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The LeFrak Center at Lakeside is a year-round skating and recreational facility, featuring both an outdoor and an indoor rink...

North Brooklyn welcomes a new 7200-square-foot ice skating rink at McCarren Park.

A look at the transformation of a 192-acre Bronx landfill at Ferry Point Park from a dump to a Trump golf course.

 

NYC Parks cuts the ribbon on the newly accessible paths and added lighting through Highland Park and around Ridgewood...

A tour of Twin Islands with the Natural Areas Conservancy.

The Medieval Festival brings to life the Middle Ages in Fort Tryon Park, in the area surrounding the famous Cloisters. Visitors...

 

The 30th Annual National Night Out (NNO) took place on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. During National Night out, police precinct...

On July 13, park goers and music lovers flooded the Great Lawn in Central Park for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert...

In July, the Jamaica Bay Restoration Corps and hundreds of volunteers worked together to paint the jersey barriers that were...

 

On June 27, 2013, the start of the year’s pool season began with a celebration at the Thomas Jefferson Pool in East Harlem....

On June 6, NYC Parks Borough Commissioner Adena Long and Assistant Commissioner for Public Programs Annika Holder cut the...

Park and community officials, local residents and students from P.S. 16 gathered for the opening of the historic Carousel in...

 

After Hurricane Sandy devastated the 14 miles of Park’s beaches, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Veronica White...

On May 22, the New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation broke ground on the Cary...

The 14th Annual Amazing Bronx River Flotilla was also a celebration of the recent opening of Starlight Park, the newest park on...

 

On May 10, 2013, a new gem of the Bronx River, Starlight Park, opened as a reclaimed, reconstructed, and expanded park. A vital...

On May 3, 2013, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey were joined by former...

On Saturday, April 27th, NYC Parks and Disney hosted Street Games, a celebration of outdoor sports and classic games from the...

 

On April 27, 2013 MillionTreeNYC hosted their annual Spring Planting event. Volunteers came together to plant 20,000 trees in...

Elected officials joined members of the Boerum Hill Association and Downtown Brooklyn Partnerships, and children from Strong...

One April 24 officials cut the ribbon on a section of the latest addition to Staten Island's parks, Goodhue Park. Goodhue was...

 

On April 23, 2013 the design for the new Imagination Playground at Betsy Head Park was unveiled. Imagination Playground at...

On Monday, April 22 Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey joined Council Member Sara González and students from P.S. 169 to...

Local residents and elected officials gathered on Sunday to commemorate the renaming of Willow Lake Trail to the Pat Dolan...

 

An estimated 200 volunteers participated in NY Cares Day in Riverside Park to celebrate Earth Day. From planting to painting,...

On April 19, 2013 NYC Parks celebrated its 2nd annual Rising Stars Award Ceremony in the Prospect Park Picnic House. Rising...

On April 18th The Battery Conservancy celebrated the topping off and the unveiling of the last steel panel of the aquatic...

 

On April 11, 2013 New York Knicks City Dancers and former players John Starks and Larry Johnson joined Million Trees NYC to...

Officials and third grade students from PS 31 welcomed the latest addition to Blue Heron Park on April 9, 2013. The Tot Lot is...

On April 6, 2013 NYC Parks joined elected officials, community leaders and the North Riverdale Little League in a ribbon...

 

To prepare for the reopening of Central Park’s lawns for its 10 million springtime visitors, Michael Strahan, former New York...

To celebrate Valentine's Day, 2013, NYC Parks hosted “Heart of the Community,” an event featuring free fitness classes and...

On the evening of February 8, a winter storm popularly known as "Nemo" dropped more than a foot of snow on New York City....

 

On January 26, 2013, NYC Parks held its annual Winter Jam festival. The event brought thousands of New Yorkers to Central Park...

On October 27, Central Park was over run by princesses, zombies and pirates in celebration of Halloween. New Yorkers young and...

On October 20, 2012, Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks, held its twice-annual It's...

 

On October 9, 2012, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on the Bleecker Sitting Area at Bleecker Street and West 11th Street. With support...

On September 22, 2012, New Yorkers of all ages came out to Central Park for the 12th Annual Chess-in-the-Park Rapid Open, the...

 

On Monday, September 10, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined NYC Parks and other officials to cut the ribbon on a $12 million...

On August 23, 2012, NYC Parks and local elected officials cut the ribbon on $900,000 in improvements to Neufeld Playground in...

On August 6, 2012, Michael R. Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe yesterday cut the ribbon on the redevelopment of...

 

On August 7, NYC Parks joined Courts of Dreams Foundation Chairman Natasha Cornstein, former New York Knick Larry Johnson, and...

Lace up for the new renovations at Bronx River "Shoelace" Park. On June 18, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Assembly...

On July 13, 2012 Memorial Grove at Van Cortlandt Park re-opened after renovations to improve the site. Memorial Grove is...

 

Officials from the NYC Parks Deparment and the Department for the Aging, along with council members started the Senior Swim...

The newly renovated McCarren Pool and Play Center opened on June 28, 2012. McCarren pool originally opened in 1936 as one of...

June 28, 2012 marked the opening of Citywide outdoor pools. NYC residents splashed and dived their way into the refreshing...

 

On June 23, 2012 Parks welcomed thrill-seeking New Yorkers to Adventures NYC, Parks’ 8th annual celebration of the...

Two newly renovated playgrounds opened at Tremont Park on June 22, 2012. The project included improvements of two playgrounds...

The 2012 Adidas Grand Prix, held at Randall's Island Park June 9, provided athletes and spectators with a day of fierce...

 

181 competitors from 17 schools throughout NYC participated in the 3rd Annual Paralympic Track & Field Event which was held in...

Dozens of kayaks, 70 canoes, and 170 paddlers participated in the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla on May 5, 2012. Paddlers made...

In 1912, Japan gave the United States thousands of cherry trees to celebrate their friendship. Over 2,000 of these trees were...

 

On April 2, Aziz Ansari, comedian and star of NBC's Parks and Recreation, joined the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and...

On March 30, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Columbia University professors Gayatri Spivak and Kenneth...

On March 24, 2012, the annual Going Green in Queens conference was held at the Al Oerter Recreation Center. Hundreds of New...

 

On January 21, hundreds of New Yorkers braved the elements to check out the Bronx's second annual Winterfest Celebration, held...

On December 20, 2011, Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, former Staten Island...

 

On October 27, 2011, Parks cut the ribbon on a new playground in Montbellier Park. The park is now renovated with new play...

The 2011 Annual Harvest Fair, cosponsered by the Parks Department, GreenThumb, Bronx Green-Up of The New York Botanical Garden...

On Septempter 15, 2011, Parks cut the ribbon on new improvements to Lillian Wald Playground. The improved ADA-accessible...

 

On August 23, 2011, Parks cut the ribbon on Windmuller Park. The newly renovated one-acre sitting plaza, featuring a new...

Parks cut the ribbon on newly renovated tennis courts at Astoria Park thanks to the American Express/USTA "Fresh Courts"...

In 1936, NYC Parks opened 11 pools within weeks of each other, changing New York forever and transforming the state of public...

 

The Urban Park Rangers help all New Yorkers discover New York City Outdoors. In addition to their regular duties, Rangers lead...

On July 21, 2011, Parks cut the ribbon on Drumgoole Tot Lot. Located within a Greenstreet and named for local children's...

On July 21, 2011, Parks cut the ribbon on two new tot lots on Staten Island, including the Silver Lake Tot Lot in Silver Lake...

 

On July 15, 2011, Staten Island's Midland Beach celebrated its first annual Food Truck Rally! Beach goers were treated to an...

On July 11, 2011, NYC Parks and the Department of Environmental Protection completed the restoration of Oakland Lake Park in...

On June 22, 2011, NYC Parks welcomed 15 of its specialty food vendors from around the boroughs to Central Park's Arsenal...

 

As the grand finale of "Make NYC Your Gym" Week, NYC Parks hosted the BeFitNYC Fitness Festival on June 12, 2011, in...

On June 10, 2011, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on a new playground at John Jay Park. As the photos show, this playground is an...

July 2, 2011 was a day of performance and celebration in Harlem as NYC Parks helped cut the ribbon on $7 million in...

 

Summer is here and it's time to hit the beach! Beaches are finally open for summer 2011!

A new exhibit featuring work from the late Sol LeWitt is now featured in City Hall Park. The artwork ranges from geometric,...

It's the season of street fairs! Local businesses rush to the streets to promote and sell goods as fairs pop up all over the...

 

Check out photos from the third annual free youth martial arts tournament, "Each One, Teach One.” The event featured Kung...

Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, City Council Member Ruben Wills, High School Cricket...

NYC Parks and the Walt Disney Company hosted the fourth annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park! This event brings back...

 

BORDERS by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir debuted on March 24 and will remain on display through September 30, 2011. The...

On February 26, 2011, NYC Parks held its inaugural celebration of girls' fitness as a part of National Girls and Women in...

Celebrate life in the snow and the winter season! The Nethermead in Prospect Park held this years Winter Jam for the first...

 

Heritage of Innovation, an exhibition of more than 30 artworks by 15 artists was on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park...

Parks & Recreation's Directors of the Parks Academy trained Urban Park Service and Maintenance and Operations staff on how to...

The home to the City of New York's Parks & Recreation lights up to celebrate the holidays in the year 2010. The celebratory...

 

The 2010 ING New York City Marathon brought more than 40,000 participants to the streets of New York on Sunday, November 7....

On Saturday, September 25, New Yorkers flocked to Central Park for the 10th annual Chess-in-the-Parks tournament. People of all...

 

The second annual FlyNY Kite Festival took place in Riverside Park South on Saturday, August 21, 2010. Participants created...

In August 2010, the Parks Department held a series of events to remind New Yorkers that New York City’s street trees need 15...

 
 

The venerable hip hop group Public Enemy performed in Central Park as part of the 2010 Summerstage performance series. Also...

Larry Scott Blackmon, Parks Department Deputy Commissioner of Community Outreach, in concert with Nouveau Riche LLC, Jodi...

Giant Step returned for its annual SummerStage event at New York City's Central Park with headliner Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc,...

 

Giant Step returned for its annual SummerStage event at New York City's Central Park with headliner Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc,...

Giant Step returned for its annual SummerStage event at New York City's Central Park with headliner Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc,...

On July 6, 2010, Parks cut the ribbon on a transformed Robert Venable Park in Brooklyn. The park has been drastically...

 

Norah Jones headlined Celebrate Brooklyn's Opening Night Gala, honoring Pamela Brier.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Central Amusement International celebrated the opening of Luna Park at Coney Island – a 3.1...

The 28th Annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon was held in Central Park's Conservatory Garden on May 5, 2010. This...

 

Each year Street Games brings back the classic street games from the ’60s and ’70s and reintroduces them to a new...

On April 9, 2010, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on the new Macombs Dam Park and Joe Yancey Track and Field, at 161st Street and...

 

On February 6, 2010 the Parks Department and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) presented Winter Jam NYC, an...

This past fall, over 25 students from the Marble Hill High School for International Studies participated in an art project...

On November 17, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, together with Central Park Conservancy...

 

One of the biggest races in the world, the New York City Marathon loops through several City parks, ending in Central Park.

Each fall, New Yorkers participate in Parks' annual Citywide Bocce Tournament. Teams of four compete to represent their borough...

On Saturday, September 26, New Yorkers were given the chance to outwit one another during the 9th annual Chess-in-the-Parks...

 

The Oprah Winfrey Show broadcasted live from Central Park SummerStage's Rumsey Playfield on a sunny summer afternoon. The lucky...

The 2009 Fall Harvest Fair, presented by Parks, GreenThumb, Just Food, and the New York Botanical Garden, featured a harvest...

For ten days in early September 2009, twelve traditional Dutch canal houses, a windmill, and a stage transformed Bowling Green...

 

Whitney Houston performed four songs for fans at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield.

On August 31, 2009, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on $1.7 million in improvements to Campanaro Playground. Thanks to the funding,...

On Saturday, August 29, thousands of New Yorkers took to the great outdoors at the 5th Annual Adventures NYC, a one-day event...

 

Spike Lee and the Borough of Brooklyn hosted a celebration of the recently departed Michael Jackson on the date of what would...

Central Park SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of...

Commissioner Benepe joined Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene and Assembly Member Michael Benjamin to cut the ribbon...

 

New York Philharmonic Music Director Designate Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 during the first of...

The Metropolitan Opera launched its Summer Recital Series with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined...

This summer, approximately 25,000 people attended our free celebration of the High Line's opening season. Malcolm Pinckney...

 

Our annual Citywide Beach Volleyball Tournament, the largest free amateur beach volleyball competition on the East Coast, gives...

On May 9, the Parks Department and FlyNY hosted architects, artists, community children, and kite enthusiasts for an inaugural...

On April 27, 2009, Parks cut the ribbon on more than $2 million in improvements to Corona Golf Playground, a popular...

 

New Yorkers young and old enjoyed a day dedicated to the enjoyment and celebration of classic games like stick ball, stoop...

At Winter Jam NYC, East River Park was a true winter wonderland, complete with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, a snow...

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member Bill de Blasio, City Council...

 

On Wednesday, November 19, several members of the Kennedy family, joined by former President Bill Clinton, Governor David A....

Braving rainy skies, sculptor Allison Saar unveiled her tribute to the Underground Railroad leader in Harlem, and Malcolm...

In early November 2008, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Assembly Member Ellen Young and more than 250 community...

 

As part of a large scale tree planting effort which took place November 7 and 8, more than 1,000 volunteers planted 15,000...

Parks photographer Malcolm Pinckney documents the Van Cortlandt House Museum's commemoration of the 225th Anniversary of George...

Parks' staff photographer Malcolm Pinckney brings us the sights of the finish line in Central Park of the ING NYC Marathon.

 

In October 2008, the traveling international exhibition Mobile Art landed (figuratively speaking) in Rumsey Playfield in...

Parks' photographer Malcolm Pinckney traveled to Father Duffy Square in the heart of the city, Times Square, to document the...

Commissioner Benepe joined lead singer Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders and 101.9 RXP morning host Matt Pinfield at a concert...

 

This Brooklyn playground, named in honor of George Washington Carver, famed African-American educator and agricultural...

Standing before a historic New York Central steam locomotive, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined City...

During most summer days, Parks cuts a ribbon on a recently completed improvement project. Sometimes, two ribbons are cut in a...

 

The folk rock legends took to Central Park SummerStage for a benefit concert in Summer 2008, and Parks photographer Malcolm...

Parks Commissioner Benepe joined Treetures Environmental Education Program, Trees New York, Friends of Greenwich Street, third...

On November 2, 2007, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on $740,000 in improvements to Brooklyn's Fraser Square. This former barren...

 

Photos from the annual festival that brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages to Fort Tryon Park.

On August 23, 2007, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on $2.7 million in improvements to Ciccarone Playground in the Belmont...

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and children from Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center and St. James Recreation...

 

"Met in the Parks" returned to Central Park for its 41st season of this popular summer concert series. The cast performed...

Parks & Recreation along with the New York City Mountain Bike Association (NYCMTB) held opening ceremonies for the first...

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined National Gardening Association (NGA) President Mike Metallo and pre-school...

 

One day a year, the Academy of American Poets organizes Poem In Your Pocket Day. The idea is simple: select a poem you love...

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined City Council Member James Vacca, former City Council Member Madeline...

The Department of Sanitation partnered with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Department of Transportation to...

 

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Central Park Conservancy President Douglas Blonsky joined teams from The...

Historic House Trust and Parks Department employees enjoy an evening on the ice in Central Park.

 

The Bethesda Terrace Arcade, the richly decorated underground component of Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace, reopened on March...

Talented amateur snowboarders took to the rails for the annual Rail Jam Open and snowboarder-acrobat troupe Flying Ace...

Professional snowboarders headed to Union Square Park for New York City's first ever major pro snowboarding competition.

 

The Arsenal, Parks Department Headquarters in Central Park, has been festooned with lights during the holiday season every year...

On November 27, Mayor Bloomberg joined New York Daily News Chairman & Publisher Mort Zuckerman and his daughter Abigail to flip...

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Executive Director Paul J. Tobin and Director of Sports & Recreation Bill...

 

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Congressman Charles B. Rangel, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson,...

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Congress Member Charles Rangel, City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, NASA...

Designed by landscape architect Ricardo Hinkle and designers Rachel Kramer, RLA & Carol Qu, AIA, this park is situated on a...

 

New York City's first, largest, and most famous Greenmarket celebrated its 30th year in September 2006. The Greenmarket...

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, in partnership with Atlantic Yards and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, brought more than...

On July 26, 2006, NYC Parks cut the ribbon on a new synthetic turf ballfield at Haffen Park in the Bronx. This field was the...

 

The oldest symphony orchestra in the United States plays its annual series of summer concerts in New York City parks.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Council Member Letitia James, Elizabeth Ernish from Borough President Marty...

On June 2, 2006, four bald eagle chicks, approximately five weeks of age, arrived from The State of Wisconsin Department of...

 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Friends of the High Line (FHL) Co-Founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David hosted a unique...

New York City's first-ever Rail Jam offered participants the opportunity to watch incredible stunts performed by some of the...

R&B and soul singer Patti LaBelle performs her hits at Central Park SummerStage.

 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe...

The New York Philharmonic gives its annual performance on the Great Lawn.

New Yorkers gathered on the Great Lawn once again for an evening of music provided by the New York Philharmonic.

 

The famous English rock band disembark from their yellow blimp to announce the Rolling Stones on the Road tour.

On April 5, 2008, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined local elected officials and young athletes to celebrate the opening...

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