It’s National Poetry Month in NYC Parks in All Five Boroughs

 

 

 

National Poetry Month in New York City Parks. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The second annual Park Poems initiative enhances parks citywide with site-specific poetry installations, in partnership with the Poetry Society of America

Today, NYC Parks and the Poetry Society of America officially unveiled five new installations bringing poetry to New York’s public parks through the Park Poems initiative. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, these unveilings represent the second batch of poems to grace New York’s public parks since the initiative was launched last year. 

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NYC Parks RFP’s for Plants & Food Pushcarts or Mobile Trucks at Various Parks in All Five Boroughs

 

 

 

Photo credit: Ben Lieberman

NYC Parks has released a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the sale of specialty items from mobile units at locations citywide. Parks is seeking operators to sell food items or plants from pushcarts or mobile trucks at various parks in all five boroughs. 

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NYC Parks Department Announces 20 Sites for Transformational Investments

 

 

 

Central Park

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue and City University of New York (CUNY) Distinguished Professor of Public Health Terry Huang announced the initial findings from a large-scale study of the public health impacts of the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), an equity-driven investment program through which Parks enhances greenspaces in underserved neighborhoods. Parks also announced the next twenty sites that will receive CPI funding in 2024 and 2025, with sites in all five boroughs.

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Citi to Sponsor 2023/2024 NYC Parks’ Annual Mulchfest!

 

 

 

Mulchfest. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The holiday season is here, and so is NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, New Yorkers can “tree”-cycle their trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs. Citi is proud to sponsor this year’s Mulchfest and contribute to sustainable solutions that help build more resilient cities and communities.

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NYC Parks’ 41st Annual Wreath Interpretations at Arsenal Gallery

 

 

 

Artist, Naomi Lawrence. NYC Parks 2023 Wreath Interpretations at Arsenal Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

As New Yorkers and visitors alike flock to Wollman Rink, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and the many wonderful holiday events taking place around the city, everyone’s favorite yule time tradition has returned to the Arsenal Gallery – the annual Wreath Interpretations exhibit! A holiday tradition since 1982, NYC Parks is once againringing in the season with Wreath Interpretations, featuring whimsical wreaths handcrafted by Parks employees, artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages.  

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NYC Parks Department Lifeguard Recruitment Now Underway for Summer 2024!

 

 

 

Image courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks is looking for New Yorkers to rise to the challenge and become part of our lifeguarding team for summer 2024!

Qualifying tests begin on Friday, December 1, and will be held at more than 15 pools around the city, including recreation centers and local schools. Register for a qualifying exam here.

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue and DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido announced that the City has reached an agreement with the lifeguard union represented by DC 37 to raise hourly wages for seasonal lifeguards to $22.00 per hour. 

Beginning summer 2024, returning seasonal lifeguards and chief lifeguards will receive a $1,000 bonus if they work through peak season.

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Hart Island Free Public Tours Now Offered by NYC Parks Department’s Urban Park Rangers

 

 

 

Hart Island, Bronx. Image credit: Roberta Fineberg

Today, NYC Parks announced the start of free public tours of Hart Island, the City’s public cemetery, in an effort to increase access to the island, reduce historical stigmas surrounding itspast, and educate the public about its role as an important piece of City infrastructure.

Hart Island, Bronx. Image credit: Roberta Fineberg

Beginning on November 21, 2023, NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers will offer free walking tours of the island twice per month. Registration is required through an online form and participants will be selected by lottery. All public history tours are done on foot and last approximately 2.5 hours, with ferry transportation provided to and from Hart Island.

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The Little Red Lighthouse Festival ~ October 7th ~ CANCELLED due to Weather

 

 

 

Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park. Image credit: NYC Parks
  • Unfortunately this Festival has been CANCELLED due to weather

Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with readings of the eponymous children’s book, live music, City Parks Foundation Puppetmobile performance, and activities for all ages!

As in years past, tours will be first come, first served. To safely and comfortably accommodate visitors, a limited number of timed tickets will be distributed beginning at noon on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

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‘Susan Stair: Setting the Stage for Climate Change’ will Unveil in Morningside Park on August 25th

 

 

 

Susan Stair: Setting the Stage for Climate Change in Morningside Park. Image courtesy Connie Lee, President, Art Lives Here, Inc.

Setting the Stage for Climate Change is a temporary public art installation in Morningside Park, sited on a landing near the top of the staircase at 116th Street. Environmental artist Susan Stair designed the sculpture to reinvent the area of the park as an amphitheater for arts and cultural programming.

Unveiling set for August 25th from 4:00 to 7:00pm in Morningside Park, enter at 116th Street and Morningside Drive.

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Round & Round We Go on The Carousels in NYC Parks

 

 

 

Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Today, NYC Parks puts a focus on Carousels – a beloved, long-standing amenity in New York CityPparks – on the Parks website. A treasured nostalgic memory for many, Parks has a long history with carousels – some are over a hundred years old! At the start of the 20th century, Brooklyn was home to the largest concentration of carousel workshops in the country, as several master carvers set up shop in the city. 

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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.

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NYC Parks Celebrates the 175th Anniversary of The High Bridge

 

 

The High Bridge, 1849 by artist F. (Fanny) Palmer. Image credit: New York Public Library Digital Collection.

On June 6, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC Department of Design and Construction First Deputy Commissioner Eric Macfarlane, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Council Member Carmen De La Rosa, Council Member Althea Stevens, Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Sonia Manzano (Maria from “Sesame Street”), Bronx Children’s Museum, Chauncy Young of Harlem River Working Group, community organizations, local residents, and students to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the High Bridge.

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NYC Parks to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed New Park Rules

 

 

 

Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

NYC Parks today announced it will hold a public hearing on July 7, 2023, for proposed new rules to change the application timeline for Special Event permits and to establish standards for the distribution of permits for multi-day Special Events in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. New Yorkers have an opportunity to submit comment on the proposed new rules beginning this Tuesday, June 6, 2023; comment submissions will be accepted until Friday, July 7, 2023.

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NYC Parks Department Celebrates the Opening of Beach Season on May 27th

 

 

 

Image credit: NYC Parks

NYC Parks Department announced that Coney Island Beach, Rockaway Beach, and Orchard Beach will officially open to the public this Saturday, May 27th, with lifeguards on duty from 10am to 6pm.

Love to swim? Looking for a summer job? You’re not too late to apply to be a NYC Parks Department Lifeguard.

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NYC Parks Releases ‘Our Urban Forest’ Storymap

 

 

 

NYC Parks today announced the completion of a brand-new StoryMaphighlighting the City’s trees, canopy, and forestry maintenance titled “Our Urban Forest.” Through the StoryMap, Parks has compiled the most comprehensive look at the City’s urban forest to date, complete with information on the city’s process for caring for trees; contextual data on thecoverage and expansion of the City’s urban canopy; and additional information on tree services requests, inspections, and more. 

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NYC Parks Celebrates Reopening of Bowne Park after $3.6 Million Pond, Plaza, and Bocce Court Improvements!

 

 

 

Council Member Vicki Paladino have some fun at the Reopening of Bowne Park with pond, plaza and Bocce Ball court! Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Jackie Langsam joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Council Member Vickie Paladino, Community Board 7 Chairperson Eugene Kelty, representatives from the Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association, former City Council Member Paul Vallone, and members of the community to celebrate the completion of $3.6 million in improvements to Bowne Parke in Flushing Queens.

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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.

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NYC Parks Shares Favorite Peak Cherry Blossom Parks in Bloom

 

 

 

Cherry Blossoms 2023 in NYC Parks. Image credit: Daniel Avila & NYC Parks

Spring has sprung, and with it comes every New Yorker’s favorite time of year: cherry blossom season! NYC Parks is pleased to announce that peak bloom has arrived for trees around the city. Every year, New Yorkers flock to see the seasonal blooms in all five boroughs – a great way to get outside and enjoy City parks as the weather warms up.

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NYC Parks + The Poetry Society of America Unveil Five New Installations in Public Parks During National Poetry Month

 

 

 

Valentino Pier. Photo credit: NYC Parks

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined The Poetry Society of America Executive Director Matt Brogan, poet Edward Hirsch, and students from P.S. 676 and Summit Academy Charter School to celebrate five new installations bringing poetry to New York’s public parks through the Park Poems initiative. 

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NYC Parks Department Announces RFP’s for Six Golf Courses!

 

 

 

Image courtesy NYC Parks Department

NYC Parks announced today that a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) has been issued for the renovation, operation, and maintenance of the following golf courses: 

  1. Pelham/Split Rock Golf Courses in the Bronx;
  1. Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn;
  1. Clearview Golf Course in Queens;
  1. Douglaston Golf Course in Queens;
  1. LaTourette Golf Course on Staten Island;
  1. South Shore Golf Course on Staten Island.

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NYC Parks issues Request for Expressions of Interest to Activate Anchorage Plaza, Downtown Brooklyn

 

 

 

Anchorage Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn. Image via nycparks

NYC Parks announced today that a Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”) has been issued for the temporary and seasonal implementation of programming, amenities, events, and development at Anchorage Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn.

Anchorage Plaza is surrounded by a busy and dynamic section of the Brooklyn Bridge, bound by Old Fulton, Front, York, Washington, and Prospect Streets with views of the Manhattan skyline. It is located between the vibrant and frequently visited historic districts of Brooklyn Heights and Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (“DUMBO”) neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

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NYC Parks Announced Artist Rose DeSiano Recipient of $25,000 Grant, Bringing ‘Public Continuum’ to Highland Park in Cypress Hills

 

 

 

Image Credit: Rose DeSiano, Public Continuum Rendering, 2023, courtesy of the artist

NYC Parks is pleased to announce that artist Rose DeSiano has been selected as the recipient of the Highland Park Art Grant. DeSiano will receive an award of $25,000 to create her proposed artwork, Public Continuum, to be displayed in Highland Park on the border of Brooklyn and Queens from Summer 2023 to Summer 2024. The Highland Park Art Grant supports the creation of one new, temporary artwork by a New York City-based emerging artist in Highland Park. The resulting artwork will transform Lower Highland Park into an art destination, with supporting events and programs.

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Getting Ready for Summer 2023, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem is in the News

 

 

 

Marcus Garvey Park w/view of the Acropolis & historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in the background, the current art installation by Art Lives Here on the great lawn, artist Reuben Sinha: Breathing. Madison Ave side near 123rd Street.

Sitting in on the recent CB 11 meeting, Jana La Sorte, the Administrator of Historic Harlem Parks, gave an update on a plethora of good news happening in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

The Park, which runs from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Madison Avenue to Mount Morris Park West, is the home to the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, the Harlem Drummers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a swimming pool, and from what we heard in this meeting, it may be the new home of Harlem Eat Up!

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NYC Parks Reopens Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Congresswoman Grace Meng, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, Council Member Sandra Ung, Representatives from Community Boards 4, 6, 7, and 8, Senior Swimmers from Roy Wilkins, St. John’s, and Al Oerter Recreation Centers, and community members to officially reopen the Flushing Meadows Aquatics Center to the public and debut brand new programming. 

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NYC Parks Removed Abandoned Vessels Littering Sheepshead Bay in 2023 ~ ‘The Office of Marine Debris Disposal & Vessel Surrendering’ Created in 2024

 

 

 

Abandoned Boat Removal by NYC Parks in Sheepshead Bay. Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

This month (April, 2024) a new office, the first of its kind in New York State, was created to keep New York City’s waterfront clear of marine hazards like derelict boats. This will create a safer environment for boaters, waterfront enjoyers and marine life. The office also launched a vessel turn-in program through which New Yorkers can directly surrender their unwanted boats, proactively addressing vessels before they become derelict.

The Office of Marine Debris Disposal and Vessel Surrendering was created in accordance with Local Law 46 of 2023, and is funded through 2025 thanks to $1 million from Mayor Eric Adams.

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Hikes Before Likes: NYC Parks is Kicking You Off the Couch!

 

 

Image: NYC Parks

NYC Parks announces a new campaign debuting today on LinkNYC, to remind New Yorkers of the fun and beauty they can experience by spending time off-screen by playing and exploring the outdoors. 

“Our new campaign is a gentle reminder to get out, look up, and enjoy the outdoors!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “Social Media is a great way to learn about the best parks to visit in NYC, but nothing beats the mental and physical benefits of playing in nature IRL.”  

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Mellon Foundation Grant Reimagines Lefferts Historic House in Community Conversation

 

 

 

Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit that sustains the park in partnership with the City, has received a prestigious $275,000 Humanities in Place grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance its ReImagine Lefferts initiative, which seeks to re-envision the mission and programming at the park’s historic house museum to recognize its role as a site of dispossession and enslavement, and explore the stories of the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking whose unceded ancestral lands the house rests upon and the Africans who were enslaved by the Lefferts family.

The Alliance will engage the public around this initiative with a Community Conversation on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1-4 pm, at the Prospect Park Boathouse. Learn more and RSVP for this free event at prospectpark.org/reimagine-lefferts-conversation

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The Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Riverside Park Funded for Restoration in 2024

 

 

 

Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park via NYC Parks Dept

The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York has released its preliminary 2024 budget, which includes $62.3 million in funding for the restoration of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and Plaza in Riverside Park.

This huge milestone comes after years of advocacy from Riverside Park Conservancy, elected officials and the public. Among the project’s most active champions has been Council Member Gale Brewer, who launched a petition to save the monument last year that garnered thousands of signatures.

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Harlem Grown Announces $1.3M Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Programs in Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Marcus Garvey Park w/view of the Acropolis & historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in the background, the current art installation by Art Lives Here on the great lawn, artist Reuben Sinha: Breathing. Madison Ave side near 123rd Street. October 2022.

If you take Fifth Avenue Uptown, You will have a pleasant pause at 120th Street, where you will be greeted by an entrance to Marcus Garvey Park ~ Harlem to the West and East Harlem to the East. The Park spans from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Mt. Morris Park West to Madison Avenue.

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NYC Parks Greenthumb Celebrates a Fruitful 2022 in Over 550 Community Gardens

 

 

 

Distribution Plant. Photo credit: NYC Parks

As New Yorkers prepare to turn the page on the past year, NYC Parks GreenThumb is taking a moment to look back and celebrate a successful 2022 community gardening season. Over the past year, GreenThumb has taken major strides to increase garden accessibility, connectivity, and food production, having renovated, rebuilt, and expanded 21 community gardens throughout the city, including eight “GreenThumb Community Gardens at NYCHA” projects; installed 290 raised garden beds for food production; and added 1,425 linear feet of accessible paths in 16 community gardens. This year, a major focus of the department was volunteerism, and GreenThumb delivered by organizing and hosting 44 volunteer days and 93 workshops, including 5 intensive training series attended by almost 3,000 participants.   

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NYC Parks & NYC DDC Unveil Design for Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center in East Flatbush

 

 

 

Illustration of Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are proud to announce the design completion for the new, to-be-constructed Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center planned for East Flatbush, Brooklyn. This brand-new recreation center will include an indoor pool and public plaza, and serve as a hub for fitness, learning, and recreation.

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NYC Parks Issues Request for Proposals for Cafe’ at Cadman Plaza

 

 

 

Cadman Plaza. Image NYC Parks.

NYC Parks has released a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the operation, maintenance, and development of a new café at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn. Cadman Plaza serves as a focal point for the entire Brooklyn Heights community and is an ideal location for a new café. The park is frequented by families, joggers, and dog-walkers, as well as commuters and local employees. The RFP offers a unique opportunity for a prospective proposer to transform an existing building into a brand-new café.

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Bid Your Holiday Tree Fir-Well with NYC Parks Department during Mulchfest 2023

 

 

 

Mulchfest. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The holidays are fast approaching, and so is NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, New Yorkers can “tree”-cycle their trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs. NYC Parks wants you to bid your Holiday Tree fir-well during Mulchfest 2023!

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NYC Parks Department holds Rededication of Heintz Memorial & Reinstallation of Fame Statue in Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx

 

 

 

Dedication of Heintz Memorial. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue and Parks Director of Art & Antiquities Jonathan Kuhn joined the Public Design Commission’s Senior Manager of Art, Conservation & Design Carolina Llano, State Senator Jose Serrano, President of the 161 Street BID Trey Jenkins, Community Board 4 Parks Chair Paul Lozito, members of the Friends of Four Parks Alliance, students and staff from All Hollows High School, and members of the community to celebrate the rededication of the Heintz Memorial and the restoration and reinstallation of the Fame statue in Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx.

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NYC Parks & NYCEDC Break Ground on $87 Million Restoration of the Orchard Beach Pavilion

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue & New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Chief Infrastructure Officer Josh Kraus joined Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, State Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, Council Member Marjorie Velazquez, Council Member Amanda Farias, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., President of the Friends of Pelham Bay Park Nilka Martell, Community Board 10 Parks Chair Terence Franklin, and members of the community to officially break ground on the $87 million Orchard Beach Pavilion project to restore the historic 140,000 square foot space. 

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NYC Parks Dept Unveils First-of-its-Kind Tree Map Integrating Live Forestry Data for Nearly One Million NYC Trees!

 

 

 

From our archives, Central Park

NYC Parks launched a first-of-its-kind living tree map—the NYC Tree Map—showcasing nearly one million individually managed City trees that includes newly mapped, in-park trees that have unique IDs, species information, and maintenance status. Building on Parks’ previously launched Street Tree Map, this empowers New Yorkers to digitally interact with all 800,000+ landscaped park and street trees in real time. It allows them to find the specific location of each park and street tree in the city; see tree species and how each tree contributes to a healthier, more resilient city; record their stewardship activity; report tree conditions directly to Parks staff; and for the first time ever, see the results of any completed inspections and recent tree work.

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NYC Parks Celebrates 40th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition at The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park

 

 

 

Tina Kaasmann Dunn, Wreath Interpretations Opening Night. Image credit: Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition returned to the Arsenal Gallery, with almost 40 inventive, handcrafted wreaths on display that celebrate the holiday season. Free to the public, and on view until December 30, this year’s collection of wreaths was created by artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used inventive and unexpected materials tore-envision the traditional holiday decoration.

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NYC Parks Department Lifeguards for Summer 2023 get Increase in Wages!

 

 

 

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue announced today that the City has reached an agreement with DC37 to raise the pay rates for new and second year seasonal lifeguards to approximately $21.26/hr. Additionally, all lifeguards working through mid-August are eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus, and Parks will once again offer a mini-pool specific lifeguard certification for staff who cover mini-pools only, making it more accessible for New Yorkers to secure a job as a lifeguard. 2022 NYC Parks Department Lifeguards ~ it’s time to get your recertification for Summer 2023!

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NYC Parks & NYC DDC Unveil Design for Mary Cali Dalton Recreation Center in Tompkinsville, Staten Island

 

 

 

Rendering, Overhead view of community welcome garden. Image credit: NYC Parks.

NYC Parks and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are proud to announce the design completion for the brand-new Mary Cali Dalton Recreation Center in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. The first Parks ‘Design-Build’ project, recreation center is expected to break ground Summer 2023, will offer a variety of recreational amenities including sport courts, multi-purpose areas for programming, fitness equipment and much more. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.  

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NYC Parks & Partners Complete Conceptual Plan for Parks on Staten Island’s East Shore

 

 

 

NYC Parks today announced the completion of its “Shoreline Parks Plan,” New York City’s first-ever conceptual plan for the East Shore of Staten Island. Addressing approximately 5.5 miles of shoreline and 1,000 acres of NYC Parks property, the Shoreline Parks Plan re-envisions parks along Staten Island’s shore and introduces diversified amenities and activities; increases accessibility and circulation; and improves the overall visitor experience.

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2021 American Nobel Laureates Honored on NYC Parks Monument

 

 

 

2021 American Nobel Laureates honored on NYC Parks Monument. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

2021 American Laureates Joshua D. Angrist and David W.C. MacMillan join celebration in their honor.

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined Consul General of Sweden in New York Camilla Mellander, Consul General of Norway in New York Heidi Olufsen, Councilmember Gale Brewer, 2021 Nobel Prize recipients Drs. Joshua D. Angrist and David W.C. MacMillan, Nagisa Manabe and Professor Oscar Schofield on behalf of 2021 Nobel Prize recipient Syukuro Manabe, and students from the Anderson School to unveil eight new Laureateinscriptions adorned to the Nobel Monument at Theodore Roosevelt Park.

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NYC Parks’ Conservation Team Spruce up Veterans Monuments for Veterans Day

 

 

 

The Freedom Square, Queens, Memorial angel figure cleaned and waxed. Image credit: NYC Parks.

NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservators were hard at work to preserve more than 25 war memorials ahead of Veterans Day. Parks’ bronze sculptures have been cleaned and rewaxed to make them shine in honor of our veterans.

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NYC Parks to Award $25,000 Grant with Open Call for Emerging Sculpture Artists

 

 

 

NYC Parks invites artists to submit proposals for the Highland Park Art Grant. The winning artist will receive an award of $25,000 to create their proposed artwork for display outdoors in Highland Park, which is on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. The artwork will be installed on the Brooklyn side in summer 2023 and will be on view for up to one year.

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NYC Parks Shares Progress Update on 10th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

 

 

 

Sunset Cove in Broad Channel, Queens. Image courtesy NYC Parks

From coastal park infrastructure upgrades, to monumental boardwalk renovations, to the replacement of 10,000 trees lost in the storm, and the restoration of close to 100 of acres of wetlands, salt marshes and stream corridors, NYC Parks shares progress on more than $1 billion dollars in Federal and City funded resiliency projects designed to strengthen parkland after Superstorm Sandy.

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The Little Red Lighthouse Festival Returns October 8th!

 

 

 

Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park. Image credit: NYC Parks

For the first time since 2019, The Little Red Lighthouse Festival returns to picturesque Fort Washington Park on the Hudson River, with free activities that highlight the tiny beacon’s history and preservation. The annual festival features readings of the eponymous children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, NYC Parks Urban Park Ranger presentations, and free activities for all ages!

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Fall in Love with Autumn: Join NYC Parks for Fall Foliage Fun!

 

 

 

Clove Lakes Park. Image courtesy NYC Parks

Fall in love with New York City’s parks all over again! With the season’s crisp, cool weather and gorgeously colored leaves making an entrance, today NYC Parks announced the return of its #FallForNYC initiative, with its fifth annual fall photo campaign, Leaf ID guide, suggestions for the most scenic spots to leaf peep, and fun events across the five boroughs to get New Yorkers in the autumn spirit.

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NYC Parks & Socrates Sculpture Park to Break Ground on $5.7 Million New Facility ~ ‘The Cubes’

 

 

 

Renderings of The Cubes at Socrates Sculpture Park, courtesy LOT-EK

Socrates Sculpture Park is excited to break ground for “The Cubes,” a new 2,640 square-foot, two-story building that will become a permanent home for Socrates Sculpture Park, designed by the innovative architecture studio LOT-EK. Multi-functional by design, the space will provide new facilities for the park’s administrative offices, arts education and community work, creating opportunities for year-round public programming. Constructed from up cycled shipping containers, the building’s origin, materials, and design invokes Socrates Sculpture Park’s founding principles of creative reclamation, adaptable re-use, and honoring the neighborhood’s industrial roots.

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue will join Socrates Sculpture Park Executive Director Tamsin Dillon, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Laurie Cumbo, Socrates Sculpture Park Board Member Stuart Match Suna, City Council Member Julie Won, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Community Board 1 Chair Marie Torniali, and members of the community to officially break ground on “The Cubes.” 

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Legends Hospitality’s Central Park Loeb Boathouse Reopens!

 

 

 

Image via theloebboathouse

It was announced on February 16, 2023 that the city selected Legends Hospitality as its new operator for the iconic Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, for a 10-year term.

The Boathouse reopened June 17, 2023, with its 80-seat outdoor dinning and boat rentals. The main dining room will reopen on Monday, March 4, 2024!

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Rockaway Beach Revitalization Unveils a $4.7 Million Shore Front Parkway Adventure Course and Pickleball Court

 

 

 

Rockaway Beach Revitalization. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Council Member Joann Ariola, Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr,  representatives from USA Pickleball, children from camp P.S. 317 and the Millennium Development Summer Program, and members of the community to cut the ribbon on the brand new adventure course and pickleball court in Rockaway Beach. The new adventure course and pickleball court are part of continued efforts to rebuild Rockaway after hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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NYC Parks Department Monuments Conservation Program Crew at Washington Square Arch

 

 

 

 

The New York City Parks Department Monuments Conservation Program Crew will be heading to Washington Square Park on Thursday, July 21, 2022 to begin intensive stone repairs, micro-abrasive cleaning, and chemical protection to preserve the Washington Square Arch’s masonry.

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