Freshkills Park Blog

Bulldozers on the Future Bike Path: Update on North Park Construction

Phase one of North Park will be the first section inside the Fresh Kills Landfill boundaries to open to the public, connecting visitors to spectacular views of the site’s hills and waterways. NYC Parks and NYC Sanitation broke ground on the project in July 2017.

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Capturing Change: Nesting Season

This essay is published in Urban Omnibus. In partnership with Freshkills Park, Urban Omnibus is now accepting proposals for the Urban Wild Writer Residency, a chance to explore and interpret the contemporary urban landscape at Freshkills Park. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

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Science and Research Intern: Kaitlyn Brudecki

Kaitlyn Brudecki

Kaitlyn Brudecki is a Science and Research Intern for the Freshkills Park project. She grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn then later moved to Middle Village, Queens. She studies Aquaculture at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School.

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Firefighter opens CrossFit Freshkills with partners to create fitness community

By Tracey Porpora – Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Doug Dicks, a 19-year veteran of the FDNY who currently works at Ladder 78, said he never knows what his day will be like when he walks in the door of the New Brighton firehouse.

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We’re Hiring! Project Development Coordinator

The Freshkills Park development team is seeking a motivated and energetic candidate to manage, develop and deliver the educational programming for Freshkills Park and to oversee our growing volunteer program. This position requires working at both 100 Gold Street in Manhattan and Freshkills Park in Staten Island.

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Fastnet Provides New Space for Drawing Workshops

This spring, Freshkills Park will be home to a shipping container converted into a studio and project space. The container, known as Fastnet, will be fitted with desks and chairs to accommodate outdoor observational drawing workshops, primarily for high school students.

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“Fantastic Voyage” Exhibition Workshop Series

This month, artists Stefani Bardin and Assaf Tamir are offering workshops as part of their exhibition, the Fantastic Voyage. The immersive installation at the Freshkills Park Studio + Gallery explores the role of food production in our personal health and the health of the environment.

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Call for Kayak Tour Volunteers

Are you or someone you know an experienced kayaker looking to volunteer this year? If so, we are currently encouraging capable individuals with enthusiasm for Freshkills Park to volunteer during kayak tours!

Volunteers will be responsible for assisting NYC Parks staff with water support during kayaking trips along the site’s tidal waterways.

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Public Art Program Intern: Madeleine Levin

Madeleine Levin is serving as Freshkills Park’s Public Art Program Intern. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, which is home to the World’s Smallest Park, and she is currently a senior at Columbia University majoring in Urban Studies.

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Call for Proposals: Urban Wild Writer Residency

Applications are due May 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM. For full details and instructions, visit the Urban Omnibus page.

Urban Omnibus announces a new opportunity for an Urban Wild Writer in partnership with NYC Parks and the Freshkills Park Alliance.

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Freshkills Park Showcases Field R/D at NADA New York

Earlier this month, Freshkills Park returned to the annual NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) New York Art Fair as a cultural partner alongside over 100 other exhibitors hailing from 19 countries. The fair, held March 8-11, brought together emerging galleries, artists, and projects at Skylight Clarkson Square in West SoHo.

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We’re Hiring! Seasonal Programming Associate Position

The Freshkills Park Development team is seeking a motivated and energetic candidate to deliver the park’s seasonal calendar of activities & events. The Seasonal Programming Associate will help coordinate and lead hiking, kayaking, canoeing, birding, special events, and tours at a one of a kind park.

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Your Guide to Spring and Summer Programs

Kayak

As spring arrives and New York City becomes greener and warmer, tours and events will offer unique opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at Freshkills Park! Whether kayaking through the creeks, photographing the landscape, or hiking and bicycling along miles of meadows, these programs invite the public to learn about the landfill-to-park project and explore sections of the park before they open.

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Announcing the Freshkills Park T-Shirt Contest Winner

Back in October, we teamed up with Projectivity to request Freshkills Park t-shirt designs for the 2018 season of programs and events. We received nearly two dozen submissions with a range of creative interpretations on the call for designs.

The contest judges were Director of Projectivity Christian Penn, art consultant Monica Valenzuela, and Deputy Director of Public Art for NYC Parks Jennifer Lantzas.

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The Value of Research in Reclaimed Urban Spaces

At five o’clock in the morning, a team of researchers enter Freshkills Park, passing flare stations and winding through the roads that border the park’s rolling hills to get to their workstation. The sun is just beginning to break as they unfurl their mist nets in an opening in a stand of trees and set up a table with tiny metal bands, clamps, clipboards, scales, rulers, and pencils.

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Field R/D Receives Rubin Foundation Grant Award

Nancy Nowacek

Freshkills Park’s ongoing Field R/D project has been named one of sixty awardees of the Rubin Foundation’s grants toward their Art and Social Justice Initiative. This re­search and development phase of the expansive and collaborative art-research project began through artist conversations and visits to Freshkills Park over the course of 2017.

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Introducing “Windows into Freshkills Park”!

Windows into Freshkills Park

Windows into Freshkills from Slanted Studios on Vimeo.

Windows into Freshkills Park is complete and ready for exhibition! The project is a miniature museum with four interactive dioramas that tell stories of environmental history, technologies, and wildlife at Freshkills Park and its evolution as a new public space.

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Reintroducing Natural Systems to Create Healthier, More Resilient Cities

Storm surges reached near record highs in Boston during an intense winter storm early this year. Storms are being seen with increasing strength and frequency throughout the country, and they’re being coupled with increasing costs of repairs and restorations. This has given rise to creative mitigation strategies to limit the impact of severe weather events.

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New Studio + Gallery Opens with “The Fantastic Voyage” Exhibition

“The Fantastic Voyage”
On view January 21 – June 8, 2018
2240 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY

Stefani Bardin and Assaf Tamir’s “The Fantastic Voyage” is an immersive installation exploring the role of food production in our personal health and the health of the environment.

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Robin Nagle at Sunview Luncheonette for Field R/D

On December 12, Robin Nagle gave a talk “Victory Boulevard, For Real” at the Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The talk focused on the history of Fresh Kills Landfill and the transformation into Freshkills Park from an anthropologist’s perspective, situating the story of site regeneration in the history, culture, and systems of garbage in New York.

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