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Join Us for the First Volunteer Day in Stuy Cove Park

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New Yorkers, when do you get the chance to get your hands dirty? Hardly ever, that’s when! Come volunteer at Stuy Cove on 3/29!

Stuyvesant Cove Park is holding its first volunteer day of 2014 this weekend, on March 29th from 9am to noon. Volunteers make a huge difference in our ability to get stuff done- we need you! The tasks of weeding, mulching and planting are bigger than our small staff can manage, and so we look to our community to help us with these projects. In return, you get to spend some time outside, hone your gardening skills, learn about native plants, hang out with our wonderful and dedicated crew of volunteers, and last but not least, eat a free pizza lunch.

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Replanting at Stuyvesant Cove Park

new-plants-2Stuyvesant Cove Park has just completed a massive replanting to replace plants lost due to Hurricane Sandy. Sandy’s storm surge devastated Stuy Cove, by knocking over trees, washing away topsoil and mulch, and soaking the soil with salt water.

As spring came along this year, we waited anxiously to see how our plants would recover.  Though we had some happy surprises, we were sad to see many of our plants return much reduced in quality and quantity, and some fail to return at all. A grant from the City Gardens Club allowed us to replant some of the worst affected areas in the spring, which have grown in nicely and can be seen blooming in the pictures above and below.

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What Keeps the City Moving? A Look at Infrastructure in NYC Post Sandy

NYC-JessLast year, Superstorm Sandy swept over our Solar One building in Stuyvesant Cove Park, uprooting our trees and washing away our stage.  We have spent the last year rebuilding our park, and have just finished planting local trees for next season.  As we look to build our new education center, Solar 2, we plan to make many important changes to better position us to weather the next storm.

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Very Scary Indeed

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The Solar One staff had a blast scaring trick-or-treaters, teens and joggers on Halloween night in Stuyvesant Cove Park (as well as handing out treats). Scroll down to see some more pictures or check out the full set on our Facebook page. And don’t forget to “like” Solar One while you’re there: https://www.facebook.com/solaronenyc?ref=hl Eternal thanks to Build It Green! NYC, Art for Progress and the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association for your help in making our Halloween so spooky!

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Come to Haunted Halloween in Spooky Stuyvesant Cove Park

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Join us for a spooky evening of ghosts, spiders, bats, witches, a sea monster, a mad scientist’s laboratory (where you can play the victim!), special surprises, and even some haunted plants- thrills and chills galore await for those brave enough to walk through Stuyvesant Cove Park on Halloween!

Costumes are encouraged, and if you’d like to be part of the scaring, we’d love to have you! Please email dina[at]solar1.org for more information on participating.

Suitable for kids and adults 5 and up- it’ll be scary but not too scary. The event runs from 5pm to 8pm Thursday October 31, although the tour will probably take 15-20 minutes, depending on how you choose to explore. Treats will be available for those who make it to the end of the tour!

One Year After Hurricane Sandy: What Have We Learned?

newplants2013_1-500x288In the year since Superstorm Sandy inundated Solar One and Stuyvesant Cove Park, a lot of work has been done and much has been learned. While Sandy may have been an unusual once-in-a-hundred-years storm, it’s difficult to say how soon or how often storms like that may hit the NYC Metropolitan area in the future, and as an environmental organization located right at the edge of the East River, Solar One has a strong incentive to make sure we and our community are ready for the next time. In the Park, we’re planting thousands of new plants, including more shrubs, grasses and hardier salt-tolerant plants. Some species were all but wiped out last year, while others have come back stronger than ever. Among the new natives are seaside goldenrod, blue mist flower, bitter panic grass, smooth and aromatic sumac, purple love grass and bush honeysuckle. Park staff and volunteers have been working hard throughout October to get them all in the ground before the first frost.

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