The Art Students League of New York in partnership with NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and the Riverside Park Conservancy is proud to announce two new large-scale artworks by League artists Sophie Kahn and Marco Palli as part of the 2023 Works in Public program. The sculptures will be unveiled in a public ceremony at Riverside Park in Manhattan on November 9 and remain on view through August 2024. The 2023 Works in Public program also includes two works by League artists Helen Draves and Susan Markowitz Meredith, unveiled in July and now on view at Riverside Park South through July 2024. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 9, 3–4pm at 145th Street and Riverside.
The Art Students League of New York and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation invite you to the unveiling of Works in Public at Riverside Park South, July 18. The ceremony will start in Riverside Park South (59th Street Entrance) at 4pm, followed by a champagne reception at Pier 1 Café (500 W 70th St).
The year-long outdoor public art exhibition at Riverside Park South in Manhattan features new site-specific sculptures by League artists Helen Draves and Susan Markowitz Meredith. Two additional projects will be unveiled in fall 2023.
Riverside Park Conservancy’s weed-eating goats returned on July 7 – with some added job responsibilities. Starting with a special Goatham festival and ribbon cutting at the Conservancy’s new Compost Compound, they’ll spend the summer helping to educate the public about sustainability in Riverside Park.
Turning a page into Fall, a Goatham Farewell Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 21st from 3:00 to 4:00pm at 120th Street and Riverside Drive.
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.
At its annual spring benefit on June 7, Riverside Park Conservancy honored Lori Bassman and Mary Frances Shaughnessy, two members of the board who helped to create and grow the organization into what it is today. The Conservancy’s benefit, titled “Together Again,” was their first in-person annual fundraiser since 2019, and it was a great success.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, Riverside Park Conservancy has secured the necessary funds for NYC Parks to repair The Firemen’s Memorial at 100th Street in Riverside Park this Fall.
With support from an individual donor, funding from the Conservancy will provide the equipment and supplies needed for NYC Parks’ monuments crew to clean, repoint, and repair the monument. The memorial is the site, each October, of the Fire Department’s annual memorial event honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
Riverside Park Conservancy announced this week that it installed special “houses” for native bees in Riverside Park.
In partnership with The Bee Conservancy, Riverside Park Conservancy placed bee houses in Riverside Park South and in the pollinator meadow at 119th Street, in order to provide safe shelter for native bee populations like Mason bees, Carpenter bees, Leaf-cutter bees, and Bumble bees. Bee houses can support bees through the hibernation season, and can help to increase the populations in coming years.
Artist Adrian Sas augments our understanding of reality with an installation entitled ‘Source to Spout‘ in Riverside Park. by wrapping a series of panoramic photographs around drinking fountains throughout the park, Sas reveals the system of protected lands, reservoirs, and aqueducts which feeds these fountains. This new and very refreshing installation will be on view from 64th street to 148th street throughout Riverside Park beginning June 18, 2021.
After a one-year hiatus, Riverside Park Conservancy announced that their best interns have come back to the Park this summer. 24 Goats arrived on July 14, 2021 at 11am on Riverside Drive at 120th Street for the ceremonial “Running of the Goats“, with 5 goats planning to stay through the summer in Riverside Park. Get to know the summer resident 5 goats, and be prepared to Vote for the Goat you love the most!
The results of the ranked-choice vote will be announced at a public ceremony on September 14, 2021 at 11am. (originally September 9th, but postponed due to rain). The winning goat will be presented with a medal and bouquet of weeds, with the ceremony overseen by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell; Borough President Gale Brewer; Council Member Mark Levine; Conservancy President & CEO Dan Garodnick; George Shea, co-Founder, Major League Eating; and You, their adoring public. The Event will be located at 120th Street and Riverside Park.
The public can review all of the five candidates’ platforms — and cast a vote using the new ranked-choice voting system on Riverside Park Conservancy’s website. Election highlights can be seen on Instagram,Twitter, and Facebook. As of today, nearly 1,000 votes have been case. Every vote will count!
Riverside Park Conservancy will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary, and slow emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, by hosting a summer-long art exhibition throughout the Park entitled, RE: GROWTH, a Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit.
“To offer hope and joy through the use of festive shapes and colors is my gift for a city that has lost too much during the pandemic.” –Blanka Amezkua
Out of an abundance of caution, and due to planned shoreline and path reconstruction work, NYC Parks temporarily closed the Cherry Walk path in Riverside Park from W. 100th to W. 125th streets. The closure began onMonday, September 28, 2020 and reopened to pedestrians and cyclists in January, 2021!