35-Foot-Tall ‘Mother Earth’ Sculpture, New Installation at Rockaway Beach

 

 

 

Kris Perry stands with pieces of Mother Earth outside his studio. Photo by Daniel McCabe. Image courtesy of the artist.

Contemporary artist Kris Perrys monumental sculpture Mother Earth will be installed at Rockaway Beach (Queens) as part of the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, which brings both experimental and traditional art to the public in locations throughout the five boroughs. Continue reading “35-Foot-Tall ‘Mother Earth’ Sculpture, New Installation at Rockaway Beach”

NYC Parks’ Rangers to the Rescue!

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

What happens when unwanted pets are released into City parks? It’s the New York City Parks’ Rangers to the rescue.

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A Drowning Can Happen in Seconds……

 

 

 

New York City Parks Department wants to remind all New Yorker’s that a drowning can happen in just seconds.

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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!

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NYC Parks Without Borders Celebrates a Transformation at Jackie Robinson Park

 

 

 

Jackie Robinson Park. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks today unveiled the completion of a $4.7 million transformation at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem. This is the second showcase project completed through the Parks Without Borders Initiative, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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NYC Parks Department Launches ‘Discovery Week’ ~ a Virtual Exploration in Freshkills Park

 

 

 

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Freshkills Park will host its first-ever Discovery Week, offering park enthusiasts a chance to virtually explore the park’s spectacular views and unique landscape from home. Experience the landfill-to-park project’s ambitious transformation and enjoy FREE activities, tours, and educational and recreational programming.

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NYC Parks Department Creates ‘Juneteenth Grove’ at Cadman Plaza

 

 

 

Image courtesy NYC Parks Department

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, announced on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020) that the agency stands in solidarity with the Black Community and the fight to end systemic racism, and is demonstrating its commitment by taking a responsive step at addressing related issues within the park system. The agency is reviewing park names across New York City with the goal of renaming a selection in each borough for Black Americans with local, national or historical relevance. The parks and their new names will be announced November 2, 2020.

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NYC Parks Celebrates Black Music Month!

 

 

 

NYC Parks Department celebrates Black Music Month with a playlist featuring homegrown artists. Ranging across the genres and generations, this collection of songs celebrates New York City’s brightest stars from Luther Vandross to Cardi B.

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NYC Parks Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Pride March with Celebratory Signage

 

 

Washington Square Park courtesy NYC Parks. Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Pride March, NYC Parks today unveiled new signage featuring the colors of the new, inclusive pride flag in four parks along various routes the parade has taken over 50 years: Washington Square Park, Union Square, Madison Square Park, Grand Army Plaza and Central Park. The signage provides a sense of unity that commemorates the history and legacy of the LGBTQIA+ movement and community in New York City.

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#GoingGreenForParkies on May 21, 2020

 

 

 

The Arsenal (Central Park) image credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

#GoingGreenForParkies ~ Empire State Building and Other City Landmarks to Go Green in honor of Parks Workers on May 21st ~ a day when New York City will salute Park workers around the World with green lights and by wearing green, and In a show of support, San Francisco’s City Hall, Coit Tower, and Conservatory; Australia’s Royal Botanic Garden Sydney; and the Con Edison tower all lit green for parkies.

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NYC Parks + The Battery Conservancy Break Ground on $18.3 Million Battery Playscape Reconstruction Project!

 

 

NYC Parks + The Battery Conservancy. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined The Battery Conservancy President Warrie Price, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, City Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 Vice Chair Tammy Meltzer, and community members to break ground on The Battery Playscape reconstruction project.

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The Annual NYC Parks ~ WinterJam ~ February 1, 2020

 

 

 

WinterJam 2010. Image courtesy NYC Parks

Presented by NYC Parks, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow a mini mountain of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an urban wonderland for all to enjoy!

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Parks without Borders Completes First Project ~ Seward Park

 

 

 

Parks Without Borders ~ Seward Park

This week, NYC Parks celebrated Parks Without Borders’ milestone with its first completed project ~ Seward Park. At the event, community members also celebrated a new plaque coming to the park, installed in collaboration with the Seward Park Conservancy and supported by Disney+, which will honor the park’s bronze statue of the heroic husky Togo.

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City’s First Memorial to Queens Vietnam Veterans Opens in Elmhurst Park

 

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, New York State Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, New York City Council Member Peter Koo, New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, New York City Council Member Robert Holden, National President of the Vietnam Veterans of America John Rowan, and Community Board 4 Parks Chair Gregory Spock to officially cut the ribbon on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park.

The memorial, which was fully funded by Borough President Katz, was originally conceptualized by the members of Vietnam Veterans of America local Chapter 32, led by Queens resident Pastor “Pat” Toro who lost his life after returning home. The creation of the memorial would not have been possible without his advocacy.

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Dates Announced by NYC Parks for MulchFest 2020

 

 

 

NYC Parks today announced changes to its annual Mulchfest. During the 2020 recycling program, New Yorkers will now have two consecutive Saturdays when they can actively mulch their holiday trees—Saturday, January 4 and 11. This new schedule makes it easier than ever for all to say goodbye to their trees in an ecofriendly way, and take a bag of nutrient rich mulch home in the process. Mulchfest, part of the New York City’s holiday tradition, encourages New Yorkers to make greening a family activity—turning holiday trees into mulch which can be used for gardening and to increase soil fertility.

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Legendary Tuskeegee Airmen & Captain Roscoe Brown Plaza Unveiled in the Bronx

 

 

 

Renamed M.L.K. Plaza, now Captain Roscoe Brown, Ph.D. Plaza

A renovated plaza in the Bronx has been named for Tuskeegee Airman and former Bronx Community College President Captain, Roscoe Brown, Ph.D. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP joined Former New York City Mayor David Norman Dinkins; Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.; City Council Member Fernando Cabrera; Community Board 5 District Manager Kenneth Brown; President of Bronx Community College Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe; Dr. Roscoe Brown’s son Dr. Dennis Brown; and community members to cut the ribbon on renovations to the former M.L.K. Plaza, and officially rename it Captain Roscoe Brown, Ph. D. Plaza.

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Unveiling of Permanent Monument to Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Columbus Park, Chinatown

 

 

 

Unveiling of Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue in Columbus Park. Image credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Park

On the anniversary of the 153 birthday of Dr. Sun Yat-sen ~ founder of the Republic of China ~ a permanent sculpture depicting the  early 20th-century revolutionary figure was placed in the northern plaza at Columbus Park in Chinatown.

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Historic House Trust of NYC Launches Initiative to Enhance Accessibility at 23 Historic Sites

 

 

 

Image via Historic House Trust

The New York Community Trust has awarded the Historic House Trust of New York City (HHT) $339,000 to improve physical and intellectual access to public house museums in ways that are beneficial to people living with disabilities. This project—led by a team specializing in ADA compliance within historically-significant environments, and with experience creating innovative accessibility programs—will position HHT and its 23 historic sites at the forefront of such initiatives across the nation.

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Our NYC Parks Want You to Take a Staycation this Summer

 

 

Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Image courtesy NYC Parks

No time to get away? New York City Parks has you covered. Here are a few ways to get away for a day, without a reservation.

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NYC Parks + Green-Wood Experts to Preserve Old Gravesend Cemetery

 

 

 

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NYC Parks Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) conservators and summer apprentices, collaborating with Green-Wood Cemetery experts, will be resetting and restoring weathered and toppled gravestones at Old Gravesend Cemetery,

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Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza will become a Tribute to the Memory of the Historic Downtown NYC Area known as Little Syria

 

 

 

Groundbreaking will begin on the long-awaited Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza Park project on Friday, August 23, 2019. The project will create a new park by combining two existing plazas, rerouting traffic exiting from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, and removing excess roadbed along Greenwich Street, and it will celebrate the first public monument to early Arab immigrants in New York.

Follow this memorial to the poets of the Syrian Colony.

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