Making a Healthier Connection between Van Cortlandt Lake and the Harlem River

Article by Harlem River BOA Interns: Megan Joskow and Sebastian Valcarcel Before the American Revolution, Jacobus Van Cortlandt (purchaser of most of the land that is now Van Cortlandt Park), created the Van Cortlandt Lake in the 1690’s for a gristmill. As time passed and technology changed, the mill closed down and along with the […] Read more »

Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan

The following has been taken from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s website- http://www.nycgovparks.org/park-facilties/van-cortlandt-park/master-plan. The Need for the Master Plan When Frederick Law Olmsted was mapping the streets of the Bronx in 1876, he proposed that New York City buy the Van Cortlandt family estate. He reported that, without doing any work, the property […] Read more »

A 20/20 Vision for Van Cortlandt Park

On Saturday February 22nd, the Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces held the 20th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up at Lehman College.  During the event, representatives from parks in each of the Community Boards along with Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park and the Bronx River presented their 20/20 visions- what they have seen […] Read more »

Bronx Parks Deserve Their Fair Share

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Executive Director recently was a guest blogger on Bronx Health REACH‘s blog.   The blog entitled “Bronx Parks Deserve Their Fair Share” is a timely issue as 6 weeks into the new NYC Mayor’s administration we eagerly await to hear who will be the next NYC Parks Commissioner.   What do […] Read more »