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The Daily Plant : Wednesday, October 4, 2000


Amanda (Greenpoint) Tedeschi

Parks bid goodbye to Rebekah (Beeker) Scheinfeld at a party at the Central Park boathouse on Monday, October 2. Beeker graduated from Brown University in 1997 and started working at Parks in June of that year. After working in Government Relations and for Chief of Staff Caswell F. (Wellspring) Holloway, she entered her current position as Operations Coordinator in Commissioner Alan M. (Northside) Moss' office. After leaving Parks she will be traveling on the west coast before heading off to the Mid-East and Europe. We wish her many pleasant journeys.


The 20th Annual Zoological Horticultural Conference came to New York for the first time ever on Monday, October 2. The historic Arsenal building served as the setting for the meeting of the Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH), which works to make zoos across the nation flourish with plant life. The AZH was founded in 1980 to facilitate and encourage the practice of zoo horticulture, helping to make people aware of the role of plant life in our nation's zoos as well as the general importance of plants to the huge variety of animal species that inhabit our globe.

Representatives from over 60 zoos joined Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern for the meeting, which also featured an auction to raise money for plant convservation. Robert Halpern, Vice President of the AZH and Curator of Horticulture for the Bronx Zoo, helped bring the conference to New York, and former Parks Department gardener Greg Kramer, a member of AZH, has been fostering a close relationship between the association and the Parks department. New York's Parks are home to no fewer than five zoos-in Central Park, Flushing Meadows, Prospect Park, Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. As the AZH demonstrates, zoos are important places both for recreational fun and the advancement of scientific and ecological studies.

(Wednesday, October 7, 1987)


Van Cortlandt & Pelham Bay Parks Administrator Paul C. Berizzi today announced the reopening of the Split Rock Trail, a Bronx nature trail that winds through the Thomas Pell Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary. The trail is one of two Pelham Bay Park sanctuaries marking their 20th anniversaries this month. The other refuge is the Hunter Island Marine Geology and Zoology Sanctuary.

The 1.5-mile Split Rock Trail was reclaimed this past summer by Bronx Parks Department workers and members of the Mayor's City Volunteer Corps. They hacked away at weeds and other growth that made the trail impassible in some spots. The trail begins at the northern part of the Bartow traffic circle on Shore Road, runs north along the Pell Sanctuary's western edge, and ends at historic Split Rock. It offers spectacular vistas of the Pell Sanctuary's rare saltwater marshland.


How to save the old that's worth saving, whether in landscape, houses, manners, institutions, or human types, is one of our greatest problems, and the one that we bother least about.

John Galsworthy (1867-1933)


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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

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Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit

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