New York

P.S. 65 Playground opening in Brooklyn, New YorkPhoto credit: Andrew Federman

For more than 30 years, The Trust for Public Land has been helping New York communities balance growth while conserving—and creating—the special places residents love. Whether creating parks and playgrounds in NYC's underserved neighborhoods, safeguarding wildlife habitats and drinking water sources, or helping to expand New York's prized state park system, we're connecting people to nature where they live, work and play.

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New York projects

Highlighted Projects:

The Trust for Public Land is working to plan and implement green infrastructure improvements along vulnerable New York Harbor waterfront areas to address future threats and inform waterfront planning.

P.S. 64 New York City

Our partnership with New York City has resulted in more than 150 acres of additional playground space serving nearly 4.5 million New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk of one of our sites.

The QueensWay will transform a 3.5-mile stretch of long-abandoned rail line into an elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Awosting Reserve, New York

TPL and its partner, the Open Space Institute, acquired the land along the Shawangunk Ridge in 2006 for addition to adjacent Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

Tremont Community Garden, New York City

In a world of asphalt and brick, New York's more than 450 community gardens provide residents rare places to relax and connect with nature. They serve as front porches and backyards—places to meet with neighbors, play, grow produce, and gather for summer cookouts.

Hikers at Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Mangement Area

In December 2011, The Trust for Public Land added 261 acres to the Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, expanding the park by more than a third.

East River State Park, New York

Construction plans for a major new waste-transfer station on the abandoned Eastern District Terminal property in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York were blocked by neighbors, and with the support of local and state politicians, TPL negotiated with the landowner to acquire two lots and create East River State Park—the core of a future seven-block park along the East River waterfront.

Glenville Woods, New York

TPL worked with the New York town of Greenburg, Westchester County, and the Open Space Institute to protect Glenville Woods as a nature preserve that is part of a 580-acre strip of unbroken forest enhancing access to existing trails including the North County Trailway and the Tarrytown Lakes Trail.

Great Lakes, New York

TPL has conserved thousands of acres in the Great Lakes region, including Woodlawn Beach on Lake Erie, Camp Beechwood on Lake Ontario, and properties in Braddock Bay and in the Thousand Islands.

Heritage Park, Staten Island

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the Port Authority and NYC Parks, helped turn Staten Island's former Blissenbach Marina into the City's first post-Hurricane Sandy resilient waterfront park.

Hudson River Valley, New York

The Trust for Public Land has assisted the state, counties, and municipalities in protecting more than 51,000 acres in the ten-county Hudson River Valley area.

Jamaica Bay, New York

The Trust for Public Land worked with partners including New York City Audubon to conserve an acre of Jamaica Bay Shoreline in Queens with funding authorized by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their Hudson-Raritan Estuary Resources Program, creating public access to the waterfront and space that will serve more than 2,400 community members and provide opportunities for fishing, picnicking, and paddling.

Marydell Sisters/Hook Mountain, New York

The Trust for Public Land is working with Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine to protect 30 acres of their property in Upper Nyak adjacent to Hook Mountain State Park.

Milton Riverfront Park, New York

Marlborough, New York lacked public access to the Hudson River until TPL helped the town acquire Milton Riverfront Park, a former industrial property in the neighboring hamlet of Milton that had been used for petroleum storage, renovate the site for use as a park adjacent to the town's Milton-on-Hudson Train Station Park with the help of the town, Scenic Hudson, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Land Trust Alliance.

Mount Loretto, New York

New York state asked TPL to help conserve a small patch of woods known as Butler Manor on Staten Island's southwestern shore and add the land to the Mount Loretto Unique Area, keeping intact over 600 acres of unbroken and ecologically diverse parkland near New York City's waterfront.

New Jersey Highlands

Only an hour outside of New York City, the New Jersey Highlands encompass nearly one million rugged acres of forests, lakes, and clear running streams. Stretching diagonally across northwestern New Jersey and forming a greenbelt of farmlands and forests along the burgeoning Pennsylvania- New York - New Jersey - Connecticut corridor, the Highlands are one of the region's most significant resources.

P.S. 64 New York City

Our partnership with New York City has resulted in more than 150 acres of additional playground space serving nearly 4.5 million New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk of one of our sites.

The Trust for Public Land is working to plan and implement green infrastructure improvements along vulnerable New York Harbor waterfront areas to address future threats and inform waterfront planning.

East River State Park, New York

In 2003, TPL joined
local groups, including the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for
Parks & Planning, to conduct open space planning, and produce a greenprint for New York's East River.

Parks for People, New York City

Since 1978, The Trust for Public Land has helped create, expand, protect, and steward more than 290 parks, playgrounds, community gardens, and natural areas in New York City.

Cover of the Waterfront Vision Plan

Beginning in 2010, The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with Green Shores NYC, developed a green vision for the East River shoreline in Astoria and Long Island, Queens.

 

 

 

The QueensWay will transform a 3.5-mile stretch of long-abandoned rail line into an elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park.

Salmon Creek, New York

TPL worked with New York state and the Town of Parma, to add property along Salmon Creek to the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area, conserving marshes that prevent pollution from entering the creek and Lake Ontario, and making the land available for public fishing, hiking, birding, hunting, and cross country skiing.

South Brother Island, New York

TPL helped South Brother Island is a natural habitat for herons and other water birds between the South Bronx, Queens, and Riker's and Randall's Islands, which joined North Brother as a sanctuary run by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island, NY

In New York, The Trust for Public Land is helping develop nine acres of Roosevelt Island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, which was once known as Welfare Island and a former site for hospitals, penitentiaries, and asylums, creating Southpoint Park which includes architect James Renwick's Smallpox Hospital, the city's only landmarked ruin.

Staten Island Wetlands, New York

As part of its New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, TPL (with the NYC Audubon Society) has helped protect critical wetland habitats on Staten Island's west shore along the Arthur Kill, preserving wildlife habitat in the New York City area.

Sterling Forge, New York

The Trust for Public Land led the effort to protect Sterling Forge, adding several acres to those already saved in New York's Sterling Forest State Park and helping to ensure clean drinking water, protect critical wetlands and wildlife habitat, and enhance access for recreation.

Torne Mountain, New York

TPL helped conserve Torne Mountain in Harriman State Park, New York, land that includes Ramapo River basin, which provides drinking water for two million people in Rockland County and northern New Jersey, and is the site where according to legend, legend, General George Washington lost his watch on while spying on British troops during the American Revolution.

William H. Pouch Camp, New York

For more than six decades, Pouch Camp, located within the 2,500 acre Staten Island Greenbelt, has been an important resource for the Boy Scouts of America and has been a state conservation priority since the mid-1980s.