Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


What's New

April 19, 2016
NY4P's Daffodil Project has planted millions of daffodil bulbs in public spaces across NYC, beautifying the city every spring. Dedicate a Daffodil to your loved one and they'll receive a customized Daffodil Certificate commemorating your support of communities across the city in their honor

April 14, 2016
Every year the NY4P Daffodil Breakfast honors individuals and organizations from across all five boroughs that make the Daffodil Project a success. This past fall NYC planted its millionth tree through the MillionTreesNYC  initiative, and to help celebrate this milestone this year we are recognizing New Yorkers who use the Daffodil Project as a resource for maintaining their street trees and tree pits. Read more to learn about the 2016 honorees. 

March 28, 2016
Today NY4P and the Friends of Morningside Park were on NY1, showing off the Daffodil Project blooms that the Friends group has been planting since the program's start in 2001. Learn more about the group, find out how you can sign up to receive daffodil bulbs in the fall, and watch the feature here

March 14, 2016
Ever year NY4P honors the dedicated New Yorkers that make the Daffodil Project a huge success, and this year we're celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Project and the planting of the 6 millionth bulb! 2016's honorees use the Daffodil Project as a way to engage youth, improve police-community relations, maintain street trees and more. All proceeds from this beautiful event support the Daffodil Project.Join us on Wednesday, April 20, 8:00 - 9:30 am at the Bryant Park Grill.

March 14, 2016
This year's Daffodil Breakfast honoree from Staten Island is Heather Butts, co-founder of H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths. HEALTH helps young students equip themselves for academic life beyond high school, with an emphasis on disadvantage youth. One of the ways they engage young people is through the Daffodil Project. Heather has seen witnessed firsthand the positive impact the Project has on young people's education, health, and on police-community relations. Learn more about Heather's inspiring work here.

March 3, 2016
Today NY4P advocated for a better parks budget in our testimony to the City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation at their hearing on the fiscal year 2017preliminary budget. While we are encouraged by the Parks Department efforts to become more efficient, innovative, resourceful and caring, the department still isn’t fully funded. The city cannot care for our parks if the department doesn’t have sufficient resources. Read and download our full testimony here.

February 26, 2016
After great meetings in each borough, NY4P is bringing How’s Your Park, NYC? citywide! At our meetings we learned that each borough has a unique story, but share an overarching theme – lack of funding.  At this meeting we’ll present our draft city budget recommendations based on what Mayor de Blasio released in his preliminary budget. With the input of attendees we’ll identify and prioritize requests that we’d like to see addressed in the final city budget in June. Together we’ll build a strong, unified voice for all open space in NYC! Learn more and register.

February 11, 2016
Anthony Marraccini was a parks advocate, community leader, entrepreneur, World War II veteran, and the uncle of NY4P’s Senior Development Associate, Julia Marra. He was also the creator of Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, a neglected and trash-filled plot of land which is now one of the most popular parks in Staten Island. Learn more about Anthony's lasting contribution to his community.

February 3, 2016
Tupper Thomas has announced her intention to retire as Executive Director of NY4P in the coming months. She believes finding the perfect Executive Director is her last key priority, and will not leave until she and the board have found the best person for the job. In a letter to friends of the organization Tupper reflected on her experience with NY4P, and what she sees and the biggest challenges and opportunities facing New York City. Read Tupper's letter.

January 21, 2016
Today the Daily News published an op-ed by Tupper Thomas outlining the reasons why the mayor and the City Council's proposal to move carriage horses into Central Park needs a more careful review. New Yorkers need to be given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about how this will affect New York City's most important open space. Read our op-ed in the Daily News.

January 13, 2016
Michael Marino went from concerned park user to the founder of Friends of Corlears Hook Park in just one month. Now he has engaged over 100 local community members, received over $6,000 in grants, over $2,000 through online fundraising, and is creating a more formalized leadership for FoCHP. Read Michael's tips on how to start a successful friends-of group.


Recent Reports

2015 City Council District Profiles
City Council District Profiles provide comprehensive information about open space resources, including a district map of all public open spaces and other quality of life measures, such as health and socioeconomic statistics. Each Profile provides rankings for the number of residents per acre of park/playground, access to a park entrance, and capital spending on park in each district. The Profiles are a proven tool for communities advocating for better conditions and funding for their parks and open spaces. Find your Council District's Profile.

The 2015 Report Card on Beaches 
New York City's eight swimming beaches have made steady overall progress since New Yorkers for Parks began tracking them in 2007, despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy. There is more work to do, though, to make these beaches consistently great. Read the report card.

A Survey of Capital Projects Management Among New York City Government Agencies (2014)
The NYC Parks Department, which is responsible for carrying out capital improvements in parks, has been criticized by many for running behind schedule and over-budget on these projects. Working with Public Works Partners, NY4P has explored how the Department can improve its capital process through interviews with several City agencies that conduct capital projects, along with the City's offices of Management and Budget and Contract Services. This report offers a number of straightforward steps to ensure a timelier, more cost-effective, and transparent capital process. Read the full report
The South Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood failed 11 of 15 benchmarks in this comprehensive assessment of both traditional Parks Department properties and New York City Housing Authority open spaces. The report calls for capital investment in parks and playgrounds, more welcoming and accessible Housing Authority spaces, and better access to the waterfront and Randall’s Island Park, among other improvements. Mott Haven is located within the poorest community board district in the city and poorest congressional district in the country. Read the full report

Understanding Playground Utilization (2013)

In this study, NY4P partnered with New York University to demonstrate how a model for tracking visitor patterns across the park system could work – specifically, in ten playgrounds across the city, across the four seasons. The report includes a discussion of how such a tracking method could help the city assess not only Parks Department resource allocation, but also initiatives such as the Department of Transportation’s Public Plazas Program. The study also details specific observations reported by users of the ten playgrounds and provides detailed briefs on each property. Read the full report

New York City Council Districts 4 and 5 fall far short of nearly every one of the 15 New York City-specific benchmarks that comprise NY4P’s Open Space Index (OSI) – even when Central Park and Privately Owned Public Spaces are taken into account. In addition to the findings, our fourth OSI survey offers preliminary recommendations for East Side open-space improvements, including reimagining underutilized public spaces, pairing new development with open space improvements, and realizing the full potential of the East River waterfront. Read the full report


Our History

For more than 100 years, NY4P has promoted and protected parks and open spaces in New York City.  Since our founding in 1908, our mission has been to ensure that all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods have access to quality parks and open spaces.

That mission has inspired us to wage – and win – battles with Robert Moses over parkland alienation, advocate for landmark playground and waterfront parks projects, engage low-income teenagers in community beautification and environmental initiatives, and conduct and publish award-winning open space research.

Throughout our history, we have seen parks foster healthy lifestyles, social interaction, community stability and civic pride.  More than just working on behalf of New Yorkers for better parks and open spaces, we’re working for New Yorkers on behalf of a better New York.

Read more about our past accomplishments here.