Meet the Friends’ New Intern!

Jasmin Jimenez, a senior at NYU, is interning with the Friends this semester.We are proud to introduce our intern for this school year, Jasmin Jimenez. Ms. Jimenez started working with the Friends in October assisting with educational programs, trail work and Tibbetts Brook water monitoring. Jasmin is a senior at New York University studying Environmental Studies and Animal Studies. Her areas of interest include urban ecology, industrial ecology, and marine ecology.
This upcoming semester, Jasmin will be working on a research project in Van Cortlandt Park. She received a Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund grant through NYU to conduct a habitat analysis for the reintroduction of amphibian species in Van Cortlandt Park. If you see her out in the park, say hello and ask her about the habitat necessities of Spring Peeper’s and Wood Frogs.

25 Accomplishments This Summer

The Grand Central Stones after the cleaning was completed. This fall, we will be adding signage and doing some clean up around the stones to finish the project.

The Grand Central Stones after the cleaning was completed. This fall, we will be adding signage and doing some clean up around the stones to finish the project.

As we continue to celebrate our 25th Anniversary year, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have been very active in and around Van Cortlandt Park this summer. We wanted to share with you this list of 25 things we accomplished during the summer:

1.) We hired 20 summer interns who worked on our Summer Trails Crew or Garden 2 Market internships and successfully completed their terms.

2.) We had 25th Anniversary Banners installed on the Park border along Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South to celebrate our anniversary thanks to 11 local sponsors.

3.) Our Summer Trails Crew Interns maintained 8.1 miles of hiking trails within Van Cortlandt Park.

4.) We worked with the Municipal Arts Society and Tatti Art Conservation to get the Grand Central Stones cleaned removing many layers of graffiti and paint so that the original stone can now be seen. Read more »

Press Release- Friends’ 25th Anniversary Celebration

For Immediate Release Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's 25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring Our Founders
Updated September 28th, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s
25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring Our Founders
Sunday October 15th, 2017
6:00- 9:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Honor our Founders:

Felicity Nitz
Frances Beinecke
Susan Morgenthau
Elizabeth Scheuer
Jane Sokolow
Sybil Wailand

Keynote Speaker Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.

Event Hosted by Journalist and Talk Show Host Meredith Vieira. Read more »

25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park This Summer

Summer in Van Cortlandt Park. Photo by Asa Aarons.

Happy First Day of Summer! Here are 25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park This Summer (in no particular order). Get out and explore VCP this Summer!  Photo by Asa Aarons.

1.) Take a Rowboat Out on Van Cortlandt Lake
Fridays June 30th to September 1st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm-New Start Date of June 30th.
Village Community Boathouse will provide FREE rowing in their fleet of traditional wooden rowboats. Children under 18 years old need a parent present to sign waiver. Enter the park at Van Cortlandt Park South & Bailey Ave. Meet near the Lake.

2.) Visit the Oldest Building Still Standing in the Bronx
The Van Cortlandt House Museum, this Georgian style house, begun in 1748, was built of fieldstone by Frederick Van Cortlandt on the plantation that had been owned and farmed by his family since 1691. Visit for more information.

3.) Volunteer at our Garden & Compost Site
Tuesdays, July 11th- August 22nd from 10am-1pm
Help care for our vegetable beds and compost bins. Bring water and sunscreen. Held at Friends’ Compost & Garden Site. Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave. Read more »

25 Plants in our Garden Beds

A young gardener with a large zucchini harvested from the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Garden and Compost Site in the Bronx, NY.Each year our Spring Garden Interns spend time planning what will grow in our garden for the season and develop a planting chart. Below are 25 plants Brendan, Vanessa, Blessing and Alexia decided to plant during our 25th Anniversary Year and some of the reasons they made their decisions!  All of the produce we grow is either used in cooking demonstrations at our Youth Run Farm Stand at Amalgamated Houses or is donated to Marble Hill Senior Center. Read more »

Friends to hold VIP Reception & NY Philharmonic Concert

For Immediate Release
May 23rd, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to hold VIP Reception & NY Philharmonic Concert

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park present A VIP Reception & New York Philharmonic Concert in Van Cortlandt Park with the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday June 13th, 2017 starting at 6:30pm.  Tickets for the event are $75 and are available for purchase online.  This year, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and this is one of many events in 2017 to commemorate the occasion.

Our guests will enjoy:

  • Pre-Concert Libations and Hors d’oeuvres under a tent on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum;
  • Reserved V.I.P. seating on chairs for the New York Philharmonic Concert on the Parade Ground; and,
  • Free parking in Manhattan College’s Parking Garage

Special thank you to our sponsors (to date):

Fieldston Property Owners
Lloyd’s Carrot Cake
Skyview Wine and Spirits

Sponsorship opportunities still available, please contact for details.

Please Note:
The New York Philharmonic reserves the right to cancel the performance due to inclement weather.  The VIP Reception will take place rain or shine, tickets will not be refunded.  For day-of information, visit or call 718-601-1460.

The New York Philharmonic Concert is a FREE event for the general public; however to enjoy VIP seats at the concert you must purchase tickets for the Friends’ VIP Reception.

Save the Date:  Friends of Van Cortlandt Park 25th Anniversary Gala will be held on the evening of Sunday October 15th, 2017 at the Van Cortlandt Golf Lake House.

For more information:

Christina Taylor, Executive Director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park


Phone: 718-601-1460.