Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

Black History in NYC Parks


I volunteered in the Crotona Park Garden when I was a kid. My mother, when she was 75 years old, mentioned how for years, my brother and I would bring home, “shopping bags full of vegetables from the garden”. She also added, “You boys didn’t realize how much of a help you were to me as a single mom during some difficult times. You stayed out of trouble and put food on the table. I just want you to know that”.

My mom passed away a few years ago at 95 but I will always remember she appreciated my brother and I participating in a NYC Parks Garden Program.

If you know something about Black History in NYC Parks click the link below.

Got a park memory related to Black History month? Forward it and I’ll post it. Thanks.

https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/black-history-in-NYC-parks

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A Holiday Tale

A man stood before the Gates of Heaven. He was pleased he had arrived there. He felt he had led a good life. Saint Peter looked the man over and unrolled a long scroll. The man was a little dismayed at the length of the scroll but felt confident he hadn’t done anything that would bar his entrance. Saint Peter read the scroll to himself sometimes frowning and at others quietly chuckling. Finally, Saint Peter said to the man, “What do you have to say for yourself”.

The man’s heart sank as he realized the countless times he had called on the Lord and promised this or that. The man was angry because there were times when the Lord gave him nothing but was hopeful because there were times when the Lord had given him everything. He humbly looked at Saint Peter and said, “I promise I will do better”. Saint Peter smiled and said, “That’s all He has ever asked”.

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14th Annual Hunts Point Parade

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We are the Routes of Resilience

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10am-5pm
To participate as a marcher, performer or vendor, contact:
THE POINT at 718 542 4139
www.thepoint.org

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No Pelo Malo

Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe! is about Cultural Solidarity through hair. It looks like a children’s book, however the message is a mature one.  It’s target demo is from the age of comprehension to adulthood.  The book is even more effective when I am able to deliver the message behind it. While in college, I was on a quest to find myself.  That is when I took on a project about my Garifuna culture, just to learn more about me.  It was at that point when a classmate labeled my type of hair as “malo/bad.” She had no idea what I was going through, nor the reality of my challenges as a black latina woman.  I have to admit, if the young lady and I had someone like me to come deliver the message of Bad Hair Does Not Exist – the class discussion would have never escalated to an argument. So please, I ask with all the respect in my heart not to “judge a book by its cover” or font size.  – Sulma Arzu-Brown, Author

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This deceptively simple book captures, and then kindly dismisses one of the most divisive issues in black and latino culture: our hair. Bad Hair Does Not Exist is a good read for anyone raising a child no matter what hair looks like. – Majora Carter, CEO of Majora Carter Group

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Harlem Uncaptured Adam Clayton Powell

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About Community Greens

It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

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Chuck Vasser

Blacks In Green

There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

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Bronx River Sankofa
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Bronx Parks Speak Up

The 25th AnnualFebruary 23rd, 2019
The big day is here.

New York Cares Volunteers

2nd Saturday of the month thru NovemberApril 13th, 2019
19 days to go.

The CG Fit Chick

Jogging for 15 minutes a day, or walking or gardening for somewhat longer, could help protect against developing depression.

Upcoming Events

  • 35th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference March 30, 2019 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting April 6, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • BCEQ Annual Meeting April 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Manhattan College Leo Engineering 3825 Corlear Avenue at 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463
  • Run, Pedal, and Paddle April 13, 2019 at 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (Rain date April 14). Assemble a team for this "triathlon-style" non-competitive relay race along the Bronx River Greenway that culminates in an after party
  • New York Cares Volunteers at Bissel April 13, 2019 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Citywide Stewardship Day April 20, 2019
  • Bronx Week May 9, 2019 – May 19, 2019
  • National Bike to Work Day May 17, 2019
  • First Day of Summer June 21, 2019
  • Harlem Rhythm 2nd Annual Community Dance August 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive, at 145th Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY, 10031 https://www.harlemonestop.com/event/27384/harlem-rhythm-2nd-annual-community-dance -- http://go.addtocalendar.com

Cog Blogging

Bronx Fixed is Back! - BxFxd

Community Greens Consulting

Green Tips!

Nutrition Content of Eggs

One extra large egg (whole with the yolk) contains:

  • 80 calories
  • 5.8g fat
  • 1.8g saturated fat
  • 216mg cholesterol
  • 80mg sodium
  • .4g carbohydrate
  • 0g fiber
  • 4g sugar
  • 7.3g protein
Aside from saturated fat, the yolk of the egg is actually nutrient dense, containing vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and protein. Eggs are naturally low in carbohydrate too.

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MAGBO Spring Basketball Camps

MAGBO Spring Basketball Camps

MAGBO Spring Basketball Camps. You have a choice in professional development.
The Basketball Officials Proficiency Course (BOPC) or the In Position Camp.

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