Tags: Staten Island

Design is Underway for Freshkills Park’s Anchor Park Project

On February 1, NYC Parks held a Community “Report Back” Meeting for the Anchor Park Project. Local residents met at the Staten Island Jewish Community Center to review the top priorities for the new park expressed at the November public scoping meeting and to see the proposed conceptual design for the project.

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CreateNYC Develops Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers

A map of Staten Island at a CreateNYC workshop.

In June 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation requiring the City to produce its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for all New Yorkers. Now the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Hester Street Collaborative are working together to collect information to inform the cultural plan, called CreateNYC.

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2016 Christmas Bird Count Results from Freshkills Park

Short-eared Owl. Photo by Shayna Marchese.

The 2016 Staten Island Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 17th. During this yearly event, Staten Island birders spread out in teams to take count of all the birds present at the time.

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Ideas for the Anchor Parks Project at Freshkills Park

Community visioning for South Park at Freshkills Park has begun. This section of the park will receive $30 million through New York City’s Anchor Parks program to provide new access and amenities, and visioning is the first step in developing a plan for what will be constructed.

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Landscape in Motion Exhibition and Programs

Ryan Lavis’ winning submission in the Professional category

Starting September 22, the Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion photography exhibition will be on display at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge. Through a collection of photographs and a calendar of programs, Landscape in Motion will illustrate the transformation of the Fresh Kills Landfill on the Island’s West Shore to a public park.

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Artist DB Lampman to Create Permanent Sculpture in Stapleton

DB Lampman’s “I Am Within/I Am Without” at Freshkills Park.

Staten Island-based artist DP Lampman has been selected to create an art installation as part of the NYCEDC New Stapleton Waterfront project.

In 2011, Lampman unveiled Freshkills Park’s first temporary on-site art installation, I Am Within/I Am Without.

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NEST Sculpture Brought Freshkills Park to Staten Island Ferry Terminal

After 11 months at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, NEST was de-installed on August 9th. A collaborative collection of habitats found in Freshkills Park, Kirk Finkel’s NEST represents an intersection between the diverse bird population of Staten Island and the dynamic urban environment that surrounds it.

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“Landscape in Motion” Photography Exhibition to Open in September

“Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion” will open to the public this September. Installed at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge in the St. George Ferry Terminal, “Landscape in Motion” will be the exhibition capstone to a landscape photography competition organized by Freshkills Park with the Staten Island Advance.

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“A Fresh Look” Photo Contest Winners Announced

This week, the Staten Island Advance announced the winners of “A Fresh Look,” the contest that invited people to submit their landscape photographs of Freshkills Park at the professional, amateur, and student level. Congratulations to all the honorees!

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Students of Saint Adalbert School “Make Freshkills Park Their Park” For Final Project

  • “The park is beautiful now. I learned that people didn’t always like Freshkills because it was a dump for too long. Now, people are going to Freshkills Park to play sports and enjoy nature with family and friends.” - Saint Adalbert student
  • "Before, I wasn’t sure if Freshkills was safe to be in, but after reading about the different layers covering the garbage, it made me feel comfortable.
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SIEDC’s 6th Annual Green and Clean Festival

SI Green Zone Map

Staten Island Green Zone Map, designed by Freshkills Park Intern Fern Lan Siew.

Freshkills Park will participate in the 6th Annual Green and Clean Festival on June 8th. Organized by the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), the festival is the largest event on Staten Island combining sustainability and industry.

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“A Fresh Look: Freshkills Park Photo Contest”

Photographers can enter a contest for the chance to have their portrait of Freshkills Park published in the Staten Island Advance. Winning photographs will also be displayed for the public at the Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge at the St.

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Freshkills Park Photography at “Staten Island Unlimited” Talk

 

The upcoming Staten Island Unlimited Triennial Talk at the Alice Austen House will include a discussion and Q&A with Michael McWeeney, whose photograph of Freshkills Park is included in the photography exhibition.

McWeeney has been photographing Freshkills Park as part of Capturing Change, a series of photo essays in collaboration with Urban Omnibus that invites small groups of photographers to the site to document the engineered landscape’s evolution.

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A Guide to Discovery Day on May 15th

 

Freshkills Park will offer Discovery Day on May 15th from 11am to 4pm. During this free public event, 700 acres of the otherwise closed site will be open for outdoor recreation, providing opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project.

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Freshkills Park, Fifteen Years after Landfill Closure

 

Fifteen years ago this week, the final barge of household garbage arrived at Fresh Kills Landfill. To celebrate this milestone, the website’s new interactive landfill-to-park timeline illustrates almost 100 years of changes in the area.

The last barge to Fresh Kills marked the end of 53 years of landfill operations.

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Discovery Day Events in May + June Invite the Public to Explore Freshkills Park

 

Freshkills Park will offer Discovery Day events on May 15th and June 26th, 2016 from 11am to 4pm. During these free events, 700 acres of the otherwise closed site will be open for tours and recreation.

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Birds Count: Winter 2016

On President’s Day weekend, millions of birds were recorded as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). According to the New York Times, this was the 19th year that both amateur and expert ornithologists worldwide have contributed bird sightings to this citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies of Canada.

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Saw Mill Creek and the First NYC Wetlands Mitigation Bank

New York City is in the process of creating its first wetland mitigation bank in the marshlands surrounding Saw Mill Creek on Staten Island.  Saw Mill Creek, a tributary to Prall’s Creek and the Arthur Kill, is encircled by the largest expanse of remaining salt marsh along Staten Island’s west shore. 

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Photo Urbanism Fellowship: Staten Island

The Design Trust for Public Space is now accepting submissions for the Future Culture Photo Urbanism Fellowship, in partnership with Staten Island Arts and the Alice Austen House, to focus on the cultural community of Staten Island’s North Shore in a time of transformation.

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Freshkills Park Helps You Keep New Year’s Resolutions

It’s easy to make resolutions at the start of the new year, but many of us struggle with keeping them for more than a few months. Fortunately, Freshkills Park will be there to help you accomplish a wide variety of goals in 2016.

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