25 Climate Change Solutions for Earth Day

Trash booms, like this one at the northern edge of the Park, placed across Tibbetts Brook help reduce the amount of trash that moves into the lake ecosystem.

Trash booms, like this one at the northern edge of the Park, placed across Tibbetts Brook help reduce the amount of trash that moves into the lake ecosystem.

As we get ready to celebrate another Earth Day in Van Cortlandt Park, we wanted to share a summary of 25 ways the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are working to address climate change within Van Cortlandt Park. The Friends are actively working on several of these but some are in the works to begin within the next year or so. As always, we welcome the support and assistance of the community so please let us know if you are interested in helping with any of these items. And why 25? If you haven’t heard, it’s our 25th Anniversary so 25 is a special number for us this year.

1. FVCP community gardening
Growing local produce in our garden to provide residents with locally grown food that reduces travel costs, green house gas emissions and creates green space.

2. Garden Education
Garden education at the FVCP garden promotes the necessary skills and knowledge to manage and maintain an urban garden and provides experience based learning for school groups often giving children their first experience with urban agriculture. By creating future gardeners FVCP is ensuring the establishment of local green spaces critical for fighting climate change. Read more »

Press Release- Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Launches First Annual Discovery Hunt

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Launches First Annual Discovery Hunt

“Are you ready, get set, discover!”

So ends the just issued call by the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park launching the first ever Van Cortlandt Park Discovery Hunt. Open to all, contestants are challenged to solve 10 of 12 clues identifying various locations in the Park, photograph themselves at that location and submit their photos and identifying information to the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. The contest launched April 7th and contestants have until May 15th to submit their solved clues and photos. Read more »

Press Release- Friends of VCP Welcomes New Board Members

For Immediate Release
April 10th, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Welcomes New Board Members

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is pleased to announce that over the last few months four new members have joined our Board of Directors: Susan Baldwin, Karel Littman, Jessica Loeser and Howie Waldman.  This is especially exciting as we our celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year with a variety of special events throughout the year.

Friends of Van Cortlandt Parks Newest Board Members:

Susan Baldwin: An Associate Broker for Robert E. Hill, Inc., Susan is recognized as one of Riverdale’s most successful and respected real estate professionals. With over 25 years of real estate sales and marketing experience,

Karel Littman: Executive Director of the South Broadway Business Improvement District (BID) a 501c3 not-for-profit organization established to enhance and promote this Yonkers Main Street as a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Jessica Loeser: Special Counsel for Goldstein Hall whose practice is concentrated in Land Use Law, Zoning, Real Estate Transactions, and Landmarks Preservation.

Howie Waldman: Green Dean (since 2008) and Teacher (since 1998) 9th grade biology, science research, evolution, animal behavior, and City Semester at Ethical Fieldston Culture School. Read more »

Launch of the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

Councilman Andrew Cohen introducing Councilman Mark Levine to discuss the daylighting of Tibbetts Brook.

Councilman Andrew Cohen introducing Councilman Mark Levine to discuss the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook.

On the evening of Tuesday March 7th 2017, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) hosted over 80 attendees in the Kelly Commons Building of Manhattan College to officially launch the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook.  Attendees included elected officials, representatives of Coalition members, FVCP Bronx Pass Members, FVCP Board of Directors and others.  At the event, presentations to discuss where we are now and next steps were made by Councilman Andrew Cohen, Councilman Mark Levine, Jamie Ong (Project Manager for NYC Parks) and Christina Taylor (FVCP Executive Director).  FVCP Board Chair, Christopher Rizzo, wrapped up the evening with highlights of FVCP’s 25th Anniversary Year. Gary Axelbank, Bronx Talk, Emceed the evening. Read more »

25 Influential Women for the Friends

Three of our influential women in Van Cortlandt Park with FVCP Board Member Tom Carey from left to right: Board Member Teresa Grant Stoeth, Executive Director Christina Taylor and Bronx Parks Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa.

Three of our influential women in Van Cortlandt Park with FVCP Board Member Tom Carey from left to right: Board Member Teresa Grant Stoeth, Executive Director Christina Taylor and Bronx Parks Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa.

Over the last 25 years, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have grown and evolved thanks to the influence of many women. In honor of Women’s History Month and the Friends’ 25th Anniversary, we would like to share this list of 25 Influential Women for the Friends. This list is in no particular order and is definitely not complete. We are thankful to everyone who has been involved with the Friends and supported our efforts over the years.

1. Felicity Nitz, The Founder of the Friends, First President and Current Board Member
2. Susan Morgenthau, Founder, Former President of Board, Original Board Member, Current Advisory Committee Member
3. Jane Sokolow, Founder, Original Board Member, Current Advisory Committee Member Read more »

25 Species That Call Tibbetts Brook Home

Volunteers helping the Friends identify various species of macroinvertebrates for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's WAVE program.

Volunteers helping the Friends identify various species of macroinvertebrates for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s WAVE program.  Photo by Stan McCleave.

Today is World Wetlands Day and to celebrate we wanted to share with you a list of 25 species you probably didn’t know call Tibbetts Brook home.  Wildlife of many sizes call Tibbetts Brook home from the large carp that can be seen cresting the waters surface during the late summer, to the small protozoa that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is important for an urban area to contain this species richness for genetic diversity and importance to human and nature interactions. The Friends are thankful for the wetlands that assist in protecting this precious Bronx water body and look to continue to improve wetland habitat related to the Brook in the future.  Each month this year, the Friends will share another list of 25 as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Read more »