nyc parks

Events, holidays

All photos courtesy of NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Park’s annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition has returned to the Arsenal Gallery for its 40th year. Now through December 30, the public can visit the gallery, located in Central Park, and view nearly 40 unique, handcrafted wreaths that celebrate the holiday season.

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Brooklyn, City Living

Image via WikiCommons

Brooklyn residents should expect to see a lot more greenery over the next couple of years. Council Member Lincoln Restler on Wednesday announced a plan to plant 3,400 trees in vacant street tree pits across District 33 in an effort to max out the district’s street tree capacity. The city’s Parks Department has committed to planting 2,200 trees over the next four years, with Restler’s office calling upon the community to help fund the planting of an additional 1,200 trees.

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Features, NYC Guides

17 best spots to see fall foliage in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Tue, October 4, 2022

The beautiful yet fleeting season of fall has officially begun in New York City. While a trip to the Catskill or Adirondack mountains makes for a fun weekend, New Yorkers don’t have to travel outside city limits to enjoy the colorful fall foliage. Typically, peak foliage in the city takes place at the end of October through early November and lasts only a few days. To make sure you don’t miss out on any leaf-peeping this year, the city’s Parks Department released this week a “fall foliage tracker,” which will show when peak hues are reached for several tree species. Ahead, find some of the best parks and gardens across the five boroughs to take in the beauty of the season.

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Art, Astoria

Rendering of The Cubes at Socrates Sculpture Park, courtesy LOT-EK

NYC Parks and Socrates Sculpture Park broke ground this week on “The Cubes,” a two-story building that will be the first permanent structure in the Astoria park’s 30-year history. The 2,640-square-foot facility will house programming, administrative offices, community work, and arts education. Designed by architecture studio LOT-EK, the $5,735,000 project will be created using recycled shipping containers to honor the neighborhood’s “industrial roots,” according to a press release. Construction is expected to finish in early 2024.

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City Living, Green Design, Policy, Transportation

Image courtesy of Elvert Barnes on Flickr

New York City received a $7.25 million federal grant that will be put towards the expansion of the city’s greenway network, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday. The expansion aims to improve the greenway network’s reach in historically underserved, lower-income neighborhoods that lack access to public transportation and jobs by filling in “critical gaps” in the network, improving cyclist and pedestrian safety, and enhancing green transportation alternatives and waterfront access.

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City Living, Queens

Image courtesy of Lars Plougmann on Flickr

New Yorkers trying to escape the heat on Tuesday were disappointed when the city closed all of Rockaway’s beaches to swimming due to a number of shark sightings. A city lifeguard told Gothamist there were at least two reports of shark sightings: a surfer who reported that a shark had collided with his surfboard at Beach 67th Street and a lifeguard who reported seeing a shark off of 102nd Street. By Tuesday evening, city officials reopened the beaches.

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Construction Update, Queens

Photos courtesy of NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Construction kicked off on the second phase of Sunset Cove Park, a Jamaica Bay-facing city park in the Queens neighborhood of Broad Channel, NYC Parks announced on Wednesday. After partially opening in 2019, the park’s $4.2 million second phase includes a new covered outdoor classroom and a boardwalk made up of reclaimed wood from the Rockaway Boardwalk, which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Policy

Image courtesy of Gerardo Romo/NYC Council Media Unit on Flickr

As New York City faces a sixth Covid wave, Mayor Eric Adams is expanding the city’s network of at-home test distribution sites. Starting Wednesday, New Yorkers will be able to pick up a free rapid Covid test from 57 NYC Parks locations, including parks, pools, nature centers, and recreation centers. With these new NYC Parks distribution sites, the city’s at-home test distribution program includes 1,220 sites.

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History, Manhattan, Museums, photography

Photo credit: Katrina Thomas. NYC Parks Photo Archive 

The city’s Parks Department opened a new photography exhibition at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery that displays more than 40 archived photographs from the department’s collection. Called “Streets In Play: Katrina Thomas, NYC Summer 1968,” the exhibit features images taken by the late photographer Katrina Thomas, who in 1968 was hired by NYC Mayor John Lindsay and tasked with capturing the city’s summer initiative, “Playstreets,” in which residential blocks were closed to vehicles and instead equipped for recreational activity.

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Bronx, City Living, Washington Heights

Photo by Shinya Suzuki on Flickr

New York City’s oldest surviving bridge will be open for two additional hours this summer. A new pilot program will extend the hours of the High Bridge, which provides a pedestrian link between Manhattan and the Bronx, to 10 p.m. daily through the end of September. Announced by Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue last week, the new pilot moves the bridge’s closing time from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., allowing New Yorkers to enjoy the scenic walkway over the Harlem River for longer during the hot summer months.

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