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.
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.
TPL 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
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.
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 Ren