This is a quick video about what the Pocket Parks Programme (their spelling) sponsored by the City of London's Mayor's Office is doing with their unused space. Their innovative program is producing green space for everyone, similar to our New York City pocket parks. They are very interesting in my project and I hope to work with them in the future.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Downtown Alliance have opened a new park a few blocks from the 9/11 Memorial on the corner of Greenwich and Albany Streets. Here it is from the horse’s (or Downtown Alliance’s) mouth:
The public space, located at Albany and Greenwich streets, is open seven days a week from 8 am until dusk. The plaza includes park furniture and plantings as well as shuffleboard, cornhole and mini golf games. A new table tennis is free and available for visitors to use during the plaza’s open hours.
- Downtown Alliance
No photos because I was not there, but I had to share. I can’t wait to visit!
I just received word an interview I did for Scott Fussell of Command Your Business is live and ready to go. Check it out by going to Command Your Business.
I am very happy to announce that I won a scholarship to Facebook’s Vets In Tech Hackathon to be held at their headquarters in a few weeks. Thank you to theInstitute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and VWISE for this opportunity. The event will give me the opportunity to pitch, once again, but this time it will be the app that will be pitched. If my project is chosen, a team will be formed to create the app or at least a prototype. I am very excited and humbled at this opportunity and look forward to your feedback. Would you use an app to find the nearest pocket park and get some information about it?
Second, I put up my first Etsy.com store with notecards with images of some of the parks in my book. They have a watercolor filter on them and look really beautiful. I am selling them on a trial basis to see how they do, but I would appreciate it if you took a look and sent your friends. Just click on the images below.
Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this venture. I hope to make you proud!
The New York Public Library is moving outside! Well, a portion of it will be when they open their pop-up outdoor reading room, “The Library Inside Out: Read Everywhere.” NYPL President Tony Marx is inviting New Yorkers to take a break and read outside their Fifth Avenue branch from today through August 15th. According to the New York Observer, the library is including the social media campaign, #IReadEverywhere in order to celebrate the power of reading. Post a photo of yourself reading in your favorite NYC places using #IReadEverywhere and you will be in the company of several authors who have already participated.
I would love to see my NYC readers and supporters taking advantage of this program by posting photos of yourselves reading in one of my ... wait for it ... pocket parks! Why not? That’s what many of you do when you’re in NYC parks on your own. I know I love nothing more than a beautiful day in one of these parks, a good book and a coffee or my lunch from a nearby deli.
Enjoy the fleeting summer weather. I look forward to seeing your Twitter posts.
Help me New York!
In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, during the month of July 2014 I will be running a ‘thing.’ It’s not a contest and you don’t win anything except some traffic and a thank you from the bottom of my heart, so I’m calling it a ‘thing.’ It will still be fun. Here’s what you need to do:
Take a picture of yourself holding my book in one of the NYC pocket parks mentioned in my book, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC – in paperback or on your Kindle – and send it to me at rosie@PocketParksNYC.com. Remember to give your permission for me to post it on my site and tell me which park it is, then tweet about it using either @pocketparksnyc or #pocketparksnyc as well as #JulyOutIsIn. (You need to tweet both hashtags. Posting it on Facebook if you don’t tweet is fine, too.) Send me a copy of the tweet at rosie@PocketParksNYC.com and I will post your photo on my website and link back to your website, Facebook page or Twitter, so let me know which one you want. It’s a great way for you to get traffic/likes/whatever and for me to spread the word about the greatest book ever written about pocket parks in New York City!
1. Take a photo holding my book in a pocket park found in my book, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC
2. Tweet about it and include either @pocketparksnyc or #pocketparksnyc AND #JulyOutIsIn
3. Give me your permission to use your image
4. Tell me where to link back - Twitter, Facebook or your url
That’s it! We link to each other, people hear about my book and everybody’s happy.
Happy National Parks and Recreation Month!
I am very excited to announce the the New York Public Library has added me to their catalogue! I hope this means they will let me read at the libraries especially the Chatham Library. It is the library branch in Chinatown near the Kim Lau Gate. Keep an eye out for more activity from Pocket Parks Publishing!
Tiny oases of greenery in the concrete jungle are celebrated in this sprightly guidebook, the first of a planned series.
Recalling her salad days as an actress searching for that most precious of New York commodities—a place where you can sit down without paying—novelist O’Brien (First Saturday, 2012, etc.) offers this compendium of 56 “privately owned public spaces” and city parks in Manhattan, from Midtown on south. It doesn’t take much to make a park in those environs: Take a vacant lot or a recess bordering a sidewalk, add a few planters with shrubs, some chairs and furniture—you’ve got Gotham’s answer to Yellowstone. Some of these are little more than places to rest one’s feet during a shopping binge after grabbing a bite from a sidewalk vendor, but many manage to conjure a sheltering, distinctive space from cramped dimensions. O’Brien seeks out those that feature verdant foliage and clever landscaping, sculpture and artworks that add visual interest, dramatic views of the cityscape, a glimmer of a reflecting pool or a waterfall to mask the roar of city noise.
Read more at Kirkus Reviews.
Manhattan Plaza Park is a shady pocket park on 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues in New York City. Its wooden benches and comfortable seating ledges make it a nice place to stop on a warm day. Built in 1977, this pocket park was originally going to be luxury apartments until the developer went bankrupt. Thanks to the work of Reverend Rodney Kirk, an Episcopal minister, the building became a residence for those who needed help caring for themselves during the AIDS crisis, but now runs as a retirement residence for the performing arts community.
This building must be a pretty good place to live because it has a six-year waiting list due to its income scale-based rent plan.
For more information on this and any of the other pocket parks in New York City, order your copy of BEST Pocket Parks of NYC by clicking on the photo or visiting Amazon.com. Thank you!
1886 Broadway in New York City is just East of Broadway on 63rd Street and just past the entrance to Lincoln Plaza Cinema on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd. It is a large space that when looked at from above, seems to be enveloped in a hug by the building that owns it. Filled with lots of foliage and a waterfall in the center, there is seating scattered throughout the space, though not a ton. Most lunchtime visitors find a spot on the wide ledge by the street. Even near the street, the sound of the waterfall in this pocket park masks much of the city noise. Someone once said it almost looks as a if a little corner of Central Park (despite the waterfall) has jumped over a few buildings and landed near Lincoln Center.