Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


What's New

October 18, 2017
How In August, New Yorkers for Parks sent a sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to veto two bills that would take away a playground in park-poor East Harlem and pave the way for it to be redeveloped as a 68-story residential tower. The Governor is expected to decide whether to sign the bills this week, which we set a dangerous precedent for parkland city-wide. But you can help! Call Governor Cuomo's office and urge him to veto the bills. Learn more and take action.

October 10, 2017
How many calories are burned in a neighborhood that has parks versus one that doesn't? Can we reduce the number of people in the criminal justice system by investing in parks? Parks provide countless benefits, so why is it so hard to get funding for them? At our Open Space Dialogues: A New Perspective in Value we convened experts from across the city to tackle these questions and more. Read more from the Open Space Dialogues.


October 10, 2017
This year we are delighted to honor Doug Blonsky, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy at our 2017 Party 4 Parks. Doug has been with the Conservancy for over thirty years, playing a key role in its restoration from a place of neglect to the world-renowned public park masterpiece it is today. We’re especially excited to celebrate the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, which Doug established in 2013 to provide assistance, training, and on-site support to current and aspiring park professionals from across the world, and from across the five boroughs. Learn more about Doug Blonsky, our 2017 honoree.

October 19, 2017
Through the summer and early fall NY4P went across the city and the country sharing our resources and data and supporting our partners. We were at the City Parks Alliance conference in the Twin Cities, on City Council candidate forums in the Bronx, sharing tools for improving open space in Queens, and presenting our Civic Tracker data to architects and urban planners.. Learn more about what we've been up to.

September 10, 2017
In September 2017 we sent our Public Realm Bill of Rights to candidates running for elected office across the city, and asked for their responses to four questions about the bill. Their answers show what open space issues the candidates see as most pressing, and how they think those issues should be addressed. We're sharing their responses so that voters can make an informed choice when they cast their ballots in the primary election on Tuesday, September 12th, and again in the general election on Tuesday, November 7th. Read the candidates' responses.

August 14, 2017
As the 2017 elections approach, NY4P is fighting to ensure that every New Yorker has access to quality parks, gardens, and open spaces. You can help by signing our Public Realm Bill of Rights and getting the word out on social media. Join the fight.

Recent Reports

Clean & Green: Who Takes Care of Our Parks?
Clean & Green is a simple and easy-to-understand guide which answers the question, Who takes care of our parks? This visual explainer will deepen your knowledge of the parks systems in NYC, and make your advocacy easier and more effective. Download Clean & Green.

Civic Action, Public Spaces: Civic Action Tracker
NY4P's Civic Action Tracker is an interactive map showing the size, topic, and location of all rallies, marches, protests, and other civic actions in NYC public spaces since January 1, 2017. As of May 18 there have been 189 actions, with over half a million total attendees. Explore the Civic Action Tracker.

The 2016 Report Card on Parks assesses 35 "neighborhood" parks across the five boroughs. These parks are larger than those targeted by the Community Parks Initiative, strengthening local communities by providing areas for active recreation, connection with nature, and more. We found that many of these parks are also in need of real renewal and reconstruction. Read the Report Card.

2015 City Council District Profiles
City Council District Profiles provide comprehensive information about open space resources, including a district map of all public open spaces and other quality of life measures, such as health and socioeconomic statistics. Each Profile provides rankings for the number of residents per acre of park/playground, access to a park entrance, and capital spending on park in each district. The Profiles are a proven tool for communities advocating for better conditions and funding for their parks and open spaces. Find your Council District's Profile.

The 2015 Report Card on Beaches 
New York City's eight swimming beaches have made steady overall progress since New Yorkers for Parks began tracking them in 2007, despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy. There is more work to do, though, to make these beaches consistently great. Read the Report Card.

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Party 4 Parks


The New Yorkers for Parks Board of Directors and Gala Co-Chairs

Ira M. Millstein, Joel Steinhaus, and Elizabeth Smith

request the pleasure of your company at the 2017 Party 4 Parks as we honor 

Doug Blonsky 
President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy 

Monday, October 23rd
IAC HQ
555 West 18th St.

6pm cocktails
7pm dinner