NY4P Newsletter, April 2017

Bill of Rights Preview

 Join Us on Monday, April 17th for NY4P x NYC

It’s a challenging time for New York City, and the decisions made today will shape the city for decades to come. Will New York have enough parks and green space to ensure that the 8.5 million people who live here are healthy and happy? Will our open spaces serve the needs of the communities that depend on them? How do we guarantee that the citizens of New York have a say in what happens? Join us at NY4P x NYC on Monday, April 17th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, where wel'll unveil our Public Realm Bill of Rights. We need your input on what we as a city must do to ensure that all New Yorkers enjoy those rights. This will help shape our election year campaign - tell us what your communities need, and we'll make sure City Hall gets the message. We can’t speak up for the people of New York without your voice. RSVP today.

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Fearless GirlFearless Women, Fearless Girl
On March 15th, thirteen prominent women leaders in New York City open space, including NY4P's Lynn Kelly, sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio asking him to let the now-famous "Fearless Girl" statue remain in Bowling Green for longer than the month it was originally granted. All together, thousands of people from New York and beyond spoke up to ask for the same thing. Late last month the Mayor announced that the City would let the "Fearless Girl" stay through early 2018. It's a perfect example of the power of public places to bring people together for a common goal. Read their letter to the Mayor»

City Council FinanceUpdate on the City Parks Budget
The City Council has submitted their response to the Mayor's FY18 preliminary budget, and it has some great wins for parks. It includes $30 million for additional Parks Without Borders projects; funding for an additional 10 Partnerships for Parks Outreach Coordinators, 80 Parks Enforcement Patrol Officers; 30 Urban Park Rangers; continued funding of 150 critical parks maintenance positions; and more. Learn more about the budget and what comes next»

Dedicate A DaffodilDedicate a Daffodil to Mom
NY4P's Daffodil Project has planted over 6.5 million daffodil bulbs in every part of New York City, beautifying neighborhoods across all boroughs year after year. When you dedicate a daffodil for Mother's Day, she'll receive a personalized Daffodil Certificate commemorating your support of communities across the city in her honor. Dedicate a daffodil to Mom today»

Nilka MartellMeet a New Yorker 4 Parks: Nilka Martell, Loving the Bronx
Nilka Martell wants people to know that they have the power to improve their neighborhoods, and she's using parks and open spaces to show them how. She sees parks and green spaces as places where everyone's interests intersect, regardless of who they are or where they're from. Her work has been so impactful across the Bronx, NY4P is honoring her at this year's Daffodil BreakfastLearn more about Nilka»

Lucy on ResearchLucy Robson Takes the Helm of Research & Planning
NY4P recently named Lucy Robson the Director of Research and Planning, where she's served as an Analyst for over three years. Lucy's plans for the department include taking a strategic look at how NY4P can use our research capabilities to influence the citywide conversations on the critical issues facing New York, including development, rezoning, public health, and more.

Upcoming Parks Community Events  

Monday, April 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. NY4P x NYC. LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th floor, New York, NY 10038.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Partnerships for Parks, Getting Involved With Your Park. The Arsenal, 830 5th Ave,New York, NY 10065. 

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Car Free NYC: Earth Day. Broadway, Times Square to Union Square. We'll have a table on Broadway between 35th and 36th streets - stop by and say hi! 

Other Events and Resources

Partnerships for Parks

New York Restoration Project 

GreenThumb 

Natural Areas Conservancy

Waterfront Alliance 

Transportation Alternatives