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Urban Parks: From Dumping Grounds to Centers of Energy

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 07.08.2016 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

A major initiative by New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver cogently explored at the recent and fascinating Parks Without Borders Summit...

Ready for My Close-Up!: Parks in the Movies

Adrian Benepe | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Adrian Benepe

With the Academy Awards coming up Feb. 22, people around the world are thinking about their favorite movies, actors, directors and even sound tracks. For some of us in the world of city parks, we watch movies through a narrower lens: scenes shot in parks.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses Its Heart

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Nationally, in the wake of urban growth and renewal, there is considerable debate about whether public parks and open space should be given away or sold to for-profit enterprises. Are they valuable civic resources or just places to put stuff?

Modest New York Widow Quietly Leaves $20 Million To Library, Park

Posted 01.03.2013 | Impact

When Mary McConnell Bailey died last year, the 88-year-old widow didn’t even have an obituary. But now her name is in the paper for a different reas...

A New Philanthropic Threshold -- The Significance of Central Park's Gift

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

Philanthropy and public-private partnerships should not be faulted but encouraged, especially following Hurricane Sandy's damage to the parks when it's most needed.

Hedge Fund Manager Makes Record Donation

Posted 10.23.2012 | New York

In the largest parks donation in US history, a billionaire hedge fund manager has donated $100 million to the Central Park Conservancy in New York Cit...

The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York's Central Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

I know that it may come as a shock to some, but New York's Central Park is not an act of God. It might seem that way, especially in the woodlands, which appear so authentically, well, natural.

When a Tree Falls... Run

Susan Sawyers | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York
Susan Sawyers

Saturday's combination of wet, heavy snow, leafy trees and high winds was the perfect storm. Close to 400 acres, half of Central Park, were affected a...

Matt Sledge

Could Occupy Central Park Rival Woodstock? | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.25.2011 | New York

Frustrated by the limiting confines of Zuccotti Park and the constant police presence that surrounds it, a small group of Occupy Wall Street supporter...

Fashioning Change in the Big (Green) Apple and Beyond

Susan Cohn Rockefeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Cohn Rockefeller

The worlds of fashion, art and the environment don't often collide, even in New York City. But that is exactly what's happening on March 29 at the second annual Christie's Green Auction.

How Will We Remember Ground Zero? Strawberry Fields Shows the Vital Importance of Good Design

Paul Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Paul Gunther

At its quarter century mark in 2036, will the World Trade Center Memorial still have an audience beyond descendant survivors and first-time tourists?

Martha Stewart, Sigourney Weaver Celebrate Hats In Central Park

Jill Brooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jill Brooke

Our hats go off to the ingenious women behind the 28th annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards luncheon who raised over $2.4 million to keep New York's Central Park beautifully maintained for millions of New Yorkers and visitors.

All That Glitters Is Green: First-Ever Christie's Green Auction

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Christie's celebrity-studded green auction was a great concept, taking what has traditionally been a bastion of the elite and putting their vast resources to work for a good green cause.

SummerStage Executive Director Speaks With The Huffington Post

Monica Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Monica Klein

In 1986, the Central Park Conservancy held the first SummerStage event in Manhattan. Since then, the City Parks Foundation has taken over and expanded...

Make a Bid to Save the Earth

Peter Seligmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Seligmann

It's fitting that President Obama is addressing Wall Street on the challenge of the economy today; nothing could be more appropriate on Earth Day.

Most Visitors Unaware of the History Behind Every Tree in Central Park

Rich Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rich Grant

Everything in this lovely park was created by man, all in an area that once was a dismal swamp.