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West Side Spirit: Planting season in Riverside Park

The Conservancy was featured in the West Side Spirit, as volunteers planted over 18,000 bulbs and hundreds of shrubs throughout the Park in just two weeks’ time this past October.

We Fixed It: 97th Street Step Ramp

As you may have noticed, Riverside Park’s step ramp at 97th Street was badly damaged in a flash flood caused by heavy rainfall this past summer.Rather than wait for this to get repaired – sometime, someday – the Conservancy stepped …
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97th Street step ramp after repairs

Vernonia noveboracensis,
“New York Ironweed”

Vernonia noveboracensis, or New York Ironweed, is a native herbaceous perennial that can reach a staggering 6 feet tall. It typically occurs in the wild in moist thickets, low areas and along stream banks from Massachusetts to Mississippi. This plant …
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Yucca filamentosa,
“Adam’s Needle”

“Adam’s Needle” is the common moniker for this native southern plant that has been naturalized in the northeast by gardeners. Yucca filamentosa scratches a lot of horticultural itches (almost literally). This trunk-less evergreen shrub produces a rosette of blue-green leaves that form …
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Apocynum cannabinum,
“Hemp Dogbane”

Hemp Dogbane is a large perennial with a milky sap that exudes from the plant if damaged. This plant is native to this region, and can grow to be 3 – 5 1/2 feet tall. The stems are a sweet …
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Hemp Dogbane at 79th Street

Dennestaedtia punctilobula,
“Hay-scented Fern”

The Hay-scented Fern, or Dennestaedtia punctilobula, may look like a tender beauty, but is in reality a tough-as-leather, marauding native that even deer will avoid eating. Named for the smell of fresh cut grass created by its crushed foliage, the Hay-scented Fern …
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Spring Event: Celebrates 6 Miles of Magnificence

On June 5, the Riverside Park Conservancy held its annual spring event, 6 Milles of Magnificence, raising nearly $670,000. We honored of one of our most committed volunteers and board members, David Goldstick. The event was made particularly special by …
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Rhus typhina, “Staghorn Sumac”

Rhus typhina, also known as the Staghorn Sumac, is a tall shrub that can grow to 25 feet. The leaves reach up to 2 feet in length, and can be awe-inspiring in the fall, when the leaflets hang lazily from …
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RPC Appoints Dan Garodnick as CEO & President

RIVERSIDE PARK CONSERVANCY APPOINTS DAN GARODNICK AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT Longtime public servant will lead Conservancy effort to expand its work caring for 400 acres of waterfront parkland from 59th to 181st Streets. The Board of Trustees of …
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Zizia aurea, “Golden Alexanders”

A native member of the carrot family, Zizia aurea reaches a height of 1.5 to 3 feet with a similar spread. The leaves are finely toothed and lance shaped; the flowers grow in clusters of compound umbels in late spring, …
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