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Stuyvesant Cove Park

Summer Is a Great Time to Visit Stuyvesant Cove Park

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One of the best parts of summer is the explosion of color and form that summer plants and flowers bring. Stuyvesant Cove Park is currently teeming with flowers and fruits, as well as birds, butterflies and bees taking full advantage of our beautiful native plant park.

Some of the species that are currently at peak bloom include scarlet beebalm (monarda didyma)black cohosh (actea racemosa)butterfly milkweed (asclepias tuberosa)swamp milkweed (asclepias incarnata)bottlebrush grass (elymus hystrix)sweet Joe-Pye weed (eutrochium purpureum)lovegrass (eragrostis spectabilis)purple coneflower (echinacea purpurea) and garden phlox (phlox paniculata).

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Solar One Family Day: NYC Wildflower Week Interactive Plant Fair on May 17

NYCWW_2014Families and kids of all ages are invited to Solar One to celebrate NYC Wildflower Week, an extravaganza of native plant events around the city. For our 2014 Interactive Plant Fair, we’ll be potting native wildflower plants for you to take home, making seed bombs, creating flower costumes and masks and coloring wildflower pictures.

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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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