sundays in December (3, 10 (cancelled due to weather), and 17) between noon and 6:00 PM. This year, the iconic Fifth Avenue corridor will be fully open to pedestrians between 48th Street and 59th Street, in addition to the area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall that will be pedestrianized throughout the holiday season. This dramatic expansion of public space in one of the world’s busiest neighborhoods at this time of year will significantly ease crowding — facilitating access to the iconic holiday window displays and creating a more pleasant holiday environment while also enhancing public safety for New Yorkers and visitors.

Stay tuned to hear if the December 10th date is rescheduled.

Continue reading “Holiday Open Streets Returns to Fifth Avenue between 48th & 59th Streets during December 2023”

Summer Streets 2023 in All Five Boroughs of NYC

 

 

 

image courtesy NYC DOT ~ Summer Streets.

The Annual Summer Streets Event will take place in all five Boroughs! Streets will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians and a plethora of activities and events for 5 Saturday, from 7:00am to 1:00pm.

Queens and Staten Island on July 29th; Manhattan on August 5, 12 & 19; Brooklyn and The Bronx on August 26th.

Continue reading “Summer Streets 2023 in All Five Boroughs of NYC”

NYC Parks Pilots Program Allowing Electric Micromobility (E-Bikes & E-Scooters) in Some City Parks

 

 

 

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue announced today that the electric micromobilitypilot in City parks will begin June 20, 2023. As part of the City’s work to make it easier and safer to use electric micromobility, Parks is launching a pilot program to allow e-bikes andlightweight e-scooters on Park drives and greenways.

Continue reading “NYC Parks Pilots Program Allowing Electric Micromobility (E-Bikes & E-Scooters) in Some City Parks”

NYC Parks, NYC DOT, NYC DEP & Honey Locust Park in Midtown East Unveils $1.67 Million Renovation

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined NYC Department of Transportation Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar, Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Chief Operating Officer Kim Cipriano, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Alex Bores, Council Member Julie Menin, representatives from Community Boards 8 and 6,and community members cut the ribbon on the reconstruction of Honey Locust Park.

Continue reading “NYC Parks, NYC DOT, NYC DEP & Honey Locust Park in Midtown East Unveils $1.67 Million Renovation”

Earth Day Celebrations NYC + The Annual NYC DOT Car-Free Earth Day Returns on April 22, 2023

 

 

 

 

Car-Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event hosted by NYC DOT. Programming is presented at signature locations citywide, to promote activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability, and other relevant topics. This year, Car Free Earth Day will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 3pm.

Continue reading “Earth Day Celebrations NYC + The Annual NYC DOT Car-Free Earth Day Returns on April 22, 2023”

Summer Streets 2022 Returns with Extended Car-Free Park Avenue from Brooklyn Bridge to East Harlem!

 

 

 

Summer Streets 2013

NYC DOT Summer Streets 2022 will return for its 14th edition, extending the fun and free activities from Centre Street, Lafayette Street, and Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 109th Street in East Harlem! The nearly two-mile expansion of the Summer Streets program was announced by the Mayors office on July 21, 2022. Save the Dates, August 6th, 13, and 20th from 7:00am to 1:00pm.

Continue reading “Summer Streets 2022 Returns with Extended Car-Free Park Avenue from Brooklyn Bridge to East Harlem!”

Fernando Botero Celebrates his 90th Birthday with The Spinx on 14th Street + a Gallery Exhibition at David Benrimon Fine Art

 

 

 

Fernando Botero’s eight-foot-tall Spinx sculpture is on view at the 14th Street Square at 9th Avenue from March 10th through April 19, 2022.

The monument, presented by David Benrimon Fine Art, is in celebration of the artist’s 90th birthday, and coincides with the gallery’s Botero exhibition.

Continue reading “Fernando Botero Celebrates his 90th Birthday with The Spinx on 14th Street + a Gallery Exhibition at David Benrimon Fine Art”

Union Square Partnership presents its First Summer Installation ~ ‘Collective Vision’

 

 

 

Collective Visions by artists GERALUZ & WERC, with some fabulous volunteers including (above) Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Liz Krueger and Executive Director Jennifer Falk! Image via Union Square Partnership on Facebook.

This summer, Union Square is hosting several public art installations, promoting social justice. The first of the installations ~ a Street Busway Mural entitled ‘Collective Vision’ ~ was just completed.

Continue reading “Union Square Partnership presents its First Summer Installation ~ ‘Collective Vision’”

Union Square Partnership unveils 14th Street District Vision Plan 2021

 

 

Rendering via Union Square Partnership with design partner, Marvel. 14th Street, Looking West

Union Square Partnership kicked-off 2021 with a transformative plan for the Union Square-14th Street area, concentrating on five key improvements with a focus on accessibility, district-wide connectivity, and substantial increases in public open space.

Save the date, Tuesday, January 26th for the virtual launch event. Let’s take a look at a few of the renderings.

Continue reading “Union Square Partnership unveils 14th Street District Vision Plan 2021”

NYC Parks + DSNY Announce Big Reuse Composting Operation!

 

 

 

Courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks and NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced a path forward for Big Reuse composting operations. The $11M park renovation project will be abutting Queensbridge NYCHA housing. A community input meeting on this project will take place in January, 2021.

Continue reading “NYC Parks + DSNY Announce Big Reuse Composting Operation!”

Cool It! NYC ~ Where to Stay Cool this Summer

 

 

 

NYC Parks Department Stay Cool! Map
NYC Parks will help us beat the heat this summer. Cool It! NYC is a Citywide plan increasing the number of cooling features available. This includes a map indicating where to find Spray Showers, Drinking Fountains, and even Tree Cover. NYC Parks also reminds beachgoers to stay watersafe!

Continue reading “Cool It! NYC ~ Where to Stay Cool this Summer”

Garment District Alliance Unveils 2019 ‘Urban Garden’ + ‘Nymph Pond’ Mural

 

 

 

Annual Garment District Alliance Urban Garden and Street Mural

The Garment District Alliance unveiled its annual green oasis  ~ Urban Garden ~ along with the 180-foot painted mural, Nymph Pond, created by artist Carla Torres along the Broadway Mall between 37th ~ 38th Streets on July 9th.

Continue reading “Garment District Alliance Unveils 2019 ‘Urban Garden’ + ‘Nymph Pond’ Mural”

Car Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 27, 2019

 

 

 

Artist, Willie Cole ~ Car Free Earth Day in The Garment District

Car Free Earth Day 2019 is an annual car-free event held on the Saturday immediately following Earth Day. The Event opens thirty blocks of Broadway from Times Square to Union Square from 9am to 3pm. Within this area, there are six rest stop that include Times Square (42nd Street & Broadway); The Garment District (38th Street & Broadway); Herald Square (34th Street & Broadway); City Zone (26th Street & Broadway); Flatiron (23rd Street & Broadway); and Union Square (17th Street & Broadway). Programming and activités presented by (AIA New York + NYC Department of Transportation (DOT). Take a walk with us…….

Continue reading “Car Free Earth Day in NYC ~ April 27, 2019”