New Yorkers for Parks

New Yorkers for Parks NY4P is the only independent non-profit championing quality open space for all New Yorkers.

For more than 100 years, NY4P has promoted and protected parks and open spaces in New York City. Since our founding in 1908, our mission has been to ensure that all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods have access to quality parks and open spaces. That mission has inspired us to wage – and win – battles with Robert Moses over parkland alienation, advocate for landmark playground and waterfront parks p

rojects, engage low-income teenagers in community beautification and environmental initiatives, and conduct and publish award-winning open space research. Throughout our history, we have seen parks foster healthy lifestyles, social interaction, community stability and civic pride. More than just working on behalf of New Yorkers for better parks and open spaces, we’re working for New Yorkers on behalf of a better New York.

Say  ! Mayor Adams has slashed the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget, and more cuts are coming. Alre...
12/31/2023

Say !

Mayor Adams has slashed the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget, and more cuts are coming. Already 1,450+ frontline parks maintenance workers have been lost. More cuts mean more trash-filled parks, playgrounds, beaches and ballfields.

Send a letter: secure.ny4p.org/a/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

Remember the pandemic? The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget was cut and parks were a mess. Mayor Ad...
12/27/2023

Remember the pandemic?

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget was cut and parks were a mess. Mayor Adams has again slashed the parks budget. More cuts are coming... as are more trash-filled parks, playgrounds, beaches and ballfields.

Send a letter and say : secure.ny4p.org/a/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

12/15/2023

Watch advocate Merritt Birnbaum (Riverside Park Conservancy) testify in front of New York City Council calling for :

"In addition to its own cuts, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is the victim as other agencies strive to meet their PEG mandates. NYC Human Resources Administration is saving $59mil from its own budget by cutting the Parks Opportunity Program, a jobs program that has existed for three decades and currently employs 1,400 essential Parks workers. To put details on the magnitude of the crisis, today in Riverside Park over half of our frontline staff are part of the POPs program. Cutting this workforce will decimate the services the Parks Department provides."

Write a letter to NYC Mayor's Office: secure.ny4p.org/a/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

12/12/2023

"While these budget cuts will impact every park and every New Yorker across the city, there’s no secret who will be most impacted: New Yorkers who don’t have resources and who don’t have money to escape the summer heat. Families that depend on parks."

12/12/2023

Gothamist featured NY4P in this piece on Mayor Adams' disproportionate cuts to New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which decimate the frontline parks cleaning workforce and immediately impact quality of life for New Yorkers who rely on parks the most.

"New York City parks are poised to lose more than 1,400 staffers under Mayor Eric Adams' (NYC Mayor's Office) latest budget cuts, a dramatic staffing reduction that could result in certain parks being cleaned as little as once a week. The effect would likely leave the city’s 1,700 parks dirtier and unsafer, with bathrooms in worse condition and summer pool openings delayed, according to advocates."



https://gothamist.com/news/nyc-parks-set-for-dramatic-reductions-in-staffing-cleaning-under-mayor-adams-budget-cuts

NY4P rallied with the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council this morning to oppose Mayor Adams' latest cuts to...
12/11/2023

NY4P rallied with the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council this morning to oppose Mayor Adams' latest cuts to New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and other vital city agencies.

NYC Mayor's Office has slashed the NYC Parks budget, and more cuts are proposed. Already these cuts to parks have eliminated 1,450+ frontline parks maintenance workers. More cuts are proposed, as are more unsafe, trash-filled parks, playgrounds, beaches & ballfields.

Write a letter to the mayor: secure.ny4p.org/a/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

CC: New York League of Conservation Voters District Council 37, AFSCME Council Member Shekar Krishnan Justin Brannan GreenThumb

Say  ! Mayor Adams (NYC Mayor's Office) has slashed the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget, and more ...
12/07/2023

Say !

Mayor Adams (NYC Mayor's Office) has slashed the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget, and more cuts are proposed.

Already 1,450+ frontline parks maintenance workers have been lost. More cuts mean unsafe, trash-filled parks, playgrounds, beaches & ballfields.

Send a letter: https://secure.ny4p.org/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

Last week, NY4P joined GrowNYC's rally opposing cuts to community composting. Sign the petition: grownyc.org/petitionFro...
12/05/2023

Last week, NY4P joined GrowNYC's rally opposing cuts to community composting.

Sign the petition: grownyc.org/petition

From GrowNYC: "Our city faces the dual threat of budget cuts jeopardizing critical compost and methane initiatives, and with them, the loss of jobs that support these essential programs... Mayor Adams’ (NYC Mayor's Office) plan to cut funding for community composting threatens to undo the vital work that compost organizations do for our city."

This  , consider supporting New Yorkers for Parks and the vital work we do to make NYC's parks equitable, safe, and gree...
11/28/2023

This , consider supporting New Yorkers for Parks and the vital work we do to make NYC's parks equitable, safe, and green.

Your gift helps us push back against parks funding cuts and advocate for the quality parks and open spaces New Yorkers deserve.

🌸 Give Today: bit.ly/NY4P-Donate 🌸

We had a blast planting   bulbs with our friends at the Hudson Yards / Hell's Kitchen Alliance and The Grand Central Par...
11/28/2023

We had a blast planting bulbs with our friends at the Hudson Yards / Hell's Kitchen Alliance and The Grand Central Partnership this month!

Thanks to everyone involved for their partnership on this living memorial, beautification, and civic engagement effort. Stay tuned for photos of the blooms come springtime!

Mayor Adams' combined 12% cuts to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will reduce the Parks workforce by ...
11/21/2023

Mayor Adams' combined 12% cuts to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will reduce the Parks workforce by nearly 1,500 positions, ending the 30-year-old , eliminating critical Parks Jobs Corps staff, and delaying NYC Parks programs related to public safety, public health, tree canopy, and forest management. NY4P and the Coalition reject these inequitable and disproportionate cuts.

thecity.nyc/2023/11/21/parks-jobs-corps-to-end-under-adams-budget-cuts/

Write to the mayor now to voice your opposition: bit.ly/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

NYC Mayor's Office District Council 37, AFSCME New York League of Conservation Voters New York City Council Council Member Shekar Krishnan

For decades, the Parks Opportunity Program connected striving workers with employment. It’s being eliminated to help fill a $7 billion city budget hole.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Tavern on the Green for our 2023 Annual Benefit! The evening brought together par...
11/20/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Tavern on the Green for our 2023 Annual Benefit! The evening brought together park champions from across the City to celebrate and support NY4P’s year-round advocacy, research and coalition-building efforts. The benefit also helps underwrite our beloved .

Thank you to Master of Ceremonies Errol Louis and keynote speaker Michael Kimmelman. And a big congratulations to our honorees— New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Sue Donoghue, ABNY CEO Melva Miller, and the Battery Park City Parks.

We’re so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, including Citi, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Sidney J. Weinberg Jr. Foundation, Javits Center, Betsy Smith, Central Park Conservancy, Thomas L. Kempner Jr Foundation, Metropolitan Park, Battery Park City Authority, National Grid US, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Invenergy, Related Companies, HR&A Advisors, Inc., and The Durst Organization.

Working together we’re building a brighter future for NYC, with safe and accessible parks and open spaces for all. Thank you!

Last week, our friends at Union Square Partnership planted 5,500 daffodil bulbs throughout the park at their   planting ...
11/08/2023

Last week, our friends at Union Square Partnership planted 5,500 daffodil bulbs throughout the park at their planting event. Thanks to everyone involved -- we can't wait to see those beautiful springtime blooms!

[Photos courtesy Jane Kratochvil Photography]

11/07/2023

Our 2023 Annual Benefit is this Monday, November at Tavern on the Green!

We're so excited to honor New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Susan Donoghue, Association For A Better New York CEO Melva M. Miller, and Battery Park City Authority (Battery Park City Parks).

Join us to celebrate parks champions and support our year-round research and advocacy on behalf of a greener and more equitable NYC.

Learn more: bit.ly/457VNyO

We love these photos from recent volunteer-led   planting events in  ,  , and  ! 🌼🌼🌼Hosting a planting (or blooming) eve...
11/03/2023

We love these photos from recent volunteer-led planting events in , , and ! 🌼🌼🌼

Hosting a planting (or blooming) event? Tag us in your pics

[📷: PS/IS 187 Hudson Cliffs, Michael Schnall, Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID]

Repost from New York University, Photos by Jonathan King:"Maybe you’ve enjoyed daffodils blooming in the spring. Or noti...
11/02/2023

Repost from New York University, Photos by Jonathan King:

"Maybe you’ve enjoyed daffodils blooming in the spring. Or noticed that as NYC’s official flower, they’re planted across the five boroughs each fall to commemorate 9/11. But did you know that tradition has roots at NYU?

Public garden designer Lynden B. Miller, an instructor here, helped found NY4P’s and facilitated the first citywide planting of bulbs more than 20 years ago.

'Everybody wanted something to do. Something good. The symbolism of the daffodils resonated,' Professor Miller said.

On Tuesday, Miller and students from her Elements of Success in Public Spaces course took part in NYU’s annual daffodil planting in the newly-renovated garden of Glucksman Ireland House. Design Wild NY founder Shanti Nagel designed the renovation. (In photo 5, Nagel is left and Miller is right.)

Over the years, the Daffodil Project has come to represent a citywide call for park stewardship and civic engagement. Since its inception, over nine million bulbs have been distributed for free and planted by thousands of volunteers"

Great coverage of the  's dedicated participants, community impact, and   budget advocacy in Bronx Times:“I grew up in t...
10/23/2023

Great coverage of the 's dedicated participants, community impact, and budget advocacy in Bronx Times:

“I grew up in the country, so I’m always trying to bring bits of green into the city," said [volunteer Rachel] Daykin... "And everyone looks forward to it. You know, we make a big sort of community there.”

www.bxtimes.com/daffodil-project-nyc/

Last week, NY4P and the   Coalition rallied at City Hall with a simple message: NO CUTS TO PARKS! Mayor Adams (NYC Mayor...
10/20/2023

Last week, NY4P and the Coalition rallied at City Hall with a simple message: NO CUTS TO PARKS!

Mayor Adams (NYC Mayor's Office) recently announced cuts to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation as high as 15%. This would be devastating for our parks system, amounting to a $75M reduction to an already strapped agency that has fewer workers today than it did before COVID.

Join us in rejecting these drastic austerity measures. Write to Mayor Adams with our simple one-click form: bit.ly/no-cuts-to-nyc-parks

JOIN US this Sunday, 10/22 3pm at 3pm for a Curbside Chat on the Columbus Ave Open Street (btwn 72nd and 73rd).Council M...
10/16/2023

JOIN US this Sunday, 10/22 3pm at 3pm for a Curbside Chat on the Columbus Ave Open Street (btwn 72nd and 73rd).

Council Member Gale A. Brewer (District 6), Merritt Birnbaum (Riverside Park Conservancy), and Daniel Abram (NY4P) will discuss recent NYC budget cuts and opportunities to improve parks, open spaces, and New Yorkers’ lives amidst ongoing crises.

⚠️RALLY ALERT! ⚠️Mayor Adams recently proposed NYC Parks budget cuts as high as 15%. This would be nothing short of deva...
10/05/2023

⚠️RALLY ALERT! ⚠️

Mayor Adams recently proposed NYC Parks budget cuts as high as 15%. This would be nothing short of devastating for our city’s parks system, amounting to a $75M reduction to an already strapped agency that has fewer workers today than it did before COVID.

Join NY4P & at 12pm on Weds, 10/11 for a rally at City Hall. We're telling Mayor Adams we won't stand for any cuts to New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and demanding overdue investment in parks during a time of great need.

Share and tap the link in our bio to RSVP!

RSVP: bit.ly/46hMhKR

We had a blast this past weekend at   distributions at Brookfield Park in Staten Island and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. W...
10/02/2023

We had a blast this past weekend at distributions at Brookfield Park in Staten Island and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

We’re so grateful to every volunteer and project participant who came out rain or shine to make these events a success. And a huge thanks as always to the incredible team at New York City Department of Parks & Recreation!

Our final (rescheduled) distribution takes place this Sunday, 10/8 at Mill Pond Park in the Bronx. If you're registered or waitlisted for this distribution, we'll see you soon!

This past Sunday we held our Queens   distribution in Forest Park. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers, NYC Parks worke...
09/27/2023

This past Sunday we held our Queens distribution in Forest Park. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers, NYC Parks workers, and participants who braved the rain!

Coming up this weekend:
🌸Saturday, 9/30: Staten Island - Brookfield Park
🌸Sunday, 10/1: Brooklyn - Prospect Park Plaza West

If you’re registered or waitlisted for either of these distributions, we look forward to seeing you!

Also, a reminder that the Bronx distribution planned for this past Saturday was postponed. It will take place 10/8 at Mill Pond Park.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Tomorrow's Daffodil Project distribution at Mill Pond Park in the Bronx has been POSTPONED due to inc...
09/22/2023

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Tomorrow's Daffodil Project distribution at Mill Pond Park in the Bronx has been POSTPONED due to inclement weather.

The distribution will now take place Sunday 10/8 (still at Mill Pond Park!). If you're registered or on the waitlist, we hope to see you there!

09/22/2023

Join NY4P’s 2023 Annual Benefit on November 13th at Tavern on the Green to honor parks champions and support our year-round research and advocacy on behalf of a greener and more equitable NYC.

Learn more: bit.ly/457VNyO

📢 NY4P ADVOCACY IN ACTION: Cricket stadium proposal pulled 📢Last month, NY4P issued a letter to the Adams administration...
09/20/2023

📢 NY4P ADVOCACY IN ACTION: Cricket stadium proposal pulled 📢

Last month, NY4P issued a letter to the Adams administration opposing the International Cricket Council’s proposed stadium in Van Cortlandt Park.

We met with the ICC, local elected officials, and Bronx community activists to join forces against an ill-conceived proposal that would have closed part of the park's Parade Ground for months with no community benefit.

We are very pleased that the ICC has found an alternate location.

Read The New York Times coverage: nytimes.com/2023/09/20/nyregion/cricket-stadium-bronx-long-island.html

CC: NYC Mayor's Office Van Cortlandt Park Alliance Council Member Eric Dinowitz Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz Rep. Ritchie Torres

Yesterday we held our first   distribution of the year in Union Square! Thanks to everyone who participated and signed t...
09/18/2023

Yesterday we held our first distribution of the year in Union Square!

Thanks to everyone who participated and signed the petition, thanks to our incredible volunteers, and thanks especially to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation!

We're just getting started... next weekend's distributions:
🌸Saturday, 9/23: Bronx - Mill Pond Park
🌸Sunday, 9/24: Queens - Overlook at Forest Park

If you reserved bulbs (or you're on the waitlist) for either of these distributions, we'll see you soon!

As Mayor Adams calls for 15% budget cuts to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and other agencies, the  ...
09/15/2023

As Mayor Adams calls for 15% budget cuts to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and other agencies, the petition is over 10,000 strong.

Rally with us and the NYC Progressive Caucus on 9/19 at City Hall Park to reject further austerity and demand investment in Parks and other essential services — our city's lifelines during times of crisis.

Sign the petition at playfair.nyc

NYC Mayor's Office New York City Council District Council 37, AFSCME New York League of Conservation Voters Member Shekar Krishnan

Last week, NY4P’s Sherrise Palomino joined Rep. Ritchie Torres, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Eric Dinowi...
09/06/2023

Last week, NY4P’s Sherrise Palomino joined Rep. Ritchie Torres, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Eric Dinowitz, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, and the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance to speak out against the International Cricket Council’s plan to build a 20-acre temporary stadium in Van Cortlandt Park.

We stand with local leaders and community groups in opposition to this proposal, which threatens to alienate parkland for months without incorporating community input, conducting a feasibility study or guaranteeing the site’s restoration and repair.

Rep. Ritchie Torres, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Council Member Eric Dinowitz  are holding a Press Event this Frid...
08/31/2023

Rep. Ritchie Torres, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Council Member Eric Dinowitz are holding a Press Event this Friday at 10am to speak out against the building of a Temporary Stadium in Van Cortlandt Park.

The event will be held in front of the Tortoise & Hare Statue along the Parade Ground- across the street from 6087 Broadway.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your voice heard on this issue!

Image Reposted from Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Registration for the 2023   is live! Visit ny4pdaffodilproject.com to reserve your free daffodil bulbs.Learn more about ...
08/18/2023

Registration for the 2023 is live! Visit ny4pdaffodilproject.com to reserve your free daffodil bulbs.

Learn more about this living memorial, historic volunteer effort, and platform for citywide parks advocacy in Time Out New York.

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation NYC Mayor's Office New York City Council Partnerships for Parks

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/11-victims-081623

With 10 million bulbs, The Daffodil Project is the largest living memorial to 9/11.

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