The Daily Plant : Thursday, December 18, 2008
Columbia University Brightens Holiday Celebration At Highbridge Recreation Center
On Friday December 5, the Gulf Coast Recovers (GCR) student group from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health helped our after school children celebrate the holidays. The students from Columbia brought professional musicians who performed for the children and professional dance teachers who taught the children how to swing dance. In the spirit of improving literacy the graduate students gave the children books and helped us acquire a large book donation for the recreation center’s library. The Afterschool students were also provided with an all you can eat traditional Latino dinner of baked chicken, roasted pork, salad, rice and beans and platanos manduros! Special thanks to Lucy Anderson and Erin Kutay, representatives and officers from the GCR student group, Jhonnathan Arrango Leonardo Blackman from Aliaza Dominicana, and Highbridge Recreation Center Manager, Artie Maldonado and Afterschool Coordinator, Terrance Hatzigiannis.
Written by Artie Maldonado
CENTRAL PARK ARSENAL GLOWING IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT
If you’ve passed by the Arsenal in the evening recently, you have probably noticed it is once again gloriously decked out for the holidays. On Thursday, December 4, Commissioner Benepe, members of the Friends of the Arsenal, students from all five boroughs in the All City High School Chorus and park visitors officially flipped the switch on the holiday season with energy-efficient decorative lights at the Central Park Arsenal.
“Thanks to a generous contribution from the Friends of the Arsenal, the Arsenal lights are a festive seasonal addition to this historic building,” said Commissioner Benepe. “After a year of renovations to construct a new roof, repoint the brickwork and restore the windows, the Arsenal is greener than ever. We even have the energy-efficient LED lights emitting the holiday spirit through the night.”
Thanks to the Friends of the Arsenal, the historic New York landmark will be green for the entire holiday season. “Green” in more ways than one, the lighting scheme was designed by Holiday Image and installed by Parks’ Five Borough Shops. The energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights will be on display through January.
The Friends of the Arsenal is a group of dedicated New Yorkers who advise on strategic improvements, provide financial support and expand the public activities that take place in the Arsenal.
The historic Arsenal Building is one of two buildings within the borders of Central Park that predate the park. Built between 1847 and 1851 as a repository for munitions, the Arsenal is a fortress-like structure, with a crenellated cornice and rooftop turrets. In 1857, the City purchased the Arsenal, removed all arms, and established park administrative functions on the premises. Over the ensuing decades it has served as a menagerie, a police station and as the first home of the American Museum of Natural History.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
George S. Patton
Directions to Central Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
East 72nd St Playground
The East 72nd St Playground is closed for construction. It will reopen this summer. Central Park Conservancy is renovating the playground to improve its accessibility and connection to the park's landscape. Please visit the Central Park Conservancyfor more information.
As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015
Central Park Weather
- NYC Parks Celebrates A Decade Since Unveiling The Gates In Central Park, Looks Forward To Art In Parks In 2015
- This Weekend In Parks
- Tomorrow's World: The New York World's Fairs And Flushing Meadows Park On View At The Arsenal Gallery
- Birding: Raptor Nests
- Earth Day in Harlem Bike Ride
- Woodlands Discovery Club for Families: North Woods
- Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden
- Central Park Tour: Northern Forts
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Great Trees
- Handball Courts
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Outdoor Pools
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Recreation Centers
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Zoos and Aquariums
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