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Photo by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via Flickr.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday the opening of the first phase of New York’s newest park–and the largest state park in New York City. Brooklyn’s 407-acre Shirley Chisholm State Park on Jamaica Bay offers hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking under the watch of a colorful mural honoring Chisholm by Brooklyn muralist Danielle Mastrion. Under a second $20 million phase currently being designed and expected to be completed in 2021, the park will include a grand entrance on Fountain Avenue, lawn patios, a patio overlooking Hendrix Creek and pop-up environmental education facilities. A native of the borough, Chisholm, a former representative of the 12th Congressional district in New York for seven terms, was the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968; she ran for President in 1972 as the first African American woman to do so.

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From Our Partners, Jamaica, Queens

Photo: Flickr/nycwater

The world might be your oyster, but Jamaica Bay is full of the bivalve molluscs. Starting with 36 thousand oysters last week and 12 thousand more this week, the largest single installation of breeding oysters in New York City began. A spokesman from the mayor’s office said hundreds of thousands of juvenile oysters will be added in the spring.

Oysters filter pollutants from water, help to protect wetlands and shoreline from erosion and storm surge and provide habitat for communities of fish and other aquatic organisms. The mass of oysters in the New York/New Jersey Harbor dwindled due to over harvesting, dredging and pollution.



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