UPDATE: We are fighting for first place, but holding our own with your help. Voting ends this Friday morning at 8am Eastern time (December 6th). YOUR DAILY VOTE NEEDED. Help me win this thing!
POCKET PARKS PUBLISHING is once again in the running for a peaChic grant, but I need to be the top vote-getter to do it. Last time we came in a close second to The Tapestry Network, but there is a whole new group of businesses competing for votes, so I have to start all over again. Can you help?
Vote for POCKET PARKS PUBLISHING daily at https://www.peachic.com/vote-here/
through December 6th at 8am Eastern. The business with the most votes wins the winter peaChic grant (and I really want to win this time!). Thanks!
One East River Place is a lovely, shady park at the extreme east end of 72nd Street east of York Street in New York City. Because of its location at a dead-end, it is a peaceful place to visit especially with the soothing waterfall at the back. When you get tired of sitting, you can take a walk to the end of the 72nd Street to view the East River, Roosevelt Island and the United Nations building to the South. Dog-lovers may find this fun since it seems everyone walks there dog in this area with pooper-scoopers and plastic baggies in hand, ready to pick up their doggie's little 'presents.'
I don't know why some people think New York City is unfriendly. As I was standing in front of the park trying to get an idea of the best angle for a photo, a man apparently heading back to his office with his lunch asked me if I needed help finding something. He thought I was lost. He then asked for more information about my project which I was happy to provide. If you are reading this, kind sir, thank you for being a nice New Yorker!
If you have been wondering where my posts have been lately, I have been very busy finishing the first guide to New York City and preparing for a competition. The guide is almost ready for the printer and I won Second Place in the competition! I am a 2013 graduate of the EBV-F (Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veteran’s Families), a program for military family members that helps them learn how to start and run a business and then stays with them by providing continued support as they move forward. My 90 second elevator pitch was well-received, further validating my work on this project. I will include the pitch on my ‘The Project’ page for those of you who are interested in more information.
This is from our monthly newsletter. Feel free to reach out and congratulate them yourself!From EBV:
Congrats to the winners of our 2nd EBV National Business Plan and Pitch Competition held during EBV National in Dallas, thanks to the generosity of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Disabled Veterans of America, EBV Foundation and EBV Consortium. Participants in the competition presented their plans and were eligible for a combined $75,000 in prize money. A record 50 plans were submitted and narrowed to 10 semifinalists.Business plan competition winners are:
· 1st Prize - Docere eLearning Solution, Sandra Gonzales
· 2nd Prize- Couper Ellis, Zona Schroeter
· 3rd Prize - Expanded Inventory Solution, Bobbi Collins
· Best Social Ventures - A.I.C Publications, Makin Hamzah; and Hixson
Holding LLC, Cory Hixson
· Venture Impacting Veterans - OnCommand K9 Training, Ben Simmons
40 grads participated in the 90-second venture pitch competition. Winners are:
· 1st prize - HubYub, Blake Hogan
· 2nd prize - Pocket Parks Publishing, Rosemary O'Brien
· 3rd prize - My Hero Classifieds, Brandon Bunch
· Tie for 4th prize - MyActiveChild.com LLC, Charlotte Moore and Trabus
Technologies, Art Salindong
Please visit the EBV
website if you are a veteran, veteran's family member or would like to contribute to the EBV or EBV-F programs.
Everyone in the greater New York area be on the look out for this sweet little boy Avante Oquendo. He walked out of his school in Queens on October 4th and has not been seen since. He is 13 years old, he is Autistic. He is NON-verbal he cannot speak, however he is very intelligent and is familiar with the subway system. If you see anyone resembling Avante please call 201-921-7977 and contact his brother @kingdetrick ASAP! @kingdetrick is gathering search parties, and hiring a private investigator to help trace Avante’s steps. Any help is much appreciated. Email Avante’s brother for updates and info on Avonte. firstname.lastname@example.org and Visit gofundme.com/4o939c to help fund transportation costs for volunteers and P.I.
NOTE FROM ROSEMARY: I cannot imagine the horror his parents are going through right now. Please keep your eyes open for this boy and report it immediately if you see him.
PLEASE REPOST AND BLAST THIS ANYWHERE YOU CAN.
This is a slide at River Place Apartments located at 650 West 42nd St. ‘Playground,’ the sculpture built by Tom Otterness, was unveiled in May 2009 and provides a kid-friendly slide for local children who can also step on a switch to turn on a sprinkler on hot days.
Thank you to the readers who helped me discover the name of this piece.
This is yet another beautiful indoor space. Enveloped by glass and sprinkled with mature bamboo trees, some 35 feet tall. Moveable tables and chairs combined with the streaming sunlight makes this a beautiful place to sit and relax. Nearby you will find Trump Tower and the Sony Plaza, two more lovely indoor plazas which are sure to be featured on this blog in the future.
Enter on either E. 56th or 57th Streets just east of Madison Avenue.
Bennett Park is a usable plaza on the Gouverneur Lane side of 77 Water St. There is built-in bench seating, some trees and greenery, and sometimes shade when the sun hits it correctly. This is an inviting plaza filled with whimsical art and sculpture that almost dwarfs the building to which it is attached, not for its size, but for the fact that you are so entranced by the art and sculpture surrounding the building that you almost do not look up at the building itself.
My son went with me on this site visit and the engineer in him was immediately drawn to ‘Helix’ (1969), a sculpture by Rudolph de Harak in the right side of the frame. Harak took 120 one-inch thick stainless steel strips to create a spiral that actually looks like a helix or a strand of DNA.
Have you ever passed an inviting seating area between two massive skyscrapers in the city and wondered about it or do you just sit down and finish your coffee? I have wondered who built these spaces and why ever since I discovered them as a resident of New York City in the ‘80’s. Many are created in honor of a fallen hero, but most are created in exchange for building variances such as the permission to build higher or wider. They are not well-regulated, so the fact that one has become simply a widened sidewalk and not a park at all often goes unnoticed.
The first pocket park came about when in 1965, Mayoral candidate, John Lindsay saw a need to spruce up the city a bit. He suggested that New York City create “vest pocket parks” or “adventure playgrounds.” Later, when he was elected Mayor of New York City, he implemented his ideas and helped created the first vest pocket parks in the city. According to an essay
on the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Parks Commissioner, Thomas P.F. Hoving encouraged their use for public events and aided Lindsay by bring various events to the parks. He even banned cars in Central Park on Sundays. In 1967, the city completed 10 vest pocket parks in vacant city lots equal to or smaller than one-quarter acre.
The very first pocket park was created at 65 W. 128th by Reverend Linnette C. Williamson of Christ Community Church of Harlem. She was instrumental in developing this pocket park, so it was later dedicated in her honor.
There are now some 500+ pocket parks or public spaces on the city’s list of POPS (Privately Owned Public Space
) , but only a little of 350 in Manhattan that are comfortable to sit in or even have seating. That’s why I am writing this book. ‘Pocket Parks of NYC’ will be a guide to the usable
pocket parks and public spaces in Manhattan, both official and unofficial. These will be the parks that you can sit and relax in, maybe with a snack kiosk nearby or the odd waterfall, and maybe on top of a building or indoors. I conduct my research by methodically strolling through Manhattan in addition to my online research and word-of-mouth tips.
Other than Frommer's-type sections in other books, there is nothing like it on the market aside from Jerrold Kayden’s textbook ‘Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience,’ which contains all of the spaces, even those that are now widened sidewalks or private space, and from which the City's database was created.
One of the exciting pieces of this project is that it is replicable in other cities. It will also become a dynamic website where aficionados could post information about their favorite pocket parks along with their reviews and opinions, an ebook and an app for your smartphone or tablet. Other cities will have their own guides in the future.
So, what is a pocket park? It is a little green space in the middle of the big city where one can sit, relax and take a break before moving on to their next position in the big game of Chess we call "Life."
The good news: The City is creating a park in response to the local community’s requests for more public space. This Dyer Ave. triangle is only a small part of the larger project. Read about it on Streetsblog.
The bad news: When people said they wanted more parks and green space, I don’t think they’re referring to a square of asphalt covered by a green outdoor carpet with a few potted plants in the middle of Lincoln Tunnel traffic. I’m just sayin’.
In all fairness, this is just the first segment of a larger project that will include various strips of land on Dyer Avenue according to Mathew Katz on DNAInfo.com
“The area will soon undergo a larger transformation into Dyer Avenue Park
— which will include a strip on the east side of Dyer Avenue between West 34th and West 35th streets, expected to open in 2016, and a canoe-shaped section of West 36th Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues, expected to open in June.”
AT&T and Goal Zero
have rolled out solar charging stations throughout New York City. Units have been installed in Union Square in Manhattan, among other locations, with more to come this summer.
My charge always gets too low for my comfort when I visit the City for site visits. This will give me as good a reason as any to sit in one of my beloved parks to charge my phone (not that I really need a reason).
Does anyone know where this one is located? It looks as if it's by the Intrepid and the cruise ship piers. If you know, please leave the location in the comments below.