NY4P Newsletter, February 2017

Rally in Washington Square Park

An Open Letter to Mayor de Blasio
Open Space & Free Expression

A group of 13 New York City-based civic organizations, including New Yorkers for Parks, sent an open letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining seven steps the city can take to ensure that we have the open space necessary for our gatherings and demonstrations to be safe and welcoming“Parks and public spaces are the soul of a city, where people come together to express their hopes, mobilize their communities, and engage in public dialogue,” said Lynn Kelly. Supporting the many roles open spaces play in healthy civic engagement is necessary to face the challenges and opportunities facing cities in the 21st century. NY4P is also tracking the locations of rallies, protests and demonstrations, and will soon have an online map showing where and how New Yorkers are using public space for free expression. Read our letter to Mayor de Blasio.

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Parks Without Borders PanelParks Without Borders Recap
Last month Lynn Kelly moderated a panel of parks leaders from across the country to a standing-room only crowd at the first event in NYC Parks' Parks Without Borders Discussion Series. The evening's topic was "How Can Innovative Park Planning Create a More Seamless Public Realm?" Parks commissioners from Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Arlington County shared their unique approaches to ensuring parks are woven into the city's infrastructure and user experience. Watch a recording of the event»

NY4P: Boro x Boro, QueensNY4P: Boro x Boro
Our NY4P: Boro x Boro meetings are off to a great start! So far we've heard from advocates in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Manhattan meeting is on Wednesday, February 15, and the Bronx meeting is on Monday, February 27. RSVP today, and stay tuned for the announcement of our citywide meeting in April, date/location TBD. RSVP for NY4P: Boro x Boro»

Only In New York MCNY"New York Is My Muse" at the Museum of the City of New York
We're very excited to co-sponsor "New York Is My Muse" at the Museum of the City of New York on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. Join Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land and former NYC Parks Commissioner, and Speed Levitch, actor, author, and NYC tour guide, as they explore how New Yorkers experience the physical city, both man-made and natural, gritty and sublime. The event is part of Only in New York, a new monthly series hosted by New York Times journalist Sarah Maslin Nir. Use code OINY to get a discounted rate of $15 per ticketBuy your tickets today»

Upcoming Parks Community Events  

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30-8:30. NY4P: Boro x Boro, Manhattan. The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, Room 6304, New York, 10016 Wait list

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00-8:00. NYC Urban Field Station: Community Resilience Through Green Infrastructure. Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038.

Saturday, February 25, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Bronx Coalition of Parks and Green Space: Bronx Parks Speak Up. Lehman College, Music Building, Faculty Dining Room, Bronx, NY 10468. NY4P will be there - stop by and say hi!

Saturday, February 25, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. GreenThumb: Staten Island Garden Get Together. Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 11232

Monday, February 27, 6:30-8:30. NY4P: Boro x Boro, BronxBronx Lebanon Hospital, Clinic, 1650 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10457

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30. Museum of the City of New York: New York Is My Muse, 1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029.

Other Events and Resources

Check out the calendars below for upcoming grant opportunities, free workshops, tours, volunteer opportunities, community building and more. 

Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to srengthen the outreach, membership and program-planning capacity of community groups who care for their neighborhood parks.

New York Restoration Project 

City Parks Foundation 


Waterfront Alliance 

Transportation Alternatives