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Stuyvesant Cove Park

What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Early Spring Edition

wbiscp_earlyspringEven though it may not necessarily feel like it, spring is here! Finally! And that means it’s time for the Park to wake up and start going through its fascinating bloom cycle. This year, we’re going to let you know which plants are in bloom and some information about each one.

Then we hope you’ll visit the Park to see each species live and blooming in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To Best Help Monarchs, Plant Native Milkweeds

scpmonarchFirst the good news: Monarch butterfly populations, which had fallen to alarmingly low levels in 2013, rebounded slightly in 2014. But we need to do a lot more to insure that these amazing little creatures can thrive. They’re very good indicators about the health of the environment in general, and if they fail, it’s likely that we will soon follow.

However human development continues to consume more and more Monarch habitat. So what can we do to turn this situation around?

The answer? Milkweeds.

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Could Urban Foraging Actually Feed the Poor?

urbanforagingFood is growing all around us. At the edge of roads, in the cracks of sidewalks, along driveways and byways and especially in parks, edible species abound. Even dandelions, that scourge of smooth green lawns, can be eaten- the tubers as well as the leaves.

In Stuy Cove Park, we have quite a few edible plants, including mulberries, blueberries, mountain mint, rose hips and plenty more than I can name here (but we’ll try and do a special blog post about this as we get closer to spring, including tips on how to get your berries on without hurting our plants!)

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What Park Are You? A Buzzfeed-Style Quiz from the NYC Parks Dept

Because quizzes that compare you and your life to classic movies/movie stars/literary characters/superheros/types of sandwiches or whatever are all the rage on the Internet, the Parks Department has created this immensely fun, short quiz to determine which city park you most closely resemble. While so far no one we know has gotten Stuyvesant Cove as their Park, see if you can spot the site of the Park before it was built in the pictures accompanying one of the questions (major hint: it’s in the third group from the top!).

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Come Help Put the Park To Bed on Saturday November 8

autumnpark_10302014That’s right- it’s the last Park Volunteer Day of the season, coming up next Saturday November 8 from 9am to 1pm.

Volunteers will be mulching beds, clearing weeds, finishing whatever fall plantings need to be done and generally handling all the tasks necessary so the Park is ready fro winter.

Pizza lunch will be provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to Daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.

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Last Chance to Kayak in Stuy Cove in 2014

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After two highly successful rounds of public kayaking events in Stuyvesant Cove this summer, this event series is drawing to a close on Sunday August 10. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.

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