St. Nicholas Park Community Meeting – Tuesday March 12th 7pm

Dear Friends!

We have great news to share, New York City Parks Department, New York City Partnership for Parks and the Friends of St. Nicholas Park will be holding a community park planning meeting on Tuesday, March 12th from 7pm-9pm at St. Marks United Methodist Church at 49 – 55 Edgecombe Ave. (West 137th Street & St. Nicholas Ave.).

This meeting’s purpose is to plan events for St. Nicholas park in 2013. We need some great ideas and volunteers to help us make St. Nicholas Park better than ever!

Please RSVP by emailing Seth Jones at Seth.Jones@parks.nyc.gov

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions in the comments.

Friends of St. Nicholas Park

 

Recycle your Christmas tree in parks around Harlem

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Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your Christmas tree to be recycled into wood chips that will nourish plantings across the city or take home a bag of mulch at some of the locations to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree on your block.

Remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to the MulchFest site! Also, you’re encouraged to bring bags to take advantage of the free mulch provided at the locations listed in the link below.

Here’s a list of some of the Harlem park drop-off points:

Riverside Park at West 116th Street & Riverside Drive, West 138th Street & Riverside and West 145th Street & Riverside

William B Washington Garden at 321-325 West 126th Street, between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Morningside Park at West 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue

Marcus Garvey Park at West 122nd Street & Madison Avenue

Jackie Robinson Park at West 145th Street & Edgecombe Avenue

For more info and a list of other parks participating in the neighborhood and around the five boroughs: http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest

No Tree Lighting This Year. But St. Nick Park will have Holiday Lights!

All,

Unfortunately, we do not have someone available to coordinate a tree lighting this year. In year’s past we have had successful tree lighting events which included Santa Claus, Carol Singing from Harlem School of the Arts, and a rendition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with Tamara Tunie. WE also usually had hot cider and treats for everyone.

Hopefully, the park can have an event next year, but rest assured, our tree on the plaza will be lit with lights as well as the evergreens at the entrance of the plaza.

If you are interested in helping us with events in the park for 2013, please contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

Thank you!

Friend of St. Nicholas Park

Katherine Daniels’ art exhibition, St. Nicholas Park mesh, traces local history in Harlem

Art Mesh on a fence within St. Nicholas Park.

Art Mesh on a fence within St. Nicholas Park.

St. Nicholas Park has a special Art Exhibition treat this Fall, Winter and Spring.

Beginning on November 15th park goers noticed patterns of colorful ribbon tracing the entryways along basketball courts in St. Nicholas Park, one of Harlem’s several “ribbon parks”. With the aid of KIPPS High School volunteers, artist Katherine Daniels installed this public exhibition of three contemporary weavings on view through April 20, 2013.

Daniels highlights the park’s eclectic, though largely overlooked, history through a series of abstract symbols on the court fences at St. Nicholas Terrace at 129th Street and 130th Street, and at St. Nicholas Ave between 133rd and 134th Street. On the southern end of the park, the chain link fence hosts an abstract vine design that runs horizontally along the top with vertical branches flowing down the fence gates. Based on Native American textiles, this weaving recounts the Indian path Weekquaeskeek, which passed along what is now St. Nicholas Avenue and connected Spyten Duyvil to the tip of Manhattan.

The central installation references the park’s namesake, commonly known as the patron saint of children and sailors, and (appropriately given the season) the inspiration for Santa Claus. Daniels’ series of crosiers, or hooked shepherd staffs, also pay homage to the three churches that border the park—St. James Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Located near the Hamilton Grange, home of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the northernmost court is adorned with a zig-zag pattern of “quilt squares.” This monumental brocade represents the park’s early American history as a military campground during the Battle of Harlem Heights, where General George Washington positioned himself during the Revolutionary War in 1776.

This installation was made possible with a Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant from the LMCC.

Katherine Daniels has been awarded Parks’ Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award; Artists in the Market Place participation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Community Grants; a PS.122 Project Studio; an Artist-in-Residency at the Henry Street Settlement; a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation ‘The Space Program’ grant; and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. in Painting from Johnson State College. Born in 1969 in Germany and raised in Huntington, West Virginia she now lives and works in New York City.

Volunteer to Help New York City Parks This Weekend

Hurricane Sandy has left a major mess in a lof of New York City Parks, but you can help clean up and get these parks back to their tip top shape. Below are volunteer opportunities around the city this weekend. Click on the link to register and help our parks be better than ever!

Volunteer with NYC Parks

Many of New York City’s parks and playgrounds were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to volunteer with NYC Parks to aid in clean up and recovery, please review the list of parks and playgrounds below that are in need of assistance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click the links below to sign up in your borough and be sure to check back for updates on other parks in need of volunteers!

Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park
Orchard Beach
Click here to volunteer in the Bronx
Brooklyn
Prospect Park
McCarren Park
Click here to volunteer in Brooklyn
Manhattan
Happy Warrior Playground
Annunciation Park
Carl Schurz Park
Anne Loftus Playground (at Fort Tryon Park)
Randall’s Island (Friday and Saturday only)
Click here to volunteer in Manhattan
Queens (Friday and Saturday only)
Brookville Park
Baisley Pond Park
Click here to volunteer in Queens

St. Nick’s Dog Run November Coffee Bark this Saturday, Nov 3rd 9am-11am!

Our November Coffee Bark is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd from 9am-11am at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate Fall with free coffee and donuts. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

 

10th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival Continues in St Nicholas Park

Free Film Screenings:

Music Performances begin at 7:30pm and Films at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.

August 18th Marley In Partnership with Harlem Week
Music by DJ Cool Gee St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 20th Chico and Rita Music by Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 25th Amandla!: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony In Partnership with Harlem Week Music by DJ Cool Gee St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 27th Beats, Rhymes, & Life Music by DJ Stormin Norman of Sundae Sermon St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

SPRING IS HERE AND SO IS OUR OFFICIAL COFFEE BARK AND CLEAN UP–

 

Greetings Dog Friends!

 
We are heading into May and Spring is  here
Remember we will be gearing up for our Dog Run clean up soon.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the date.
COFFEE BARK officially open the 2nd Saturday in April.
April 14, 2012!
9 am to 11 am
Hope you all had a great winter.
 
If you have any questions about Saturdays event please contact:  info@stnicholaspark.org

Thanks and see you in the park!