New York Restoration Project

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New York Restoration Project
Type Non-Profit
Founded 1995
Headquarters New York, NY, USA
Key people Bette Midler, Founder
Website www.nyrp.org

New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization, is the private partner of Michael Bloomberg's MillionTreesNYC campaign to plant one million new trees in New York City by 2015.[1] The organization is driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. It is the only citywide conservancy in New York City that brings private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, with the goal to fortify the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods.[2]

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On July 7, 1995, renowned entertainer Bette Midler founded the nonprofit New York Restoration Project (NYRP), with the goal of revitalizing neglected neighborhood parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City. These include Sherman Creek Park, Highbridge Park, Fort Washington Park, and Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan; and Roberto Clemente State Park and Bridge Park in the Bronx. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation initiated a partnership with NYRP in 1995 to assist with cleaning and maintaining Fort Tryon Park.

In May 1999, the city planned to auction 114 community gardens for commercial development. Midler and NYRP Founding President, Joseph Pupello led a coalition of greening organizations to save them. NYRP worked closely with the City of New York and took ownership of fifty-two of the most under-resourced gardens in New York City's most economically challenged communities. That was the beginning of the New York Garden Trust, the largest community garden land trust in the United States.

Today, Midler and her organization works with local volunteers and community groups to ensure that these gardens are kept safe, clean and vibrant.

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