Rain, Rain, go away, too much at once worsens our waterways. While too much rain may not seem like a problem, in a highly developed city with a combined sewer system, excessive rain “spills” out trouble. This past weekend, Tropical Henri brought a lot of heavy rain, flash flooding, and coastal surges to the NYC area....MORE
For a second year in a row, Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis), have returned to nest Freshkills Park.
Last summer, on August 6, 2020 a singing Sedge Wren was found on East Mound during our bird banding operations. Over the next few days it was joined by three additional singing males, all in close proximity to each other....MORE
Lace up your shoes, download the free (and easy to use) iNaturalist app and head to the New Springville Greenway for a scavenger hunt. Along the path you’ll encounter a variety of trees, some native to the region and some less welcome pushy volunteers....MORE
Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) are gregarious, fast moving birds that—with keen eyes and a stroke of luck—can be seen picking insects out of the air....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
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....MORE
Birdwatching has become a new hobby for many. Not only is watching and identifying birds hugely fun but its also safe to do during the pandemic because it takes place outdoors.
Did you know that recording the birds you see and keeping a checklist can contribute to the scientific community?...MORE
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....MORE