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Volume XXXX, Number 6316
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

NYC Parks Breaks Ground On City Island’s New Street End Plaza At Belden Point

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

On Friday, April 17, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP joined Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene, NYC Department of Transportation Bronx Borough Commissioner Constance Moran, State Senator Jeffrey Klein, Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, Community Board 10 Chair Virginia Gallagher, City Island Civic Association Corresponding Secretary John Doyle and members of The City Island American Legion Leonard H. Hawkins Post 156 to break ground on a new street end plaza at City Island's Belden Point.

“This public plaza will add a beautiful new greenstreet to the Bronx, complete with shade trees and flowering shrubs where visitors and residents can enjoy views of the Long Island Sound,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “These small habitats not only make each neighborhood more beautiful, but also more resilient, aiding in stormwater capture and providing a home to countless insects, butterflies, and passing birds.”

"The pocket park at Belden Point is a long-awaited victory for the City Island community,” said Senator Jeff Klein. “I’m proud to have preserved $170,000 in state funding to get this project off the ground and I applaud the City Island Civic Association and the surrounding City Island community for ensuring that this project finally gets underway. I look forward to seeing the park completed, which will increase access to the waterfront and transform the southernmost tip of City Island into a valued destination for families, residents and visitors alike."

“The construction of Belden Point Park will transform the southern end of City Island,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “With a seaside promenade design that includes decorative pavement, benches and landscaped areas, this will undoubtedly be a tremendous attraction for tourists and locals alike.”

This beautification project will create a street end plaza along the southern end of City Island Avenue. The design consists of a decorative pavement and landscaped area which will include street trees and flowering shrubs, planting beds, benches, a new bicycle rack and new railings along the waterfront. The plaza will also serve to define a vehicular turn-around. The new plaza will directly face a view of the Long Island Sound.

Funding for this $420,000 project has been generously allocated by the Borough President's Office, State Senator Jeffrey Klein and the Mayor’s Office. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2016.


Today is Earth Day where each year, men, women and children plant trees and flowers, collect garbage, and petition for a better future for the planet. Earth day was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970. Although it originated in the U.S. it became recognized worldwide in 1990. Looking for some ways to celebrate Earth Day? Check out some of these events happening today and this weekend.

Hattie Carthan Herban Farm: Earth Day Celebration

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hattie Carthan Herban Farm 49 Van Buren Street, Brooklyn

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Hattie Carthan Herban Farm invites you to attend our annual Earth Day celebration and enjoy a day of learning, sharing and enjoyment.

Earth Day Schedule

11:00 - 1:00 pm: Seed starting workshop

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Foraged food cooking demonstration & communal meal with Farmer Yon

3:30 pm to 5pm: Planting, sifting compost and doing light farm tasks 5pm to 5:30 pm Reclaiming our Stolen Futures Communal circle

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Musical entertainment circle

Honor Earth Day with Storefront Science and Dr. A

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan

4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Join Dr. A of Storefront Science for an afternoon of investigation in Fort Tryon Park to honor Earth Day! Each participant (ages 5-11) will receive one of Dr. A’s signature “Explore Outside Your Door” kits courtesy of the Fort Tryon Park Trust, to continue your exploration of all the wonders of nature. Please RSVP at For inquiries, please call (212) 795.1388

Fort Tryon Park Celebrate Earth Day

Sunday, April 26, 2015

10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan

Celebrate Earth Day at Fort Tryon Park! Be a great park steward. Give back to the park that gives to you by volunteering with the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks for a Beautifcation Day. Help us install lots of new plants on the Fort Washington Terrace slope. Plants, tools, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Sign in with the Friends Committee at the Margaret Corbin Circle Entrance to the Heather Garden.


"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

Henry Ford


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