Freshkills Park Blog

Farm To Table, Then What?

We talk a lot about the supply chain of food from the farm to our table, but what about food going from our table back to the farm?

In the past few decades, the farm-to-table movement has grown, with a focus on fresher, more nutritious, in season produce in our kitchens and on menu offerings at restaurants. 

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Bivalves and Waterfront Restoration

Melody Simon is a senior at the New York Harbor School and environmental science intern here at Freshkills Park. Here she tells us a bit about oyster restoration in New York City.

Bivalves are returning to our waters. Bivalves such as oysters, mussels, and clams were once very populated organisms in New York Harbor.

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City Nature Challenge Results

The sixth international City Nature Challenge took place earlier this month from April 30th through May 3rd and the wildlife observations have been counted.   Together, 52,777 community scientists throughout 419 cities across 44 countries observed and recorded 45,300+ unique species using the free iNaturalist app.  

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Balloons: Up, Up, and into the Waterways!

As the leaves are filling out trees this spring, you may be starting to notice fewer plastic bags entangled in the bare branches due to the NYC plastic bag ban in 2020. However, the waving metallic and brightly colored ribbons from balloon litter have not gone unnoticed.

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Environmental Science Intern: Melody Simon

Hi, my name is Melody Simon and I am a high school intern at Freshkills Park. I attend the New York Harbor School and I am a senior in the aquaculture program there; doing aquaculture for 3 years has made my previous love for animals and the environment turn into something I am passionate about.

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Mannahatta: Before the Concrete Jungle

Every day, I look around up in awe as I walk along the streets of this majestic city: New York, NY. Manhattan is practically synonymous with “skyline”; the iconic towering buildings serve as a testament to the creativity and dominance of mankind.

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Community Engagement Coordinator: Ashley Frenkel

Ashley Frenkel is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Freshkills Park. An educator by training, she’s taught in all five boroughs including her birthplace of Brooklyn and her hometown of Staten Island. Ashley has a passion for interdisciplinary and collective learning and believes that at the intersection of art, science, history, and math we can learn to take new perspectives and honor the creativity, self-expression, and experiences of ourselves and others.

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Imagining the future – Freshkills Park in 2041

The Fresh Kills landfill closed 20 years ago and in marking the anniversary, we decided to imagine a fast forward to 20 years in the future, 2041, when all 2,200 acres of the park are open to the public. What follows is an aspirational imagining:

The 2020 pandemic highlighted the critical need for parks and open space and the need for more equitable access to open space all across NYC.

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Jane’s Walk: Exploring Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park, an icon of transformation in New York City, is thrilled to be participating in Jane’s Walk in 2021. The self-guided tour below will introduce you to New York’s largest new park project in over a century and trace through the history of Fresh Kills as a wetland, a landfill, and today, an emerging public park.

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The Greenest Borough

With the formal start of Spring next week, many of us are excited for our parks to be in full bloom.  Now is an exciting time to get out and experience parks as they transition out of winter and begin to wake up.   

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Celebrating Landfill-to-Parks Around the World

In 2013, the United Nations proclaimed March 3rd World Wildlife Day to mark the signing of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES.  Signed on March 3, 1973, CITES is an international agreement intended to ensure that the international trade of plants and wild animals does not threaten their survival. 

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Honoring Betsy Dubovsky

Freshkills Park Alliance joins the chorus of Staten Island organizations in honoring Betsy Dubovsky, President of the Staten Island Foundation.  Her legacy of leadership, characterized by empathy, strength, and a dedication to all the people of this community, is felt everywhere. 

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Leading the Charge for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Batteries work on positive and negatives, much like our daily lives work on batteries.  Today is National Battery Day, and while the origins are not definitively known, February 18th commemorates the birth of Alessandro Volta, the “father” of the battery. 

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Backyard Bird Count

Birdwatching has increasingly become a new hobby for many. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this has been particularly true, as it is an activity that can be safely done outdoors.

Did you know that recording the birds you see and keeping a checklist can contribute to the scientific community?

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Freshkills Park Welcomes New Board Members

The Freshkills Park Alliance (FKPA) is the conservancy partner with the City of New York in its work to develop Freshkills Park. As the park build out continues, the Alliance makes the park visible to the public through interdisciplinary programs and advocacy, welcoming visitors to experience the site now before it is fully open to the public and ensuring its continued transformation and accessibility.

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Goats: Good for wetlands, Baaad for Phragmites

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Our outdoor spaces, including our urban parks, have seen huge increases in usage while also facing budget cuts that have limited maintenance staff and operations. This fall, volunteers supported Freshkills Park by removing invasive species and planting a biodiversity garden at Schmul Park.

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Board Member Nancy Hechinger leaves with our Thanks

Nancy Hechinger

Friends, Colleagues and Partners of the Freshkills Park Alliance,

On behalf of the Board of Directors at the Freshkills Park Alliance, with both sadness and gratitude, we are announcing the resignation of Nancy Hechinger from the Board.  She was a founding member of the Board in 2006 and has been an active and energetic contributor and source of support to the Freshkills Park Alliance ever since.

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2020 Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) represents perhaps one of the largest and most comprehensive animal censuses on the planet. The power of this incredible survey is attributed to the tens of thousands of volunteers that participate every year.

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Ripping off Wrapping Paper & Upcycling

We are in the middle of the holiday season and as the saying goes, all that glitters is not gold.  Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans produce about 25% more waste than normal, which adds up to about a million pounds a week. 

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It’s Weird Duck Time: Meet the Freshkills Quack-pack

As the colorful warblers, flycatchers, and tanagers move south to escape the blustery winters of the northeast, the first few weeks of fall bring a rush of cool air and changing leaves. However, this change of season also brings in some very unusual waterfowl to our area.

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