NY4P Newsletter - June 10, 2020

Grand Army Plaza protest

Black Lives Matter
A message from Executive Director Adam Ganser and the NY4P staff 

The injustices that have transpired against black Americans in public spaces across the country in recent weeks are devastating and sadly all too familiar. This time they come against a backdrop of a deadly pandemic that has already been disproportionately affecting people of color.

New Yorkers for Parks mourns the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and we condemn the threats against Christian Cooper in a public park here in New York City.

Read the rest of our June 2nd statement »

Continuing the Fight to Play Fair for Parks

Play Fair Rally at City Hall in 2019Our petition continues to gain steam: in the last three weeks, sign-ons have more than quadrupled. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal of 3,400 signatures though - ten for each of the 340 parks workers jobs on the line this budget cycle - so we encourage you to join us. Sign the Play Fair Petition today »

Council Members are hearing from the campaign cofounders too: NY4P has connected directly with a third of the City Council about the Parks Budget and Play Fair. And on May 21st, NY4P and members of the Play Fair Coalition testified before the City Council on the importance of investing in the maintenance of our parks and open spaces. Read our full testimony »

Daffodils Blooms Gone Virtual

2020 Daffodil Project Blooms VideoThanks to all of those who participated in our Daffodil Project. Daffodils bloomed in all five boroughs through March and April, bringing hope and beauty to New Yorkers in unprecedented times. To enjoy this year's blooms from home, be sure to watch our newest Daffodil Project video. Watch Daffodil Project blooms on YouTube »

Deadline extended for Grassroots Groups

NYC Green Relief and Recovery FundGrassroots greening groups that are applying to grants from the new NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund, administered by the City Parks Foundation, have more time to work on their applications. The deadline has been extended to June 19. Grassroots groups are eligible for grants up to $1,500. Learn more at the City Parks Foundation website »

NY4P in the News

Our Play Fair campaign and recent statements on parks issues have been featured in the local news. See some of the recent coverage below. 

City Limits »
WBAI's City Watch »
Curbed New York »
amNewYork »
CityLand »
Manhattan Times »
New York Post »
StreetsBlog NYC »