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Bronx Park Speak Up Feb 24 2018

The Bronx Parks Speak Up is an annual community networking conference for park and environmental stakeholders. Organized by the Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces (BCPGS), this day-long event draws over 250 Bronx residents, elected officials and agency personnel. It gives its attendees the chance to learn about government and non-government resources and participate in face-to-face discussions with city and local elected and appointed officials.


Filed under: Bissel Gardens, Bronx Parks, CGGrows, Community Green, Environment, Gardening,

The Bronx Ferry at Clason Point

I went to the Mayor’s Town Hall at Stevenson HS on May 24, 2017. Good turn out, good questions and, for the most part, good responses. I was disappointed the Mayor, Commissioners and other elected officials generally lacked knowledge or were unwilling to share information about the Ferry, which will BEGIN OPERATION JUNE 2018. There was no suggestion there was any plan to mitigate traffic, improve parking or amend/improve bus service in Clason Point. Elected officials were also unaware of the Shorehaven Condominiums’ proposed relationship and responsibilities to Clason Point Park ball field and waterfront esplanade. As a community, we need to get together and discuss this before unacceptable, last minute “solutions” are thrown on the table.

I have contacted the offices of several city and elected officials and have not received any responses. We will reach out to them again. If they continue to avoid and evade this interest in information regarding the Bronx Ferry we will move to the next level. We will identify who was willing to listen and help and who turned a deaf ear to community concerns.

Because of lack of information, we have established The Friends of Clason Point Park to protect our community. The FCPP will hold a meeting in the coming weeks. We will posts and circulate meeting notices. All community members are invited to attend.


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An Upstream Soirée 2016


An Upstream Soirée is the premiere party to celebrate the protection, improvement and restoration of the Bronx River. Join 200+ supporters for a festive evening featuring live music, cocktails, a light buffet and silent auction.

Thursday September 29, 2016

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

*Patron ticket holders are invited to a 6:00 pm reception to toast honorees with our signature cocktail.

For more information, contact Ms. Tahai Addae at (718) 430-4602 or


Filed under: Bronx Parks, Bronx River, Bronx River Alliance, Community Green, Environment, Events, , , , , ,

Help NYC Parks Count Street Trees


Join the Counter Culture! This year, NYC Parks is counting and mapping all the beautiful street trees that grace our city, and we need your help! Sign up to become a voluntreer for TreesCount! 2015 and play a key role in the future of our urban forest!

Help us count our street trees!

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Soundview Park – Creating Habitat – One Year Later

Soundview Park October 2014

Soundview Park Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration October 2014

Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to invite you to a special volunteer event at the sixteen acre Soundview Park Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration. This event is presented in collaboration with iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance) and Natural Areas volunteers (NAV) on June 25th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

This year we will focus on the salt marsh, talk about the services provided by the marsh and the challenges to coastal marshes in urban lands.  Then we will spend a few hours planting and repairing the restoration. This past winter was extremely hard on the new marsh, and the damage is severe in areas.

Included will be a wonderful opportunity to join Paloma McGregor, choreographer, who will help us experience the site through movement.

Parking is available in the neighborhood for those who have their own car. We have 12 seats available in one van that will be taking volunteers from El Museo Del Barrio (1234 Fifth Ave) to the site. We will meet at 9:15 am.

NAV will supply water (please bring an empty bottle), tools & gloves. NAV will supply some snacks, but participants are encouraged to bring lunch if they need a heartier meal.

For more details and direction to sign up visit

I hope to see you there. We will have a terrific time.

Kathleen McCarthy
Project Manager, Wetland and Riparian Restoration
Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources
T 212.360.1432

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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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Upcoming Events

  • Just Food Conference 2018 March 25, 2018 Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027, USA
  • Bronx Master Composter Certificate Program March 27, 2018 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Applications due February 20. 8 Tuesdays, March 27–May 15, 6–9 p.m., 2 Saturdays in April, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (TBD), New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education BuildingA train-the-trainer course that is designed to promote the practice of composting. Deadline is February 20. Apply here.
  • GreenThumb Grow Together March 31, 2018 at 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007, USA
  • Fruit Tree Care April 7, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Little Green Garden/Rock Garden, Bronx Have you ever wondered what you can do to get a great harvest from fruit trees in your…
  • NYCHA 16th Annual Garden Conference April 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 1:30 am Johnson Community Center, 1833 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA
  • Beekeeping: An Introduction (Bronx) April 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Risse Street Community Garden, Bronx Curious about bees for honey and pollination in your community garden? Join Liane Newton…
  • Tropical Accent Design May 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Edith Community Garden, Bronx In this workshop, we will use our warm growing season to cultivate fast growing tropical…
  • Direct Sow and Transplant May 19, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm River Garden, Bronx Want to grow more food in less space? Tired of struggling or having stunted transplants?…

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