NYRP carries out founder Bette Midler's dream of a cleaner, more beautiful and sustainble New York City.
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.
Since the organization’s founding by Bette Midler in 1995, NYRP has achieved dramatic results by investing in the greening and beautification of underserved communities throughout New York City. NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members and community volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration of our city’s parks and community gardens; restored and helped maintain six New York City parks; and removed over 1,905 tons of garbage from the City’s open space. In 1999, Midler and NYRP saved 114 community gardens from commercial development and established the New York Garden Trust to ensure NYRP’s precious plots of land remain public gardens in perpetuity.
NYRP is also responsible for transforming an illegal dumping ground along the Harlem River into the five-acre Swindler Cove Park and building the adjacent Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse – the first floating boathouse on the river in over 100 years. At Swindler Cover Park and in NYRP’s community gardens, New Yorkers are being introduced everyday to the importance of having and respecting nature and green space in urban neighborhoods. In fact, NYRP’s environmental educational programs and community events currently serve thousands of New York City families, educators and at-risk youth.
In partnership with national and community-based organizations, NYRP and its growing membership work everyday to revitalize, support and advocate for New York City’s public parks, community gardens, green space and urban forest.
New York Restoration Project… Greening New York City one block at a time!
Learn More about New York Restoration Project:
1. Restores, revitalizes, and re-develops under-resourced parks, community gardens and open green spaces throughout New York City's five boroughs.
2. Maintains public spaces and provide every individual and community with a vibrant and sustainable neighborhood.
3. Provides enriching environmental education to instill a sense of individual & communal stewardship and greater appreciation for nature & the outdoors.