NY4P Newsletter, May 2017

Tell City Hall to Fund Open Spaces

 Take Action: Tell City Hall to Fund Parks

The Mayor and City Council are in the final stages of negotiating the city budget, and we need to make sure that New York's parks and open spaces aren't left out. Park use is at an all-time high, and New Yorkers depend on our public spaces more than ever before.

Join us in calling on Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to fund critical maintenance staff; protect the GreenThumb community gardening program from major staff and budget loses due to federal budget cuts; add new Partnerships for Parks staff to support community parks groups; hire new Urban Park Rangers; keep our street trees healthy and safe; and support visionary parks projects. Write to your Council Member and the Mayor today!»

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Civic Action TrackerCivic Action Tracker
Our interactive Civic Action Tracker shows the location, topic, and size of all rallies, marches, protests, and other civic actions that have taken place in NYC public spaces since the beginning of the year. Over half a million people have participated in some kind of action so far, showing how much New Yorkers rely on public spaces to make their voices heard. Explore the Tracker»

Public Realm Bill of Rights WebinarHow Should NYC Guarantee Our Public Realm Rights?
Did you miss the NY4P x NYC meeting? You can still tell us what the city needs to do to guarantee that all New Yorkers enjoy the rights laid out in our new Public Realm Bill of Rights for NYC. Watch our webinar to learn more about the Bill and then share your policy recommendations for the city in our online survey. Watch the webinar and share your feedback»

City Council District Map 2017Webinar - Who Represents Me: Demystifying the City Council
It’s an election year in NYC, and there are a number of city council seats that will be filled by all new representatives next January. How can you figure out what council district you live in and who might be running for office? Join NY4P at noon on Monday, May 22 for our lunch-hour webinar as we walk you through all of the steps to understand how to find out who represents you, and how to reach them. RSVP today»

Emily Walker NY1 April 2017The Daffodil Project on NY1
On April 13th NY4P's Emily Walker, Director of Outreach and Programs, joined Marlene Pantin of the Red Hook Conservancy on NY1 to talk about the Daffodil Project and its power as a tool for community engagement and beautification. Watch the Daffodil Project on NY1»

Upcoming Parks Community Events  

Wednesday, May 10, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm. Waterfront Alliance 2017 Waterfront Conference. Hudson River Park, Pier 40, 353 West Street, New York, NY 10014.

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30. Sierra Club, Water Issues Big and Small - Sustainability Series. Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th St, New York, NY 10003. NY4P's Director of Research & Planning Lucy Robson will be speaking

Saturday, May 13, 5:00 - 7:30 pm. Van Alen Institute, To the Streets flash competition. WeWork South Williamsburg, 109 South 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Proposals will build on NY4P's Civic Action Tracker, and NY4P will be on the panel of judges. 

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Point, Hunts Point Fish Parade. Multiple locations through Hunts Point. The Fish Parade and Summer Festival organizers encourage Community Organizations to take part in tabling and/or facilitating an activity for all to take advantage of. Free of charge for community groups. Register here. NY4P will be at the parade - stop by and say hi!

Other Events and Resources

Partnerships for Parks

New York Restoration Project 

GreenThumb 

Natural Areas Conservancy

Waterfront Alliance 

Transportation Alternatives